BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hundreds of students from across Baltimore flooded streets Tuesday to call for tougher gun laws and an end to school violence.
With every step and chant, students provided a lesson in change in the wake of the deadly Florida school shooting.
“We would like to see more protection in schools. I know my school personally hasn’t ever had a lockdown drill since, I think, sixth grade,” Aimee Rothman said.
For miles, students from city public and private schools pounded the pavement all the way to City Hall.
Adia Hill was one of the marchers.
“We should all be able to be safe and study in our schools without the threat of gun violence,” she said. “We want to send a message that change needs to come and we’re here to make sure it happens.”
It’s a message many are receiving, including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who addressed the students outside City Hall.
She’s now looking to take the message to Washington, D.C.
“We must get rid of guns on the streets of our city, especially illegal guns,” Pugh said.
Students hope their message is a sign that change is on the way.
Organizers say they plan to continue talking with local and state leaders about gun laws and school safety.