Of course, I don’t know all the facts of this case, but reading what the students did in their peaceful walkouts and demonstrations (“RBHS students walk out in protest to support teacher,” News, March 1), warmed my heart. Democracy and the future of our country depends upon citizen participation. 

Today, children can get information from so many sources. What today’s children lack are opportunities for experience and participation. Young people need a tolerant and supportive environment to learn from these expressions of self and yes, values. 

They should not have to do it perfectly or without support to learn from the consequences of their efforts. Likewise their teachers.

It is a good thing for teachers to encourage such participation, it is the foundation of our democracy.

Sandra Baumgardner