BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County High School Democrats will have members participating in the National School Walkout March 14 and the national March for Our Lives March 24 in Washington D.C., in support of the national movement generated by the survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, according to a release.
The organization has called on county, state and federal leaders to take action on gun violence in the United States, particularly on school violence.
"The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 teachers and students is the 18th this year alone," Jason Lam, president of the Somerset County High School Democrats, said in the release. "Any high school student can see that guns are a serious threat to our safety, and it's shocking that our government is unable to take action."
In addition to the rally, the release said, the organization is dedicated to moving school safety forward by electing more Democrats to Somerset County.
"Too many times after a mass shooting, there is a lot of talk for a week or two, and then the country moves on to other issues," Lam said in the release. "Nothing changes."
"This time, we students aren't going to let that happen, and we are going to make sure gun and school safety stay in the public's eye until we get some action," he added.
For students who are unable to travel to Washington D.C, the Somerset County High School Democrats and the Somerset County Democratic Committee will be holding the Somerset County March for Our Lives rally in conjunction with the national march on March 24. More information will be available at a later date.
The Somerset County High School Democrats have more than 200 members in Somerset County schools, including Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Watchung Hills High School, Ridge High School and Pingry School.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the rally should contact Lam at firstname.lastname@example.org.