The Students Survivors Of Parkland, Florida Made Indelible Change. And They're Not Done Yet.

It's been 365 days since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School, and a lot has been accomplished.

It has been a year since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida. In the wake of that tragedy and in the whirlwind of activism that followed, the high school's student survivors-turned-activists have reached the kind of momentum that, for many advocates, takes a lifetime to achieve. The student activists — and many of the local community that they mourned, rallied, and collaborated with — have, as a result of their impact, become household names. They've become a key part of the national conversation over gun control and school safety. And they've made real change.

It started quickly. Immediately after the shooting, Parkland students made emotional pleas for change during a CNN town hall on gun violence, pressed President Donald Trump to have a listening session on changing gun laws, got Sen. Marco Rubio to commit to gun reform on national television, met with Florida Governor Rick Scott and received support from celebrities like George Clooney. With momentum from those first two weeks, the students helped organize one of the largest single-day demonstrations in U.S. history: the March for Our Lives.

Over the summer, intent on keeping that momentum, they began a national tour to register kids to vote and started organizing with local politicians to change gun laws across America. 26 states and Washington D.C. have passed 67 gun reform bills since the Parkland, Florida shooting, according to CNN. The Parkland survivors have received an encouraging letter from the Obamas, found solidarity with 8-year-old students, and been supported by Oprah Winfrey. A mother whose daughter was killed in the shooting was elected to local school board. Students from Chicago and Sante Fe, Texas have banded together with the teens to push for change.

Now, at the one year anniversary of the shooting, students, activists and politicians alike are taking a moment to recognize the progress made since the Feb. 14 tragedy. 

And Marjory Stoneman Douglass survivors are vowing not to relent in their fight to make schools safer anytime soon. 

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