March For Our Lives rally being held Saturday afternoon in Abilene

Sixteen-year-old Rheannon Mathis is participating in one of the nearly 900 March For Our Lives rallies taking place worldwide on Saturday at Abilene City Hall.

According to the event's website, the march is a way for students and families to demand the end of gun violence and mass school shootings.

"My goal is for this march to be a way that I can say, I go to school five days a week, seven hours a day and I don't feel safe anymore and we need to change that," said Mathis.

KTXS News spoke with Dan Cottner, Coordinator of School Safety for Abilene ISD, who says that in the past several years, Abilene ISD has come a long way in ensuring the safety of its students.

"So, what I would like to tell her is we are always continuing to update and monitor our procedures, policies and protocols when it comes to safety and security," said Cottner.

However, Cottner believes that there is nothing wrong with students expressing their concerns with firearms and marching for what they believe in.

"You know they have the right to express themselves in this country as long as we do that in a positive way and I think it's appropriate," Cottner said.

Mathis believes that the march taking place in Abilene will generate a good conversation about the state of gun safety all over the world.

"Abilene is a great place, it's a great community, there are so many people here that are so open and inviting and willing to hear voices, hear my voice and others' voices," Mathis said.

Mathis wants her voice not only to be heard here in Abilene, but in Washington D.C. as well.

"I just would like to ask them to listen because we are, we do have good things to say," Mathis said.

The Abilene rally for March For Our Lives will be held at noon on Saturday at Abilene City Hall.

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