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Published: Tuesday, April 5 2011 10:09 p.m. MDT

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skitarghee
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Am I the only one who thinks the media and the school district and the feds are sensationalizing this story?

"Diversity" used to be on a banner above the front doors of Butler Middle School along with several values like courage and honesty. Is diversity a value? No, it is a statistical measurement.

I hear more about stopping the bullies and racism than getting schools to perform. Where is the money going? 30 students per classroom and $5000 per student means we are spending $150,000 per classroom. That's where the "beef" is that should be discussed.

gizmo33
St. George, Utah

skit. your right on ! this whole thing has been blown out of proportion directly because of the media

Be Practical
Sandy, UT

To my knowledge, the school district has not made public any of the other incidents they found at Alta other than the one with the kid wearing the pillow case. I don't think any of us are in a position to pass judgement on the district's motives without knowing all of the facts. I do know that Dr. Doty is fair-minded, he has kids who go to Alta, and he would not undertake this action lightly or to curry favor with the politically correct crowd.

AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

It's a generational thing. Older adults see a boy with a pillow case over his head and jump to the conclusion that he's about to lynch a classmate. But to the kids, it's just a joke, a silly prank, and nothing more.

A good analogy is the way films such as The Blues Brothers and Indiana Jones portray Nazis. In those films Nazis are like Keystone Cops. Those who enjoy such films mean no disrespect; they simply don't see Nazis in the way older generations see them.

So school administrators are in a quandary. They think they must do SOMETHING or risk being labeled racist, or at least insensitive. Meanwhile, the kids are scratching their heads wondering what all the fuss is about, knowing the prank had no bad motive.

A good school administrator - the principal or the superintendent - could handle the problem with a firm but kind explanation to the kids about why the kids need to be more circumspect in their behavior.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Skit... in an ever global world, one of the most powerful lessons kids can come out of school with is how to understand and respect other peoples cultures. Math, science, and all that are meaningless unless you know how to deal with others, even those not like yourself.

So I think this is a very powerful opportunity for the schools to teach these kids that even though 9.5 people out of 10 look just like you, being able to understand and appreciate people unlike you is a huge life skill.

I see so many kids come from Mormon Utah to school out here so unprepared to deal with life outside of Utah and their monolithic lives back home. Many of these have served missions around the world, but still fail to try to understand the other persons perspective. That empathy for anothers condition, particularly those that come out here for medical school really impacts their performance in many ways. Great kids, but really viewing the world through tainted lenses.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Great for the U.S. Justice Department. They won't prosecute Black Panthers who stood out in front of polling places in 2008 and intimidated voters from voting which is a federal offense but now officials from that department think they have something to offer the Canyons School District in terms of how to deal with race relations? What a joke.

screenname123
Sandy, UT

Fair minded? Ask Les Hamilton or the Principal if they think Doty is fair minded.....

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