No walkout for Malheur County students but plenty of unity

Vale High School students listen during an assembly last week during National School Walkout Day. Vale, Nyssa and Ontario high schools all participated in the event with presentations that promoted unity and awareness. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese).

VALE - 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 to make an effort to reach out to others.

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

The assembly started with students asking to step outside of their comfort zone. Moments after sitting down . . .