Bloomington high school students head to March for Our Lives rally in DC

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BLOOMINGTON, IN (WTHR) — A bus filled with about 50 high school students from Bloomington North and Bloomington South left Bloomington Friday morning to travel to Washington, D.C. for Saturday's March for Our Lives rally.

Caleb Poer, a high school senior, says if you don't take the first step it's hard to get anywhere. He went on to say it seems like our legislators aren't taking that first step.

"Something about the Parkland shooting just seemed very real and really resonated with us as students," said Poer. "We saw what happened on social media afterwards and the outpour of support for the Parkland students and their efforts. We decided we definitely wanted to join them."

Poer says he'd like to see an AR-15 ban and universal background checks. When the students come back to Indiana, they're planning a "die-in" on April 6 at Bloomington High School North and a walkout on April 20. April 20 marks 19 years since the Columbine high school massacre.

More than 800 March for Our Lives events are expected to take place on Saturday March 24 at 11 a.m. In Indy, participants plan to meet at the Statehouse. One local organizer says the speeches will take place inside the Statehouse now because of the winter weather forecasted for Saturday.