After a lockdown brings fears home, Denver students rally for gun control

After a lockdown brings fears home, Denver students rally for gun control

When Jude Keener-Ruscha realized the lockdown Thursday at Denver’s Northfield High School wasn’t a drill, they looked at the two good friends sitting next to them.

“I thought, ‘Well, if I die sitting next to these two people, then it’s not that bad,’” said Jude, who will be a senior next year. “And that’s a thought no student should have in a classroom.”

Jude was among about 75 Denver Public Schools students who rallied on the steps of the Colorado Capitol building Friday to call for gun control and an end to school shootings. The rally took place one day after the lockdown at Northfield High, three days after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and four years after Denver students held a similar rally after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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