Members of the Key Club International board believe schools should be safe places, especially in the aftermath of the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

In a special meeting called to discuss the organization’s response to the shooting, the Key Club International board members expressed their condolences for the students and adults who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Two members of Key Club were among those killed.

Members of the board agreed they did not have answers to the questions related to preventing school shootings.

“There are Key Club members on all sides of the debate,” said 2017-18 Key Club International President William Sims. “We want all students to be empowered to express their views appropriately and respectfully to those in power.”

Members of the Key Club International Board say there’s a sense of urgency for Key Club International to offer its members training on the best ways to advocate for the change they want to see in their communities by showing up to meetings, dialoging with elected representatives and participating in elections.

“Key Club International is going to create a generation that can advocate for the issues that matter to us,” said Sims. “We are taking an active role in changing the world.”