Letters to the Editor for June 14, 2012

Letters to the Editor for June 14, 2012

Writer disappointed with situation at Central

To the editor:

I attended and graduated from Central High School and was there for my grandson’s graduation on Friday evening (June 1). I have always been proud of my background until I left the school the other evening. I left angry and deeply disappointed.

All the chairs for the graduates were lined up and programs were printed for the Class of 2012 but one student was not there and wasn’t acknowledged in any way that evening. I feel that this was a total insult towards the family. I’m sure this student was loved by parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and relatives.

These people considered this student as an individual who had a name, hopes and dreams the same as any other student and I’m sure in the 12 or 13 years this student attended classes, did homework, studied for tests and had academic achievements and merits like all the rest of the graduates.

Who gives us the right to decided who should be excluded? Did this young person not live up to our expectations? Isn’t that to be left up to a power higher than us? Isn’t this exactly the root of problems in schools now?

Some student just doesn’t fit into the role we think they should so we pretend they don’t exist, that it’s OK to exclude them or treat them differently than the rest of the students. Aren’t we supposed to be teaching our children by word and example to respect everyone no matter their race, color, religion, or in the simple fact that they are "different." Is this the lesson the school is teaching or are they ignoring it because it’s easier not to have to deal with a tough situation. Are they thinking it will all go away if we shove it under the rug and not address it?

Central is a small school compared to some of the others in the area. Let’s be ourselves and be a better example. Every journey starts with the first step. We don’t need to do or follow what other schools are doing to handle these problems. Why can’t we be in the lead and everyone looks up to us for what we are doing?

I feel Central needs to make some major changes in dealing with the students and the problems within its walls. I also feel the school has done a major disservice to this family and should publicly apologize.

It’s time to say "we are better than the ones we are following." I think these students of 2012 picked the class motto we should all think about: "Nothing we do changes the past, everything we do changes the future."

Betty Hoen

Chaska

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