Principal should rethink her position

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the Los Alamos High School students who organized and participated in a demonstration against the war in Iraq. Thank you for caring enough to express your opinions in a way that was noticed.If the high school principal was quoted accurately, then I am very disappointed in her. Why did she threaten to suspend the students and then have a security representative systematically take down the students’ names, in an attempt to silence them by intimidation? (This action is also reminiscent of what was done to protesters in the 1960s.) Does she really think the demonstration would have been noticed as much if it had taken place at 3:10 p.m. during the general disorder of school dismissal – or is that why she would have preferred that time? Why does she think that the “students may not have really cared about the war”?Maybe it is the adults and the government who do not really care about the war, in spite of 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed, thousands more left with permanent physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed, and still no valid “mission accomplished,” while oil producers and private contractors profit.If the principal truly wants to “look at a variety of points of view” and find “more meaningful ways to acknowledge an anniversary of a war,” perhaps she could help organize a day-long teach-in about the war. Students could make presentations, and there could be invited speakers including U.S. government representatives and veterans who have returned from the war.Students who will be 18 years old in time for the November election, register and vote! You know there is a lot at stake.Nona GirardiLos Alamos