Originally published on Dec. 5
Manatee County's public perception about Horizons Academy students narrow and wrong
This is in response to a Nov. 21 article by Herald education reporter Meghin Delaney.
Although I was deeply saddened to hear about the result of a terrible choice by this student, and certainly not his first, I often experience the perceived notion by the public that Horizons Academy is a "bad" school for "bad" students.
My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families and friends of those two young ladies. I do not intend to minimize their loss. Certainly this student will have to pay for what he's done.
I have been a teacher here at Horizons for over 11 years, and have witnessed the tragic waste of youthful lives. However, many of our students are not young felons, as it seems the public image is of our students.
Yes, some are here for making bad choices, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many of them are here, however, because they've fallen behind, and here they are provided with opportunities for credit recovery.
So, I have to ask the writer of the article, what does having tattoos have to do with anything? Is she implying that a young person can be labeled as bad because of a tattoo? Does being a student at Horizons have to label him or her?
David W. Bonecutter