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Collier students hold March for Our Lives rally in Naples

Posted at 8:05 AM, Mar 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-25 08:05:23-04

More than 800 marches took place across the country in response to the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. One of those marches took place early in the morning in Naples, Florida. Planned by the newly-formed Collier Students for Freedom, the march brought together 3,000 people according to organizers. 

Four in Your Corner spoke with the high school students who helped bring the march together. It took a little more than three weeks to do. None of them were expecting such a large crowd, because everything had come together at the last minute. 

“I was thinking about maybe 1,000, maybe 1,500 but definitely not the 3000 that showed up today", said Stefica Malore. 

Malore is a member of Collier Students for Freedom. She and her classmates decided that they wanted to get involved after seeing how the students who survived the shooting came together. Malore helped get things in order on the ground and later lent her voice to the rally. 

In her speech shed described an incident that happened to her at a local community center. It's that feeling that spurred her to speak out for stricter gun control laws. 

"Our future is unpredictable that much is certain, but I want to do my best to stop a mass shooting from happening".

Malore is not the only student inspired to get involved. Michaela O'Brien also wanted to get involved after seeing the footage of the students after a gunman opened fire on their campus. 

“When we heard that there was a march for our lives in DC, we decided ok, we need to do something here", she told Fox 4. 

O'Brien was one marshal who helped the marchers along the path on Saturday morning. She hopes the combined voices at this march, and the marches across the country, will lead to change. 

“We are hoping to inspire politicians, parents and more  students to come out and make a change just like we are."