Bad example set

To the Journal editor:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our children grew up in a world in which they felt safe, supported and nurtured no matter who they love?

The recent exclusion of Bobby Glenn Brown at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Marquette not only was hurtful to him, but it also sends a potentially damaging message to our children.

In an age of anti-bullying messaging, the words and actions targeted at Mr. Brown can only further the excruciating pain and insufferable damage felt by children who are excluded, and sometimes at its most heartbreaking, bullied to death over who they love.

As a parent of three children and as a volunteer in a third grade classroom working with 28 students, one of my greatest desires is to see them grow in a world that is more accepting and loving.

Consider that in the third grade classroom the teacher’s main message throughout the school year highlighted what it means to be a classroom community where kindness, respect and not excluding others is instrumental in building a happier, healthier community.

Perhaps a visit to the third grade is needed as a reminder of what is required for a community to thrive. In the words of John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

Thank you.

April Nyquist