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Life Lessons: Student takes aim at gun violence

Life lessons student takes aim at gun violence

A recent CDC survey reports over 16-percent of high schoolers admitted to bringing a weapon to school in the past month.

Gun violence in schools is a problem that doesn't seem to be going away.

Many parents are waiting and hoping for changes. But one teenager in Florida can't wait any longer and she's using technology to try to make her point.

High school junior Allie Chandler wants changes made across the country to target gun violence in schools, and she's using this school assignment to make her point.

Allie explains, "It's a documentary and I believe in it with my whole heart."

Television teacher Cara Ryan says the assignment started as a campaign reform documentary but took a turn to gun violence after the Newtown shootings.

Allie edited the video in her bedroom. "Kids have brought guns to school at our school and you go into lockdown. Lockdown is lockdown. You just lock doors and sit under a desk," says Allie.

In the documentary, she talks about 25 years ago when her mother was in the same situation, a lockdown at school. She interviewed her for the school project.

Mom Lisa Chandler remembers a frightening experience. "People were screaming, 'There's a gun. There's a gun.'"

An assistant principal was killed. Like mother like daughter.

In her documentary Allie suggests changes like metal detectors and fortifying schools.

She's targeting lawmakers to demand change. "I have sent it to a couple lawmakers. They've looked at it and said it was an option that we should be looking at; something other than gun control."

So what seemed like a simple class assignment may end up sparking change across the country.

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