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Black Stoneman Douglas students say they are overlooked by movement and media


PARKLAND, Fla. (CBS 12) — Claims of racial inequality in the aftermath of the tragedy.

A group of black students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say they feel under-represented and overlooked by the neveragain movement and the media.

CBS 12 News was in Parkland to cover their frustration and their ideas for change.

The black students held a news conference and explained in a school of 3000, 11 percent is black.

They want to be seen and heard too.

"The Black Lives Matter movement has been addressing the topic since the murder of Travon Martin in 2012 and we have never seen this kind of support for our cause, we surely do not feel that the lives or voices of minorities are valued as much as those of our white counterparts," said Tyah-Amo Roberts, standing among friends from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The group says they feel marginalized in the conversations, the news coverage, and the campaign for change.

"I am here today with my classmates because we have been thoroughly under-represented and in some cases, misrepresented," Roberts added.

Dr. Rosalind Osgood is a school board member in Broward county -- she helped these students organize, helped them get the media's attention.

"So let's find means and modes to make their voices available, so they can be heard," Osgood said.

Kai Koerber, a Douglas High Student told reporters, "It is estimated that one in three police officers suffer from undiagnosed Post Traumatic stress disorder. When mentally ill police officers are tasked to safeguard a traumatized student body, that becomes a recipe for disaster -- police need to stand on the perimeters of our school. Those chosen to work at school should receive PTSD counseling and special diversity training.

Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, a Douglas High Student added, "We are proud to say we are from Douglas, we are proud to say that those who are at the front are doing a great job, but we have so much to say too."

Mei-Ling Ho-Shing has been working with Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for an assault weapons ban and she recently spoke at a press conference at the congresswoman's office.

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