Stereotyping Is Hurtful, Unproductive

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Editor:

I am a student at Rim Country Middle School. Recently when I went to Wal-Mart to buy some last minute school supplies, I was yelled at for just picking up a bottle of White Out.

I picked it up and was about to put it in a basket when a Wal-Mart employee began yelling, saying that I wasn't allowed to buy the bottle. I would have been fine with this if she didn't continue to go on about how I was probably just buying the White Out so that I could go home and get high off of it.

I personally am very tired of adults stereotyping all kids by saying that we're all going to do drugs. Yes, some kids do abuse drugs, but saying that every kid who tries to buy a bottle of White Out is going to go home and get high off of it is taking it to the limit.

I am very annoyed by the fact that adults think that kids have absolutely no goal in life, and plan on destroying their brain cells for fun. I understand the laws prohibiting children to buy an item that could potentially cause them to get high. That isn't what bothers me.

What bothers me is the fact that kids are being treated like dirt by adults who think that kids are the only ones on drugs when, in reality, there are quite a few adults who are worse drug abusers than kids.

I thank all the adults who don't stereotype kids simply because they are kids.

Michelle Daniels, Age 13

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