MIAMI - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who survived the Wednesday shooting broke into cheers at the news that two other celebrities have donated $500,000 each to the cause of ending gun violence.
The students were riding a bus to the state capital Tuesday night to pressure lawmakers to act on a package of gun control laws when they heard that director Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Animation founder Jeffrey Katzenberg had pledged the donations.
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Seventeen people were killed at the school and others wounded when a gunman went on a rampage with an assault rifle. Students are mobilizing a March 24 march in Washington and elsewhere to urge lawmakers to enact tougher gun control.
Variety reports that Spielberg said in a statement that he and wife Kate Capshaw applaud students' efforts "to take a stand for the benefit of this and future generations."
The magazine reports that Katzenberg said he and his wife will also attend the march.
Oprah Winfrey also pledged $500,000 to their cause, as did actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal.
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