After this week’s powerful town hall meeting with the students and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, three of the students from the Parkland, Florida, school sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to discuss their movement. Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin told Ellen about their experiences over the past week and a half since the Feb. 14 shooting.
“This is the most important thing right now,” Gonzalez said after giving details about her viral speech at the anti-gun rally on Feb. 17. The teenagers then spoke about the March For our Lives, which is scheduled for March 24 in Washington DC.
“The thing that inspired us to create the march was people saying, ‘This is not the time to talk abut gun control, this is the time to mourn.'” Kasky said. “We understand that, so here’s the time to talk about gun control. March 24th.”
Kasky also spoke about his heated confrontation with Florida Senator Marco Rubio. “I was angry,” the teen said. “We appreciate this is becoming more of a conversation and less of a debate.”
“I almost feel guilty it took my community taking 17 bullets for us to get involved,” the high school junior added. “But we’re here now and we have to keep on going and realize we are here to fight the good fight.”
Watch the teens talk to Ellen below.