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Rio Rancho hosts school safety march

March for Our Lives, a nationwide school safety initiative, will have a demonstration in Rio Rancho on Saturday.

The marches were planned after 17 deaths in Parkland, Fla., in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Starting at 10 a.m. at Haynes Park, the teen-initiated protest is expected to last until about 1 p.m. The park is at 2006 Grande Blvd SE.

It joins hundreds of marches nationwide, including one in Albuquerque that starts in Old Town Plaza at 10 a.m. and the main march in Washington, D.C., where Marjory Stoneman Douglas students are among those expected to attend.

Lead hosts for Rio Rancho’s march are the American Federation of Teachers, Central New Mexico Community College Employees Union and the National Education Association of New Mexico, according to a news release.

The march and rally will have speakers, including student speakers, and music.

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