The Congressional impeachment hearings of President Trump are hugely important, even historic, but that doesn’t mean HHS students are paying attention.
The Ville News asked 30 random students whether they have followed the proceedings, which have dominated the news and could lead to the president’s removal from office.
Twenty-one students answered “no,” five said “sort of” and four replied that “yes” they have been watching.
“I care about events around the world but not this particular event,” explained freshman Kristin Goodman. “I have decided to pay attention to politics when it comes closer to time for me to vote.”
Government teacher Kim Gregory said the results of The Ville News’ informal poll aren’t surprising.
“They don’t see how it’s affecting their lives because most of them can’t vote yet,” Gregory said.
But Gregory and fellow social studies teacher Amanda Elmore think students should be tuned into big political stories so they understand more when they are old enough to vote.
“If you’re not formulating opinions and if you’re not learning and knowing what’s going on, when you’re 18 you have to play all that catchup to be an educated voter,” Elmore said.
Gregory said voters have a responsibility to educate themselves on the issues, and it’s best to start early.
“You shouldn’t be voting if you don’t know anything,” Gregory said.
Too often, teens succumb to the rumor mill for their political opinions instead of investigating for themselves, said Elmore, who thinks that is a shame because today’s teens “are way more socially conscious and worldly than any past generation because of their access to information.”
“Students have everything at their fingertips,” Elmore said.
Ninth grader Michael Fusaro was among the handful of students who have tried to keep up with the impeachment hearings. He said his interest stems mostly from curiosity.
“I want to know the outcome,” Fusaro said.
Story by Emersyn Dyer, Lillian Woodward and Kayla Battista