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Letter to the editor: Make a real difference

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Make a real difference

I formerly worked in a local high school kitchen and served food out front. For the most part, I saw a great group of students. But I also saw kids who ate by themselves daily and who were treated as insignificant. You don’t know the kind of load the student next to you is carrying. Maybe they’re being abused at home. Maybe they come to school hungry. Perhaps they’ve been bullied one too many times and are planning to retaliate. Maybe that person is you, and you want to find some way to take that load off your chest. Maybe it’s all you or other students can do to complete each day and escape somewhere to cry it out alone.  

Maybe you could be the one to befriend the loner and make a memorable difference. Rather than planning a walk-out to protest gun violence, stop it where it starts. Walk the talk and treat others around you with dignity and respect – just as you would like to be treated.  Befriend them. Talk to them. Eat with them.  That’s what a true hero looks like.  

It’s easy to walk out of school. It’s another thing to risk the loss of friends to be one to someone who doesn’t have any.

Hilary Osborne

Parker

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