AUGUSTA – Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement in support of high school students in Maine and nationwide as they protest against gun violence:

“The senseless tragedy that occured in Florida has awoken a nation and ignited a passion in students, both in Maine and across the country. Today and for the rest of this week, as kids across Maine show their support for the #Enough School Walkout, I want them to know that we are listening. That their voices matter. That, without question, they are making a difference. I’m inspired by the resiliency, energy and activism of these students and confident their continued advocacy will be what forces meaningful reform to finally happen.”

Maine’s events will be taking place across the week as students return to school after the winter storm. See Speaker Gideon’s full op-ed regarding gun violence published in the Portland Press Herald. Video from the RSU 5 student protest can be found here