Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]Organizers of anti-school violence demonstrations say they want to keep the message going following walks across the nation and the world that drew millions of people.

An estimated 2,000 people participated in the March for Our Lives demonstration in Binghamton March 24, most demanding action on U.S. gun control policy.

Senator Fred Akshar Office photo

Meanwhile, New York State Senator Fred Akshar sat down with 120 local students from schools throughout Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga Counties for a School Safety Summit discussion on March 23.

In a statement from his office, the Binghamton Republican said he was moved and inspired by the young people’s participation in the conversation.

According to the statement, many students expressed support for more school resource officers but were uncomfortable with guns of any kind on school grounds, an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm some “qualified” teachers.  Akshar’s office says another focus of the discussion was on better mental health services in and out of school.