A group of Glen Cove High School students is organizing a local demonstration March 24 to tie-in to the national March for Our Lives being planned in Washington, D.C.
Eleven of the students attended the Glen Cove City Council meeting Tuesday night to ask the council to approve street closures for the march.
“I’m here with my peers in representation of the district students who demand safety in our schools,” William Casale, 17, told the council. “We are here in solidarity with the victims and survivors of school mass shootings, especially the students of Parkland, Florida.”
The council voted unanimously to approve the street closures.
A petition on the national March for Our Lives website lists legislative proposals, including banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and requiring a background check on every gun sale. But the Glen Cove students said their march will be deliberately more general.
“We’re not looking for specific legislation,” said Elijah James, 15. “We’re looking for the direness of the situation to be recognized.”
Morgan Vignali, 17, said the Parkland shooting shook Glen Cove High. Some students “came to school crying, because they were scared to come to school,” Vignali said.