The following letters were written by Brainerd School District students.
Not all kids are bad
We would like to inform all the people out there that not all kids are bad kids. Yes there are students who go over to places to smoke during their lunch break and there are those who drink and/or do drugs. But you are forgetting that there are still a lot of the students who stay at the school for lunch and don't smoke, drink or do drugs.
When you try to point out that young people today are bad, it includes not only the people who do bad things but also the people who do good things.
We've noticed that sometimes the media seems to put the bad things on the front of the paper or print the bad things about something instead of printing the good. You have to dig into the paper normally to find out what sort of good things the youth of today and other people are doing but when they do one bad thing it's plastered all over the front of the paper.
You also need to realize that there's no such thing as a bad person; there are only people who make bad decisions or choices. That doesn't make them a bad person. Everyone can make bad decisions. Someone once told us that no one is perfect. So why judge people by the mistakes they make? Why not judge them by the things they do correctly? How would you want people to judge you? How do you judge others? Isn't the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?" We're sure we all would prefer to have people judge us by what we do correctly and not judge us by our mistakes or the mistakes of other people. So let's start judging other people the way we want to be judged.
Open your eyes
Generation X has to open their eyes and see how much we have been given. We now have the knowledge of what drugs, alcohol and smoking does to us. We have been given the right to learn no matter what our social standing is.
There was a time when people did not know the harm smoking, drugs and alcohol can do to us. There was a time when everyone smoked and no one knew it could give you cancer. Doctors used to use alcohol to numb pain instead of Novocaine and they would use illegal drugs sometimes for medicines. There was a time when some people were denied education.
We now have the knowledge that smoking, alcohol and drugs are all harmful to our health, they can kill you and they waste your money. So many people die because of drunk drivers. People overdose on drugs and drink too much, then end up dying. We now have the right to go to school and learn no matter our age, race, sex or social standing. Yet, some people come to school just to socialize or sleep during class.
Why do we continue to ignore the facts? We have to realize that we could be the next victims of drugs, smoking or alcohol. Wake up generation X, and listen to your elders. You never know; you may be surprised how much you can learn.
Teen center needed
The teens in Brainerd High School think we should get a teen center in Brainerd. It would be a place where the teens of Brainerd can hang out and not have to worry about being chased away by the cops. Like the Kmart parking lot, for loitering. It would be a place that is supervised so there isn't any trouble with drugs or alcohol, and a place where our parents can trust us going and not having to worry about their kids being kidnapped or getting hurt. People complain to the police about us in the Kmart parking lot, and we get a bad rap. But in reality we aren't doing anything wrong but loitering, which is in fact against the law, but Brainerd doesn't do anything about it, so where can we go? If Brainerd doesn't do anything in my lifetime and the problem gets worse, I can at least hope for the best and that Brainerd will someday try to fix the problem. Thank you for your time and thoughts.
The cost of clothes
Kids today come in wearing American Eagle and Abercrombie. They should be wearing Towns Craft, Colo Wear, American Tradition and other less expensive clothing. They could give the money they save to charity or buy their own car. We feel people who wear American Eagle are no better than people who wear American Tradition. Wearing these clothes shows that these people lack confidence. We think people should buy cheaper clothes, so people won't feel left out.
A common problem for teens today, is the constant aching pain of backpacks. When I went to the chiropractor, even she was amazed at how heavy my backpack is. It often feels like it is at least half of me! According to the chiropractor, your bag is only supposed to be 10 percent of your body weight. When my back is bad she still asks me if I have done something about my backpack. I don't really know what I can do on my own. I have been talking with others and I came up with the idea of using our technology we have today. Why couldn't all of our books be on CD or disc? A CD or disc weigh nothing compared to a big Biology book. If we did this we could carry those around and use a classroom set of books when we are at school. It would benefit the school in the fact that the cost of replacing books would be reduced. We could save money because there would be no books to cover. Students would only be responsible for their own computer, at home.
Bringing books back and forth from school to home causes real wear and tear on the books. Teachers sometimes end up sending the books to get new bindings or covers. All the hassle these books are causing! Our arching backs, the cost of the chiropractor, teachers having to send to get them fixed, and having to cover them could all be avoided. Not only would this save our back, but also it would save the school money, money it got from the taxpayers, our parents. It is a shame with all the technology we have we can't find a way to lighten the load we carry on our backs everyday.
Upset with photo
I am writing in response to the teen smoking article on Sunday, Oct. 28. I think that that picture should have never been taken, because nobody asked the students to take a picture of them smoking. Even though I'm not in the picture, it still aggravates me that somebody went through all the trouble of getting the picture without even asking. If a person can't get someone's permission to get a picture of them, then he shouldn't go and hide to where the students don't know. If someone would have asked, they would have heard "no" from everyone that was smoking. I hope this letter is taken into consideration in the future when someone wants to take a picture like the one on Oct. 28.
BHS attendance policy
We strongly disagree with the new attendance policy at the Brainerd High School. The students at the high school are only able to miss 10 days in a semester and 20 throughout the year. If they miss more than the amount of days allowed by the policy they will receive a "no credit" in the class.
We the student body feel it isn't fair because what about all the days you did attend class? We should at least get credit for the work we did do. There are the reasons why we feel the way we do about this policy.
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