NEW ORLEANS- "I think the first thought that went through my head was, Oh my God. Again," 16-year-old student Louise Olivier said.
For Olivier, the images of students her age fleeing their classroom and running for their lives moments after the deadly shooting in Parkland Florida hit close to her heart.
"As teenagers, we're often very cognizant of the political environment. We follow the news, we know what's going on. But because we can't vote, we often don't feel like we can do anything," Olivier said.
Despite the sadness, the protest and rise in student activism spurred this Ben Franklin High School Junior to take action.
"It's not being addressed the way we want it to by lawmakers, by corporations who sell guns and who work with organizations that sell guns. So we really just want to make our voice heard," Olivier said.
Olivier and her close friends are planning a student-led march on March 24th called "March for Our Lives." The students plan on marching from Washington Square Park in the Marigny to Duncan Plaza near City Hall.
On their Facebook page, over 1,900 people have already shown interest in coming out to the event. In addition to mass shootings, the students also want to address the violence taking place in New Orleans.
"New Orleans has so much gun violence, so much compared to the rest of Louisiana, the rest of the country. And although Parkland, the effort at Parkland is specifically to address, not specifically to address, but to focus on mass shootings, buying these large weapons...we believe that with this same movement we can also address the violence in New Orleans," Olivier said.
They're also getting support from another community group. Tuesday evening, "Moms Demand Action" held their meeting. Moms Demand Action is a part of a national group that started five years ago after the Sandyhook shooting in Connecticut.
Tuesday, members passed out gun locks, wristbands and T-shirts.
Moms Demand Action- NOLA leader Lori Strosnider says the moms plan on standing side by side with Olivier and her peers next Saturday.
"They're writing these statements and demands that you're like, alright, these kids got it. It's very impressive," Strosnider said.
Parent Jennifer Martindale is also proud of what the students want to accomplish.
"I think that makes sense because they're the ones that have been really shining the light on the issue in the way that other people haven't been able to over the last several weeks," Martindale said.
"We don't want to see the kind of violence we are seeing in Parkland, or Sandy Hook or Las Vegas and all of these tragic events. We have power in numbers."