Omaha Teens Unite to March for Peace
By Meghan Matthews. CREATED Jan 21, 2013
These high school teenagers have had enough of Omaha's violence.
"A lot of my friends have been killed."
"It's the worst feeling because I never thought I'd have to go through that."
Losing a friend like 16 year old Montrell Wiseman was heartbreaking for Tiyonna Crawford.
"Once you retaliate, it makes it worse and it keeps on coming back and it will never stop."
Dozens of students from schools across Omaha huddled together in their different school colors. They were all here to march for one common goal, peace.
"That's the way that our future is gonna change. The kids are our future. We are the future so if we want to make a change it starts with us."
From Central High School to the Creighton campus, each student took a step to spread the message and commit to ending senseless violence.
"I'm just glad that we doing this for him, doing this for our friends, doing this for everybody."
At Creighton's Harper Center that message echoed through hundreds of people inside.
Honoring Dr. King for his peace movement, Omaha students know their march could help change the community.
"Kids are gonna step up and these kids are here to say you don't need violence. When the south kid got killed and the Benson girl, there's no need for it, there's no need for it."
Hoping it started with them, and this will be a lasting peace.