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Sometimes students need discipline...

There are some of us in Federal Way who are in high school, read the newspaper, like to have fun but also take our opportunity to get an education seriously. I have read with interest the banter about Charles Hoff, one of the Federal Way School Board members.

He didn’t attend the high schools’ graduation event? I agree with Mr. Hoff. I, too, am dismayed with the childish defense of the rabble rousers. Why would an adult jump to support the potential antics of an immature student at a graduation ceremony? Why not take a stand right up front and declare the graduation ceremony a no-joke zone! 

The graduates can certainly be told what they can do in good spirit, and what is taboo. I recall that the word “discipline” means “to teach.” We students do not need misbehavior defended; we need to be taught that there is a time and place for everything.

I will be graduating in three short years from Thomas Jefferson High School. I am looking forward to an inspiring, dignified, grown-up commencement. It is a privilege to go to school in a free country, but kids must know that our education is not free. It is common sense and good manners to save the partying for another time, not at the ceremony, please!

I think the message from Mr. Hoff is a good lesson, and I appreciate the genuine value of his example. Thank you, Charles Hoff.

Shannon Bernardy


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