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The students of Marjory Stoneman High School, Florida, have organized a march next month in order to demand for gun regulation and more safety measures in schools in the wake of the mass shooting incident in the school, last week. Here, Tyra Heman, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, holds a sign that reads, 'Enough No Guns,' in front of the school where 17 people were killed in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 19, 2018. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In the wake of the mass shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day last week, the school’s students have scheduled a rally next month, in order to demand gun regulation and increased safety in schools for children.

The rally is being called March For Our Lives. According to the official site of the movement, the rally will be taking place on March. 24, where children, parents and numerous supporters of the cause would be marching on the streets of Washington D.C. “to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.”

A mission statement on the site stated: “We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students.”

“Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives,” the statement added.

The statement further said the movement was initiated, inspired and headed by students who are not willing to “risk their lives” waiting for “someone else” to take the necessary steps in curbing the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States.

With reference to the latest shooting in the Florida school, the statement added: “In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.”

According to a report by Time magazine, the March For Our Lives rallies will be conducted in different parts of the U.S. The rally organizers have urged organizers in other parts of the country to post screenshots of their event pages so they can be posted on the official Facebook page of the movement.

According to a Facebook post on the official page of the movement, similar rallies are being planned in cities which include, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco to name a few.

Celebrities poured in with support for the movement. According to a report by Fortune, Oprah Winfrey said Tuesday she would donate $500,000 to the cause. Winfrey also took to Twitter where she expressed her support for the movement.

Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, a human rights lawyer, stated Tuesday they would be donating $500,000 to the movement in the names of their eight-month old twins, Alexander and Ella, the report said.

The report further stated the couple would be attending the march and expressed their support for the same, saying: “Our children’s lives depend on it.”

Hollywood director, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw also declared they would be donating $500,000 to the cause. Jeffrey Katzenberg, a film studio executive along with wife Marilyn Katzenberg also said they would be donating the same amount, the report said.

The movement has a GoFundMe donation page where one can go and donate money in support of the cause.

The movement received massive support via social media.