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Scranton students heading to gun violence protest in Washington, D.C.

SCRANTON (WOLF) -- In just about two weeks, students from all across the country will be gathering in Washington, D.C. to take a stand against gun violence.

They’re taking to the streets for the March for Our Lives – organized by survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

And now, students from Scranton High School are planning on marching too.

The teachers and students organizing the trip say that they were inspired by the survivors of the Parkland shooting, but also by the lessons they’re teaching and learning in history class.

“People usually say kids should just kind of be quiet and just look nice, but we decided we weren’t going to do that and we were going to make the change. We were going to go to our teachers and say, you know, we want to do this and we want to see – people our age are starting this monumental change and that’s really amazing to see. So we decided that we have to be a part of it,” senior Tricia Hemphill said.

History teachers Jerry Skotleski and Sean Curry typically organize a trip to the nation’s capital for seniors each year, but this year they decided not to for personal and professional reasons.

“These young ladies decided that they wanted to go down to the march based on the situation in Florida and they wanted to speak out for the generation and Mr. Skotleski and I had a hard time saying no,” Mr. Curry said.

And lessons students are currently learning in history class sealed the deal.

“In my class I was just teaching about the 1960s and the protest movement and all the different marches and for this to happen right after or right – we just finished talking about that stuff and then this opportunity came up – it was almost impossible to say no,” Mr. Curry said.

42 Scranton High School students will make the trip down to Washington, planning to attend a prayer service at the National Cathedral on Friday night and then the march on Saturday.

They’re hoping to lend their voices to topics now on the forefront of many people’s minds.

“Definitely stricter gun control, but also more measures in school. Something needs to be done whether its raising the age to buy guns or just anything – thorough background checks,” senior Julia Georgetti said.

And learn a few new lessons that you can’t learn in school.

“Our job is to educate them and my job as I see it is to make them good citizens and by bringing them on this march, I think that makes them good citizens, and to get them to vote, and to be a part of the process,” Mr. Skotleski said.

Scranton High School is also participating in National Walk-Out Day on Wednesday to stand in solidarity with the Parkland shooting victims.

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