Del Campo High School remembered the 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida last month by having several activities for students and faculty to reflect and honor the victims.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, principal Rich Nichols called for everyone to stop what they were doing and listen to the names of those killed last month. Nichols, along with students and teachers, took turns reading each victim’s bio over the intercom.
Several students walked out of class and gathered at the front of the school, as 17 orange balloons were released into the sky.
“Whether students decided to walk out and show respect at the flagpole with each other in solidarity, or whether they chose to remain in classrooms, I'm glad they took that opportunity to reflect,” said Paula Jordan, chemistry teacher.
Students who chose not to join the walkout watched a slideshow that Jordan created with photos of the Parkland victims. When all of the students returned to class, Jordan played it again for everyone to learn more about those who were killed.
“I couldn't help but reflect on the fact that those students were so much like the ones that I teach, and I saw the teachers and I thought of people that I work with,” said Jordan.
Many teachers and teens wore orange shirts and ribbons – the color representing support for tougher gun laws and school safety.
“People do need to talk to the teachers, and those of us who are in the trenches here because when people have asked me since Parkland: Would you want to be armed? Would you be one of those teachers? And that is the farthest thing from my mind,” said Jordan. “Because if I wanted to be armed in a classroom, I wouldn't be in a classroom. I would have a different career."