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RCHS students honor the victims of the Parkland shooting

Rock Canyon High School students from the Student Safety Alliance (left to right): Sophomore Maddie Provost (16), junior Molly Steavpack (17), senior Maria Pangalos (17) and senior Lily Jackman (17) hold up a sign expressing solidarity with the victims of the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, filled with signatures from their fellow classmates who also participated in the school walkout on March 14.


By Terri Wiebold; photo by Maddie Provost

Students from across the Douglas County, including many from Rock Canyon High School, demonstrated their show of support for the victims of the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Students joined a national movement on March 14 to put down their textbooks and walk out of the school and observe 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 students who lost their lives.

“The purpose of today’s walkout was to stand in solidarity with the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting,” stated Rock Canyon High School junior, Molly Steavpack. “By keeping the national discussion of school safety relevant, we honor them by working together as a student body to ensure that this never happens again.”

“By keeping the national discussion of school safety relevant, we honor them by working together as a student body to ensure that this never happens again.”


Some students who did not walk out of their classrooms but who still wished to honor the 17 students who lost their lives did so by making a commitment to walk up instead.

“Walk Up Not Out” proponents encourage students to try harder to reach out with kindness and compassion – to walk up to a student sitting alone at lunch and eat with them, or maybe walk up to a fellow student who is being bullied and support them.

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