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Amherst student defends NHS pledge

To the editor:

On Jan. 9, the Gazette ran an article about a pledge that Northampton High School students were asked to voluntarily sign to find the a handwriting match for the author of a threatening note found in the school. An issue was raised of concealing the intent to students or parents prior to the distribution.

As a high school student, I see no harm in not disclosing this information. Parents and students should not concern themselves with the way the pledge was utilized in the investigation. Instead, they should worry about how safety at Northampton High School was compromised by a member of the student population.

Regardless of the reasoning for it, the pledge was a way of insuring a feeling of security at the high school. All around the country teachers, students, and parents are saddened by the tragic Newtown shooting and worried about the possibility of acts of violence in their own communities. People should be assured that schools are putting in every effort to maintain protected environments and students should be encouraged to take pledges to advocate for safety in their schools.

Lucia Solorzano


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