Reader letters, March 12

Mar 20, 2014

Shame on Tuscola High School

To the editor:

This letter is about a student who has never been in trouble all through school and now finds himself not coping.

First he stays out of school days at a time but there’s no follow up with parents or student to see why. Then he goes back only to be out again for a week with still no follow up.

He could have quit school anytime after January but wants to get his diploma so badly he kept trying to make it.

We, the family, see him going through this but of course are just family and hard to open up to, so I advise him to go talk with a counselor and by all means, be open and honest and ask for help.

I thought this was the job she held and could then coordinate with the teachers to get him on a path to make up and be able to pass this year even if it meant summer school. He is willing to do this.

The moment he spoke with the counselor, he was pushed out. He is seeing another counselor and now he will be going to ALC because he does want his education but was at a loss on how to deal with his feelings and also make up his work with no input or help from the counselor at Tuscola or any of his teachers.

Now when things go wrong, we as a country say how did this happen? Why did no one see this student needed help and get it for him? Why did the schools not know a student was hurting so badly — not even one of his teachers? I say this is why and how they fall through the cracks.

If they do not conform, just push them out. If they do not learn or miss school for days, oh well, not our problem.

Somewhere, sometime, someone must reach out a hand. Our student will be fine because we as a family are seeing to that. Our school system, however, not so much. When we asked the counselor for help in coordinating this with his teachers she said, “That is not my job”

So I want to know who’s job is it? Parents cannot go into the schools and demand you to see our student, really see them.

Barbara Searight



Thanks for the article

To the editor,

Many, many thanks to Jessi Stone for running the article on the Inspired Art Ministry, Inc. art classes in the March 14 issue of The Guide. We so appreciate this article and all the support The Mountaineer has given us in the past.

Thanks for being such a great communicator of the activities in the area!

Char Avrunin



Let’s abandon the ‘politically correct’ route

To the editor:

Recently I have noticed some things taking place in our Haywood County School System that have raised concerns.

We have heard that our children are our most valuable resource but that is selling them short.

Our children, coupled with the wisdom and leadership of our God, are our future. I am a Christian and I would like to think that people would have enough moral values to want the best for our young people.

Today the trend is to make everyone politically correct. To be politically correct, Jesus and Christian values must be pushed aside. That’s not what our God or our Founding Fathers wanted.

Being politically correct is ungodly and wrong. We have had our head in the sand long enough.

A few weeks ago our middle schoolers were introduced to a program called the Festival of Lights. I know that title represents a Jewish Feast and Celebration, but to use that to introduce a false religion to our children is deplorable. I feel it was a mistake to bring this program into our schools. It will mislead our students and deceive our young people. I must speak against what I feel is wrong.

Next we watched our school system yield to an atheist group. To yield to this pressure is to put your stamp of approval on it. We can’t tell others about Jesus because we are forcing our views on them. Are we to let them push us into the closet? I think not.

Then we have sex education to be taught in our elementary schools. It is public information. The curriculum is nothing short of in class pornography, with pictures. Most of you would not allow this garbage in your home but you will allow your child to be taught this material in school. Our young people deserve better than this.

I will leave you with the words of George Washington. He said, “If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how shall we defend our work?”

Rev. Raymond Brooks