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18 Years Ago This Week

[Ed. note: The following was posted in the High School newsletter]
As I'm sure you are all aware, we marked the 18th anniversary of 9/11/2001 this week. I inadvertently sparked some controversy when I did not ask for a moment of silence on 9/11, this past Wednesday. I heard that there were several community members who found this very insensitive and “un- American." I apologize to anyone who was offended. It is difficult to judge how long something like this should continue.
     I have asked the opinions of many colleagues in education and received all types of different opinions on whether we should still be observing a moment of silence. I have determined that it all depends on the feelings of the community. I had conversations with my children on Wednesday asIamsuremanyofyoudidas well. For me, this was enough but since some wanted this tragedy to be formally recognized in school, we held a moment of silence on Friday morning.
     As a former history teacher who created a class on 9/11 following this event in order to make sure that students understood the gravity, impact and historical relevance of it, I find it a positive thing that many in our school community are unwilling to let the date pass without solemnly reminding ourselves of how troubling and terrifying that day was for those of us that were going about our daily lives when it happened.
     I have a reminder of this day behind my desk and will never forget the impact it had on my life and how the world changed on that day. I hope that this explanation clears up any concerns that some had with the decisions that were made regarding this issue.
Michael Woodlock, Principal GDRHS
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