Nashua students plan march against gun violence

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Jun. 10—A group of Nashua high school students are planning a march against gun violence Saturday afternoon.

Organizer Aarika Roy, a 10th grader at Nashua High School North, was too young to really remember the 2012 Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. But she remembers when a gunman killed 18 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Roy was in the sixth grade, and said she's exhausted by the school shootings that seem to come every year — most recently the children shot in their classrooms in in Uvalde, Texas.

Roy and other high school students in Nashua have organized a march, hoping to keep gun violence top-of-mind and pushing for stricter regulation of firearms.

"I feel like as students there's kind of little we can do," Roy said. Students under age 18 can't vote or run for office, she said. But she hopes protesting can be a way for students to make their voices heard.

In a written statement, Roy and other organizers noted that the march was in response not just to mass shootings and active-shooter events, but to everyday gun violence.

The march will begin at 1 p.m. at Nashua's Soldiers and Sailors Monument, before marching to Greeley Park.