State senator: Denounced football conduct is 'teachable moment'
As the state senator representing Gladstone, many citizens and I were deeply alarmed and troubled to hear of the recent inappropriate and just plain wrong words and conduct at the Gladstone/La Grande High School football game earlier this month.
A big thank you goes out to Superintendent Bob Stewart (Gladstone) and Superintendent George Mendoza (La Grande) for their immediate response. As educators should, they both denounced the wrong and reached for the much-needed "teachable moment." The channel is now being opened for positive growth and change. The plans for fact finding and providing opportunities to build and foster relationships offer progress and healing for all of us.
Here is an opportunity for all of us to grow. As Winston Churchill's famous statement goes, "Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it." Let's turn this history lesson into a learning experience.
Oregon Sen. Bill Kennemer, R-Canby, has also served as a state representative and Clackamas County commissioner.
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