More than 1 million people are expected to attend the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. hoping for changes to gun regulations and school safety.
WASHINGTONÂ â€”Â Mei-Ling Ho-Shing stood pensively Friday as she read a quote engraved in stone at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.Â
â€œBelieve that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.â€
Ho-Shing is a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and a survivor of the Feb. 14 school shootingÂ that killed 17 students and teachers and injured 16. SheÂ said sheâ€™s determined to fight for the right side of history, and she’s doing so with her words.Â
On Saturday, she will be linking arms with her Douglas peers in the nationâ€™s capital and advocating for stricter gun control laws duringÂ March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest against gun violence.
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â€œDouglas is in the house. Weâ€™re here and coming to make a change,” Ho-Shing said. “Weâ€™re here to march, and Iâ€™m excited.
“Iâ€™m so proud to be an Eagle and a part of this campaign,â€ she said, making reference to her school’s mascot.
More than a month ago, Ho-Shing was in Algebra 2 on the secondÂ floor of the freshman buildingÂ when she heard the shots in the building where her class was located.
Before the shooting, Ho-Shing was justÂ your average teen. She loved spending time with friends, participating inÂ her school’s multicultural club meetingsÂ and rehearsing with her step team.
Then days after the rampage, students at her school announced plans for the March for Our lives.
Now, the 17-year-old finds herself in Washington along with 500,000 others and students participating in more than 800 sister marches across the USA hoping to change lawsÂ so thatÂ what happened at her schoolÂ won’tÂ happen again.
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