Meade High doesn't deserve its stigmaGuns, gangs, race...

LETTERS

January 14, 1996

Meade High doesn't deserve its stigma

Guns, gangs, race riots, teachers and students assaulted. That's the way Meade Senior High is described by many people. Recent articles and letters in The Sun and Maryland Gazette might lead some to believe it is true.

When I transferred here in July 1995, I was prepared for the worst. Many of the people I met were surprised when I told them I was going to Meade High. They told me that I would be sorry.

I was apprehensive at first, but soon discovered that there was nothing to fear. Sure, there are fights at Meade, just like any other school. But, for some reason, rumors about Meade continue to circulate. Meade is not the worst school in Maryland, quite the contrary.

A July 1995 survey from the Anne Arundel County Board of Education detailed the disruptive incidents within the schools. These incidents ranged from smoking to physical assaults.

According to Board of Education statistics, three other high schools reported more incidents than Meade for the '94-'95 school year. Meade's reputation is changing rapidly. There are many positive programs in place to help stop the violence. In addition, there are many different extracurricular activities, in which many students are involved. We must work hard to change the perception of Meade High School because sometimes perceptions become reality.

At Meade, we are focusing on the positive. Our goal is to make Meade High School the best in the state. Let's set the record straight.

Melanie Gilbert

Fort Meade

The writer is a member of Meade High School's Class of '97.

Annapolis' warmth for family in need

On Dec. 21 and 22, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lee of Baltimore were spending a few days at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, enjoying a brief getaway. They were thrilled to be in the heart of Annapolis sharing in the holiday excitement. They slept that night with a special feeling of contentment.

The next morning, Milton and Rita Lee attended Mass at St. Mary's Church and were looking forward to a relaxing breakfast at The Maryland Inn. Unfortunately, they never made it to breakfast.

Mr. Lee suffered a massive heart attack and fell to the sidewalk on Duke of Gloucester Street. This is when the citizens of Annapolis showed their true hearts.

A motorist stopped immediately to help the Lees. A woman named Diane came running from the Maryland Inn with blankets. Someone called 911. Another woman named Marlo came out of her real estate office and sat and comforted Mrs. Lee while they waited for the ambulance.

A shopkeeper came forward and got information from Mrs. Lee and called relatives. The paramedics performed their duties skillfully and professionally. Anne Arundel Medical Center emergency room staff tried but could not revive Mr. Lee. There sat Mrs. Lee alone and from out of town.

The support staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center arranged for a priest and a wonderful lady named Diana came to Mrs. Lee and comforted and listened and helped her through those horrible moments when a spouse realizes that her mate of 52 years is gone.

The Marriott was called to bring Mrs. Lee's purse from her room. They responded with so much compassion and help that they now feel like family.

Milton Lee was a very loving and giving man, always helping neighbors and strangers. He worked at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered for almost every request for help at the Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Baltimore.

We all feel robbed of his presence. It is, however, obvious to his family that we received the payback for his works of kindness from the citizens of Annapolis. Those paybacks have been a real blessing. Thank you all.

Christine Duley

Towson

Lone Star executions up, murders down

On page 2 of the Jan. 2 edition of The Sun was a small article stating that in 1995 the city of Houston reported the fewest number of murders in nearly two decades. On the following page, another article about capital punishment pointed out that the state of Texas led the nation with 19 executions for convicted killers in 1995.

I guess all those experts who have been telling us for years that capital punishment is not a deterrent to future crime need rush down to the Lone Star State and tell those Texans that they are doing something drastically wrong.

A. F. Rowles

Severna Park

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