School shooting survivors who organised mass protest receive award and praise from Tutu
Remember these names. David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jacyln Corin and Matt Deitsch. They are the teenagers who took a stand against the appalling epidemic of gun crime that is sweeping the US and means that the simple act of just going to school is fraught with danger and tinged with fear.
They are the survivors of the High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which cost the lives of 17 people in February this year. They are also the courageous young people who went on to organise and take part in the huge March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C.
Now they have been awarded the 2018 International Children’s Peace Prize which they received last week in Cape Town, South Africa, from Nobel laureate Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu.
In a statement posted on the Children's Peace Prize website, the Archbishop described March For Our Lives, which demanded stricter gun laws, as “one of the most 'significant youth-led mass movements in living memory.”
He went on to say: “The peaceful campaign to demand safe schools and communities and the eradication of gun violence is reminiscent of other great peace movements in history,' he said.
“I am in awe of these children, whose powerful message is amplified by their youthful energy and an unshakable belief that children can, no must, improve their own futures. They are true changemakers who have demonstrated most powerfully that children can move the world.”
Tutu has been a patron of the Children’s Peace Prize, created by KidsRights, for more than a decade.