Hundreds chanted for change during March For Our Lives rally in Norfolk

Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-25 07:38:24-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Demonstrators gathered outside of Nauticus for the March For Our Lives Hampton Roads rally in downtown Norfolk on March 24.

Some shared their personal stories and told News 3's Aleah Hordges why this movement means so much to them.

Ellie Leonetti said she's a student at Great Bridge High School and she feels scared at school after a threat was made by a student last month.

"It was terrifying to be apart of," Leonetti said. "We didn't go on lock down and I think that was horrible because the kid got arrested for it and no one should have to deal with that. No one should be afraid to be in the building where they spend eight hours a day."

Some people said they're also standing up for gun reform in their neighborhoods.

"I'm a community activist and we had a shooting in the community just the other day on C Avenue so all that together brings me out here today," demonstrator James Washington mentioned.

There were people young, old and from all denominations who demanded their lives and safety become a priority.

"This is what a democracy is, this is what America should be about," demonstrator Daniel Shields said.

Richard Horwege, another person at the march, said, "I'm so encouraged by young people and what they're doing. It does give one new hope and all of the adults that are here are encouraging them too it's terrific. It's amazing actually and this is just the beginning."

Following the march were organizers who shared words of encouragement. They demanded a bill be brought before congress to address gun issues.

It's a conversation they said needs to be talked about beyond the March for Our Lives demonstration.

"There's no reason why we cannot have common sense gun laws while still respecting the second amendment and that's what we're after," Sibel Galindez, member of Moms Take Action.

Moms Take Action believes this was the largest demonstration that's happened in Norfolk. They've estimated up to 3,000 people, but it hasn't been verified by police.