Parkland Student Activists Honoured At The Time 100 Gala
Survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, were honoured alongside the likes of Jennifer Lopez and and Ronan Farrow.
Student activists who survived the school shooting at Marjory Stoneham Douglas high school on Februrary 14 took centre stage at the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday night.
David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Emma González, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin were honoured alongside the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Ronan Farrow and Savannah Guthrie, as they were praised by guests for the national gun control movement March For Our Lives which they led in Washington on March 24.
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The New York gala was held in celebration of the Time 100 issue, which is the magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world and the students were all named on the list.
Together, the five inspirational voices started the #NeverAgain movement, which calls for stricter gun control laws after 17 of their peers and teachers were murdered in the shooting.
David Hogg spokeout at the Gala and said: "I’ve become more of a citizen and more of an activist," and added that he wants to visit American cities dealing with gun violence, like Chicago, to help people “raise their voice."
His classmate, Cameron Kasky, added that he hopes Barack Obama "goes out and votes in November," after he wrote about them in the 2018 Time 100 issue.
The former president wrote: "By bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency.
"As these young leaders make common cause with African Americans and Latinos—the disproportionate victims of gun violence—and reach voting age, the possibilities of meaningful change will steadily grow."
It's amazing to see that these students are being recognised for their incredible activism.