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Randolph Union High School students head to D.C. for 'March for Our Lives' demonstration

Randolph, Vt. - A group of Randolph students are traveling to the nation's capitol to participate in the 'March for Our Lives' demonstration on Saturday.

The group from Randolph Union High School met at the Amtrak station for an 11 a.m. departure for Washington D.C. There were 11 going, including Natalie Strand.

Strand shared why she wanted to participate in the demonstration.

"We're in a time in America where this is what's happening and I don't know," Strand said. "I just think this is an amazing opportunity and it's going to be in history."

Another student going on the trip was Emmalise Blanchard-Rooney.

"I think it's super important that a diverse group of kids and their beliefs go to the march and our voices aren't silenced," she said.

These students said they are inspired by the students at a Parkland High School in Florida. 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. Many of those 17 were students.

Randolph students and students from all over the country will join surviving Parkland students to march towards one common goal.

"I want harsher gun control laws," Strand said. "I don't want people my age or anyone to get a gun easily. I think it's really dangerous and it results in a lot of pain and fear in schools."

"Even if you feel like your voice isn't important because you come from a really small town in Vermont like us... it is important," Blanchard-Rooney said.

A large and powerful message sent from a small Vermont community to lawmakers in the nation's capitol.

Very large crowds are expected in D.C. Saturday starting at noon. Participants, like these Randolph students, will be marching Pennsylvania Avenue.


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