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Bozeman school honors MLK day with discussion on equality

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 21 2013 10:36:09 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 10:36:34 PM MST
Chief Joseph MLK Day
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman schools spent time celebrating MLK day, and talking about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message.

At Chief Joseph Middle School Monday afternoon, students gathered in weekly Advisory classes to discuss bullying and equality.

They watched a clip from the movie "Remember the Titans," and students came up with ideas on how to bridge the gap between cliques at school.

One idea discussed included a 'mix-up day,' where students are assigned to sit at different lunch tables with people they don't know- so they can get to know other classmates and get rid of any judgements.

8th grader Ashley Sinclair said Dr. King's message was about community. "It's just a bunch of people coming together to be friends and act as a community" she said.

"I think it's take Martin Luther King's message the next step, and not just about segregation, but making it a community and... making friendships and relationships" echoed fellow classmate Maggie Mackin.

Ethan Carter said he thinks it's important to treat everyone equally. "You shouldn't judge people by what they wear or what they do, what they like. You should always accept them for who they are" he said.

Principle Brian Ayers said the goal of these advisory classes is to empower students to take a stand against injustice and bullying.