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LI students join worldwide rallies for Florida survivors, gun control

March 24, 2018
By Newsday

Numerous events were held across the Island as protesters seek stricter laws and demand legislative action.

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Thousands of Long Islanders, including children, grandparents, educators and religious leaders, came out on Saturday to speak their minds about gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. Newsday visited rallies from Huntington to Port Jefferson to Long Beach and Farmingdale to capture what they had to say. (Credit: Newsday / Raychel Brightman / Megan Miller and Ed Betz and Randee Daddona)

Thousands of protesters, some toddlers and grandparents, others educators and religious leaders, filled the streets from Port Jefferson Station to Port Washington on Saturday to amplify a single message — a demand for stiffer gun control legislation.

Students spearheaded March for Our Lives events in a show of unity with Parkland, Florida, school survivors and support their call for stricter gun control. The main rally was held in Washington, D.C., and spawned more than 800 satellite events across the globe just weeks after the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that killed 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

School safety was a common refrain among protesters and elected officials.

“Today, thousands of students across the country have come together to speak up and demand action so they no longer must fear for their safety,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a news release. “Our young people have become courageous leaders who have inspired a nation, and their voices must be heard.”

Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said she has teenage twins and when she sends them to school, “I pray that today’s not the day.”

Sara Blau, a student at Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho, attended the rally at Farmingdale State College and told the audience, “We care about the safety of our friends and classmates, whose lives are in danger.”

Rallies were also held in Great Neck, Long Beach, Cedarhurst, Old Westbury and at Stony Brook University. Click here to continue reading.

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