Patriots fly Parkland students, families to DC for 'March for Our Lives'

Patriots fly Parkland students, families to DC for 'March for Our Lives'

Ronald Pratt
March 25, 2018

High school students from Parkland, Florida and their families were able to fly to Washington, D.C. for the "March for our Lives" protest against gun violence with help from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft purportedly chose to lend the plane after he was contacted by former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who founded a gun violence prevention group after Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in 2011.

"Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured. majority they had bullets flying over their heads", he said.

Kelly said the students wanted to go to the march and they wanted to do what they could to make that happen.

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, operate an anti-gun violence organization, and reached out to Kraft for assistance. "This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age". According to the Globe, neither Kraft, who has said he is a Trump supporter, nor any Patriots team members were on the flight.

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport posted photos of the travel party boarding the airplane, and the group will return to South Florida on the team plane after the march. Kraft was not with them. It features a Patriots logo and five Vince Lobardi trophy images on its tail.

The "March for Our Lives" will take place on Saturday, March 24 in Washington D.C., with similar marches planned in cities and towns across the country.

Some of the students took to social media to thank the Patriots for their support.