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March 31, 2003
Teens torn on war
By Tattoo Staff
"War is necessary to ensure democracy and to ensure
American’s goal against terrorism," said Justin Garren, a junior at
But Waleska Cabrera, a 17-year-old junior at
"September 11th should not have been the catalyst
because war should not occur to stop violent acts," she said.
Selena Chu, a
"I think that something needs to be done so that
The Tattoo interviewed scores of teens in
"I don't know what to think," said Ivette
Pereira, 16, an Eastern junior.
Krista Duprey, another Eastern junior, said before the
bombs started dropping that "I really don't care" about the war.
"Maybe I'll care when it starts."
But most teens were ready to take a stand.
"I don't necessarily agree with war, but how else do
you negotiate with a dictator like Saddam Hussein?" said Maryanne MacLeod,
18, a senior at
She said wondered how long the world could wait for
"Waiting on them is jeopardizing our country’s
safety," said Michele Roach, a 16-year-old junior at Bulkeley High.
"They can attack us again and we wouldn’t see it coming."
"If people would just compromise with one another,
everything would go well instead of people wanting everything their way and not
caring about others’ feelings and issues," said
But, she added, "All my prayers [are] with those who
get drafted into this horrible thing and all my prayers to the families and
everyone who is involved or affected."
Kiera Sullivan, a 17-year-old senior at Eastern, said
she’s anti-war and can’t see why the
Bulkeley junior Audrene Dias, 16, said she wasn’t sure
Leslie Hambert, a 16-year-old junior at Bulkeley, said she
thinks "Saddam is really hiding weapons of mass destruction and he should
be a man and show it so people could live in peace knowing that they are not
going to die today or tomorrow because of his weapons."
"I feel Bush wants to go after
"Oil is a corrupt reason, but why we are going,"
said Nick Stoyas, a sophomore at
"It’s not about oil," said 17-year-old Jessica
Stepp, an Eastern senior. She said she doesn’t necessarily agree with the war,
but Hussein has been "killing his own people" and there’s a good
argument for stepping in to stop him.
Amanda Clozza, a 17-year-old senior at St. Thomas Aquinas,
said the war is wrong.
"Bush just wants a war," said Robyn Zerebecki,
17, also a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas.
But Peter Banks-Kenny, an Eastern student, said the war
"needs to happen" because Hussein is insane, though he would have
tried harder to negotiate before launching the invasion.
Teague Neal, a 14-year-old freshman at White Oaks Secondary
School in Oakville, Ontario, said that war "should be carefully thought out
with detailed steps of action that move ahead piece by piece, as Saddam Hussein
does possess nuclear weapons."
He said that the Iraqi military machine is "beyond
anyone in the western world's perceptions."
"I think that we should go for it," said Beckie
Demers, an Eastern junior. "if we don't then who knows what other country
will try to walk all over us. I mean we are the strongest nation and we have to
stay that way."
Lily Ocran, 17, a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas, said that
Ocran said that war would, sadly enough, be the only way to
Tattoo writers Joe
Keo, Andrea Easter, Jennifer Ortiz, Eric Simmons, Nicole Bernosky, Danielle
Letourneau and Angela Kozak contributed to this story.
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