We have hit a new all-time low in Walla Walla when one of our community members compares Walla Walla High School students to bears in a garbage dump, not deserving of more than a barn to go to school in each day.
As a veteran teacher, fellow community member and parent, I find this comparison highly offensive. My students come from a variety of backgrounds.
They work hard to succeed in school, graduate from high school and become productive citizens.
Some of them leave our community and begin new lives beyond Walla Walla. Many of them reside here and work to keep our community moving forward, making it a great place for others.
My former students patrol your streets, serve your country overseas, make and serve you delicious meals and your morning lattes. They grow food for others, help manage your money, teach your children and take care of you in local clinics and hospitals.
They are not animals. They are human beings.
My students and their families deserve more respect. Show them you believe in them by voting yes on the April 22 Wa-Hi bond.