Parkland, Fla. High Schoolers Coming to St. Louis

"Well the problem that we see is that there are legislators who are not doing anything."

Brett Blume
June 15, 2018 - 1:38 pm
Feb. 15, 2018; Parkland, FL, USA; People mourn during a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday that took 17 lives. Credit: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK

Credit: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were fatally shot in February, will be in St. Louis this weekend.

They'll be in attendance at a town hall meeting at Cardinal Ritter College Prep (701 N. Spring Ave.) with the goal of registering young people to vote and urging local residents to pressure their elected officials to pass more restrictive gun laws.

The local event is being organized by the St. Louis chapter of March for Our Lives, and recent MICDS graduate and group spokesperson Lauren Malloy says their work is far from done.

"Well the problem that we see is that there are legislators who are not doing anything," she tells KMOX. "They have the power to take action and make legislation that could save lives, but they're not doing anything."

She notes there's been a steady flow of backlash against students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who've spoken out against gun violence.

"I understand," she says. "They think that we're trying to take their guns away, or that we don't support the second amendment. But they just misunderstand our movement and our goals."

The local March for Our Lives chapter spearheaded an event about a month after the Florida shooting, in which up to 12,000 people participated in a demonstration in St. Louis.

This weekend's Town Hall is part of the March for Our Lives organization's "Road to Change" bus tour.

It will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday at Cardinal Ritter College Prep, and all are invited to attend.