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3 student gun control activists to be honoured by PEN

Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT

This combination photo shows Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, from left, Cameron Kasky and Samantha Fuentes, and Zion Kelly, of Washington, who lost his twin brother Zaire to gun violence in the nation's capital in 2017, during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington on March 24, 2018. The three activists will be honored at next month's PEN America gala on May 22 in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two survivors of the Parkland school massacre in Florida and the twin sibling of a gun victim from Washington, D.C., will be honoured at next month’s PEN America gala.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Cameron Kasky and Samantha Fuentes, and Washington, D.C., high school student Zion Kelly will be presented the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award. PEN, a literary and human rights organization, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the three students were being cited as representatives of “an inclusive group of young people” fighting for gun control.

The gala will be held May 22 in New York City. Others receiving awards include Stephen King, Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy and imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.