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Texas Students Pen Letter Demanding Change From Governor On Gun Policy

“Dear Governor Abbott, Our job is to be good students. Your job is to keep us safe.”

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and student organizers lead the “March for Our Lives”, an organized demonstration to end gun violence, in downtown Houston, Texas in March.

Dozens of students from across Texas published a letter to Governor Greg Abbott Tuesday as an ad in the Houston Chronicle. They blasted him for letting students die under his watch and demanded policy change.

“Dear Governor Abbott, Our job is to be good students. Your job is to keep us safe. You have failed at your job like so many politicians cozy with the NRA,” read Marcel McClinton, an organizer with March for Our Lives and junior in Spring Branch.

He signed it together with some 40 other students from Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and other Texas cities.

McClinton said that the school shooting in Santa Fe has put students across the region on edge.

“Students who I talk to, myself included, we just want to like, live, through to the summer. I hear all the time, please let nothing happen at Stratford High, at my school, because you want to make it to summer,” he said.

Students active with March For Our Lives, which started after the Parkland school shooting in February, want Abbott to take a stronger stance on gun laws, like safe gun storage. They also are trying to amplify the voices of students from Santa Fe, where eight students and two teachers were killed last Friday.

Even after classes end, McClinton said that students with March for Our Lives will keep pushing for changes to prevent more school shootings.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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