Parkland Students Prepare for Graduation With Eye on Gun Control

Parkland Students Prepare for Graduation With Eye on Gun Control

As the graduating class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepares to don cap and gown this Sunday and close out a year that marked them indelibly, many members are plotting how to keep their nascent movement alive and passing the baton to younger peers who can fill their stead. For the students at the Parkland, Fla., high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February, it was a year of carnage, loss and grief. But it also was a year that gave birth to the #NeverAgain movement, which successfully pressed Florida lawmakers to pass new gun restrictions and drew hundreds of thousands of people to rally across the U.S. against gun violence. Though a core group of Stoneman Douglas students, such as seniors David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, have become nationally known figures, many others are mobilizing as well. They are forming new organizations, strategizing with students in other states and working to boost youth turnout in the 2018 midterm elections. As the seniors leave, many in the class of 2019 are filling the gap. Junior Aalayah Eastmond is gearing up for a busy summer as a newly minted activist. She plans to attend demonstrations against gun violence in New York and Washington, D.C., and to speak at a graduation in Philadelphia. She is heading to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., to participate in a panel on the gun-control movement. And she will try to turn out young voters in competitive congressional districts […]

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