Students Inspired by March for Our Lives

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Emotional, inspiring, unifying. Those are just some of the words students from our region used to describe their experience at the March for Our Lives.

Students from northeastern Pennsylvania who attended the rally in Washington, D.C. said it was a life-changing experience, and some day when they read about it in the history books, they will be proud to say they were there.

This was the view students from had as they joined hundreds of thousands in the march for our lives in Washington D.C.

Louise Mariotti, a sophomore at Scranton Prep, was thrilled to have her demands to change gun laws heard across the globe.

The BBC reporter's tweet featuring Louise Mariotti with her sister and friends at the march has been viewed 30,000 times.

"It wasn't even about that fact that I was on BBC News going viral. It was about the fact that I was on BBC News going viral because I'm here fighting for my life and everyone around me," Mariotti said.

Mariotti was joined in Washington by her twin sister Maeve, who says hearing a speech about someone losing his twin to gun violence was heart-wrenching.

"I can't imagine what my life would be without her if I lost her to gun violence like he did. I don't know how I could go on," Maeve Mariotti said.

The students from Scranton Prep described the atmosphere in Washington as surreal, exciting, and emotional.

"You can't even describe it to other people because it leaves such an impact on you. Even after, I'm still feeling it today. I'll still feel it forever," said Frances Doherty, Scranton Prep freshman.

Both students from Scranton Prep and Hanover Area tell Newswatch 16 the march in Washington has inspired them to do one thing.

"I'm gonna vote. That's a big thing. My AP Government teacher registered us all to vote, and we're gonna make change happen," said Shyanne Wydo, Hanover Area senior.

Wydo says the March for Our Lives, organized by survivors of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida on Valentine's Day, was eye-opening.

"I heard a lot of speakers that weren't Parkland kids. They were just regular kids talking about their community's gun violence, and I was like, 'Wow, it's a lot worse than we thought,'" Wydo said.

Wydo and her classmate Bethany Hannon say the march calling on lawmakers to enact stricter gun laws was one for the history books.

"You had 5 year olds and 80 year olds just next to each other joining hands talking. It was incredible."

"I felt like I was part of something really important, historical," Hannon said. "I felt like there's going to be a huge change, and I feel like this is a movement."


  • J (@ds18301)

    There’s a change a coming. These students are just the tip of the iceberg. The irony is that all the cranky old white guys who write their sad comments while watching fox/limbaugh/ Russian propaganda at the Moose lodge are actually going to be so much better off themselves once these billionaire thieves (who despise you poor people) are voted out. They will have their health care/Medicare and social security protected. They won’t have to send their kids to the impending trump/bolton wars. The environment will be protected again preserving their air, water, fishing and hunting. And they might even have a president that they can let their kids listen to who sets an example of morality and decency whose every statement is not a lie, childish name-calling or just outright ignorant nonsense.

      • Rusty Knyffe

        I would donate to sending J over to England or………..Germany. That way, they can experience the “social enrichment” that we so sadly lack in this country. (note the sarcasm?)

    • Rusty Knyffe

      Precisely what change is coming, J? Utopia? Peaceful humanity? Enlightenment? Human purpose? What’s coming? Ever been involved in a firefight behind enemy lines? Ever had to wake up at 4 am and run 10 miles with 40lb on your back? No? The hardest thing you do during your loathsome day is to determine whether it’s going to be the red or green Mt. Dew with the Cool Ranch Doritos. Yeah……..your rant makes absolutely no sense and you are part of this ongoing problem of FEELINGS over FACTS.

      Whom do you suppose an example of Presidential morality and decency would be, J? One of the Clintons, perhaps? Name-calling? Seems like you’re the one who is insisting that anyone with a viewpoint that is juxtaposed to your own is a “cranky old white guy(s)….” that watch “…fox/limbaugh/Russian propaganda at the Moose lodge….” That’s quite a description of people you will never meet in your lifetime.

      Children WANT THINGS that they cannot always have, and that is what being a child is all about – learning the difference between what “is” and what “should be.” Those two things rarely cross paths during any given lifetime, and your rantings are the disjointed and knee-jerking rhetoric that is so prevalent amongst your ilk. You presume to know so much, but you know so very, very little.

      • Rusty Knyffe

        *******Instead of down voting******* I would welcome an answer to what the expected outcome of this protest is. What is the goal, here? Still waiting on a sensible response to that question.

      • Emma Hogg

        There will never be an answer to this simple question. The disarming of law-abiding citizens is the agenda, not keeping kids safe. Anyone with half a brain would be able to sort that out and it is truly disturbing that the anti v. pro rhetoric is getting in the way of a rational discussion on what is CAUSING these people to act out with violence. It’s not the weapons murmuring to them in their sleep that’s doing this. There is something that is desperately broken within our society and our culture that has given children and young adults the notion that they are entitled to wreak havoc and commit mass murder if someone hurts their feelings.

        What has happened in the past 20 years that has caused this and how, as a society, can it be addressed when it’s going to dissolve into an US VERSUS THEM screeching match? The change that’s coming? A complete societal collapse. That’s what’s coming J (@DS18301). I wonder how well Twitter and Facetardbook will fit into daily lives, at that point…………god, we’re doomed.

    • jimbrony

      Morality and decency? You mean like Bill Clinton in the Oral Office, that kind of decency? Or lighting up the White House with the rainbow and inciting civil disobedience and disdain for authority with Obozo, that kind of morality? PARENTS should be the role model for their children, but we all see how well that’s working out. Yeah, some day all the ‘cranky old white guys’ will be gone. It will be at that moment that those that remain will realize they have no skill sets, the USA will make absolutely nothing, and we’ll be another service oriented nation like India. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    Yeah, yeah, yeah……..aren’t they something out there with their slogans and shouting their demands for safety?

    As I have posted countless times, what is their solution? What is their demand? What is the end result that’s expected here? Disarming citizens? Nice work, that – then the criminals can have the upper hand on every level because banning weapons is not going to impact them, whatsoever. What is the expected outcome? I have yet to read a concise and non-biased response to these question, and it’s getting pretty tiresome.

    Now……….what if these kids were holding up posters and shouting slogans that were pro-life? Hmmmmmmm…….that would never have made the front page.

  • Richard Fish

    It is better to have one and not need one, than need one and not have one. But keep on marching. When you believe you have mastered the art of marching, JOIN THE MILITARY. Your entire outlook on guns will change.

  • silverfishimperetrix

    “I’m gonna vote. That’s a big thing. My AP Government teacher registered us all to vote, and we’re gonna make change happen.” Democrat, no doubt. I thought teachers were supposed to teach children how to think, not what to think.

    • silverfishimperetrix

      If this AP Government teacher is influencing his students to register and vote Democrat, he/she may be in violation of the Pennsylvania Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators – Chapter 235.8 Civil Rights (2) Interfere with a student’s or colleague’s exercise of political and civil rights and responsibilities.

      • Rusty Knyffe

        Y’know……..that’s a REALLY good and interesting point you’re making, here.

        Very few people seem to be “getting it” that this whole thing was NOT organized by children. It is part of an agenda that was facilitated by adults. Do people honestly believe that the “March For Our Lives 2018” t-shirts being sold appeared from nowhere? Some adult came up with the slogans to be written on the posters, the rhetoric to be shouted out during the march, and the “speeches” that were delivered by children. It’s not kids making informed choices, here. It’s adults telling these kids that they’re important if they go along with the program. Let ONE kid speak for personal responsibility, and they’re escorted off of the school premises.

      • silverfishimperetrix

        Even worse than we thought. I just googled the textbook used in AP Government, and the first thing I read in the preface in huge bold letters is “WHEN BARACK OBAMA WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 2008…”. I skimmed over some things, but it was ‘Obama this’ and ‘Obama that’. Not coincidentally, the first printing of the book was in 2009. Boy, those lefties really hit the ground running after Obama’s election…right to the schools to start indoctrinating our kids. This is the course that was used to be called Civics. God help America.

  • Shifty Biscuits

    This weekend’s protesting children will be nothing more than a disturbance in classroom today reminiscing about their silly weekend while the “normal” students in class try to earn their education.

  • jsrant

    Do you really think taking guns away will stop a criminal from having one ? Remember prohibition, didn’t work, the booze was still around. Do you think someone with mental issues or a pfa against them won’t try to harm or kill someone? If you think this will just go away then think again. You people are being so brainwashed that it’s all about guns then you are just plain stupid and ignorant. Try to come up with answers to the other problems that are at hand that has happened.

  • My Foot

    Students…Scream from the Rooftops!!!!! ……..I am so inspired by your strength against the voices of “Do nothing”……..” The times they are Changing”……….

    • jimbrony

      Screaming and inspiration won’t change an amendment to the Constitution. And trying to do so will be a guaranteed second civil war. You really want that blood on your hands? My heart breaks for innocent lives lost as much as the next guy. Disarming and restricting the law-abiding public never has and never will be the answer.

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