The main March For Our Lives event might take place on Saturday, but rallies ahead of the march are already beginning.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teamed up on Thursday with Southeast Washington’s Thurgood Marshall Academy for a #NeverAgain rally.
On Thursday morning, the students came together at Thurgood Marshall Academy for the rally against gun violence. MSDHS students and leaders of the March For Our Lives, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, Ryan Deitsch, Jackie Corin, David Hogg and alumni Matt Deitsch were all in attendance.
The students said in a press release that they are held the rally to "demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools."
Staff at Thurgood Marshall Academy say that kind of fear is an issue for a lot of their students.
In January, another Thurgood Marshall Academy student was fatally shot: not at school, but in the community. Nineteen-year-old Paris Brown lost his life in a shooting on Skyland Place.
Saturday's march was announced by Parkland students just days after 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Police later arrested 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and charged him with 17 counts of premeditated murder.