Brevard High walkout drew impassioned pleas for gun reform from students and adults
Brevard High School students joined in on the nationwide walkout effort on Friday to raise awareness for gun-control and remember the lives lost at Columbine High School 19 years ago.
Students were met by adults at the Transylvania County courthouse who supported their impassioned pleas for change.
The rally was held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting and is part of an ongoing debate that erupted again after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
"Since the shooting in February, we have wanted to make this change," said student Cedar Annskeen. "And wanted to have an impact on the community like this, and I think it's the perfect way that we can show teenagers have a voice."
The shooting at Columbine High School left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado, 19-years ago. Seniors in high school today weren’t even born at the time of the shooting but say, after years of school shootings, it’s time to take a stand.
"March to demand that Congress demand action now!" one student declared on stage.
"Enough is enough," said another student.
"I'm a minor and cannot vote, but some people in this crowd can!" one girl said.
Students say the shooting in Parkland Florida in February spurred many of them to get behind the movement.
The students said they’re demanding a sensible gun reform for the future, stressing that their lives depend on a change.
"It went amazing. This is exactly what we were hoping for, people coming together and speaking up for what we believe in," student Zena Abdulkarim said.
“I really am so grateful and so proud of the students at this school, because I think they are starting to recognize it is our civic duty as young people to speak up for what we believe in,” added student Sophie Tinsley.
At the rally, students were surrounded by the support of people who remember Columbine all too well.
"This cycle of violence has grown into a festering wound," an adult told the crowd, asking the hard rhetorical questions together. "And why has nothing changed?"
At the courthouse, banners were on hand for folks to sign and write their comments and concerns about gun control. Those banners will be sent to Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr.