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month after the parkland school shooting. you are looking live at washington on your left. on the right is fonew york city. you've got demonstrations planned from maine to miami, houston to honolulu. we are live op the ground inside their walk outs. chris murphy will be here. school board members and students and the reporters you see on your screen plus more. i want to start with mariana who looks to be in the thick of things right at this protest where you are. >> reporter: halle we're right here in front of the white house and i want to be very respectful of the 17-minute moment of silence. there's a crowd of at least a thousand students expected here and that's what we're seeing. they started trickling in, they took the trans from maryland from baltimore to the greater d.c. hair to sit here and if i
have their backs to the white house. students from all angles are going to be pressuring lawmakers to pass gun laws. >> as you can see there are students with their backs to the white house. we saw some outside of our office at 8:00 in the morning macing their way over there. it's happening all across the country including florida. nbc's ra hemaalice is there. i understand at any moment the students are set to walk out to that football field behind you. thai making their way through school ground, right? >> reporter: yes, halle inform it is starting right now. students are filing out of the high school at this moment on to the football field. this is a school of about 3,000 students. we don't foe how many of if all of them will be coming out. you can see them as their
assembling there. now they're responding to the fact that some people here on the fence away from the football field, that are waving to the supporters who've loaned up here to say that they stand in solidarity with these students. at your pointing out in washington at some point here, all of the students have gathered on to the field we expect that they will observe a moment of silence. 17 minutes if you will. one minute for each person who was murdered in this school one month ago. after that they're expected to go over to another area across from the school where there may be some statements and speeches that school students may engage in over there. we have to say we don't foe -- actually one student told me -- when i asked the question of would students return to school? i was told some of them might and some might not. they may take the rest of the they to remember want here a month ago. halle. >> and we've talked about how
this is happening all across the country. we're going to stay with this for the northbound 17 machines. ra hematalk about the origins of this pause this was something almost immediately after where students started to talk about. students/adults who said we want to do some sort of action, right? >> reporter: indeed. this is their time to take a stand against gun violence. they say they want more. they also said to me that they were pleased that the state legislatures here in florida have taken a stand. they recently passed begun reform that in part says they are raising the age requirement for purchasesing a fwum from 21 to 18. these students say that is nowhere near enough, they want to see action from across the country coming out of washington. they understand that they may not be at the center of the
tangs all the time, that doesn't mean that this issue is not at the center of their attention. halle. >> give me a sense of what it's like on the ground. you mentioned supporters there along the fence line. have people from the community come out to show their support to the students? is it a big crowd, small crowd? >> reporter: i'd say it's about a medium size crowd of people saying they want to stand in support of these students. i talked to a kid who came from albuquerque, new mexico. their school is on spring break. he came out with a soon that says he wants to show his support because gun violence does not lim itself to a high school, elementary school or a college. we should also tell you, halle, there is a voice that's saying they don't think the students should do this.
they think this is not a way to exercise their concerns. so many people are standing in solidarity with them. there are some objecting to this thinking that this may not be the best way for them to voice their opinion and for that you are stand against gun violence. >> i want to no back to mariana who's at another walk out in washington. almost a sit-in. students who turned their back in protest of this. this moment of silence is 17 machines of silence. mariana i know you want to be respectful of that put i'm hoping you can walk us through who are all these students and where are they from? what are you seeing. >> reporter: halle again i'm talking in a very slow voice, in a very low voice because i want to be respectful in this moment we're witnessing here.
you have hundreds of students from the d.c. area, virginia, montana who are participating in a sit-in if i having their back to the white house. asking the lawmakers and president to expand gun prochlks legislation. to ban assault rifles and expand background checks on all gun sales and stop the militarization on law enforcement. i was speaking to a fairley on stephanie ruhle show from richmond monodpoerm high school who said they feel it's their moment for kids who are dpopg to be turning 18 soon, some already 18 and eligible to vote, they said this is the moment to enact change and tell the congress that enough is enough. they want to feel safe not only in school but also in church, the movie theater and park. what happened in parkland,
really just made them rise and face-to-face them that momentum to raise their faces today. the fact that we're still talking about parkland one month after that massacre really shows how this is different from other school shootings that we've seen. >> mariana there in washington and a similar seen three hours north, new york city on the left of your screen. young people sitting quietly in new york as part of this 17-minute moment of silence. ron allen is in rhode island outside john middle ton high school. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: we're seeing a moment of silence. it's a respectful and moving time. it's significant that for a lot of these students who are blow 18 years of age or younger, or the middle school walking out
this is sort of the first big activism for them. they've been so moved by what happened in florida, seeing their peers massacred they felt like this was the time for something to happen. there are 17 balloons up there. they are standing still and silent. trying to move the nation to do something about what happened. it's almost important to report these events are entirely student led and generated. there have been threats of suspension because they are violating school rules. thai trying to make this a positive thing. they're trying to make arrangements of for students to be safe. you have thousands of students not in school that can prevent
safety problems in neighborhoods. this is a respectful and moving event that we're seeing. i also want to point out that this was driven di social media and will be in the days and months to come. in addition to this they're doing voter registration here. there are some students who are 18 and could register to vote. at the end of the day that may have more lasting impact than what we're seeing here around the country. as powerful and moving as it is, it's quite something to see how so many students have come together. again, organized, students and social media put this is how strongly they feel opinion what happened. >> while you're there in rhode island we're looking for pictures coming from parkland, florida be students are starting to fill the field. katy is georgia, and the moment of silence there has begun.
my understanding at that school where you're at there's a question of whether students should be allowed to protest like this. >> reporter: there are some students in the atlantic metro area that are not in favor of those protests. the one behind me is not one of them. the school administrators have seen this as a teaching moment and for students to participate and using they're right and stand up for something they believe in. as we speak the students are standing in silence as a school organizer is reading the names of each victims in the parkland shooting. there are parents and students here standing silently in honoring these victims. the idea for this national walk-out started from a mom in decatur, georgia a few miles from herism she was a mother of a 13-year-old who was tired of congress being enactive and decided to do something. so she got this idea and started
talking to people about it and the income thing you know a national walk out. thousands boond me paying horn to these victims today. >> can you talk about -- there's a call for action on the federal front, action that has not yet materialized, the president rolling out his school safety plan, the -- properly trained teachers in school areas. what about on a local level there in georgia? >> reporter: i think there is frustration here too, especially at the federal government. a lot of parents saying we're tired of seeing the tweets apologizing saying how sad and sorry they are, that's not enough. we need to take action we need legislation and we need it now. very little have been don if their mind to solve this problem. there are problem 100 parents standing hoar watching their
students out here stand in front of the school silent and solemn and i think that's the message that are trying to send. >> katy mac in georgia. i want to go back to raw hooem? georgia. who do you have with you? >> reporter: i have susan fa mata she's a junior here. you're here instead of there. tell me why? >> because many students after this walk will be heading to the park where community leaders will be meeting them and few students will be speaking there and away dpng to have a 17-machine prayer service. >> reporter: and you wanted to be part of that so you taught it will be difficult to leave there than here. what can you think of -- >> all i can think of is when we got together for a different reason. and now looking back allky think
of is how great our school is and how together and united weather and how much support we have from everyone. rorp is this appear emotional moment for you? >> it is. >> reporter: because as you say you think about what happened one month ago. >> today marks one day and seeing the card all over again, with the media, it's hard. >> reporter: not everyone agrees with the walk out today. how duds that strike you that you don't have complete solidarity? >> there's always going to be people that don't agree which is completely fine. but we are here to protest because we know change is coming, we are the change and we will not stop. >> reporter: and as people applaud what's happening there, your thoughts? >> reporter: i love it, i love the support that we have. >> reporter: can you sustain this beyond this moment? can it go beyond this? how? >> we will not stop talking about it our students and staff
did not die in vain. their names will be said out loud over and over and over begun until james occurs. >> reporter: you're a junior now. in two years you're going to be leaving this school. what happens then? >> i'm going to keep fighting for chang wherever it is. it's a nationwide problem that has to be fixed. >> reporter: thank you very much for talking with me. >> thank you. >> reporter: all right. halle this is witness of nearly 3,000 students at this school. we're not certain all of them will be coming out here as you see them gathering. that are about to especialngage minutes of silence. it's a moment of silence to remember the 17 people killed her a month ago today. >> thank you to that young lady who spoke with you. you're taking looks at parkland
and live footage of students coming in and outside of washington, d.c.. the president is not in the white house he's out to coverage. perhaps watching some of the coverage happening across the country. one of those schools is lion brook new york, lion brook high school. joining us on the phone is abe butler. i understand you're one of the the organizers in the walk oust of your school? >> yes. thank for having me. i'm apart of a competent to organization actions. after the parkland shooting, we raised an awareness in students and the increase of passion on gun safety and gun violence. one of the reasons for that, one
of students at our school -- a shooting just happened hoar, it could happen to us. i think it made them realize that we have to do something, that's why we planned this walk out. >> were teachers and faculty supportive of this at your school? >> surprisingly the attachers and administration were extremely willing to work with us constructively and corporately op planning this walk out. obviously they kucouldn't suppo it officially because it goes against state law but they were helpful in making sure we were safe in all manners. we have police present, and there are hundreds of students right now gathering. >> abe after this walk out, students will return to school,
go home, wake up tomorrow and go back to school. how do you keep this momentum going. what specifically are you doing when it comes to reaching out to your legislatures trying to keep up this call for chang that you stated as being so important to you? >> the question we've dealt with the most of planning this walk out, most of plans of how to keep up with the engagement. after the walk out we're trying to get a organization together to no to the walk out for our lives. we have our legislature, nancy bar who was actually elected and she gave us the speech about the importance of getting involved. getting residentialed to vote if you want to see the change that your seeking of gun safety. in the end we're going to provide information about how after the walk out you're going to continue to be involved. >> have you had success in reaching out to the lawmakers
locally where you are. have you gotten a response from them? what kind of respond have you had? >> prior to this walk out we had students come to the school libraries and wrote letters to variety of elected officials. to senator schumer, and koe moe. credit haven't heard back yet, the letters were imelda a few days ago but we hope we'll get a response from these laminectomied if you believes db elected -- elected if i recalls which indicate why we were upset on the issue of give up safety and what we'd like them today. >> abe i want to note it is 18 machines after the hour. this was supposed to be a 17-must 17 minute moment of silence, obs not all of them started at 10:00. we are seeing movement in washington where students have been seated in front of the
white house have stood up and walking around. you have seen silence on the screen if atlantic -- >> thank you so much. >> abe thank you so much. i don't know if you're still able to hear us. but if you are at your school is there still that moment of silence or is it of? >> we actually were not doing a moment of silence we were finishing up with the people who knew the victims then we'll have a moment of silence. >> thank you for jointing us. as we look if parkland in florida, mariana what are you seeing in washington where the young teenagers are out this front of the white house. >> reporter: halle kid of all ages participated in the 17 minutes of silence, turning their pic to the white house.
now they are prepared to march towards capitol hill. starr going to meet with simple lawmakers. they're also going to meet with parkland congressman, ted date of birth doit to now dmaemand action. this crowd is headed over to capitol hill. many kids say this is their moment, it's once in a generation moment to make change and they really want gun prevention legislation to be expanded and passed. as we've spoken they are inspired by parkland students, they want gun violence to stop. three of the 10 deadliest school shootings have happened just in the past five months. so, for these kids now is the moment to say enough is enough. and with this crowd marching towards capitol hill now is the moment to pressure lawmakers, especially republican lawmakers
into passing the kind of legislation that they want to see. halle. >> mariana we're taking another look live here at washington where students are beginning their march outside of where we are on capitol hill. you mentioned kids of all ages in washington, one of those students who have been protests is david hub. he's been one of the leading voices after the shooting. you've soon him on this network and other networks. he is live streaming his own reaction from students. if we have audio, let's listen. he continue talk through football field, that shot you're seeing above in parkland. coming out on this walk-out day, a couple of events set over the next few weeks as you take a
another look at that shot above. the students have walked to the football field, after this they're expected to head to a public park where there'll be speakers, interviews being conducted. here we have david hogg fen. let's listen. >> what does this movement mean in larger scales -- what does this mean in larger salcales in u.s. history? >> well i'm hoping it will take the turn to follow one america and europe and hopefully we can stop this from happening again. [ inaudible question ] >> we really need to change, there's no reason not to change at this point. and it's tame to actually do something and not just say
you're going to and stuff. >> all right. thank you. >> so the student on the right there is david hogg. he's one of the leading voices in the activism relating to parkland talking to a fellow classmate of his. you're watching these teenagers group lg with moment of with the hor will be. we're talking another look at a high school in detroit. you see these students also conducting what appears to be this moment of silence here in michigan. again, hundreds of those walk-outs have been planned across the country from the east coast to the west coast. in many instances teachers and staffers from some of the kids that have been on this program have been supportive of this. in orr cases there has preponderance currents about security and safety.
