Comments clarified

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

This is my first run at public office and I will make verbal blunders like the one I made at the JDHS candidate forum regarding the Day of Silence.

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I wish to clarify my comments. (I told the students that I support student-led initiatives, and this includes student-led prayers at commencement ceremonies and the prayer at the flagpole. It is important for them to raise awareness of issues and make positive changes in society.

My comment on adults sticking our noses in their business was a poor choice of words. What was meant was does the School Board need to be telling our teens what causes they can or cannot support. Isn't this the responsibility of the parents? It should be noted that the Day of Silence is not a compulsory event, meaning students do not have to participate if they don't want to. If this were an event that required participation, then I would approach it differently.

I would also like to point out an error in the way the article was written. I did not take a position for or against making the Day of Silence more inclusive. However, I would like to see awareness raised for all groups that suffer from discrimination. These are issues that should be addressed within the family structure. Let's encourage positive activism with our kids.

Jeremy Kerr

Candidate for School Board

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