Local students prepare for March for Our Lives

WACO, Texas - Thousands of students and parents will take a stand to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools in an event called March for Our Lives.

Students planned the walk in wake of the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

There will be a huge rally in Washington D.C., where 500,000 people are expected to attend. There are also multiple rallies across the nation, including two in Central Texas.

"We need to do something different to help protect our students," says Waco event organizer Berkeley Anderson.

Hundreds of students will walk the streets of Waco on Saturday as they hope to make a change.

"I think this will show not only our politicians, but our country and the world and even the students, that we have a voice. And we are going to use it to get to the goal that we want, which is increase the gun reform and an end to the mass shootings," says Midway High School sophomore Katie Fraley.

Students will be speaking at the event, and there will also be a memorial for the students who died in the Parkland shooting.

"Talking about banning assault style weapons, asking businesses not to sell those weapons, banning bump stock modifications that allow assault style weapons to shoot faster or more rapidly, and asking the community as a whole to value students' lives more than they value guns," Anderson says.

Anderson also works as a Waco Independent School District tutor and volunteer.

"I care deeply about the students and imagining trying to protect my students from gun violence. It's just horrific. I mean, my body isn't big enough to stand between all of the students that I work with and an active shooter," Anderson says.

Students hope Saturday's walk will be an eye-opener to the government.

"So I am walking because I am a student, and I strongly believe that I should not have to go to school and have any sense of fear of a shooter or have to worry about someone coming in with a semi-automatic weapon," Fraley says.

The walk starts at Heritage Square at 3:00 p.m. Event organizers are asking people to bring old shoes, teddy bears and flowers for the memorial.

There is also a walk in Killeen at 5:00 p.m., starting at the Killeen ISD Administration Center.

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