To the editor:
By now, we have all heard of the tragedy that occurred on April 20 in Littleton, Colo. To be thinking that this couldn't happen in our own community, we are ignoring the hate that does exist in our own community and schools.
Daily, I see the teasing and the ridicule of my peers and even my friends, that are considered different by those who feel superior. Because someone has blue hair or wears all black, are they less of a person? We are all unique individuals and if we would take the time to accept each other for who we are, not what we look like, then we wouldn't have to try and understand why tragedies such as these happen.
We should all practice tolerance and adopt a "live and let live" attitude. We are the generation that will shape our future. If we don't stop hate we will only pass it in our years to come. If we pass it on, then we are saying that it is OK to hate and kill. Is this the message that we want to send?
We may never know what drove the two suspects in the Columbine High School massacre to violence, but by trying to accept our peers we can possibly prevent such tragedy here. Next time you come upon someone that you consider "different" think of this article and keep your comments to yourself. If you are the "different" one and someone makes comments to you, just know that it is because that person isn't open-minded and that these thoughts were most likely not his, but passed on to him.
West Junior High School.