Parental concerns left confusion at Thurston High School's walkout

National Walkout Day was met with some confusion at Thurston High School on Wednesday.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2018 5:56 PM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2018 5:56 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Thurston High School participated in National Walkout Day on Wednesday, but their demonstration was met with some confusion.

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One mother told KEZI that as she stood with a group community members outside the school, she received a text from her son saying the school locked the gates and wouldn't let students outside.

Some in the group said they were upset, and felt because of the history at Thurston, showing support for the Parkland, Fl victims is important.

The shooting at Thurston High School nearly 20 years ago was one of the very first mass school shootings in the United States.

Chad Towe, the principal at Thurston, told KEZI the gates were closed because parents expressed concerns over student safety,
but the students still had the freedom to leave.

Students who chose to take part in the walkout gathered in the outdoor courtyard to pay their tributes and share speeches before going back to their class.

Principal Towe said it was a respectful gathering and he's very proud of the students.

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