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Local groups protest Florida Senate bill with 'die-in'

Posted at 4:15 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-06 12:46:23-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The bill passed Monday by the Florida Senate, upset a number of local groups pushing for gun reform.

This afternoon, they protested the legislation with a "die-in."

The bill passed by the Senate Monday still allows the possibility of arming teachers in the classroom. An amendment to the bill excludes those who only teach, but for a group of locals, that's not enough.

Different student and state groups demonstrated in front of the House and Senate chambers.

They laid signs in a circle, including the names of the 17 people who were killed in the parkland shooting. The protesters chanted things like, "Hands up, don't shoot" and "Our people are dying."

"Our people are dying, because they're dying inside the criminal justice system that incarcerates them, and they're dying in the streets," said Lakey Love, a social justice organizer. "And now, more than ever, they're dying in the schools -- and this provision is only going to create more of our people, more of our children dying in schools."

A few lawmakers thanked the group for their demonstration. Several stopped to take pictures as they headed back into the chambers.