COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed 13 lives.
The Columbia Missouri National Education Association organized a rally in remembrance of those who lost their lives and to get more people aware of the importance of safety in schools.
CMNEA advocates for equality and safety among students and staff.
“Every child in this country deserves to be able to go to school and be safe and we have not been able to keep that promise to students,” the president of CMNEA Kathy Steinhoff said.
Steinhoff, said the school shootings in this country still affect people around the country.
“It has a special effect on teachers and as a member of a teacher association we just want to make sure we reach out and remind people that their is still a problem in this country,” she said.
She said the solution to having safer schools won’t come overnight, but she believes working together as a community is a start.
“The rallies are not about promoting a particular solution to the issue because we know the issue has many, many components to it, but we need to get together to be able to solve this issue,” Steinhoff said.
She said students safety is important to her.
“We need to make sure that our students can go to school and that they will live through the day and not have these senseless gun acts happening in our school around the country,” Steinhoff said.
Ben Lewandowski said issues like these need the attention of everyone.
"I mean just think, this can come to your school. This is an important issue, it affects all of us everyday. It's your job or your responsibility as an American citizen to come out and support safety for students," he said.
She said society isn’t supporting public schools the way she believes it should be.
“They are not being funded appropriately, they are not compensating teachers appropriately, they are not finding the right resources, we are sometimes seeing a disconnect between what's going on in the classroom and what's going on in the workforce,” Steinhoff said.
Steinhoff says she encourages not just students and school staff to come out, but for everyone in the community to have their voices heard.
“It's a way for you to say enough is enough and when we all join together and say enough is enough that is when things start to happen,” she said.