Teachers, students hold classroom discussions on the election
RUSSELLVILLE - Teachers all across the country are dealt the task of talking to their students about this week's election results. Teachers at Russellville High School said they are trying their best to remain neutral.
"We encourage our teachers to be involved. We make sure that our teachers have no bias and keep their views to themselves," Principal Chris Mitchell said.
He said the teachers do their best to explain the issues regarding the outcome of the election.
"We want to make sure we don't sway them. We have impressionable young kids in our building, and it's not our job to tell them who to vote for," Mitchell said.
Tristin Little, a junior who describes himself as liberal, said the teachers were quiet on Wednesday, following the election.
"Every teacher that we have do not want to talk about it and they don't want to lean one way or the other. They keep it balanced. They don't want to give more room than the other," Little said.
Joseph Thomas, a junior who calls himself conservative, said there has been a lot of discussion in his government class.
"With our government teacher, he was telling us that we should be worried more about our local election and things that affect us individually. He said our local laws are the ones that affect us more than our national laws," Thomas said.
Mitchell said he wants to make sure every student feels comfortable in the building.
"We have sensed from some of our minority students a tone that becomes so common in the media, and they see it at night, we want to make sure that those things aren't repeated in schools," Mitchell said. "As educators, it's our job to make sure they know what's appropriate. When they're hearing inappropriate things from leaders it's sometimes hard for them to understand that it is inappropriate coming from elected official's mouth."
Mitchell said if a student is harassed in school, they try to take action as quickly as possible.
"We have a written procedure on how to handle harassment of protected class and we go down that road and investigate it," he said.
Russellville High School has a student body of about 190 students.