Among those speaking out in Maine Thursday about gun violence and proposals to arm school teachers were several hundred teachers, administrators, parents and students who gathered in the cold and wind in front of Portland City Hall.
Several were members of a group called Maine Educators United Against Gun Violence, formed in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting.
Teachers at Waynflete School in Portland played a key role in forming the group. Lindsay Kaplan teaches French at the private school. She told rally-goers that the time to talk about guns is now.