Nationwide Youth Movement to end School Shootings

Young people are demanding action

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU)

The Florida School Massacre has prompted a nationwide youth movement to put an end to school shootings. Young people are demanding action.

Students in Florida are letting their voices be heard in a very big way as they marched to the state capitol in Tallahasse  to urge lawmakers to ban certain types of firearms.The likes of which have been used in school shootings around the nation in recent years. Local high school students are watching the events very closely and support the movement from afar.

Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick spoke with area students.

"I think it's great to get students involved and get a fresh new perspective instead of lawmakers and the government deciding everything," said student, Hunter Jones. 

Coughlin High School seniors believe there is a misconception about their generation.

"Generally now youth and the millennials in particular have just been regarded as apathetic and now I think this is a great time the youth is finally showing and millennials in general to everybody they can make real change if they organize together," said student, Cory Benkoski.

Students say all this momentum can lead to real change.

"I think it's going to keep moving on. I think their is energy in it and I don't think the energy is going to die out anytime soon," said Benkoski.

So why has the Florida school shooting prompted such a nationwide response from our youth as compared to any other school shooting in recent history? Psychiatrist Dr. Matt Berger says there is no easy answer to that question.

"I'm not sure if its because there is a deeper divide more vocal division in than we had before or whether for some reason we hit a high water mark. People are kind of sick of it and reached our tolerance level for these mass shootings," said Berger. 

But is this movement  sustainable?

"Youth is fickle and they can move on into different directions. On the other hand look at the Vietnam War thing like that was really a youth driven movement. It depends on staying power and can they stay on issue," said Berger. 

Students tell Eyewitness News, they want to remind lawmakers that many of them are of voting age and intend to use their vote as 

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