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  • Updated: February 19, 2014 - 6:33 PM

May lessons be learned from the incident at Rogers High.


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A ‘teachable moment’ at Rogers High

“Gossiping publicly about the private lives of well-known people is one of the most popular forms of licensed sadism.” This was the opening sentence in Wallace Shawn’s thoughtful commentary (“The Woody Allen accusations and the nature of knowing,” Feb. 19), but it could just as well have applied to a front-page story that appeared the same day (“Teens’ Web boasts risk felony”). A teachable moment exists at Rogers High School. It offers an opportunity for young people to reflect on their teachers as human beings and to appreciate the time, energy, thought and compassion that teachers expend every day on the job. This teachable moment is the chance to learn empathy, a lesson that can serve a lifetime.

SUE LEAF, Center City, Minn.

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A two-month suspension for a “sexually charged” tweet? Then again, students need to learn to be more careful about what they post on the Internet. As an Eden Prairie High School student and avid Twitter user, I am well aware of the kind of disrespectful tweeting that goes on regularly. There are plenty of demeaning Twitter accounts associated with Eden Prairie and other schools. If the Elk River School District is going to punish the Rogers High student this severely, other school districts need to be prepared to do the same. This problem isn’t limited to specific schools, and a sense of uniformity in retribution would be well-served.

EMMA GARTON, Eden Prairie

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Where is the outrage on behalf of the true injured party, the teacher? I am sure the student whose tweet implied an improper relationship with her is a very nice young man, and he seems well-liked by his peers. Though it was said that the tweet was a joke and that no harm was intended, that is exactly what happened. This teacher’s career is now in danger, not to mention her respectability. Actions, however intended, have consequences.




Housing developments use resources, too

Regarding a Feb. 19 letter about the land and water used for golf courses: In Eagan, we’ve recently had two golf courses turned into residential development — Carriage Hills and Parkview. It would be interesting to compare water usage for hundreds of residential sites year-round over the long term against the seasonal needs of a golf course. My guess is that the new development will take far more water than a golf course. This is just an excuse for greedy developers to gobble up more land.




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