KC students join gun awareness effort

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Students across the country are planning to take to the streets Saturday.

Alongside family members and supporters, they’ll “March for Our Lives” to spotlight gun violence amid a rash of school shootings. A group of Kilgore College students are inviting the community to get a head-start spreading the message.

Tina Rushing teaches Sociology and Social Work courses at the school. She’s also the sponsor of the KC Diversity Alliance spearheading this week’s march.

The effort goes back to Feb. 14, Rushing said, and the deadly school shooting that left 17 people dead and 17 more wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“We’ve been talking about it the last month or so, since shortly after it happened,” Rushing said. “The students just wanted to have a presence, that somebody on our campus is thinking about this.”

Set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday in front of the Randolph C. Watson Library, the local college students’ event is among 825-plus scheduled this week through March for Our Lives.

According to MarchforOurLives.com, on Saturday the key marchers “will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.”

Organizers cleared Thursday’s event with Kilgore College Police Department, Rushing noted, and nyone is welcome to join the march at the library: students, alumni, faculty members and staffers.

“They want to have a petition that people can sign,” she said. “To get people to the table, we’re going to have a bake sale.

“It’s a national event. We just decided to ours on Thursday.”

For more information about the original initiative, log on to MarchForOurLives.com. Learn more about Kilgore College’s effort via email to trushing@kilgore.edu.

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