Let­ter was dis­mis­sive of hard work

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

As a stu­dent ath­lete cur­rently at­tend­ing North Point High School I firmly be­lieve that the let­ter ti­tled “A loss for Charles County” pub­lished Fri­day, March 25, in the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent is not cred­i­ble in the sense that the ev­i­dence is in­cor­rect and the per­spec­tives are bi­ased. There is no factual ev­i­dence pro­vided in the let­ter. The let­ter bashes an en­tire school and its en­tire pop­u­la­tion of stu­dents. Since when did a school not be­ing nor­mal be­come such an in­tol­er­a­ble thing? As chil­dren, we were taught to em­brace dif­fer­ences and ap­pre­ci­ate other peo­ple’s dif­fer­ences.

All of the stu­dents on any of North Point’s ath­letic teams are hard­work­ing and have earned their place on the many teams at North Point. North Point’s ath­letic teams are only as good as hard­work­ing teach­ers and coaches who push their stu­dents to do the best they pos­si­bly can. So not only was the let­ter tak­ing away from the hard work and ac­com­plish­ments of the stu­dents, it was also tak­ing credit away from teach­ers and coaches by say­ing, “imag­ine how good Lackey or McDonough would be if those kids ac­tu­ally went to their home schools.” Any other school in the county has the po­ten­tial to be just as good as or bet­ter than North Point if they have the drive and will.

Fur­ther­more, I hon­estly be­lieve that the let­ter is dis­re­spect­ful to the teach­ers, coaches and es­pe­cially stu­dent ath­letes at North Point High School. I can­not seem to fathom why any­one would try to un­der­mine the hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion of a school and its stu­dents. North Point fol­lows the same zon­ing and re­cruit­ing laws just like any other school in Charles County. Which is why “A loss for Charles County” is an un­just re­sponse to North Point’s out­stand­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion to be the best they pos­si­bly can.

Tyra Walker, Wal­dorf The writer is a stu­dent at North Point High School.

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