Brother of Florida Mass Shooting Victim Reveals Why He Was Blocked From ‘March for Our Lives’

April 2, 2018 Updated: April 2, 2018

The brother of a girl who was killed during the Florida mass shooting in February revealed why he was blocked from participating in the March for Our Lives.

The march took place in late March in cities across the nation, with its primary gathering in Washington. People called for gun control in speeches and signs.

A number of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke at the march, but the brother of one of the girls killed there during the shooting on Feb. 14 revealed he tried to speak but was blocked from doing so.

Hunter Pollack said he was going to give a speech at the event but wasn’t allowed. His sister, Meadow Pollack, was one of the 17 victims in the mass shooting.

“I was going to give a speech about Meadow and how devastated I am and how we need to make change, but they won’t allow me to put my voice out,” Pollack told Local 10.

David Hogg, the most active student who has been leading the call for banning guns, recently posted a video on Twitter of Pollack speaking somewhere else, claiming that “a miscommuniction led to Hunter not being able to speak at the march.”

But Pollack quickly responded, saying, “Thank you, I appreciate you pushing out my video but there was no miscommunication.

“My speech didn’t fit into the agenda,” he added.

Very few themes were discussed at the march apart from attempts to pass laws to ban certain guns.

Another student who was labeled as an organizer of the march, Ryan Deitsch, later claimed that Pollack was invited but “never showed up.”

“We openly invited a lot of people, and some people just turned it down,” Deitsch said.

It’s not the first time Pollack and his family have had difficulty following Meadow’s death.

A picture of Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, wearing a Donald Trump shirt, taken at the parking lot where parents of Stoneman students waited for word on their children, led to threats against him and even cheers that he had lost a family member after supporting Trump.

Andrew and Hunter later attended an event hosted by President Trump at the White House, where Trump asked for suggestions on how to make schools safer following the massacre. They have favored action on school security, including arming teachers, versus gun control.

Hunter Pollack got a chance to give a speech over the weekend, speaking to a crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered in Coral Springs for the “Ride for Meadow” event. Hogg’s video captured part of the speech.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott listens (R) as Andy Pollack who lost his daughter, Meadow Pollack, 18, during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks during a press conference at Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral, Florida, on Feb. 27, 2018. Gov. Rick Scott visited the police headquarters to speak to the media about plans that included, among other things, to put more armed guards in schools and to make it harder for young adults and some with mental illness to buy guns, after the shooting the high school in Parkland on Feb. 14. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Miami Herald reported that proceeds from the fundraiser were planned to go towards building a playground in honor of the victims.

“The one common denominator we all share is the desire to live,” Hunter Pollack said.

“It took a while but at least I can say it now. We as the students of this country must take our anger and take our pain and our desire to live this life to the fullest and we must channel it into a mission that is obtainable, one that can be achieved without heavy debate.”



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