Oregon City students walk out of class after photo including racial slur goes viral

OCHS students walk out of class on Thursday, Oct. 27 (Photo courtesy Andrew Saldana)

Hundreds of Oregon City High School students walked out of class Thursday morning, after a photo of students holding a sign including a racial slur went viral on Twitter.

A photo posted earlier this week shows a group of OCHS students holding a sign that reads, "Welcome back to the farm, [N-word]."

The picture has caused a ripple effect online, having been shared hundreds of times in Oregon City and beyond.

One student in the original photo posted an apology on Twitter. Part of it read: "I apologize to every single person this offends. I screwed up by being in this picture and I know that but I can’t change it now as much as I wish I could.”

Students say the next day, student N'Dea Flye wore a Black Lives Matter shirt to school. She got home to find a note left on a doorstep that reads, "Go back to picking cotton, [N-word]. Black Lives doesn't (sic) matter."

Hundreds of students walked out of class around 9:30 a.m. Their protest was approved by school officials, who confined them to an interior courtyard.

"I think the majority of students do not have a problem with racism. I think that's what this walkout is trying to show," senior Brody Young said.

Flye said she was happy with the turnout.

"It's so great that my community could support me and everyone of color and we can all just come together and discrimination we can just do this and come together," Flye said.

During a vigil at the high school Thursday night, Principal, Tom Lovell said it's been an emotional week for students, staff and parents.

Lovell says he hopes people understand why they came.

"It doesn't matter the color of our skin, what you wear, it doesn't matter where you live, it doesn't matter what language you speak, it really shouldn't matter, we're all people, all human beings," said Lovell.

KATU's Jackie Labrecque was outside the school during the walkout:

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