Local students to participate in March for Our Lives

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RANDOLPH, Vt. (WCAX) WCAX News has learned of at least two schools in Vermont-- Randolph Union High School and Champlain Valley Union High School-- that will have students marching in our nation's capital Saturday.

What sets this rally apart from the School Walkout Day is that this is school-sanctioned. Students from Randolph Union High School shared their thoughts on this event.

"I think it's going to be extremely powerful and it's going to be a moment in history we will remember for a long time," said Hunter Brassard, a Randolph senior.

Twelve students from Randolph Union High School will be among the half-a-million people, mainly students, marching Saturday. The goal of the march is to get lawmakers to pass tighter gun laws.

"If we have to go to school every day, it should be a safe place for us," said Phoebe Hickin, a freshman.

Students say it's time for their voices to be heard and they are demanding change. As these students will tell you, they are the future voters.

However, there is a bit of a divide among this group of Randolph students on how politicians should respond. While some are saying more gun laws, at least one says more mental health screenings are necessary.

"For me, it's a little bit different. I'm a hunter… We have a lot of guns and we don't see a problem with the gun laws in Vermont. My perspective is a little bit different than others who are going to this," Brassard said.

March for Our Lives is part two to getting the attention of politicians. Part one took place last week when students in Vermont and across the county students walked out of class for 17 minutes. That was to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

Saturday's march continues the discussion. This time, the students have the full support of school administration. Carol McNair is a teacher and the adviser of the students going to Washington, D.C. She explains it's her job as a teacher to make students feel safe and right now, that's not the case.

"One student said every day-- and she's a really bright student-- she gets in the classroom and her mind wanders not because she's thinking about a boy or a cellphone. She's looking in the class to see if someone came in where could she hide and be safe," McNair said.

There will be smaller rallies across the country. In our region, they will be held in Montpelier, Middlebury, Rutland, Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh.