Dozens attend Laurinburg March for Our Lives event

The rain and cold didn’t stop people in Scotland County from making their voices heard.

The rain and cold temperatures didn’t stop people in Scotland County from having their voices heard.

Dozens of people gathered at St. Andrews University’s bell tower for the program calling for stricter gun laws and an end to gun violence.

The university’s Black Student Union and Laurinburg First Baptist Church organized the event.

They had a moment of silence, and a bell rang for all those who have died in mass shootings in the U.S. since 1999.

Speakers included mental health professionals, Johna Speller, a middle school student, and the county’s president of the NAACP Youth Council, and the Laurinburg Police Chief.

Kiah Cheatham is the president of the school's newly formed Black Student Union. She said even though they’re in a small town in North Carolina, it’s still important for their voices to be heard.

"Voice how enough is enough when it comes to gun violence. Even in a small community, we can still help out... and I think it’s important for students to get involved," Cheatham said.

Wayne Wike is the pastor of the First Baptist Church, and he says it’s important to have both students and adults march together.

"We hope that our voice would join the chorus of voices all across the nation hoping that our voices will be heard by people who have the power and authority to address the issues through legislation," Wike said.

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