“Harmless pranks,” said one mom, shaking her head, “kid are kids.”
“The kids are ready for Spring break,” laughed another. “They get to take time off from school, but I still have to work!”
Neither seemed upset. Many residents don’t like to discuss incidents such as these, for a variety of reasons, principally the belief it makes our community look bad. Others clearly have a different perspective, noting the incidents are completely normal, and even celebrate them.
“How many times did we blow something up in the Chemistry lab? It was my best memory of high school.”
‘We were so bad, we gave three of our teachers nervous breakdowns.”
“I think it’s pretty funny. ”
“No one takes this seriously. None of these kids are bad; they’re just mischievous.”
When a handful of students walked out of class on March 24, some called for them to face harsh discipline for their open defiance of authority, although some teachers and a handful of community activists helped them stage the protest. Others rolled their eyes and characterized the event as an opportunity to get out of class.
Bomb threats and a student protest in commemoration of the deaths in Parkland Florida are not equivalent, but it’s impossible to explain the difference to those who believe they are, and self-defeating to suggest their observations are inaccurate, their personal experiences false, or their opinions wrong.
I won’t offer facts, or express an opinion.
I’ll just leave this here, for your consideration, if desired.