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Monday - April 2, 2018 9:39 am

Student protesters deserve praise, not criticism

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All they want is to be able to feel safe at school. That shouldn't be too much to ask. But young people across the country, and in La Crosse, are being criticized for the growing #neveragain movement. These young people, primarily high-schoolers, are certainly motivated, passionate, and as we are seeing across the country, organized. But those like Central High School senior Willow Tolle who led a student walkout are being dismissed as too young, too inexperienced in the ways of the world, even dismissed as the Tide Pod generation. Their critics could not be more wrong. Tolle and others have shown great bravery in standing up to adults and respectfully telling them that they are wrong. We should applaud their efforts to make their world a better place. More often than not, real change happens in this country as a result of the work of young people. Frankly, many of these kids, like Parkland student David Hogg, a vocal advocate for gun control, have been the ones to act like adults. Hogg has been mocked by talk host Laura Ingraham, and by the son of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who tweeted that the student's parents didn't smack him enough growing up. These kids don't deserve that. These students want safe schools, and are willing to work to make it happen. No doubt they will be on the right side of history. Dismiss these kids? No, we could stand to learn a thing or two from them.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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