Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to student walkouts happening locally and nationwide to honor those killed in Parkland, Florida and to call for meaningful gun regulation:

“Here in Massachusetts and across the country, students are channeling the still raw emotion of the tragic shooting in Parkland into an inspiring push for change. Some students are learning firsthand – and for the first time – that their voices matter, and can impact the way our democracy works. This is a critical moment in history, and a singular opportunity for these high school and middle school students. The lessons they’re learning about civic engagement, leadership, and public policy will be with them for life – and we encourage educators to help this generation of students develop into engaged and responsible citizens by supporting their efforts to learn for themselves about political expression and participatory democracy.”

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