Twitter Shares Pride In The Florida Shooting Survivors During 'Historic' Town Hall

"These kids are amazing."

Student survivors of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., continued their call for action on Wednesday during a town hall discussion on CNN. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, Rep. Ted Deutch, and National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesperson Dana Loesch participated in what host Jake Tapper called "an historic exchange."

Earlier in the day, survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marched on the Florida state Capitol with students from other schools, while parents and teens affected by the shooting met with President Donald Trump in a listening session at the White House.

CNN's event featured several Stoneman Douglas students who have spoken publicly in the days since the tragedy, including Cameron Kasky, who spoke out about gun control on CNN last week and asked Sen. Rubio on Wednesday if he would turn down donations from the NRA. His question was met with cheers from the crowd.

Family members of students who died in the shooting were also present at the event. Max Schachter, for example, read aloud from a poem written by his 14-year-old son Alex, while Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa was killed in the shooting, demanded, "Enough talk. What is your action?"

The event closed with a performance of the original song "Shine" by the Stoneman Douglas Drama Club, during which students made statements such as, "We refuse to be ignored by those who will not listen," and "The smallest of words can make the biggest difference."

According to CNN, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told students, "My generation, we did not get it done. You will get it done." Robert Runcie, the Broward County school system superintendent, meanwhile, said of the survivors, "These are the young people that are going to change the world for the better. And let me tell you, our students are ready for this moment. They have been preparing for this moment."

Many on Twitter also showed their support for the students who chose to speak out, praising their "passion" and saying they "inspire this nation." Check out some of the positive reactions below:

You can watch the full town hall in the video below:

Cover image: POOL / Reuters


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