MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Students marched through downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday to protest gun violence and call for change.
“We are tired of this,” said Nyagach Kueth, co-founder of Minnesota Teen Activists.
A week after 21 people, including 19 students, were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, students more than 1,300 miles away marched in their honor. They hope to offer more than prayers.
“My safety is definitely being put in place and I think a lot of people are feeling the same way,” Kueth said. “You can be safe.”
The Minnesota Teen Activists nonprofit organized a student walk for students from across Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon.
Hundreds, mostly students from Minneapolis Public Schools, gathered at Gold Medal Park to march, calling for gun reform and better mental health support.
“I’m basically the Sandy Hook generation,” said Noa Bestler, a sophomore at PiM High School of the Arts. “I was in kindergarten when it happened so my whole life revolved around that.”
The students marched in front of Bank of America Stadium with five main demands:
1. A statewide advisory committee on student safety
2. standardization of active shooting drills
3. Accountability of public officials
4. Mental health assessment for all students
5. Prohibition of AR-15 . rifles
“Youth lives matter,” the crowd shouted.
Last week, a nationwide outing was organized for students across the country.
In Uvalde, Communities are starting to have funerals for some of the 19 children killed in school shootings. The funerals of 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza and 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez are scheduled for Tuesday.
The US Department of Justice announced Sunday that it will review the response of law enforcement. Police were heavily criticized for taking more than an hour to kill the gunman inside the adjoining classrooms where he massacred.