Racism. Class discrimination. Cliques. Eating disorders. Suicide attempts. Rape.These are ugly blemishes that squirm beneath the gilded exterior of every all-American high school. Those words are not spoken at pep rallies or in the morning announcements, but are constantly observed, felt and lived.Last Thursday and Friday, RHS students experienced a program called “Breaking Down the Walls.”As a senior, I confess I went with the usual expectations. But, as the day progressed, I felt a definite change. Yes, there were those ice breaker name games and teamwork exercises, but it all led up to one pinnacle point.”Crossing The Line” was the apex of the program. The director of the program, Stu Cabe of Spokane, Wash., asked a series of questions. Some were as simple as, “Is your favorite color blue?” to “Have you, or someone close to you, attempted suicide?” If the answer was yes, the students crossed to the other side of the gym. Gently, Stu asked the students to look at the students standing beside them and opposite them. There was nothing but the shuffling of feet as the question was asked, and then a quiet connection between students. Some students embraced, some students shed tears, some students stood stone-faced – but none cracked a mocking comment or smirk.”You’re not alone,” Stu kept repeating. “You’re not alone.”The program showed students that despite class differences, race or any other kind of wall that separated us, deep inside, we were all the same. We laugh. We cry. We have our friends. We have people we don’t get along with so well. But no matter from where we came, we are in this high school for four years together. We need each other to survive, and we can’t reach out to each other unless those walls are broken down.-This Friday, the RHS drama club is going to Denver to see “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at the Buell Theater complex.-Go out and support the Bears this week! As for basketball, freshmen boys and girls play Palisade (A) on Tuesday. On Friday, freshmen boys and girls play Palisade home. Varsity and JV girls and boys play Delta (A) on Friday. On Saturday, Varsity and JV play Palisade at home.There will also be a Varsity and JV RHS wrestling vs. Battle Mountain dual at 6 p.m. on Thursday.Be sure to get a copy of “The Blue and Gold Gazette” in this Thursday’s Citizen Telegram.
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