MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Marchers in Marquette and all over the nation walked today in solidarity with those 17 students killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in February and to advocate for safer schools.
"I believe that I've had a voice my whole life and I've finally had an opportunity to speak it and this is something I believe strongly of and I want school safety across the nation, across the world," said Clara Smith, a student at Marquette Senior High School and one of the marches coordinators.
Cities all over the United States participated in the March for Our Lives and organizers wanted Marquette represented on that national scale.
"A lot of people were offering to give us donations and send us actually to Washington, D.C. to march today and we decided, 'No, we wouldn't have just four of us go we want everybody to be welcome and everybody from Marquette to have a chance to share their voice, too,'" said Clara Biolo Thompson Smith, a student at Marquette Senior High School and the march's co coordinator.
At the corner of Fourth and Washington Street, chants coming from those marchers, all hoping for the same goal.
"I hope that legislators and Michigan legislators hear our voice and that there needs to be a change made to our school safety," said Biolo Thompson.
As for all the involvement from the community, their teachers and local law enforcement, Clara Smith says she's thankful to have a voice in a matter so close to her heart.
"Some people would like to do this but don't, or things come in the way so I'm so lucky to kind of feel like the community's behind me and us leading and us having the students come and be here with us is just amazing," said Smith.
Organizers estimate between 300 and 400 people marched. Those marchers gathered back at the Marquette Commons for a celebratory gathering to end Marquette's March for Our Lives.