Letter — High school kids changed
As a key communicator, I wanted to contact you to express my concerns regarding the newspaper article I read about “… unrest envelopes high school.”
It is my impression that the article seemed one-sided. Have other students’ points of view been asked, such as athletes, Filipinos and Caucasians? What I’m truly concerned about is the safety of our children.
I may not know the whole story but I have spoken to a Filipino high school student and heard his side. I was shocked to hear that a Hispanic parent showed up on campus one day to threaten Filipino students. I may have to confirm this but hearing about it disturbs me. And a number of Hispanic students also showed up in the neighborhood of this Filipino student and had tried to cause problems so he had to call the police to diffuse the situation.
I asked him if any of the teachers, counselors, or administrators tried to meet with the students to work things out but he told me that “none of them cared.”
Then reading about the pregnant teacher whose room phone didn’t work when she tried to call 911 was really unsettling. Why didn’t the phone work? Who knows what’s really happening with these kids and maybe my opinions are biased since I am a Filipino, but the bottom line is — are our children safe?
Is something being done to create a more safe environment at the high school? My Caucasian brother-in-law is a freshman at the high school and he indicated that there are troubles among several student groups. He also mentioned that he was attacked by a group of Hispanic students.
Whatever happened to friendly spirit rivalry between classes? It seems that so much has changed since I stepped foot as a student in the halls of South Tahoe High. Please give me an indication that something is being done to help these students get along. I am thinking about the future of my son.
Drusilla M. Cunningham
South Lake Tahoe
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