Haverford’s response a spot of positivity amidst terrible Capitol building raid

Kethan Kalra ’24

On January 6, 2021 rioters broke through police lines and stormed the Capitol, a feat accomplished by none since the British in the War of 1812. Such violent events sparked many well-justified distress across the nation. 

     With emotions boiling over, each teacher did an excellent job in making sure that any ideas and thoughts we had could be shared in an open environment away from the harsh criticisms of society. As a community we came together, talking out our pent-up emotions and seeing the situation from a new perspective. Teachers were respectful of our opinions, rather than forcing their beliefs on us. They let us talk amongst ourselves, which made talking feel more like a rare conversation rather than a glorified argument. 

    Still, I wonder how necessary an entire hour of discussion was. With short online classes, many teachers and students were trying to finish the quarter strong and, with time winding down, one fifth of class time was lost.

      Third Former Reily Prima said, “[There was] no reason for every class to have such a deep focus on the events as many subjects have no connection to the Capitol.” 

     While indifferent on the matter, Third Former Luke Fesnak agreed with Prima.

     Fresnak said, “Math or Latin had no reason to be involved with such a topic.” 

     Third Former Christopher Schwarting wanted such events to remain “off-campus entirely.” It seems that an overwhelming majority of students agreed that Haverford should stay out of such politically intense topics. These “protestors” have created nationwide chaos, and while it allowed us Americans to unite, it further increased division.