PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Some students at Pontotoc Middle School are talking about the week's events.
Certain classes take some time for the students to discuss recent news and the consequences that can result from being a free society.
Teacher Debra Vaughn said, "With language arts we have social studies, and we do lots of current events. I always encourage kids to watch the news. There's been so much to watch lately that they've really been ready to discuss."
The students break off into small groups and then discuss with the class as a whole about what's happened.
This week, topics range from the poison letters sent to the president and others allegedly by a fellow Mississippian to the events in Boston.
Student Branden Harris said, "We all think it's so sad and wish it had never happened. Sometimes if people are mad they'll take it out on other people."
Student Lily Hoard said, "It just happens to normal people. They can't do anything about it because you wouldn't ever know if it was going to come."
Down the hall, another class discusses a quote often used in talks about veterans and war. The quote is: "freedom is not free."
Teacher Lori Hamill said, "Today I wanted them to think of it in a different way. Although we have freedoms, we have to be responsible with our freedoms."
Teachers say it's an opportunity for students to learn to become more involved as American citizens.