LA CRESCENT, MN (WXOW)—Every day at the La Crescent Montessori School, in Ms. Tami Holtzlander's class, students lead a conversation about the news.
Among the recent topics the shooting at May's Photo in Downtown La Crosse.
More than two weeks after Paul and AJ Petras were killed, police have released little information and that's worrying the students.
"I never thought about how scared I am about it," Dacoda Waas,10th grade said. "Now that I think about the fact that they could even be in La Crescent it's actually terrifying."
Other students have found reason to deflect their fear.
"Yes, it is scary that they're not captured and put away but it seems like they just targeted those two people," Taylor Wagner, 10th grade said.
But they all agree they never expected a shooting so close to home.
"4,000 people it's perfectly fine and three minutes away there's rape, there's murders, there's drug problems there's over dose," Marina Hafner, 10th grade said.
Ms. H's students said while its sad Paul and AJ Petras were killed downtown here, we're lucky it doesn't happen every day.
"If this happened in Minneapolis people wouldn't think twice about it," Wagner said. "But there's been a lot of news coverage and it is really, really scary."
The students said a lot of bad news can bring them down, but talking about it helps.
"It's just like if you're talking to someone about your problem you get to talk it out so its not all bottled up," Hafner said.
Ms. H said teens find a lot of strength in each other.
"They're also looking for their moral compass in a way that they look at right and wrong so they really do like to discuss what are you thinking because this is what I'm thinking," Holtzlander Teacher said.
The lessons in current events in this classroom aren't just about the days news it's helping students understand the world around them.
It's also important for students at La Crescent Montessori to know current events because this spring some students will be delegates at Montessori Model United Nations and travel to New York to talk about world issues.
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