A 15-year-old Connecticut girl is calling on high school students across the nation to walk out of their classrooms and march against gun violence on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Lane Murdock, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School — which is just a half-hour’s drive from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 students and six adults were killed during a mass-shooting in 2012 — said that she had felt the need to act after hearing about the horrific high-school shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead. So she decided to try to organize a march, and created a petition to the U.S. Senate and president demanding action to combat gun violence.
“It kind of started because we weren’t happy with how our nation and how our school have been dealing with the tragedy,” Murdock told Yahoo News. “It started out with me personally. I went home and made the petition, which gained some good traction, and then made the Twitter account, which really blew up overnight.”
As of Friday, 168,000 people and counting had pledged to participate in the National High School Walk-Out by wearing orange and leaving their classrooms at 10 a.m. to march with their fellow students. Murdock said she chose the color orange because the color is commonly worn by hunters to make themselves visible — and avoid being shot.
Murdock’s march comes in the wake of similar action from the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, who have organized gun control rallies, publicly chastised the NRA and the politicians who take their money, and who are also planning a “March for our Lives” on March 24 in order to call for stricter gun laws. Murdock says that her march will be apolitical and without sponsorship of any kind. Its goal, she says, is to allow students to connect with each other so that they can determine “what they want to happen and what kind of change they want.”
“I’m not pushing my own ideology, but the ideology of the students nationally,” she explained.
Watch an excerpt of Yahoo’s interview with Murdock below.
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