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Columbine shooting survivor to speak at March for Our Lives in Waco

WACO, Texas - Hundreds are expected to attend Waco's March for Our Lives event on Saturday. 

Students and adults are demanding more safety in their schools while remembering the 17 victims from Parkland, Florida. 

"I'm saddened to think it's 19 years later, and this is all we got. Is therapy dogs. And keep saying the same things," said Columbine survivor Michelle Porter. 

Porter is a kindergarten teacher at the McGregor Independent School District. She was 18 years old and a senior at Columbine High School when two gunmen took more than a dozen lives. 

"First we thought, maybe a fight? We had no idea what was going on," said Porter. 

Like many of the Parkland, Florida survivors, Porter ran and hid in a classroom. 

"My classroom was one of the last ones that the SWAT team came in and evacuated, so we were in there for about three hours," said Porter. 

Three hours of emotions, some students even writing to their parents in case they didn't make it out alive.

"There were periods of feelings, just overwhelmed. But the teacher, where I was, turned the television on inside our room, so we were watching the news, and we knew enough that there was a shooter inside the school and that the SWAT team would come and get us out," said Porter. 

Fast forward 19 years to more high school shootings, with the latest resulting in 17 dead.

Porter said it's a beam of hope seeing students won't back down from having their concerns heard. 

"I think it's really important that the students are saying things that they want and that we listen to them and allow them to continue that conversation with us," said Porter. 

Porter says gun control and mental health should be a priority for lawmakers.

"I hope that we can allow those harder emotions to affect what we do from now on," said Porter. 

The march in Waco starts at 3:00 p.m. at Heritage Square. 

To learn more about March for Our Lives, you can click here. 


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