London: Actor George Clooney has penned a letter to the students of the Parkland, Florida high school where a deadly mass shooting claimed the lives of 17 people. The student journalists from Eagle Eye, the newspaper of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, where the shooting happened in February, had written to Clooney and his wife Amal for an interview.
In the letter published in The Guardian, Clooney said their advocacy for gun control makes him "proud of my country again." He, however, declined their request for an interview, saying "young people are taking it to the adults and that has been your most effective tool."
"The fact that no adults will speak on the stage in DC is a powerful message to the world that if we can't do something about gun violence then you will. The issue is going to be this, anyone you ask would feel proud to be interviewed by you but it's so much more effective if it's young people," he said.
The Friday issue of The Guardian US was guest edited by the staff of the Eagle Eye. It is using the platform to cover the upcoming March for Our Lives as well as "heighten awareness of the issue of gun control and school safety to such an extent that the federal government can no longer ignore us." (PTI)