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Teens host "Gathering to Disarm Hate" to commemorate anniversary of Pulse Nightclub shooting

PRIDE month event held in Ventura's Plaza Park

Local high school students mark anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting

VENTURA, Calif. - Teens from High Schools in Ventura, Ojai, and Fillmore met in Plaza Park on Saturday to remember the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead in Florida two years ago.

They called the Pride month event a "Gathering to Disarm Hate." Student speakers discussed how gun violence affects people of minorities such as the LGBTQ+ community.

Organizers are members of the National Association of Students Against Gun Violence.
The group is working to empower students and advocate for common sense gun laws.

One speaker remembered the shooting at E.O. Green in Oxnard that left a gay teen dead ten years ago.

Organizers also recalled a lockdown at De Anza Middle School in Ventura, last year, that they said was caused by a student who had access to guns at home.

They worry about their safety at school.

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