Photo Essay: South Students Protest Sexual Violence

By: Phillip Bindeman

Sophomore Jane Brinkley and junior Sarah Parsons protest sexual assault in front of South Eugene High School during third period on Jan. 19.

Sophomores Neeiah Taber and Taylor Foor, along with freshman Lori Bell, sophomore Patrick Walker, and junior Skyler Hawley, march to show support to sexual assault survivors.

Hundreds of students gather to circle around South, bringing attention to the school’s problem with sexual assault/harassment and rape culture.

I didn’t expect it to be like that. I expected it to be way more low-key.

– Rupa Stein

Seniors Felicia Strand, Sophie Pierce, Rupa Stein, and Indigo Amarys carry a sign saying “Boys will be boys held accountable for their actions.”

Junior Will Holdt holds up a sign during today’s protest. Holdt, along with other South students, expressed concerns about the school’s administration.

South students chant vigorously as they charge the front office and start pounding their fists on the main entrance doors, contrasting with the previously peaceful tone of the protest.

We heard a lot of banging. They wouldn’t let them in.

– Nora Sherman

Hundreds of students gather to circle around South, bringing attention to the school’s problem with sexual assault/harassment and rape culture.

For a moment, attention shifts to the sky as a police helicopter circles over head.

South students make their voices heard in front of the hundreds of protesters who participated in the walk-out.

South students listen attentively to speeches given by their peers about sexual violence.

Junior Ava Smith De Vasconcellos signals for silence as students begin to share speeches in front of the horde of protesters.

Sophomore Brennan Gallaher calls for quiet as students attempt to enter the hallways during the protest. Shortly after, police pushed back students trying to access the school.

Students rush out of the halls as word travels that the police were arriving on scene to try to manage the crowd.

As police attempt to lock the doors, students dash to gain entry to the school through the cafeteria.

South students are approached by a police officer in the school cafeteria. Police barred them from entry into the halls until the start of the lunch period.

Police officer questions the students about who is responsible for organizing the march. Some students listen, while others disperse into the crowded lunchtime hallways.

A couple of people got a little unruly so they called us in to make sure everything is fine. So they’re going to stay here and protest and there are no issues with it. We’re just hanging out at the present to help out.

– Sergeant Molony

Long into lunch, a persistent minority continue to make their voices heard. Students sit in protest in front of the office until the end of the school day.

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