First lady Melania Trump on Monday said young people "deserve a voice" after students began organizing across the country following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed.
“I have been heartened to see children across this country using their voices to speak out and try to create change," Trump said during a White House meeting on gun control and school safety. "They are our future, and they deserve a voice.”
Teenagers have been galvanized to protest, conduct walk-outs and confront lawmakers following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
President Donald Trump met with students last week about preventing school shootings, but he has not directly addressed the wave of activism in favor of stricter gun control.
"In my year as first lady, I have also learned that often times after a tragedy, you see the strength and resilience of the human spirit," Melania Trump said.
Trump added that she wants to "make sure we know how to nurture and protect the most valuable part of our society and our future."
"Children, I hope you will join me today in my efforts and ask for your support," she said. "My office is reaching out to many of you in the future as we travel the country and work to promote and fight for the well-being of our children."