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MICDS students attempt to bridge growing political discord with civility club

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LADUE, MO (KTVI) – A student-led group at MICDS is working to bring civility and discussion back to political debate at the high school.

Members of the Young Republicans Club complained about being labeled racists because they supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

A letter from one of their members brought the issue to the attention of the school's administration. One of the student Republicans said Trump's speech could be offensive at times.

She believes "it has given rise to polarization of people," noting people are "so fueled up and upset and it became less of a political thing and more of a personal thing."

A member of the Young Democrats Club is helping to create a new club—the Cross Politics Commission—to talk out their differences without name calling. School administrator Lisa Lyle said she has met with faculty members three times to discuss the matter. Some students complained teachers were critical of their volunteering for Republican Eric Greitens campaign for Missouri governor and for supporting Donald Trump. One teacher tweeted her criticism of anyone who voted for Trump. That teacher has since spoken to the high school students in an assembly and apologized.

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