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We could learn a lot from student protesters

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Desert Trail Op-Ed No byline

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The students became the teachers March 14, when children attending Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms high schools took part in brief walkouts to protest gun violence at our nation’s schools. No matter what side of the issue you are on, we can all learn a lot from these young people.

While some decried the students’ actions, we think it is great that young people are getting involved in the national discourse over guns and civil rights.

This was no wasted time. The 17 minutes these young people took furthered their education, giving them hands on lessons in discourse and civil disobedience.

Ironically, some of the more fervent responses to their actions have given them a lesson in the price that is often paid by people who stand up for what they believe.

In this, we feel, Morongo Basin students truly became the teachers, instructing us in ways to engage with critics and respond without returning the insults so casually flung at them.

The Yucca Valley High School protest organizers deftly faced their critics on social media, showing they were able to rise above personal acrimony and clearly explain their motives.

They did it peacefully without burning buildings or calling names. We as a country need to learn how to express ourselves without calling everyone who is different names. The kids did it right and demonstrated the peace that they were advocating.

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