Teens stage ‘die-in’ at Governor’s Mansion

Austin

Teenagers armed themselves with a megaphone and gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Austin Sunday night to try and get attention for their cause.

“Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, Texas legislators — for as long as this is happening, we will stand to make sure that common-sense gun laws are enacted,” yelled one of the speakers through the device.

They are calling for Texas lawmakers to act and create common-sense gun laws after the school shooting in Santa Fe.

The students also staged a “die-in,” laying down on the ground for 23 minutes as if they were dead — one minute for every school shooting since the start of the school year.

There was also a 10-minute moment of silence — one minute for every life lost on Friday.

“We’re going to continue protesting. We’re going to continue talking until they listen — pushing people to vote until they vote,” said organizer Olivia Hoffman.

These students also want to end the culture of apathy they say surrounds teenagers’ opinions in politics.

And during the Billboard Music Awards on NBC Sunday night, Texas Native Kelly Clarkson hosted and started things off very emotionally — acknowledging the recent tragedy.

“I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working,” Clarkson told the audience. “Like obviously, so sorry. So why don’t we not do a moment of silence? Why don’t we do a moment of action?

“Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, church, movie theaters and the clubs. You should be able to live your life without that kind of fear. So, we need to do better,” she said.

School in Santa Fe is cancelled Monday and Tuesday.

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