School violence can’t become normal

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To the Editor;
We reaffirm our support for the safety of our schools, children, teachers, staff, and families. Safety is an essential part of dignity, and every person among us has the right to live a safe, dignified life.

We recognize that the best way to support young people at this moment and in the future is to actively listen to them, to hear and internalize their concerns, and to partner with people of all ages for active resolutions. School violence, in any form, should not be seen as normal — it is not normal.

Our young people have a right to develop their individual voices and to sound their collective concerns. In our democratic system, we respect and encourage their right to stand up and be recognized. It is through these public efforts that these young people will become our next generation of community leaders. Thus, we all have a stake in the continued momentum of the school safety movement.

Piscataquis County Democrats want to partner with those from across the entire political spectrum to promote safety and dignity in our communities. Together, we can meet the needs of all people.

Margarita Contreni
Piscataquis County
Democratic Committee chair

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