mariana in washington seizure covering that. you're with these students who are heading to meet with lawmakers on a federal level to try to push them to do something at some point. >> reporter: that's exactly right, halle. as you can see this crowd, it started gruing larger and larger. students from virginia, maryland, from the greater d.c. area. they took the triple as here and now they're marching towards capitol hill. where are you girls come from? >> we're from the maryland high school. rorp why was it important for you to be here? >> we really need to feel assaultive in our schools and it's not acceptable in our school. >> we want change and i shouldn't feel john safe getting an education and i want to now. >> we need a change now. >> reporter: what are your demands for those lawmakers on capitol hill? >> we're just trying to get some change no matter what it is and we want some type of begun
reform. we want to make a movement to show the rest of america what we want and it want it now. >> reporter: what was it opinion parkland that inspired you to act and be here? >> well we know a lot of people that actually went to that school. watching the video and hearing about everything really affected me and made me realize that this happens to real people and it can happen to anybody and we really need to make a change now while we can. >> reporter: thank you girls. i'm going to let you continue marching because it's really about a -- so many people by my rough estimates who have more than a thousand students here that are marching toward dpl. as you just heard from these young girls that were i want spired by the events of parkland florida. and they feel that some of these moments in generation can enact chang in washington and that's what they're going to be
demanding of lawmakers today. >> mariana thank you. we want to bounce back to parkland, florida without with ra hooem ellis. you can see her on the screen trying to speak with some of the students marching from the football field. >> reporter: halle, what you see behind me is some of the high school students as well as middle school students. a couple of them are here with me. tell me your name. >> gisel ya. >> and your name. >> ka bella ro. >> reporter: why are you here? >> we want to do the same thing. >> reporter: you want to do the same of the high school? >> he dame and sat on our campus and that was scary. we want to --
>> reporter: what do you think will happen as a result of this walk out today? >> i think everyone's going to finally start listening to us. they're going to make a difference. all the kidsing to are here making a difference saying that guns sold not 'allowed to go to 18 years old and some other people. >> reporter: if florida, the state legislature have made a chang. thai raised the age limits for purchases a gun from 18 to 21. but washington hasn't done that. what would you like to say to the state legislatures in washington? >> the fact that we need to make a chang at some point, to wake up and realize that people are dying in schools one they're not supposed to be. we're going to get an education instead we're dying. >> reporter: you're in the 8th grade. how much power do you have to move legislatures?
>> i think in pig numbers we have a change. all of us together we have the voice to make a change. >> reporter: when this day is over, when you are not the headline story of the day, how do you keep up this momentum? >> we keep going, we don't give up for anything. just keep going until something changes. >> reporter: do you mind to tell me after the cameras leave you will keep going? >> yes, i will. >> the cameras don't make a difference. >> reporter: is that something that you hear from other 8th dpraders? >> not all of them want to make. >> reporter: not all of them. some of them think that you shouldn't do this. >> they say away able to op guns but that doesn't mean that an 18-year-old can purchase a gun and by a military type gun and shoot up a school. >> they kill. >> if yew use guns to kill then how are we going to stop a
vicious continuing loop we're not. it's going to keep on going. >> reporter: halle, three of many students out here today voicing their opinion and standing in solidarity and in protest saying they want something to be don, even though they know there are people who oppose them, who don't share your opinion. they say they're going to be here even after the cameras leave. halle. >> stand by for us. mariana ar tense owe is in washington marching with these students toward the capital in d.c. mare wraun what are you seeing? >> reporter: i'm sighing a lot of excitement. i'm seeing students of all ages and families here. i want to talk to his father and young son. why was it important for you to be out here with your son today. >> i think we're tired of being ♪ ♪ around the world -- phone
around the world as the country that cares more opinion its guns tan its kids. >> reporter: how old are you? >> i'm 12. >> reporter: what are you marching for today? >> gun control and for congress to step it up and protect our kids from stuff that happened in parkland and sandy hook. those are elementary school kid and i think it's not okay that they're still -- they're not doing anything. >> reporter: as a 12-year-old do you really think that you have the power to make change? >> by myself i don't think i have the power but together with all these people here i think we can make a change. >> reporter: thank you so much folks. you already seeing halle, how grown up these kids sound. after seeing what happened in parkland and the school shootings made them take a stand and grow up much faster. >> yeah. i'd love for you to talk with that dad -- one of the things people have grappled with how young is too young to protest. is there a certain age.
