January 30, 2009 in Letters

Student disrespect not typical

The Spokesman-Review

I served as a substitute teacher at Deer Park High School. There is a newspaper called The Stag, which is written by the students. Dec. 19, 2008, had an article with the headline, “Students show dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” It says, “The Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 10, was the worst display of students disrespect yet. While we sat honoring the people who served and gave their lives to allow us to have the freedoms we have, some people didn’t seem to understand or even seem to care. These students need to learn that our freedom is because of those who gave their lives.”

It has been my privilege to witness two Veterans Day programs at Colville High School and one at Jenkins High School, in Chewelah, as a substitute teacher. In these programs, the conduct of the students was superb. The students showed the utmost respect and even silence when needed.

We read in the Bible, “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.”

May the Veterans Day assembly at Deer Park High School next year be received with respect by all the students.

Arthur Houk


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