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Utah theater cancels Parkland forum to register voters amid potential unrest, report says

A tent set up by student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and March for Our Lives on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The group’s South Beach event was the first stop on the Florida leg of their “Road to Change” tour,  where they aim to educate Floridians about gun violence, and register voters before midterm elections. Another group of Parkland students went on a national road trip this summer.
A tent set up by student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and March for Our Lives on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The group’s South Beach event was the first stop on the Florida leg of their “Road to Change” tour, where they aim to educate Floridians about gun violence, and register voters before midterm elections. Another group of Parkland students went on a national road trip this summer. Erua@miamiherald.com

A group of Parkland students who survived the mass shooting at their school have spent the summer traveling the country to get young people registered to vote for the midterm elections and work to reform the nation's gun laws.

But their road trip has hit a speed bump, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres, where there was supposed to be a town hall forum on Saturday, pulled out of the contract because of a "potentially contentious situation,” the newspaper reported.

The paper said the decision by the theater came after an article appeared in the paper about how the Utah Gun Exchange has been following the Parkland students on their tour to stop them from pushing for tighter gun control.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the event at Megaplex because our venues are focused on providing a safe, world-class movie experience for our guests, which include families and children,” the company said in a statement, according to the paper.

Madalena McNeil, an organizer with March for Our Lives SLC, the local chapter in Utah, told the paper she was not happy with the decision.

“We are very disappointed but will work together with our partners on this event to accommodate this last-minute change,” she said. “We are heartbroken and blindsided by this turn of events, and even more so by the inappropriate behavior and intimidation tactics by outside groups that led to these circumstances.”

The Utah stop is part of a 20-state tour, called "Road to Change,'' that the Parkland students kicked off last month to get young people registered to vote for the midterm elections in November. As part of their tour, the students, who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland that killed 17 students and faculty members, are leading discussions on how to reform the nation's gun laws.

The tour is an outgrowth of the March For Our Lives, which culminated in the March 24 march on Washington, along with demonstrations in more than 800 cities across the world.

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