Students from all over the Capital Region renewed their demand for gun safety on Friday.
Students joined the country in the second National School Walkout in two months.
The fight to end gun violence is getting louder in Albany.
Sophie Vogel’s mission started last October. Her mother had been in Las Vegas when a shooter unleashed rapid gunfire onto a crowd of concert-goers.
“Even here being at a walkout, it still makes me nervous. Things happen in crowds like in Las Vegas. It was a huge crowd and no one expected it to happen,” Vogel, a student at Bethlehem Central High School, said. “So we’re all here to make a change and we’re trusting that we’re going to be safe. We’re going to make things safe.”
Hundreds of high school students pressured those in power for tougher gun laws.
“People always say high school is some of the hardest years of your life and that you have to survive it,” Rebecca Claire, a student at Clayton Bouton High School, said. “That takes a really literal message when you’re afraid you are going to get shot going to math class.”
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say not much has changed since the Columbine shooting in 1999.
“We had 19 years of thoughts and prayers,” John Barnett, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, said. “It’s time for policy and change.”
Capitol Park fell silent as students remembered the 13 victims of Columbine.
“The question we all need to be asking, how many more?” Sarah Cohen, a Bethlehem Central High School student, said.
“The fight starts with us and hopefully it ends with us so that we don’t have to go through any more school shootings in our lifetime,” Jack Watson, Bethlehem Central High School student, said.
On Friday, we see their power in numbers. A generation determined to leave the world a better place.
As students continue to march around the Capitol, they remind lawmakers they are ready for the upcoming midterms.
More than half of the students here say they are registered to vote.