and i wonder if he has any thoughs does his datd grapple with that at all? obviously he's supportive that he's here with them. >> reporter: it's such an important question. we're talking with halle jackson about how young is too young to be out in a march for gun safety. did you have any he has taking about bringing him here today? >> i didn't have any he has taking of bringing him here pause he's very aware of the events. i had more of a hesitation with my daughter whose younger. she didn't come, i think she would have liked to come. it would have been tough to have her here in term offense managing all the people in the crowds. i know it's a difficult question all the patterns are asking themselves and talk with the kids about. >> reporter: thank you so much sir. there's debates in households about how young is too young. no doubt we heard from this dad where there's a conversation
going on. at our dinner tables and all across the country, he felt his 12-year-old was comfortable to come. clearly from that 12-year-old boy he knows why he's here and why he's marching today. halle. >> don't go away we want to come back to you as you make your way to the white house with these students. we also want to talk so ron allen in new york. i understand you're with a group of students at that high school. >> reporter: yes, halle. protesters are standing here and everyone one back into high school in an orderly way. so, tell me how are you feeling now about what just happened? >> i'm excited. i think a lot of change is going to happen because of this. i think people are excited about trying to change things. i think we're looking to the future and hoping thing will change. >> reporter: you thought maybe a couple of hundred of students came out, it looked like much of
the school came out. >> yeah i think through facebook and communicating with our friends at other schools we were able to get a huge following on this. and beganing a lot of act acknowledgement for this cause. rorp krng a lot of people think is can you keep this going or is this going to be a one-day protest? >> i hope with competent keep the momentum going. we collected donations for our walk down in d.c. i hope this can be continued into november into the elections rorp are you going to washington next week or later this month? >> i'm going to try. >> reporter: what was it like standing there? we were at a respectable distance away. what was it like standing there while this is going on? >> i think standing with people they know and don't know it brought us together to share one cause and one meaning towards parkland. i think on a cold day like this it warmed all of us together.
it was a beautiful moment for all of us. >> reporter: in the month since the shooting have you seen things that bother and trouble and encounter you in the national discourse about this and in your community? >> i think nationally there is an issue and as a student body we are working to change things like this. i think in our school especially we're going towards a more positive direction. i think if we start in our school and grow outward it can be a positive change. >> reporter: want you, do you see positive signs in the months that this happen or tupg the nation is going to go back to the same of sort of richalized response? >> i know in our school we had a recent incident that there was a rumor something was going to happen. the way people responded i think really show that is something's going to chang. >> reporter: what happened? >> we -- i remember the night perform we were all talking about sold we go to school, not
go to school, stay and support each orr, try and watch out for our safety. talking in realistic terms about wald happened if a shooter would come into our school. >> wow, pretty frightening. >> it's really scary. >> reporter: i imagine a few months or years ago that wouldn't have happened. is that true? >> yeah, i think this is a turning point. i think thing haves to change. we won't tolerate being scared of coming into school. it has to change i think we wouldn't be hunted. >> reporter: hunted, that's a powerful word. >> i think it turns out that we're the victims, we're the ones that are going to die if there's no change. i think we have to fight for a change to say we don't want to die. >> reporter: thank you for coming out i appreciate it and get back in school.
>> thank you. >> reporter: i think a lot of people are listening to you so tank again. halle back to you. >> ron allen thanks to you as we're looking live at this shot from the nation's capital. you can see there are students who have come from all around the region. washington, virginia, maryland to march after a sit-in at the white house. some of the students are going to meet with lawmakers at the white house to talk about back be done. you hard one woman ron allen spoke with say we cannot be hunted. chilling words. in florida other students have gathered. parkland the epicenter of this moment one month ago today. ra hooem tell me what you're hearing from students on the ground in parkland? do they feel like to do is making a difference?
>> reporter: they said it does. i'm told it's going to be another 17 minutes of silence in remembrance of those who died a month ago. people do think there is power in this movement. they tell me they're going to continue this even after we're gone. they think that there is a reason, a real purpose for them to be out here. they left the football field where they dpatered and many of them, you can see, they have their backpack with them. i suspect there won't be school for most of these young people for the rest of the day because this is taking up a lot of their focus and energy and it may be difficult to get them to refocus on their school work. some of them are telling me as far as their concerned, this is their school work, this is part of their civic responsibility to be out here and take a stand.
