To The Editor:

I am a 16-year-old sophomore at Dunwoody High School. On Wednesday, March 14, schools around the country participated in the “walkout movement.” Hundreds of kids at Dunwoody wanted to commemorate the children who were affected by the Parkland school shooting. Around the country, kids wanted to start a movement for making our schools safer.

In the days before the movement, we were informed that the walkout would be changed. Teenagers were asked to choose a side between “pro-gun,” “anti-gun” or going to a memorial. This forced students to make a decision over a complex issue that is not clearly defined. I fully believe that this request was wrong. It was a missed opportunity to unify a community over school safety. It was a misrepresentation of the movement.

One boy who attends Stoneman Douglas said, “We are not trying to revoke the second amendment, but change something to make our schools and streets safer.” Many people support this statement and the school community lost site of this initiative. There is no clear definition of “pro-gun” or “anti-gun” and making kids decide what position that they belong to is very irresponsible.

This walkout was not supposed to be a debate where people argue their sides. At Dunwoody there are several clubs such as STAM (Students Together Against Misconceptions) where people can talk about their views. The administration at Dunwoody High School cast a wide net over stereotypes and instead of unifying us, tried to force us into categories. I hope that we can come together as a community to better the movement and make it what it is was made to be, keeping our schools safe.

Drew Koehler

To the Editor:

After a particularly frightening event, we spent a long week at Emory St. Joseph Hospital. We’re now home and have many people we would like to thank and acknowledge for that.

A week ago while dining with friends at Carbonara Trattoria, my husband, Al, suffered two incidences of syncope, which presented like a major diabetic event and he passed out twice. Owner Rafik Cressaty and his staff never missed a beat, with the bartender immediately supplying us with orange juice – the usual quick low-sugar solution.

Fortunately for us, there were medical personnel dining there as well who immediately came to our assistance. “Dr. Steve” was the first to get to us and jumped right in to stabilize the situation, leaving his own table to remain with us throughout. A nurse also left her party to assist us. We apologize for not remembering her name in the excitement, and hope she sees this letter and knows how grateful we are to her.

After efforts to get Al back on his feet failed, these angels called 911. DeKalb Fire Department arrived first and began emergency efforts. Shortly afterwards, DeKalb EMT’s arrived and transferred him to the hospital.

The staff at Emory St. Joseph ER, efficiently and professionally assessed the situation and administered the proper cardiac treatment measures. It was decided that Dr. Anshul Patel would replace Al’s pacemaker with one that also contains a defibrillator. He’s now getting his legs under him again and has experienced only mild discomfort.

We are proud and grateful that we have the best services and people living and working in Dunwoody on behalf of all of us. While we hope never to face another such incident, we know that we will be in the best of hands.

Addie and Al Alberghini

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