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Dear Schreiber Students:

Throughout your educational careers you have been exposed to great ideas that have sprung from the minds of some of the world's greatest thinkers. This has been your education because your parents and teachers believe in your potential to think great thoughts and create new plans that could make the world a better place. How is it possible, then, that so many of you mindlessly participated in the so-called grand schemes associated with the senior prank on June 11, 2004?

It was not a good idea to involve innocent animals in these plans. All of the birds were traumatized. They had not been given water and were dehydrated and sick. Some were removed from the building and had to be destroyed. One was given medical assistance and a home by people willing to take responsibility for that poor creature. These non-residents of Port Washington came forward to help ... something you were unwilling to do.

The abuse of animals is no laughing matter. Well established research has proven the link between animal abuse and human violence in schools. "It has been confirmed that the young men responsible for the recent epidemic of high-profile school shootings, Mississippi's Luke Woodham, 16; Kentucky's Michael Carneal, 14; and Colorado's Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17 - all abused animals before turning their guns on fellow students," (Human/Animal Abuse Connection). Dr. Albert Einstein sums it up best: "Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives."

The Little Prince teaches an important lesson that can apply here. A wise fox tells the boy, "You are responsible for the things that you tame." This simple maxim means that when we allow ourselves to become involved with any living thing, we should never do so lightly because the experience stays with us always. You, dear students, did not take care of each other on June 11 and it was not the "great" day some would have you think. Sad to say, no one has taken responsibility for the malicious carelessness that occurred that day. Those misguided "leaders" whose bright ideas caused such harm to the innocent deserve nothing but condemnation by their peers and those who continue to keep silent to protect these "great thinkers" are responsible, too.

With that said, we appeal to the many students who had no involvement whatsoever in the abuse; please continue to be the caring people you are by doing your best to end such malicious pranks. Your thoughtful leadership will make Schreiber a better place.

Lynn Kennedy, Megan Harding, Andrea O'Brian,

Laura Brazicki, Julia Brandt, Silvia Ostrowsi,

Jen Paradis, Alan Gewirtzman,

Amy Prochaska, Geri Ganzekaufer, Anne Pellett,

Lisa Tecusan, Lauren Giliof, Debbie Servat,

Joseph pichkur, Eileen Mills, Cristi Ingber,

Evelyn Schonbrun, Joan Lisecki, Marla Ezratti,

Donna valenti, Joy Grasso Krebs, Sara Brock,

Ray DiVenuto, Phyllis Serfaty, Phil Glover,

Harry Andresen, Andrew Apicos, J.C. Haring,

Doris Behrens, Pat Kosiba, Christine Nelson,

Ann Mingorance, Philip Crivelli,

Joseph Corbo, Debbi Korba-Rapp,

Elyse Trevers, Kathy McIntosh, Jeffrey Lesser,

Allen Verity, Judith Schutzman,

Maria Giamanco, Dr. L. Lindemann,

Henry Tabickman, Ruth Haukeland,

Valerie Gokturk, Nancy Zove, Mary Seligman,

Sandra Decker, Barbara Healy,

Stephanie Joannon, Jim Jones


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