Last week, Apex High School held a march in remembrance of students who were murdered in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida. The march began at 9:45 A.M. and the students showed out. Hundreds of young people, hungry for change, were marching out of the doors. Down the sidewalks we went, headed to the football field. On this day we wore orange in solidarity with #Marchforourlives, but that was not the only spirit you could see. There were posters, and students who dressed in all black with veils shielding their faces, and we marched together as one. We made it to the football field and huddled in a pack, and the event began. We all shared three minutes of silence, the same amount of time it took Nikolas Cruz to kill those seventeen students. Our heads hung, staring at our feet, noses sniffing, tears being wiped away, but we made it to the end. We moved on to hear the names of the victims called out and learn a bit about them. Those killed were not just another statistic but instead were students just like us. Kids with dreams who were unable to be lived out, teachers and adults who gave their lives for students they cared so much about. Following those descriptions, we listened to a statement from a student who was new to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and her experience after surviving the shooting. We concluded this ceremony by hearing a statement by a fellow student about the importance young people play in our government and the future of our country. All of us have such a strong voice, and today we spoke loud and clear. Enough is enough.
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