SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) – An event aimed to press local lawmakers for gun reform may no longer be happening.
The March for Our Lives Student Town Hall: #RoadToChange has been traveling around the country holding panel discussions urging young people and legislators to make a change in their communities.
A town hall was planned to be held at the Megaplex Theatres At The District in South Jordan on July 14. Megaplex Theatres made the decision Wednesday to cancel the Saturday night event.
Owner of Megaplex Theatres the Larry H. Miller Group released the following statement.
“We support important and respectful dialogue on any issue that impacts our community. When this event was initially booked, the full context wasn’t fully understood and now it appears to be escalating into a potentially contentious situation where additional security will be required.
After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the event at Megaplex because our venues are focused on providing a safe, world-class movie experience for our guests, which include families and children. We are refunding all deposits and will assist in helping the organizer find an appropriate location for this event.”
March For Our Lives SLC said on Twitter it felt “blindsided” by the turn of events.
“We are heartbroken and blindsided by this turn of events and even more so by the inappropriate behavior and intimidation tactics by outside groups that led to those circumstances. We sincerely apologize to our supporters and will provide updated information as soon as possible. “
At this time, it’s not clear if the event will be held at another location.
March for Our Lives was founded by Emma Gonzales, David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, and Cameron Kasky following the Valentine’s Day massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla. where 17 students and staff were shot and killed.