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TACOMA: Sacrificing children isn’t the answer

Letter by Janette Diane Pittman, Tacoma on Jan. 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | 7 Comments »
January 27, 2011 2:09 pm

Re: Proposed closure of Foss High School.

My concern and what should be the concern of this entire city is that 1,000-plus high school students would be spread out into the surrounding schools. Unfortunately, kids can be extremely cruel at this age and many will be alienated at other schools as they make this difficult transition.

We are moving some kids when all they have is the relationships/activities they have built at Foss. If this is the only stability in their young adult lives, taking them out of this environment is going to have adverse effects across the city.

This is not an elementary where kids can adapt easier to change and their surroundings. This is a high school where kids’ adult minds are forming and desperately need stability, structure and discipline in order to be successful in higher learning and most importantly to be a productive, successful adult.

This decision is based solely off of money and not the welfare of our children. Budget cuts are always going to be on the table but to sacrifice our children is not the answer.

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