To The Daily Sun,
Last night (April 4) at the Alton Central School board meeting, we had a firsthand lesson in civics that has left us baffled. At Prospect Mountain, we have been told it is the school's mission to help us become "effective and appropriate communicators." According to our mission statement, we should "demonstrate personal responsibility and practice basic principles of citizenship in a democracy."
These are fine tenets upon which our academic instruction and social expectations are based, but they are a little hard to swallow when some Alton School Board members do not practice what they preach. By walking out of the Monday night's meeting, Sandy Wyatt and Steve Miller closed the doors of communication to the citizens in attendance. By walking out of the meeting, they stifled democracy. By walking out the doors at 5:07 pm, seven minutes after the meeting began, they systematically discounted every lesson about democracy, responsibility, and effective and appropriate communication our teachers have worked diligently to impart. It's a good thing our teachers have also taught us to "practice civil, non-violent methods of communicating differences in resolving conflict." Because of our teachers, we know the "pen is mightier than the sword" when combating questionable and disrespectful behavior by the people who are supposed to be building up our community through collaboration, not isolating the citizens by shutting down the forum in which they may express their thoughts.
Prospect Mountain High School students
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