Field trip questionable from the beginning

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2003 at 10:01 p.m.

On Friday, March 14, my son participated in a School Board-sponsored field trip to Gatornationals.

At the time, I found the trip to be potentially entertaining, but I questioned the fiscal responsibility of such an event in light of recent revenue shortfalls.

In further discussions with my son, he revealed that upon arriving at the venue, his entire group joined other students in a tent for a "Career Day" sponsored by the U.S. Army.

Neither my son, nor I, had any previous knowledge that participation in a frivolous field trip would include a U.S. Army recruiting campaign.

In this climate of political tension, military conflict and moral uncertainty, I find the School Board-sanctioned "Career Day" event to be irresponsible, and conducted without regard for personal conviction and parental consent.

I strongly suggest that the School Board of Alachua County review its policy of allowing military recruiters access to students without notifying parents of their intent to do so.

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