Letter: Kaneland cuts impact more than ourselves

By on February 18, 2010

As a freshman cheerleader at Kaneland High School, when I first heard about the proposed budget cuts, I was mad, to say the least. Seriously, all the middle school sports, some high school sports, teams and clubs, and countless numbers of teachers being cut?

At the time, it hadn’t yet been announced which sports or clubs were on the chopping block. I thought that if cheerleading was cut, my life would be over, the one thing that I loved would be done, and my mind was a blur with all the different scenes being played in my head. But as I walked out of my classroom, I realized how incredibly selfish I was being.

As I walked down the overcrowded hall, I realized that I was not the only one who would be affected by the extreme budget cuts proposed. I started thinking about the teachers, who will lose their income and not be able to support themselves or their families. Losing a job has always been an unfortunate thing, but in this economy, unfortunate is a huge understatement.

First, I was mad at myself for being so selfish and only thinking about myself. But then I realized that I was probably not alone. There were probably plenty of other students in the hall who would have reacted the same exact way, which is why it needs to stop.

Please don’t get me wrong. I would be devastated if any of my clubs or sports got cut, but people losing their jobs is much more of a hardship. Nobody is happy about cuts, but we are going to have to deal with them. More than a million dollars isn’t going to just magically appear, so until we can solve our financial crisis, we need to all start thinking more about others and less about ourselves.

Bailey Burns
Freshman at KHS