Indiana High School Student to Military Recruiters: Back Off

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Keith Waak of New Prairie High School in South Bend Indiana has just published a short piece in the South Bend Tribune on military recruiters at his high school:

You see them everywhere now at school, they’re in the guidance offices, they’re in the cafeteria, and some are even in the classes pulling students out. Who are these people I am speaking of? Why military recruiters, of course. The Navy, Marines, Air Force, the Army, all of them are trying to pull you onto their side. They even call your home trying to get you to say those few magic words, "Yes, I’ll set up an appointment."

It seems to me that recruiters just don’t seem to give up these days. They greet you in halls and make promises that make it seem like the military can fix any problem and make the rest of your life a utopia, which for some is true. But what about those students who don’t want to join? They still don’t give up not even after they say no. Kim Rush, a parent of a former New Prairie student Ryan Rush, actually had to threaten to sue to get the recruiters to stop calling her house.

One Response to “Indiana High School Student to Military Recruiters: Back Off”

  1. David Young Says:

    I’m a high school teacher in Missouri. Yesterday, a military recruiter showed-up unannounced at our high school. He was only to be here during lunch but he stayed through the end of the day without permission, meeting with students when they were suppose to be in class. I tried to get my students to leave the recruiting table and return to class but there were too many of them and they ignored me. I decided to walk away because I didn’t want to discipline the students because a military recruiter was pressuring them to skip class.

    Does anyone have any idea of what I should do in regard to follow-up on this issue? I contacted the principal and director of guidance but feel there should be more done to prevent recruiters from showing up at high schools unannounced and pressuring students to skip class in order to be recruited.

    Thanks for your time.

    David Young
    Liberty High School
    Liberty, MO

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