Letter: A Shout Out for the Good in Woodbury High School Students

Following a letter to the editor about poor student behavior at a football game, a Woodbury High School teacher chimes in.

Woodbury students are incredible: they are polite, hardworking and kind.

I teach 140 students every day—they vary in maturity levels and awareness of others—but they all take their cues from the adults around them. 

I would politely suggest you take note of the “adult” rude behavior you see daily—while driving, shopping, parking (who doesn't have a “rude” parking lot story?).

But also take note of all the wonderful and kind behavior—at the mall and in the halls of your work environments.  

My students come to class full of stories about their volunteering, their work with younger students, mentoring them and helping them develop a stake in the community. We all have a stake in the community, and the community has a stake in its kids.

Calling out the bad is fine, but here is a shout out to the good. 

—Karen Morrill, Minneapolis


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Julie Bunch October 01, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Wow Simon, way to take a positive message and turn it into a negative! I'm hoping your entire outlook on life isn't like that! As a parent of a former and current WHS student, it was hard to read all of the negative comments last week...95% of the students that I come into contact with at WHS are great, respectful kids. Of course, there are a few that don't always act appropriately, but you would find that at every school school in our district, and across the state. My kids volunteer on a regular basis--not to pad, but because it makes you a better person. Simon, maybe you should try it. Thank you Ms. Morrill for bringing to light the true colors of WHS students--most are great kids and should not be lumped in with a couple who made a bad decision. If others can learn from bad decisions, maybe we would not get the comment like the one above,
Dan October 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Not even adults stopped these kids, they just wrote a letter.
Kim Lemrick October 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Thank you Ms. Morrill, as a parent of two students who had you last year, the message is appreciated. The comments in the previous letter were way off base from what is the reality. With two students at WHS, we come in to contact with a lot of teens and preteens from the area. In our experience the negative is the exception to the rule. I have met so many teens from WHS who are not only hard working students, but whom are volunteering, having jobs and doing a lot of good in the community. I have yet to meet a kid who wasn't respectful and polite. Don't get me wrong, I know there are a few kids who get in to trouble, I hear about it from my girls on occasion and we have seen a couple teens in our neighborhood get in trouble. But they are still very much in the minority. My family has moved around a lot over the last 20 years and we've had our older (now adult) 'kids' went to 3 other high schools. The problems exist every where you go and they are certainly much worse in others.
Susan October 01, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Kuddos to this teacher for taking the time to write this on behalf of the students of WHS! I don't believe in the term "bad" kids, I believe there are those that make bad decisions. But, who hasn't at one time or another? That being said I do think many of the negative comments from last week came from those that for whatever reason just does not like Woodbury. Sadly, and even at the expense of our kids no less, these types of people will take any tidbit of information to talk down on our community. Is it pathetic? Yes. But anyone who has lived in Woodbury long enough knows this is a fact.
Kris Janisch October 01, 2012 at 08:41 PM
For those who didn't see it, here's the previous letter to the editor: http://patch.com/A-ybvB


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