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Scores of students from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rallied alongside hundreds of students from other schools Wednesday at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, chanting “Never again” and “Shame on you!”
The crowd waved signs such as “Keep our schools safe” and “I will not stand idly by.” They cheered vigorously during speeches as students from the school, the scene of last week’s shooting rampage that killed 17 people, demanded an end to gun violence.
Lorenzo Prado, a Stoneman Douglas junior, choked up as he told of being mistaken for the gunman in the chaotic minutes after the shooting started. He said a SWAT team ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed him. Prado, near tears, said he felt guilty for the people he could not protect.
“Many would blame this event on the FBI’s lack of action or the Trump administration,” Prado said. “The simple fact is that the laws of this beloved country allowed for the deranged gunman to purchase a gun legally.”