Parkland is sparking a difficult conversation about race, trauma, and public support

For more than a week, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have held the country’s attention as they join with peers across the country to demand a change in America’s gun laws. 

Their acts of protest — and their cutting statements to politicians— have made them a powerful force, drawing considerable media coverage and the backing of multiple celebrities. And their organizing is just beginning: Students have planned two national events in March, the National School Walkout and the March for Our Lives.

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