The student body of Oregon City High School is appalled by the acts of racism and bigotry that have taken place this week. In response we will be holding a vigil in solidarity with all who have been affected. We strive to create a school community that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive of ALL students.
Please join us Thursday, October 27 from 7:30 – 8:00 pm in front of the main entrance for a silent candlelight vigil to stand as one community against racial discrimination.
We invite students to make posters with a message of kindness to bring to this vigil. Materials will be available in the commons during both lunches for your use tomorrow.
This is an opportunity for us as a student body and a community unite against hatred and celebrate our diversity. We are proud to be a part of a community that speaks out against injustice and we look forward to standing with you Thursday night.
Students Lead the Way
In response to several recent offensive social media posts, Oregon City High School students coordinated a “walk-out and stand-up” event Thursday morning. The student-lead event was intended to support unity within the school. One of the student coordinators told me that students wanted to send a message: “We won’t allow hate to be the loudest voice.”
While this was not a school-sanctioned event, I remain proud of the students at Oregon City High School for standing in solidarity with each other. I commend the staff for expertly providing the space and support students needed for an outlet of strong emotion. Participants peacefully expressed their outrage in a positive manner and demonstrated their commitment to ensuring a safe and respectful learning environment for everyone.
This is a powerful moment. These recent events must not be mistakenly characterized as isolated incidents. We must acknowledge that racially motivated harassment and intimidation are a daily occurrence in our country, state, local community and, yes, schools. We are morally obligated as leaders, educators and parents to embrace this opportunity to facilitate and support healing and deeper understanding here in our community.
With support and guidance, youth lead the way. Student leaders also planned a “Gathering for Unity,” on Thursday evening at the front entrance of Oregon City High School. Students, staff and community members joined together in a candlelight vigil, despite a light rain, to call for a “no-hate” zone, sing and make a commitment to keep this message alive and moving forward.
Oregon City can take pride in the vision, courage and passion of our youth. Let’s join them and make love the loudest voice.
-Larry Didway, Superintendent