March 14, 2018 10:45 a.m.
While it appears several dozen students at Roseburg High School walked-out as part of a national-wide event on Wednesday, exactly what happened is not clear as the media was not allowed on the campus.
Principal Jill Weber told News Radio 1240 KQEN that the media was only allowed to be on the sidewalk around the campus to see what took place. While school staff stood near campus entrance points beginning at 10:00 a.m., a patrol car from the Roseburg Police Department was used to block visual access to the quad area where students met after leaving class. The students gathered as a group but what took place is unclear and could not be seen or heard.
A handful of adults walked on West Harvard in front of the school. Two or three of those held signs with messages like “ban assault weapons”. Around a half dozen students left campus to talk with people near the school’s main entrance on Harvard.
The walk-out took place near the end of third period and the beginning of fourth period on the campus’s Wednesday schedule. On Tuesday Superintendent Gerry Washburn said students would be marked tardy if they returned to class late after participating in the walk-out.
Around the nation some groups called on students to leave class for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 students who died at the most recent school shooting, which was in Florida. Others saw the walk-out as a way to ask for changes in federal gun laws.
At Douglas High School, about 25 students left class at 10:00 a.m. Superintendent Kevin Miller said students returned to class after the 17 minute walk-out. Miller said the Parkland, Florida shooting was “a terrible event and we certainly understand our student’s need to express their grief”.
Superintendent Terry Prestianni of the Sutherlin School District said about 20 students participated in a walk-out at Sutherlin High School.