TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — Students at Tigard High School, along with several other schools, walked out of class Wednesday morning in support of the national Stand for the Second walkout.
Stand for the Second is a “student-led, student-driven movement” at high schools across the country to support gun rights.
At 9:55 a.m., up to 100 students gathered outside of the school with a few students carrying flags across the parking lot. They stayed outside for 16 minutes.
“It’s not as though our opinions are being oppressed or anything. A simple majority of those pro gun control definitely outnumbers us, so it almost compels us to have a voice,” sophomore Bonifacio Yuzon said.
Students at Clackamas, Sunset and Mountain View also participated in the Wednesday walkout.
Prior to the walkout, Tigard-Tualatin School District confirmed to KOIN 6 News that a number of students planned to participate.
“We recognize that students retain the right to freedom of speech and expression with certain boundaries,” assistant in community relations Lisa Burton said. “It’s our priority that all students remain safe at school.”
According to the Tea Party Patriots’ website, “There is a lot of talk recently about the need to create new laws that would restrict access to firearms in order to make our schools safer. But not a lot of attention has been given to those of us who want to protect our natural rights that are enshrined in the constitution. That’s what Stand for the Second is all about.”
The movement was founded by New Mexico high school senior Will Riley.
Students were fairly subdued during Wednesday’s walkout. There were no chants or incidents with others on campus.