KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A trio of Klamath County high schools have organized events aimed at co-opting a national walk-out planned for March 14—and turning it into something more positive, according to school district officials.
Schools across the nation are anticipating walk-outs on the 14th after the call began circulating on social media. Many students are hoping to walk out of their classrooms in solidarity with the students turned-activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High—calling for government action to prevent future school shootings.
“We’re just trying to pull together rather than divide us,” said Mazama Principal Steve Morosin. “We just wanted to do something positive.”
Mazama and Henley will both hold assemblies at 9 a.m. on March 14.
Henley High School
Henley students will be encouraged to sign a banner, which will be sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as a show of support.
“This is a student-driven event,” said Henley Principal Jack Lee. Lee believes that students want to “walk up” instead of “walk out.” Walking up to students who need help, support, or a smile is the intention, according to a statement from Klamath County School District (KCSD).
Henley’s assembly will host Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello, who plans to speak on the Parkland shooting. There will be a 17-second moment of silence, and a spotlight shining on a group of desks, marked with the names of the 17 victims and decorated with white balloons, according to the KCSD statement.
Costello also plans to meet with small groups of students to discuss the threat of violence, bullying, and drugs.
Mazama High School
Mazama’s assembly will display 17 minutes on the basketball score clock for the 17 victims in Parkland. As each minute passes, students will hang up the name of a victim. Students will also pose for one large photo, to be signed and sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Each Mazama student will receive a small card, where they will be tasked with recording 17 acts of kindness, due by the end of the day. The acts of kindness will then be immortalized in a mural.
Gilchrist High School
Gilchrist’s leadership class will hold an assembly during advisory time at 11:30 a.m. Speakers will present short messages in recognition of the students who lost their lives. The assembly will be a tribute to the students in Parkland.