halle. >> raheema ellis in florida. katy is back with students in georgia. i want to talk about how this was orkzed bah this was student led in the way these protests and walk-outs came together. >> reporter: it absolutely was, halle. as we were standing here we were looking at what could have been more than a thousand students standing out here, solemn, silent reflective. it was more of a remembrance here. there were so students so passionate being being here. they violated the rules of another school down the street that were not willing to let them do a walk out. i'm joined by two ladies they go to pie yus high school. morgan you were trying to organization a walk out they won't let you. tell me what you did. >> i was trying to organize a walk out like you said it was going to be powerful and respectful. they sent over an e-mail
yesterday saying you're not permitted to walk out, you'll face suspension if you did. so, here we are. we decided that. >> reporter: you were going to get a permission slip from your parents? >> yeah, we got a pernls slip from your patterns to come -- permission slips from our patterns to come. >> reporter: why was this so important to be here, you may get some sort of disciplinary action for being here. why was this so important? >> we feel like we needed to have a voice. we decided to come here where it was beautiful and amazing. we had a voice here. >> reporter: what was it look for you kathy when you saw all the students? they were standing so quietly and the names being read. what were you thinking? >> it was so moving and it was wonderful to see so many people come together. i think people should be doing
this all around the country and the world and i think it's amazing. >> reporter: was it worth it to potentially get if trouble? >> oh absolutely. this is so much more important to me than any sort of school discipline. rorp why is this so important? >> because these are lives at stake. this is too important not to be apart of. >> reporter: parmarly for you, got your parents to sign off so hopefully you won't get suspended that's the goal. being here will it be something that you remember? how did it change you. >> i'm going to remember this for the rest of my life. i was debating yesterday when they came out announcements and said those who walk out will face suspension. i was debating doing it. i was like this area is so important for me, these topics. i decided to do it but then, my mom was like, maybe you should
get -- so, we did, here we are. we do respect our staffs and decisions of them to not allow us to walk out, however, this just feels so important, so fundamental. >> reporter: well, thank you guys for being here today. back to you halle. >> katy thank you and thank you for those young ladies speaking to you and us. as we take a look into park happened florida where paul rye yap was asked about hi message to the students at these walk-outs who referred to a bill to pass in the house at the i know of last year. it looks like we've lost mariana's shot there. that bill was tied to another position that was enacted to democrats that loosened concealed carrying across the state line. trump is not in washington, he's
out in california waking up in the west coast. he's tweeted so far on trade and infrastructure but not yet on where he's going back home to. mariana is back with the students whose making that you are way to the capital. pa mariana. >> reporter: hall he this exceeded expectations. i want to talk to some students who came here from shelby high school. >> sherwood. >> reporter: sherwood in maryland high school correct? >> yes. >> reporter: tell me what you're feeling right? >> somewhat triumph fant. it's almost indescribe bl to
walk in solidarity with students our angle worth passionate somebody this. it's incredible. >> reporter: today is the one-month anniversary of the massacre in parkland. how to you keep the momentum going? >> i think we have to know the younger generation are the people who can make a difference so i feel some sort of responsibility. i feel those people need to be represented in a powerful light. we live in washington where we have the opportunity to do something good. >> reporter: halle thank you so much. i want to show you that shot right now because i want to tell you what's going to happen once these thousands of students get to the capital. they are fwipg to be standing side by side with several lawmakers. the organizers will pair up. students in solidarity and they'll hear from john lewis,
ted deutschetail also be joined by speaker pelosi. so many of these students walking out and participating in this event is a once in a generation event. you can see a lot of excitement. let me just ask another one of them what they're specific demands are from lawmakers today? what are you asking lawmakers on capitol hill for? >> we're asking for way more gun regulation and just a safer place. >> reporter: you are eligible to vote you're 18. will you be voting in the midterms? is the voting booth the vehicle to make chak or are these types of marches the vehicle to make chang? >> i'm not 18 but my sister and s and she will be. >> reporter: all right and she's here with her family. thank you so much. students of all ages, halle. as i head over to capitol hill, hundreds and 00s, exceeding organizers expectations here in
the nation's capital. halle. >> mariana we'll be coming back to you in the next couple of minutes. i want to get to jasonest series, chairman of the school board education. some schools in georgia decided not to participate in this walk out. they've opted out but atlantic public schools did nottism can you explain why it was so important for your district to take that stance? >> yes. the atlanta public schools was the school that dr. martin luther king attended, we feel it's important to have our students engage civilically. we think it's our responsibility to provide them with a safe structured space to engage civically. to engage in this dialogue and
that's what we've done. we believe that the students as one of the students talked opinion earlier, this is a once in a generation opportunity. we want to make sure that our students were able to participate in that in a way that's safe and structured. >> jason, one of the most controversial things that president trump, for example has proposed in our coverage of the white house, which is my other job here is arming the teachers. what is the conversation you've had with board members about implementing that in our school? >> we have not had those conversations in atlanta public schools. we have safety affairs, resource officers that -- that are in our schools, they are armed. we believe that we have the procedures in place to keep our schools secure. we strongly police chief that we
