Teens Rally For Gun Control At White House
Dozens of teenage students have held a "lie-in" on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida.
The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters held their arms crossed at their chests. Two activists were covered by an American flag, another was holding a sign asking, "Am I next?"
DC-area students are holding a “lie-in” in front of the White House for three minutes to symbolize the time it took for 17 students and teachers to be gunned down last week at a high school in Florida https://t.co/0RgceTw0Yd https://t.co/v87Y0yKX3q— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2018
Ella Fesler, a 16-year-old high school student in Alexandria, Virginia, said, "It's really important to express our anger and the importance of finally trying to make a change and having gun control in America."
She added, "Every day when I say 'bye' to my parents, I do acknowledge the fact that I could never see my parents again."
US President Donald Trump was at his Florida golf club, about 64km from the site of the school shooting.
Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez on President Trump’s tweet: “The FBI were some of the amazing first responders who were helping us get to safety and the fact that he wants to discredit them in any way… it’s not acceptable.” https://t.co/IqkX97N8di pic.twitter.com/OWqri9VGEk— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2018