Teachers, students hold classroom discussions on the election

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, November 10 2016 Nov 10, 2016 Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:26:00 PM CST November 10, 2016 in News
By: Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 News
loading

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.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 6:39:00 AM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- A student at the West Location of Tiger Tots Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 6:37:00 AM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – During his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced an extension of the phase one reopening... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:42:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As Boone County moves into the next phase of reopening, hair salons can now open their doors to... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:17:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City Manager of Columbia announced plans to further cut city budgets due to the effects of COVID-19.... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:42:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:40:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY - While other sports adjust the game plan to respect social distancing, some are just playing things business... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:16:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City says it will begin bringing back faculty, staff and students... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:14:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — During the State of the City address, John Glascock said the city is leaving it up to the... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:51:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson will deliver his daily COVID-19 briefing live from the State Capitol in Jefferson City... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:46:00 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
Editor's note: Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez is a primary care pediatrician, director of pediatric telemedicine and assistant professor of pediatrics at... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:26:23 PM CDT May 28, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - Click below to watch the final candidate forum for the Columbia School Board. All four candidates - Jonathan... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:30:00 AM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (The Kansas City Star) - Police in suburban Kansas City say a domestic disturbance led to a shooting,... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:47:00 AM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
(CNN) - President Donald Trump is set to announce an executive order against social media companies on Thursday, White House... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:39:26 AM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
(CNN) - Hundreds remained on the streets of Minneapolis late Wednesday night protesting the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 28 2020 May 28, 2020 Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:09:08 AM CDT May 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — An employee at The Bluffs in Columbia tested positive for COVID 19, executive director Donna Bowers announced in... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 27 2020 May 27, 2020 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:33:00 PM CDT May 27, 2020 in News
US— The fraught, freighted number of this particular American moment is a round one brimming with zeroes: 100,000. A hundred... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 27 2020 May 27, 2020 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:31:00 PM CDT May 27, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
12pm 74°
1pm 75°
2pm 74°
3pm 75°