Demonstrators join 'March for Our Lives' movement in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in North Charleston to take part in a nationwide movement calling for tougher gun laws.

The "March for Our Lives" Rally was held at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. The protest, organized by two Charleston-area teens, included musicians and speakers.

They say they're tired of being scared.

"It's the fear that these guns have brought into our schools," James Island Charter High School teacher Libby Paul said.

Students, parents, teachers and bystanders united to show support and deliver a simple message: they want schools to be safer.

"I don't want to have to worry when I drop them off at school that they're not going to come home," expectant mother Deborah Landry said.

"I want to be safe in my school," Palmetto Scholars Academy Lillian Schultz said. "I don't want to die and I don't want others to die."

"We need safe schools," Charleston resident Marilyn Blizard said. "We need safe children. We need a new generation that is on the right track to a better tomorrow."

Rebecca Haynie is currently a freshman in college but has personal ties to the Parkland, Florida mass shooting last month. She graduated from a high school in Parkland.

"I saw friends sharing pictures of cousins, neighbors and family friends asking if anyone has seen them," Haynie said. "I shared those pictures on Facebook praying that someone would say they saw them not even beginning to comprehend that they would be among the dead."

Organizers hope the march shows they have a voice and aren't afraid to use it.

"Their voices are being heard," State Rep. Wendell Gilliard said. "This is called youth power. Change is going to come and we have to be inclusive. I'm proud to be out here supporting these young people."

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg also attended the event.

Hundreds of thousands marched in cities across America and the world. An estimated half-million marched in Washington, DC alone.

The movement's organizers want gun control a central issue in the upcoming midterm elections.

The White House issued a statement commending the students for taking part in Saturday's march and emphasized President Donald Trump's move Friday to ban bump stocks.

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