Letter: Adults all acting like children

Dear Editor,

I am a Brookswood Secondary student. We students have been pushed around like livestock by the dispute between the government and the BCTF.

I am not the only one who is frustrated. Two years ago we went through this, and the students suffered then, too.

Why don’t students get a voice? Some of my classes this year were a little larger, but it wasn’t bad. The largest class I had was 28 students, and with the rest following shortly after.

One of my best friends has autism. He is one of the most looked-after kids at Brookswood. All special needs students are taken care of better than most others.

I recently found out what the teachers are making, and to be honest, I am appalled. Teachers in B.C. are fourth highest paid in all of Canada, so I couldn’t care less about a pay raise for them.

Class sizes and special needs help can be worked on, but they don’t need a pay raise.

This strike is making all parties mad. And the kids are stuck between a rock and a hard place. If both the government and the BCTF are turning down any possible deals, we will never get a proper education. Where are their priorities, if no one bothers to think about our future?

I have written emails to [Education Minister] Peter Fassbender, [BCTF president] Jim Iker, and [Premier] Christy Clark about how ridiculous this is. I have heard nothing from anyone.

I want everyone to know that the students are suffering. My friends all agree with me and support me.

I have had enough of this childish behaviour. We children are being affected by this; why are they the ones acting like children?

Alexandra Petipas, Langley

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