Parkland students, families travel to DC on Patriots team plane

Parkland, Fla., students and families flew to Washington, DC, on the Patriots' plane

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school who were making their way from South Florida to Washington, D.C., for the "March for Our Lives" rally got help from an unexpected source - the New England Patriots.

"Mr. Kraft has provided the team plane for the families of the 17 victims to fly from Florida to Washington DC for the March for Our Lives", a Patriots spokesperson said.

He added, "This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age".

Giffords' husband Kelly shared this about the students from Florida who wanted to make their way to Washington for the Saturday march.

Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis also spoke with some of the students, later referring to them on Twitter as "amazing". Giffords was shot in the head at a public event in 2011, and started a gun prevention organization, "Giffords", shortly thereafter. Kraft was not with them.

James has no further report "other than they took off and everyone was happy".

The Patriots debuted the so-called "AirKraft", a Boeing wide-body 767 that features the team's logo and an image of five Vince Lombardi trophies on its tail, in 2017. Other protests are planned in cities around the country.

"On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington D.C., to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today", the March for Our Lives website says.

Students posted pictures to social media thanking the Patriots before boarding Thursday's flight.

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