need adequate funding from the federal government and we'd rather see that funding go towards providing students with an education, a quality education than to provide teachers with guns, frankly. >> jason thank you very much for pg on with us from atlanta. i know this is a critical day for your city and others across the country. we want to remind folks the back-outs from hawaii to maine. you've seen most of the schools begun this walk out at 10, or right around the tom and hold 17 machines of silence. on the left side of your screen you have been seeing washington, d.c. here you're looking at a memorial for the victims of those students. raheema ellis has been in
parkland. the idea is for students to fete to a partly cloudy park for the remember prance of those students in a call to action. what do you see? >> reporter: i'm in the midst of a couple of thousand students who are out here including this young man, hector navarro. 18 years old. what do you hope will come as a result of this walk-out? >> change. all we want is change that's all we've been asking for. we thank everybody that came out and doing the walk with us and every other school. chang, we have to do it it's now or never. >> reporter: you're a senior -- oh. >> the camera pman down. >> reporter: walking backwards is hard to do. >> yeah, make sewer your camera man is okay there. walking backwards isn't easy. raheema i'm going to let you do
that and please come back with us. many of the students, talking about how their voices lon may not be enough, butting to they believe they can make change. on the state level you have seen some action in florida, for example where parkland is located. on a federal level, not so much. congress had not taken up sense the shooting measures. there's a stug about a focused bill that will sbintend to strengthen background checks. what the president believes on political capital things that relate to healthcare and arming teachers. ba back with raheema because i saw her screen up makes me think her camera man is objections.
is evening okay raheema? >> reporter: yes. the young man i had with me a moment ago is a senior and 18 years old who has the next election. he said his time is now. and he's not going to let it pass him by. you also heard him talking, hallie, about how pleased he was or how pleased he is that so many other students around the country are participating in this. he understands, he said to any, that there is strength in numbers. and as a result of that, they intend to continue doing this kind of thing. i was saying earlier, he said to me, that they see this as civic action. this is part of their civics lesson that maybe they weren't learning in school but they are learning now. >> yes. >> it came as a result of a tragic, tragic event but they're not going to let it pass them by, hallie. >> rehema, you make a good point, civics in action. have you seen teachers, he's caters out there?
i imagine most of them are probably back in the classroom since it is a school day. i'm wondering if you've run into those folks out there? >> there are some teachers out here, in fact, the broward county school district put out a message to saying that there would be some adults, some teachers, instructors, who would be out here with students. letting them know that they understand this is part of their civic duty, if you will, to participate in what's happening in their community. but they want them to remember, it's always to be respectful, they're always to follow the laws. yes, they're participating. i have to tell you also about a woman who came here from cleveland, ohio. she embraced one of the students who was one of the organizers, telling her that she thinks it's so important for these students to know that there are adults who do stand with them. and that they're not alone in this effort to bring about change. >> rehema, i heard your cameraman say you have to walk slower. i'll let you make your way to
the public park. we'll check back in with you. look at this shot, this is st. paul, minnesota, this school's walkout, appearing to just begin. students walking out by the hundred, it looks like, certainly by the dozens, coming out, more of them coming out of the school as we speak. we want to reminded you here, these walkouts are happening across the country, hundreds of them, many of them based at high schools. there's been discussions, for example, about middle schools. you saw eighth graders in the last 50 minutes or so on this show talking with reporters about why they felt it was important to make their voice heard. many. these students reflecting on what happened in the weeks since the parkland school shooting, reflecting on the fear they felt even if nothing had happened at their school. students demanding change, in many instances teachers and educators supporting that, what we have been calling civics in action. in washington, d.c., you have many students from around the
region, from d.c., maryland, virginia, coming here to the nation's capital to meet with lawmakers after their sit-in in front of the white house. mariana atencio has been covering that, at the building in front of her there, at the capitol, the deputy fbi director who has been in a senate hearing being asked wes about the shooting, what about the fbi could have done. have you heard specifics from them? >> so hallie, this crowd of thousands of students that has really exceeded expectations here for many people on the ground, they are headed over to capitol hill to demand change in legislation, specifically they want to see expansion of background checks on all gun sales. they want to see the banning of automatic weapons. they want to stop what they call the militarization of the police. and they're here by the hundreds and thousands, students from
over 25 schools, from the greater d.c., virginia, maryland airlinia. let me talk to one of them right here as we see them in the background. tell hallie jackson what you're specifically demanding from lawmakers today. >> i'm specifically demanding that we get laws that ensure i can feel safe at school and not have to think about another shooter coming into this school with a gun that's purchased so easily. >> what kinds of conversations have you been having at school but also at home about gun violence? >> we've been talking about how easy it is for us to just bring this into topic. it's a very scary thing that we've normalized this very serious issue. >> has it become commonplace, school shooting after school shooting, is that what you mean?
