George Clooney has penned a letter praising three survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida for their work in campaigning for gun control.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Emma Dowd, Lauren Newman and Rebecca Schneid, survived a former student’s attack on their classmates last month (Feb18), which left 17 people dead.
The trio, who edit the school’s student newspaper, have been handed control of The Guardian’s U.S. website to cover the March for Our Lives gun control protest on Saturday (24Mar18) – and requested an interview with George and his wife Amal.
Although the couple, who have donated $500,000 to the March for Our Lives campaign, turned down their request, George responded with a letter thanking them for helping to make America a safer place.
“Dear Emma, Lauren and Rebecca,” the 56-year-old star wrote. “Thank you for your note and congratulations on the incredible work you and all of your fellow students are doing to make the country a safer place.”
He went on to tell the students that he was “100 percent” behind them and he and his wife would join thousands for the protest in Washington D.C.
The march is the largest of many which will be staged across the U.S., and protesters will gather to hear students speak out about how gun violence has affected them.
The actor added that the fact only school-age children will speak at the event was “a powerful message to the world that if we can’t do something about gun violence then you will”.
Although all the speakers will be students, stars including Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, and Demi Lovato will perform for crowds in the U.S. capital.
George, an outspoken opponent of President Donald Trump, signed off his letter by writing, “You make me proud of my country again.”