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    Demonstrations Planned in Boston to Protest Gun Violence

    “A March for Our Lives: Boston” protest and National School Walkout are in the works.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018)

    Students in and around Boston are planning to protest gun violence in the wake of the Florida high school shooting.

    “A March for Our Lives: Boston” protest and National School Walkout are in the works.

    The protest is set for March 24 from 12-5 p.m. on Boston Common.

    Social media sites have already been set up, along with fundraising.

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    The rally is on a Saturday and event organizers say they're expecting tens of thousands of people to come out.

    “We’re really working to create a conversation in Massachusetts,” said Andover High school senior Charlotte Lowell.

    She’s one of the many people organizing the protest.

    “I think my generation has grown up with mass shootings kind of all around us, grown up with the word shooter...or learning how to duck and cover if an unknown person gets into our building with a gun, which is a terrifying thought,” said Lowell.

    Wednesday, From California, to Miami, to Iowa rallies were posted on Snapchat showing the growing anti-gun violence movement led by teens.

    In Florida, thousands of kids, and some students who survived the Parkland school tragedy walked out of school and protested.

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    Students from Stoneman Douglas High held a rally inside and outside the capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida, demanding stricter gun laws.

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    They also flooded the Florida capital demanding change.

    “I think this has the potential to be a very large and very powerful event,” said Graciela Mohamedi, a Rockland High School Teacher, and also an adult planner for the Boston protest.

    Graciela thinks it can rival the women’s march.

    So far, she says about 40,000 people are interested in Facebook.

    In addition, students are planning on walking out of class on Wednesday, March 14.

    That will be for 17 minutes — one minute for each person killed in Florida.

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    Graciela says the walkout has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

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