If you want respect, then show respect

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It’s a student’s right to voice their concerns to their government concerning proposed changes to the educational system, but they should do so respectfully.

More than 100,000 Ontario elementary and secondary school students from roughly 600 schools walked out of class on April 4 to rally against proposed changes to the educational system.

The educational protests were not of good taste. I didn’t like some of the signs that students were holding up. They were very disrespectful. The teachers should not have allowed some of those signs to even be made, let alone shown in public.

Some of the statements that were posted on the signs were nothing but pure bullying. Bullying of any sort is not acceptable, and we, as educators, have a responsibility to educate our students that such bullying will not be tolerated.

It’s a shame that children are allowed to poke fun at adults, especially when they are elected officials. If students have something they want to bring forth to their government, it should be presented in a respectful manner.

Democracy is important, but respect is equally important. Many will use “freedom of speech” as an excuse to say whatever they want. But when someone speaks out against how the protestors were allowed to demonstrate, they just bully their points of view to try to silence another’s right to “freedom of speech.”

Debra St. Onge