Ontario, Nyssa, Vale high schools handle National School Walkout in differing manners

Vale High School students listened Wednesday to fellow students and teachers read letters on why losing a loved one would be so devastating. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese)

Students at three high schools in Malheur County on Thursday took part in the National School Walkout in differing ways, paying their respects to 17 people killed in Florida last month not by walking out but in ceremony, speech and silence.

At Vale High School, students gathered in the gym to thank those in their life and make an effort to reach out to others.

“This is the most important assembly of the year,” announced Sam McLaughlin, student body president.

The Vikings observed 17 seconds of silence in memory of the students and others killed in Parkland, Florida. Then 17 students and teachers stepped behind a partition to read . . .