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Students decide to watch or not watch President Obama's speech

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Tuesday's back to school event in Arlington, Virginia has started quite a controversy all over the country.

President Barak Obama addressed all students grades kindergarten through 12th grade with a speech about the importance of working hard, staying in school and taking responsibility for their learning.

In Calcasieu Parish, the school district made it optional for students to watch.

The entire student population at Oak Park Middle School in Lake Charles chose to watch the President's speech.

"It's a teachable moment," says Martin Guillory, Oak Park Middle School Principal. "It teaches personal responsibility and it's something I think all children need to know about."

Students who tuned in feel it is important to listen any time the President speaks.

"It's President Obama and everyone should respect him and listen to what he says," says Ahkirah Mohaman, a student at Oak Park Middle School.

While 100% of the student population at Oak Park Middle, tuned into President Obama's speech this morning. Some students at Barb High School said no, and opted out of having to listen to the speech.

"I went to the gym with the rest of my classmates," says Courtney Jicks, a student at Barbe High School.

Jicks is one of a few students at Barbe High School who decided not to listen to the speech.

"I don't agree with it so I'm not going to watch it, and I'm glad my school gave me that option," says Jicks.

Other students at Barbe High School say the speech was simply a waste of their class time.

"I mean I love Obama, but I don't think it was necessary for school time," says Myra Brown, a student at Barbe High School.

If you missed the address this morning, click on "Education Speech" to the bottom right to read the complete speech.

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