"It was just so heartbreaking to see how many (voters') names were up there, especially after it was my school", Sheryl Acquaroli, a 16 year-old junior from Stoneman Douglas, who was crying, later told "Anderson Cooper 360˚".
Yesterday more than 100 students boarded buses heading to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers to urge them to help prevent another deadly attack. There is, however, some momentum to measures to get such rifles treated more like handguns (whose purchase has more restrictions) than long guns.
He said: "What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position. and he never went in".
"We do need to have some gun control reform".
Students held signs, some with the hashtag #NeverAgain which has been circulating social media in support of the students' calls for more stringent gun legislation.
He added: "The reason we are starting March For Our Lives and doing this on March 24 is we have been hearing a lot that this is not the time to talk about gun control and we can respect that - we've lost people, it's important to mourn".
According to Jennifer Caracciolo, director of communications for Forsyth County Schools, this response from the schools came after the district met Tuesday to "debrief on school safety" in the wake of the shooting. "So no matter what, change is going to happen and we are going to be sure of it".
"I don't think they understand that we aren't just going to give up when we get exhausted, because we are not going to get exhausted", Acquaroli said. The Women's March Youth Empower group is organizing one such protests, which is set to be held exactly one month after the tragedy on March 14, and take 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims.
Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, is facing 17 counts of murder. "That's supposed to be the global day of love", he said. "We have to treat people how we want to be treated". I was brought to tears multiple times reading and watching videos of what these kids went through, but some still try to bring them down so they can't speak out.