To The Daily Sun,
Recently, I attempted to attend and open house at Holy Trinity School. Being an 1981 (salutatorian) graduate of the school, I looked forward to visiting my alma mater for a few minutes and regarding the changes and current educational curricula and philosophies at there. It was innocent curiosity and a desire to get informed on the current state of what was once a fine academic institution.
Unfortunately, my wistful memorizes and my sincere desire to possibly contribute to Holy Trinity School were shattered by reality. First, I was approached by the maintenance man (ironically, a former schoolmate of mine) and he barked "this tour is only for people with children!" I should have left immediately once I got this icy reception, but I persevered.
Pardon my arrogance, but alumni of a school which they helped finance in the 1970s and 1980s should not be restricted from voluntary interest and access. After all, what's the purpose of an "open house" if the current principal engages in selective alienation of potential supporters? It was humiliating to me and quite embarrassing. I being an optimist however, so I continued on a 20 minute tour of this Catholic school.
Steve was my cheerful 21 year old guide. I found him to be informative, thoughtful, and a gracious host. However, the tour ended and others at Holy Trinity School were up to no good. As I was wrapping up my talk with Steve, and about to fill my tour feedback form, two police officers appeared and asked to speak with me. As it turned out, someone at Holy Trinity School apparently did not like me or welcome me at their facility.
To this moment I am still not sure why I was being rousted. After all, I had been "invited" to the "open house" and at all times I was respectful of the faculty and students at Holy Trinity School! In other words, I had every reason to visit my alma mater, and I certainly was not misbehaving in any way. I was respectful.
Yet, I was ceremonially declared out of the building by two of Laconia's finest. I cannot put into accurate words the humiliation and latent disgust/anger that I felt while I did a verbal tap dance with the Laconia Police Department. It was obscene.
Which brings me to the purpose of recounting this tragic soap opera. My point being that from 1974 to 1981 I was indoctrinated at Holy Trinity School in "The Golden Rule". Catholics usually pride themselves on being compassionate, helping others, and "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you." Apparently, this ethos is decreased at Holy Trinity School. How ironic.
It is with profound disappointment and disgust that I must report that Holy Trinity School is a bastion of HYPOCRISY. They will teach your children to imitate Jesus Christ, then they will summarily humiliate and insult a good Samaritan (me).
I apologize if it seems as if I am picking on someone salt of the earth people who mean well; but how can Holy Trinity School claim to prepare kids for a Catholic lifestyle and the denigrate innocent alumni and civilians? This is not the religious educational experience that I received at Holy Trinity School and it should not be the current state of education/affairs at that school. As ironically I merely wanted to attend an open house and I ended up receiving an education in mean spirited snobbery.
HTS Class of 1981