Colorado students marched out of a vigil for the victims of this week’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch Wednesday night after two Democratic politicians went on stage and called for gun control.
Around 2,000 people came to a packed high school gym to remember Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old shot and killed trying to tackle one of the shooters. Eight others were injured in the shooting.
The two politicians were Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who is currently running for president and Rep. Jason Crow.
Many students claimed their grief is being politicized and some students even came back in and said they did not want to be “used” for gun control. Some students who were walking out were shouting , “mental health.”
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the group which organized the vigil made a statement apologizing for the political fervor stating, “We are deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring and sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate and which we know is so crucial to communities who suffer the trauma of gun violence.”