There is a time & a place for protests

Right at the outset we want to be clear. We are not sure whether Nichols Elementary School should remain closed. That decision is one that the school board, parents and the community must decide.

Some parents and community leaders have been protesting the closing of Nichols, a blue ribbon school. They have attended school board meetings, city council meetings and in other forums let the school administration and the community at large know their position. We applaud their involvement.

Last week, however, we became concerned about the action of some at a rally being held at Gorenflo to honor the students and teachers who had made Nichols a Blue Ribbon School. On what should have been a day of celebration of their achievement, it turned into an assembly where the superintendent of education and school board president were interrupted in their remarks.

What is concerning is that this happened in front of hundreds of children, as young as kindergarten. Is this the impression we want to leave with these students? By this action, are we saying to our youngsters it is ok to interrupt others when they are speaking? We hope not.

There are opportunities for opinions to be shared, like the forum the school board held this week on the future of several closed school properties. We urge all parties in the future to put the children first. Healthy debate on the future of a school is good. But, next time don't put the children in the middle of it.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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