2,000 RI students to participate in Providence March for Our Lives event
Students across the country are getting ready to take part in the March for Our Lives.
It's a worldwide demonstration aimed at stopping gun violence.
Students locally are participating in marches in Providence and Washington, D.C.
"We need action to take place so that's what we're doing," said Sophia Capalbo, a senior at Johnson & Wales University, who organized the Providence event.
Rhode Island School of Design student Nina Gregg is a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida.
"I'm very proud of everyone back home," Gregg said. "It's incredible, the things they're organizing and the strength they have."
Gregg and more than 2,000 students will take part in the March of Our Lives in Providence. It's one of 800 events happening around the world.
The march was planned by students and survivors of gun violence across the country.
"We're just trying to make a difference and this is the only way we can," said Coventry High School student Tyler Alexander.
Taliq Tillman, a student at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, is going to the march in Washington D.C.
"There's this process you go through every time it happens," Tillman said. "You see all the social media buzz, you see the solidarity and then nothing happens and everything stays the same. This has to be different."
Students hope the movement encourages legislators to do more to help stop gun violence in schools.
"If we're making changes in our classrooms, why aren't we making changes in our legislature?" said St. Mary Academy Bay View student Virginia Nault.
Students said they hope to incite change for generations to come.
"With a huge crowd like that, I think it's going to help me heal and help everyone else try and cope with this," Gregg said.
The New England Patriots are also helping out.
Owner Robert Kraft is lending the team plane to fly some of the injured students and their families to Washington.