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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Walkout offers chance for important discussion

Thanks to Jerry Maertens for his thoughtful letter of (“Let Bemidji students take part in national walkout," Feb. 25). He has convinced me of the the value and scope of this movement.

But maybe not everyone is convinced. They don't have to be. The walkout offers an opportunity to discuss an important and a timely issue. And what better place to do that than in school. Most every teacher in the high school could find a way to connect their disciplines to the walkout (or to the "Never Again" movement more broadly) and use those ideas to create meaningful lessons for their students. In the end, many students will want to attend the walkout; some won't.

I couldn't help but note the irony that the Pioneer, on the same day that the story of the walkout first appeared, ran a BHS "Snow Week" article. As a community, it seems we support "Throwback Thursday," the "Mr. BHS contest, and "Spirit Day," but we are unwilling to support the meaningful social and political debate that leads to direct action.

Let's respect the intelligence and passion of our students and offer them the opportunity for thoughtful participation in this movement.

John Henningsgaard