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Elementary students in Miami mount march seeking right to play without fear of gunfire

One sign put together by elementary school children protesting gun violence where the live in the Liberty Square housing project.
One sign put together by elementary school children protesting gun violence where the live in the Liberty Square housing project. WLRN-Miami Herald News

Kalaila Rollins was still wearing her blue school uniform and backpack as she led a protest through the Liberty Square housing project in Liberty City.

“We demand, justice. We demand justice,” she chanted.

Kalaila is 11 years old. A dozen of her mostly elementary school-age friends and some adults joined in her chants.

The injustice she is rallying against is the inability to play outside without the fear of getting shot.

“One time I was outside playing and a green car pulled up and I saw the guns and they just started shooting,” she said. “I actually saw it with my own eyes and I had to drop on the floor and crawl inside my house. What if something happened to me?”

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