Students Lead Walk-Out In Solidarity with Shooting Victims

Today students at Phoenix High School and Talent Middle School led a walk-out to remember the victims of the Parkland Mass Shooting, and show solidarity with the school.

Posted: Feb. 23, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Feb. 23, 2018 6:39 PM

Phoenix, OR. -- Today students at Phoenix High School and Talent Middle School led a walk-out to remember the victims of the Parkland Mass Shooting, and show solidarity with the school. 

"We really wanted to make sure that students had a voice, and that we had a place where we could stand at least for 17 minutes to be together," says Miranda Briscoe Taylor-Cheek, one of the student organizers. 

Miranda helped lead 87 students at Phoenix High school in a walk-out this morning. For 17 minutes they stood in silence, honoring the 17 victims of the mass shooting in Florida. 

"I'm very proud of my fellow peers for standing up, for educating themselves, and for going out and organizing marches and doing the right thing." says Miranda. 

This morning Miranda and her peers notified the Phoenix-Talent School District of their plans, which were fully supported by the administration. 

"They're trying to process a lot of difficult things that are going on in our world right now. Just having that voice and a process to do that is pretty inspiring," says Phoenix-Talent Schools Superintendent, Brent Barry. 

The students at Talent Middle School heard what the high school was planning, and wanted to join in. 

"It's phenomenal to see fellow students standing up and taking action, even at such a young age," says Miranda. 
"You know the reality is that it affects all of us, at any age," adds Barry. 

While the walk-out was partially to help unite students in Southern Oregon, Miranda says the goal was to show support for her fellow students dealing with the aftermath of the shooting. 

"I just want them to know that they have allies here. The Pacific Northwest stands with them. It may not be every citizen up here, but you have friends," says Miranda.

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