After reading the letter to the editor from Jane Hopper Cercos (Herald, April 24), I felt obligated to reply.
It seemed like Cercos was jumping to conclusions about Durango High School and its students as a result of her unfortunate incident.
She doesn't really know anything about our school or the kids who attend DHS. It's as if she took what she observed and applied her experience to our whole school and all of the kids.
For example, she wrote, "Maybe that policy (off campus lunch) needs to be re-examined. What a shame that our high school seems desensitized to a shocking display of violent teen behavior."
Our school is not just about fighting and smoking marijuana.
Granted, there are kids who do those things, but only a few. The administration has a tight leash on us here; those two girls involved in the fight were suspended.
What I read from Cercos is that our school didn't do anything about the situation. Then she wrote that she was worried for her own safety. Cercos jumped into the fight trying to stop it, and, like any adult, she took her role very seriously. But when someone makes the decision to help out two people who are fighting, she can't later complain to the general public about being afraid.
I thank Cercos for helping, and modeling the actions of a responsible adult, but ask her to please not spread her fear of high schoolers that is based on one experience with a few badly behaved students.
Kian Gunn, Durango