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Let kids get some sleep

Several seventh-grade students from Aspen Middle School have written letters to the editor on various social issues. What a great project to teach students another avenue to publicly voice their opinions in a democracy.

Two letters were written on changing school hours to give sleep-deprived teens more rest. Many studies have shown that homework demands and adolescent hormonal rhythms make teenagers more prone to late nights.

Mischief, vandalism and violence happen more often after school and before working parents arrive home to give adult supervision. It is suggested that if school started later (say 8:55 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. instead of 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.) few teens would get up early to graffitti a wall or drink a beer.

I support the students’ suggestion to consider changing our school’s schedule.

Shayne Morgan Sledge


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