North Eugene students march down River Road following graffiti incident
EUGENE, Ore. - Police are investigating anti-Semitic slurs, threats and white supremacist language spray-painted on the North Eugene High School campus last week.
On Friday, students took a stand with an organized march.
Students held a school-wide assembly, and used their lunch hour to march down River Road, making it clear that messages of hate and bias will not be tolerated.
As the first month of school wraps up at North Eugene, an important lesson has already been learned: Stand up or march.
Principal Udosenata said students held an assembly before the march in order to spread a different message.
"All kids should feel welcomed, where everyone feels like they can come in and get an education without feeling like they're targeted," said Udosenata.
During their sign of solidarity down River Road, some students reflected on a time where they were targeted by hate. Others had a message for the vandals.
"I kind of want to say thank you, because you just made our school a lot stronger in ways," said Spencer Wilson, a senior at North Eugene. "We're here. W're North Eugene High School. We are unphased."
Some students, however, did not participate in the march.
"They want a reaction, and that's what we're giving them," said North Eugene junior Cruz Gutierrez. "I think we could be using our time more appropriately."
But for most, it was an inspiring act that showed many people's true colors.
"It just warms my heart to know that these people actually care about the entire world," said Gunner Hendrix, a freshman.
The 4J School District is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to a suspect. Call the Eugene Police or the School District if you have any information about the graffiti.