language not used

I was pleased with the lengthy coverage of the mock crash recently published in the CK Reporter (“Making it stick,” April 26). However, I was extremely disappointed at being misquoted in reference to my stating to students that I use the “F-word” quite frequently. I do not use the “F-word” frequently. In fact, I am very careful not to use disparaging language in front of my students. I am not at all clear as to why the language issue was placed in an article about a very important event that the parents, administrators, teachers and students hope saves lives.

The reporter painted a picture of the students’ “jovial” mood. The students were not “jovial,” they were uncomfortable and nervous, and the “zombie movie” reference reveals more about the attitude of the reporter rather than an objective reporting of the event and trivializes the importance of keeping students from drinking and driving. I hope that in the future reporters will maintain a more professional approach to timely events in our community.

DEBORAH D. RICE, drama director

Central Kitsap High School


She wouldn’t

say that

Say what? I was reading, with much interest, your front page article about the mock crash presentation at CKHS (“Making it stick,” April 26, CK Reporter). It is a wonderful effort by many folks to help young people become more aware of the consequences of drinking and driving. However, I was stopped in my tracks when I read the quote attributed to drama coach Debbie Rice. And I quote: “I would use the F-word quite frequently, but you’ve been told not to.”

Say what? I have been a close friend of Debbie’s for many years and this is not something she would say. She does have a parallel word, “fire truck,” that she uses when she must remind students that words are not acceptable in her classroom or on stage … but your reporter has presented a much different picture. Say what? How about “We are sorry, Mrs. Rice.”