Great Mills students rally against gun violence, meet with Hogan, Jealous

Great Mills students rally against gun violence, meet with Hogan, Jealous

People gather for a rally against gun violence on Lawyers Mall across from the Annapolis State House. (Joshua McKerrow, staff / Capital Gazette) Jaxson O’Mara wishes she didn’t have to do this. The 17-year-old Great Mills High School student wishes life could go back to the way it was before, when her friend Jaelynn Willey, 16 , was still alive, and her southern Maryland school hadn’t been added to the ever-growing list of shooting sites. No compatible source was found for this media. She wishes she didn’t have to lead rallies against gun violence like the one Saturday in Annapolis and push elected officials to do more to prevent gun violence. “It’s been awful,” O’Mara said of life after Willey’s death. “It’s been hard and terrible and I shouldn’t have to do it, but I am doing it.” Willey was killed when a 17-year-old student walked into the school with his father’s pistol just minutes before the first bell on March 20 and shot her in the head . That bullet also struck 14-year-old Desmond Barnes in the leg. Since then, Great Mills High students have been thrust, reluctantly, into activism. “I want to do something to make sure no other community has to go through this,” O’Mara said. “I wish I was home sitting on my couch enjoying the Saturday. I wish I didn’t have to be out lobbying.” This week, O’Mara and her fellow students felt they had a breakthrough. Their Saturday rally drew dozens, despite pouring […]

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