Students in Eugene plan to participate in a National School Walkout this Wednesday [3/14] to commemorate the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting in Florida.
South Eugene High School senior Alison Dominguez is organizing a walkout at her school.
Dominguez: “Gun violence in the United States has been a controversial issue for years and I think it’s time that students take their safety into their own hands and do something about it.
Fellow organizer and senior Maya Corral says the activism of Florida students has motivated her.
Corral: “Seeing students from Parkland creating real political change in this climate is so inspirational. And it moved me to create change in my community and I think it’s moved other students as well.”
Dominguez and Corral say the walkout is taking place during finals week but they don’t expect it to interfere. The event is at 10 a.m. and will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 people killed in the Parkland shooting. There are also walkouts planned at the University of Oregon, Lane Community college, Willamette High, and Edison Elementary.
The Eugene 4J School District has this response regarding the school walkout:
Media and community members do not have approval to be on any school campus. However, at most school sites, the unrestricted public road and sidewalk are near the school.
We encourage our students to be informed and engaged and we respect their right to express their personal views. However, 4J schools do not condone walkouts or other demonstrations that disrupt the learning environment, no matter what the topic. When student-led walkout demonstrations occur, they are not approved or school-sponsored events.
Students who participate peacefully in a walkout demonstration receive an unexcused absence for the class period or periods they miss. More disruptive or disorderly conduct could have disciplinary consequences, as it would under any circumstances, but we hope that will not arise.