PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Nine months after 17 classmates and teachers were massacred in their Florida school, Parkland students are finally facing the moment they’ve been leading up to with marches, rallies and voter-registration events throughout the country: their first Election Day.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student activists set their sights on 4 million U.S. citizens turning 18 this year. They’re hoping to counteract voter apathy that’s prevalent among the youth during midterms. Many of the activists postponed college plans to mobilize young voters. Many support gun reform, in the name of their fallen classmates.
It’s been a whirlwind for the students, with celebrity support from Oprah to Kim Kardashian, a Time magazine cover and late-night TV spots – but all of it lost unless it motivates students to vote.