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OP/ED: Using School’s ‘Spirit Rock’ To Promote Political Opinion Is Wrong

Spirit Rock: "I think it was very disrespectful that a group of students blatantly made the decision to paint over the artwork on the rock that was written to promote the Parkland Rally."  

The "spirit rock," located near the entrance to the high school campus, is there solely to promote events at the high school and the school's administration has made that purpose very clear. Prior to April 3 the rock had a message painted on it announcing the date of the Parkland Rally that took place at the high school in March along with many other schools throughout the nation.   

   Last Tuesday, April 3, Groton-Dunstable High School administration was greeted with a pro-NRA message painted over the school’s spirit rock as they arrived at school. School officials made the decision to have the message painted over before students arrived at school that day. 

   The event has stirred up a numerous opinions from students and parents because of the message that had been painted over. One of the students that painted over the rock claims that they thought three weeks would be enough time to show their respect for the tragedy that occurred in Parkland. 

  Now those same students are criticizing the administration for the decision to cover up their message. They don’t seem to understand that although students are welcome to voice their opinions in school, the spirit rock is not a tool for this purpose.

  While I believe that everyone has the right to their own opinions when it comes to gun control, I think it was very disrespectful that a group of students blatantly made the decision to paint over the artwork on the rock that was written to promote the Parkland Rally. 

   Not everyone has to share and voice the same opinions and I understand that, but promoting the weapon that killed those 17 kids and teachers by painting over the rock with pro second amendment comments is just inappropriate. The rock is there with the purpose of being a spirit rock to promote school events not political opinion.

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