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Local students attend D.C. march

By Kara Hallissey | Mar 29, 2018
Close to 40 local high school students and members of The Worcester County Young Democrats joined thousands of others at the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C. Saturday, March 24.

(March 30, 2018) Close to 40 local high school students and members of The Worcester County Young Democrats joined thousands of others at the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C. Saturday, March 24.

To pay for a coach bus trip to the march, students raised more than $2,000 on a Go Fund Me page.

“Going to the march put into perspective that we are not the only ones who feel this way and want change to happen,” said Isabel Emond, a junior at Stephen Decatur High School and president of The Worcester County Young Democrats organization. “Everyone left feeling hopeful and glad students got to go and see it.”

Emond enjoyed being in the presence of others who have similar mindsets, demonstrated peacefully and want to see change.

“Hearing the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a once-in-a-lifetime thing and it was very empowering hearing them speak,” Emond said. “We really wanted Worcester County represented. This is something every student is very passionate about right now. We want to feel safe at school and not be afraid to go to a park or a museum or a concert. It needs to happen now.”

The March for Our Lives movement was created by students across the United States following last month’s mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The organization’s position is that students are refusing to risk their lives waiting for the government to act to protect schools from these kinds of attacks.

“When the Bill of Rights were written, we didn’t have assault rifles and you don’t need them for hunting,” Emond said. “It is so easy for a kid still in high school to get them. Kids have been a little on edge and stressed out. We all have an equal right to go to school without a shooting happening.”

The club has about 17 members and it meets every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. upstairs at the Globe in Berlin. The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 11.

“We always hear young people don’t care about politics or getting involved,” Emond said. “This shows people we do care and can make a difference.”

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