At Weber High School on Wednesday, students were downright bellicose in their support of the gulf war.
"Let's kill him, let's kill Saddam," said Gary Greenwell, 17, a senior."We're not wimps," said Calvin Talbot, 17, a senior. "We have to get him before things get worse."
Those two and others in a group just outside Weber High's administration offices said they'd willingly join the fight.
Many said they've said exactly that to the military recruiters currently contacting high school seniors.
"I'd go now," said senior Cory Campbell, 18.
The group's size and enthusiasm grew, and eventually about 40 students were in the throng around a reporter and joked about war protesters. About 15 sat on the floor in a mock sit-in. They laughed and clapped when a member yelled out, "Let's kill the . . . "
Students were bustling about the school to watch the war on television.
"We know of kids who are cutting classes to find classrooms with a TV set," said Justin Ferrin, 17, a junior. Which is what he and buddy Brent Hollingsworth were doing.
"It's pretty exciting," Ferrin said. "We were listening to it on our car radios, but it's too cold. We're looking for a classroom now."
"The teachers don't want us to talk about it because it will keep us from talking about our studies," said Hollingsworth, 17, a junior.
"Everyone who thought we shouldn't go in before now agrees with everyone else," said Justin Pack, 18, a senior. "It's cool. I'll go (to join the fighting). It's not that big a deal."
Randy Eberhard is one of the counseling supervisors in the Weber district office who is part of the crisis team formed a year ago with the other two supervisors and the district's four elementary school counselors.
"People are really stressed out about it, no doubt," Eberhard said of the gulf crisis. "But we've had no problems or reports of bizarre behavior. It's a normal stress for this abnormal situation."
The crisis team includes on-call professionals from Weber County Mental Health - also morticians. "They do an excellent job of running grief groups," Eberhard said.