More on Maturity and "K.U."
By Peter Stanton
April 05, 2007
Well it seems that this community has found itself a conflict.
Conflicts can be healthy from time to time, but I don't think
that this is one of those times. Echoing what my grandmother
said recently, I'd say it's time to move on from "Martingate"
and have some healthy change within our school system. I realize
some people may be afraid of change and oppose it in its many
forms, but trust me, I think things will work out.
Feeding the flames of conflict over the school board decision
isn't going to help anyone. No one can deny that what the board
did was legal and that what it did was well within its power.
It s for us to trust the reasoning of our elected officials,
some of whom, like Dave Leiben, have already reached out to the
students and explained their position. That seems to be what
brought up the subject of Ketchikan Underground here on Sitnews,
and that brings me to my primary point here.
The site ketchikanunderground.com is a place where anyone, but
specifically high school students here in Ketchikan, is allowed
to speak their mind and write about absolutely anything. Whether
you appreciate that or not doesn't particularly concern me. I
would like to particularly address Ms. Zink, however.
The quotes that Ms. Zink selected from the site referring to
the superintendent were taken out of context and perhaps taken
much too seriously. As I said, Ketchikan Underground is for anyone
to write about anything, so most of it is simply the type of
conversation you would hear from any teenager. At least the first
two quotes hand-picked by Ms. Zink were pure satire, meant to
put a humorous bend to a serious topic. To be truthful, the first
that she cited was mine, (Xenophoenix) and that was originally
what brought me to addressing her letter. Again, however, that
was within an article of mine urging students to share (on Sitnews,
in fact, as I specifically suggested) how they were affected,
positively or negatively, by the superintendent and his policies.
It may perhaps be annoying for some people for teenagers to be
posting articles here in such short succession, something that
happens very rarely I'm sure, if at all, but my issue is that
opinions like Mrs. Chaudhary's and Ms. Zink's support general
opinion that opinions like mine should not be taken seriously
by the adult community. It may be useful to remind or inform
people for the first time that this is not the first time where
Ketchikan Underground and Kayhi's student body at large has been
involved in issues with Harry Martin.
A major galvanizing event among Kayhi students, mostly against
Mr. Martin, was his attempt to demote Mr. Eklund, something,
it might be said, that eventually led to the irony that is now,
with Mr. Eklund set to take his place. Ketchikan Underground
was a catalyst for students speaking their mind on the issue,
and we largely organized the huge gathering of students that
went to the board meeting to support our principal.
Other topics, such as the recent locked door policy that has
in my opinion created an uninviting, distrustful and closed atmosphere
at the school, have been discussed as well, but I am reaching
a close here on my discussion of the recent letters on KU and
I m sure that any adult still reading this has much better things
to do now than listen to the unimportant writings of a mere 15-year
Received April 05, 2007 - Published April 05, 2007
About: "A 15-year old
student at Ketchikan High School and active member of ketchikanunderground.com"
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