>> definitely, yes. there's so much of it. it's something that's so regular now. >> 290 school shootings, hallie, since 2013. that's an average of one a week. tell me why this march, this momentum, i can feel the energy in the crowd, why is it different this time around? >> i think it's because it's coming from the younger generation. since we are the future, we want to make a change. that only happens if we all come together with the same ideas, with the same passion. it's definitely our youth and the desire to create a change for our own future. >> thank you so much. thank you so much for letting us march with you. again, hallie, this crowd, it's just bigger and bigger. i'm going to show you the scene here. they're just about to get to capitol hill where they'll meet several lawmakers, each student speaker that will take the podium will be paired up with a lawmaker to pressure, especially republican members of congress
to pass gun prevention legislation. let me talk to some of the students here. where are you coming from? >> i'm from churchill high school. we really -- we're here to support gun control all around the united states. >> there's an act that will be happening now, we're walking to it right now. students will be paired up with lawmakers. what are you asking from republican members of congress specifically. >> we're asking them to support the fact that we need more gun control. we need to keep our students safe in schools. that's what we're after here. >> what comes after today? what happens after today, the one-month anniversary of the shooting in parkland? >> we're asking for action, less words, less -- what my sign says, fewer prayers, fewer words and more action. that's what we're asking for them. thanks. >> thank you so much. fewer prayers and more action, hallie, as this crowd is approaching capitol hill to pressure members of congress. hallie?
>> and so far, mariana, congress has spoken about gun reforms. you've heard that from democrats as we take this shot here of the capitol steps. you can see the protesters, the students gathering there, getting ready for the event that mariana just laid out. so far, not much action from congress, not at all since the parkland school shooting. it is widely believed here in d.c. that the most likely bill element to pass would have to do with strengthening federal background checks, something that is narrowly focused, brought up by senator cornyn after the texas, southerland springs shooting. we want to go to savannah sellers, host of our snapchat program "stay tuned." tell me what you're seeing there, savannah. >> this is an issue about money -- >> it's pretty amazing out here.
there are thousands of students from multiple schools in brooklyn right in the middle of downtown brooklyn, hearing them chan the chilling things like "are we the next ones on the floor, 17, 18, how many more"? kids here in bullet-proof vests to make a statement. it's pretty amazing here. >> have you had a chance to talk to some of the students? are they from schools all over the city? >> yes, yes, it's tough to hear you. i believe you're asking about all over the city. the kids have come from all over the city and this is happening across the country. these students have all come together from different schools. a lot of them don't know each other, they're meeting each other here, talking about going to the march in d.c. together. it's amazing. they feel this is a turning point, a moment they're not going to stop fighting for, they're going to keep on showing up at marches and protests and they're all right here with signs right here. it's amazing. >> who's on stage, savannah? i know it's loud where you are.
who are the speakers? >> i'm sorry, hallie, can you say that again. >> the speakers on stage, savannah, if you can hear me, i know it's loud. who's out there speaking to these students? >> enough is enough. >> enough is enough. >> sorry, hallie, so tough to hear you. they're chaunting "enough is enough. ". >> savannah sellers? brooklyn in the thick of it, thank you for that. i know it's incredibly loud where she is given the cheers from the students who walked out of school and the speakers on stage calling for change. you are look live at one of the signs in washington, fear has no place in our schools, it says. you've seen other signs of statistics, the number of school shootings that have happened in the last year, since sandy hook and so on, as this protest is picking up here in washington, we are watching to see what happens on the steps of the capitol. we expect to see lawmakers and
students calling for change. i want to turn it over to stephanie ruhle. thank you. these kids talking about the time has come for change. >> hallie jackson, these kids want to be safe in school. moms send their school every day, the one place they are for an extended amount of time, not under our control and those moms want them to be safe. there were moms in car pool lines that helped organize this. good morning, everyone. i'm stephanie ruhle. my partner, ali develvelshi on assignment. it's march 14th, a da thy that l go down in history. >> tens of thousands of students from coast to coast plan to walk out of classes to protest gun violence, one more since the deadly massacre in parkland, florida. >> so many kids as you say, here