Jonesboro community participates in nationwide march

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - More than 100 community members and students gathered at Jonesboro High School for the Jonesboro March for Our Lives on Saturday.

The event was a part of a nationwide movement as a response to the recent Parkland School shooting.

Students passed out T-shirts and helped marchers register to vote before they marched to the Craighead County Courthouse.

The students said they were glad they had a large local turnout as part of the nationwide movement.

"I'm really surprised and I'm really happy with the turnout," said JHS senior Celeste Robinette. "It's really empowering to be here with community members, people, I'm meeting so many new people."

She said was surprised to see how many show their support of the movement.  "Getting together like this, it's just something that you see this in Washington D.C.," she said.  "I'm really glad that we're able to bring this type of activism and advocacy to Jonesboro, Arkansas."

The march ended at the courthouse.

Students and community members also spoke to the large crowd after the march about why they chose to lead the event Saturday.

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