George Clooney Has A Touching Message For Parkland Students Ahead Of March For Our Lives

"You make me proud of my country again."

Actor George Clooney has shared a powerful message with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of this Saturday's March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida., had asked to interview Clooney, but he declined, for a very good reason.

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For 48 hours, The Guardian U.S. will be guest-edited by young journalists from The Eagle Eye, Stoneman Douglas' student newspaper. Coverage includes interviews with Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio. The students had also requested to interview Clooney and his wife Amal, who donated $500,000 to this weekend's march for gun reform. Instead, they published his letter, in which he explains his wish to leave the spotlight on the students.

"Amal and I are 100% behind you and will be marching in DC on the 24th, but we both feel very strongly that this is your march. Your moment," Clooney writes. "Young people are taking it to the adults and that has been your most effective tool. The fact that no adults will speak on the stage in DC is a powerful message to the world that if we can't do something about gun violence then you will."

"The issue is going to be this," he adds, "anyone you ask would feel proud to be interviewed by you but it's so much more effective if it's young people." He suggests that they instead "tell the stories of children by children," and ends his letter with a powerful testament to the students' impact: "You make me proud of my country again."

Clooney is just one of a number of famous names who have voiced their support for the Parkland students and their fight for change. Just this week, Bill Murray penned an op-ed comparing them to the Vietnam protesters. Oprah Winfrey also drew parallels with the civil rights movement, in addition to donating $500,000 of her own. Jimmy Fallon, meanwhile, promised to join the march with his family.

Student journalists will also be reporting from Washington, D.C., during the march. As the editors wrote to preface Clooney's letter, "We hope to use the Guardian's platform to heighten awareness of the issue of gun control and school safety to such an extent that the federal government can no longer ignore us."

Read Clooney's full letter, as well as related coverage, on The Guardian. You can also find more information about the March For Our Lives here.

(H/T: The Hollywood Reporter)

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