When groundskeepers at Massapequa High School found a swastika burned into the football field last Friday, they discovered something more than just an isolated case of vandalism. They discovered that here in Massapequa children sometimes judge others based upon more than just their accomplishments and merits, they sometimes judge others for racial or religious reasons.
Massapequa is a relatively undiverse community, having very little personal contact with those of different ethnic backgrounds. This is most unfortunate.
If children can be taught that religious, ethnic or racial backgrounds have absolutely no impact on their worth as an individual, and shown this through experience and contact, then our future generations will be more generous and understanding.
The bias crime that occurred at MHS last Wednesday just shows that, to a certain extent, our schools are not educating our children as fully as possible. If they had been, then this incident might not have occurred.
- Eric Usinger