"For me, it’s just a huge shock. I am shattered and overwhelmed, but because I’ve been thinking of it all day long, I’d rather be here, to have everyone around me. To see where this is going and what we can do, but mostly just to be here."
"The tragedy really moved me. Because we’re in high school, we’re concerned because this affects our freedom of expression and of speech. That’s especially important to us, since we’re teenagers, the new generation, and we have to protect that right."
"First of all, [my response] is shock. The intended purpose of today's attack was to wipe out a newspaper, which published provocative, humorous material. That goes beyond the massacre of a dozen individuals and the heart-wringing devastation of their families; it is a gesture of fundamentalism against one of the basic tenets of democracy.
"France has several choices now: it can mourn the dead and go on as before, but without Charlie Hebdo, or it can, perhaps, face up to some harsh realities.
The slogan of support that has spread all over France today is "Je suis Charlie." I think the meaning is: If we are all Charlie, then Charlie cannot be killed again."
"We are here to support freedom of speech. We want to stand together tonight and for the days to come. We want to say they didn’t die for nothing, that their speech, their drawings, and the risks they’ve taken for many years were worth it.
"It’s a time of outrage. In the face of such horror, we have to take to the streets."
"I wanted to be here with the others. The tragedy made me feel like a grain of sand, and so I wanted to be surrounded by all the other grains of sand.