Lily Bernhardt/submitted photos
OMAK – Lily Bernhardt, Running Start Senior from Tonasket, organized a walkout from college classes at Wenatchee Valley College Omak (WVCO) to honor the 17 students and staff killed in Parkland, Fla., one month ago.
The event was one of a multitude across the nation Wednesday, March 14.
Bernhardt said around 19 WVCO students walked out, with community members joining them.
“We spoke, demanding change to occur as well as honoring the lives of the victims,” said Bernhardt.
Descriptions of each victim were read aloud in an attempt to demonstrate their personalities, with students holding a sign bearing the name of each victim.
Bernhardt reported a “lie-in” was also staged, with students laying down and acting deceased while holding the name of the victim.
“We wanted to show the true horror behind the shootings,” said Bernhardt. “It was very powerful. We also listened to a song written by the Marjory Stone Man Drama Department.”
A booth was also set up where students could pre-register to vote and write letters to our representatives and senators.