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Now that the riots have settled down, officials estimate that there is over 20 million dollars in damage throughout the city of Baltimore.
While all of this was unravelling, Bullis did not address the pressing issue as a school, although students could have discussed them as a community in advisory, class meetings, or assembly.
Although these would have been extremely controversial and opinions between students would have differentiated, advisers could have been mediators. If not in advisory, it should have been addressed in assembly. Our school seemed to turn a blind eye to the incident and pretend like it didn’t affect us, even though we are such a diverse community and diversity is one of our core values. Baltimore is also so close to us, so it truly is hard to believe that Bullis did not mention it at all.
Students agree that this topic should have been discussed: “We need to make all of our classmates aware of the issues going on around the country and especially ones so near to us like Baltimore, for instance." said Maddie Maher ('16). "Even if there was a difference in opinions, Bullis should’ve talked about this and in the future should spend more time discussing issues like this at assembly's or advisory instead of just pretending like it doesn’t affect us.”
Sophomore Thabi Cooper agrees, saying, “I feel like we should have talked about it more at Bullis because of how close to home it was. The conviction showed us what can be done, but the rioting showed us how much still needed to be done…if we had talked about it, maybe we could have come up with some ways to help.”
In the future, Bullis should consider having round table discussions about popular issues such as what happened in Baltimore because that is an important step in understanding others' opinions and important social issues.