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Sakin family to blame

Dear Editor:As I read the article about Arden Sakin, (“Re-1 acknowledges discrimination, agrees to policy changes,” May 31, 2011, The Aspen Times) I slowly became infuriated. I then moved on to the letter to the editor from one of my former classmates submitted as a response to the article. I back her 100 percent. Emily Morley was right when she pointed out that Arden was not banned from the play, she quit. Quite a difference in my mind. In her first year at Basalt High School, her sophomore year, she was offered physical therapy every day. She chose not to work hard and improve her physical abilities. I do not know Arden’s capabilities in the classroom, but I am very confident in the BHS teachers that I know they would be as accommodating as possible. Arden was not BHS’s first disabled student, nor will she be the last. Yet she is the only one who has felt the need to file a so-called grievance. From what I understand from the Arden Sakin article is simply she is not getting enough attention, most likely from her parents. Her mother is quoted more than once stating she was not given enough praise for how hard she tried. Well, to be honest, there are many students who try hard and work hard that are not praised, disabled or not. Like my fellow student Emily Morley said, “Friendship is earned, as is respect.” I can confidently say that Arden has lost more than a few people’s respect, as have her parents. Morley also points out how one-sided the article was – there were no quotes from the supposedly “rude and ignorant people” that “barred” her from the musical or treated her with such disrespect. Basalt High School may not be the best school in the nation, but it’s a family all its own and family doesn’t do this to family. So my advice to the Sakin family is to take their business elsewhere. If Basalt is treating Arden with such disrespect and discrimination, then good day and good riddance. There are still students at BHS who are trying to get an education and teachers there still trying to make sure they get it. And with having two twin cousins with cerebral palsy, I know there are many programs and opportunities open to Arden to make sure she gets everything she needs; whether or not her family chooses to take advantage of those opportunities is not the responsibility of Basalt High School or the RE-1 School District. It is sad to see such lack of personal responsibility in parents of kids today, but unfortunately it is becoming more and more prominent and the Sakin family is a perfect example of it. To end my rant, I would just like to say I feel bad for Arden. Because her parents can’t take responsibility for their own failings, their daughter gets caught up in a messy legal tangle. Jade JohnsonCarbondale

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