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Web letter by Mariah Hagler, Terence Lightning: ‘Kony 2012’ inspires South Side students to action

We are students from South Side High School in Mrs. Anderson’s journalism class. One of our classmates introduced us to the video, “Kony 2012.” Mrs. Anderson followed up on it to see whether it was right for the age group of our students.

We and our classmates are outraged because Joseph Kony is harming little children in Africa. He is taking children when they are sleeping and forcing them to kill their parents. Also, he’s making the girls that he takes into sex slaves and making the boys into an army of rebels to kill anyone in Kony’s way.

When we watched the video, the class was surprised by what was going on over there, and none of us knew about it. The half-hour video inspired us to help the non-profit corporation Invisible Children Inc. The video said that on April 20, when the night goes black, we will light it up with Joseph Kony’s face and slogans. Some students at South Side are planning to help.

We see those videos of the guy talking about hunger in different parts of the world. When you see that, do you feel something? We sure do. No child should give up his or her childhood for some man just so he can have power and feel special. Everyone in their own way is special. We are humans. We are made the same but feel things in different ways.

All we want is to help make Kony famous and to help out a country that is in need of some help. The video tells us that President Obama sent 100 troops over there. If we had more troops over there, it would help. But all we want to know is if you want to help make Kony famous.

MARIAH HAGLER

TERENCE LIGHTNING

Fort Wayne

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