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May 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

High-school food fight

Bring students face-to-face with those in need

I have a great idea on how to discipline the kids who participated in that food fight at their school cafeteria [“Food fight! It’s a scene out of ‘Animal House,'” NWFriday, May 15].

Rather than canceling their prom, which would punish students who did not participate in the food fight and make those who did feel like “victims,” tell those students that took part in the fight that not only do they have to scrub down the cafeteria until it shines, but they have to make a substantial contribution to the local food bank.

They also have to spend time volunteering at the food bank and interacting face-to-face with the people who are in need — let the students see for themselves how precious that bowl of fresh fruit would be to someone who is going hungry, and what it is like to worry about getting enough to eat. Then maybe next time they want to have some “fun,” they will think twice before choosing to do something so destructive.

— Joan McArtney, Seattle

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