Parkland students meet with Governor Scott

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By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Students from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School say they had about 10 meetings throughout the day Wednesday with lawmakers.

"It's been surreal because last week, we weren't thinking about all this. We weren't thinking about ever doing this," said Tanzil Phillip, a student at the school.

The students wrapped up their several-day stint at the Capitol by having a meeting with Governor Rick Scott. The students discussed three major points; gun reform, mental health, and security at schools.

"He was very open to our ideas. He didn't say 'I agree, I disagree,' he just wanted to just hear our input on everything," said Rain Valladares.

The Governor also telling the group he will be proposing something this Friday, which students say they'll watch closely.

"We're excited to see if he's going to put his words... he's going to be his vote where he put his words today," added Julia Salomone.

Many hoped their stories would weigh more than the Governor's previous dealings with the NRA.

"I know he has an A+ rating, but I feel like the rating from his constituents might be a little more important right now," said Sophie Whitney.

Many said, even if big changes don't come at first, any kind of progress is a win in their eyes.

"Even if it's the age changes or the wait gap gets a little longer between buying a gun and actually having it, I mean, that would be a small success for us," said Isabella Robinson.

We reached out to Governor Scott's office to see what kind of news he might be releasing this Friday that the students talked about, but have not heard back.

Students from Douglas returned back to Parkland Wednesday evening after their meetings and say even though the event might be over, this movement is not over, it's just beginning.

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