Turning Anger Into Votes: Parkland Students Inspire Other Broward High Schoolers To Vote

Mar 2, 2018

It’s been just over two weeks since the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

But on Friday afternoon, a handful of Cypress Bay high schoolers came to Weston Regional Park wearing maroon ribbons to show support for Douglas students...and to get registered to vote. 

Veronica Carbonell, a 17-year-old senior at Cypress Bay, was one of the students who registered at the event. 

“Since what happened in Douglas, I think I’ve seen an impact that never in my life have I seen before, after  such a horrible tragedy,” she said. “A lot of my inspiration is these kids from Parkland.”

Carbonell will be eligible to vote in the November 2018 election, and she plans to. 

“It is more important than ever to pass legislation with stricter gun control and stricter background checks,” she said.

Carbonell said her principal, Charles Neely, was supportive of the student walkouts last week that she participated in. 

“We all walked out and then we walked to a park that was about three blocks away…it was extremely emotional,” Carbonyl said. 

At the voter registration drive, other Cypress Bay students who couldn’t yet register to vote could pre-register as long as they were over the age of 16.