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High School Students Discuss US Constitution

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Americans say the US Constitution is a living document, because it spells out the rights we all have as citizens, and it still makes sense today, 225 years after it was signed.

Canyon Ridge High School Student Sara Buddecke says, "Everybody should have an opinion, and they should be able to say what they do and don't like about government, about whatever they want and not be discriminated against. Somebody can have their own opinion, it doesn't mean you have to agree with it."

High School Junior Lance Teske says, "That no one's segregated or judged because of their religion, they can all just practice their religion peacefully in this country."

Buddecke says everyone who comes to America should have rights. She says that's why so many people from different countries come here, because they want the rights we have that their country doesn't offer.

Canyon Ridge Student Samara Ramovic says, "No one is discriminated based upon anything, we're all equal. And I think that's the goal that our founding fathers wanted, was just to make everyone equal in every aspect."

One student says when people talk about freedom of speech, the Constitution means no one can tell you to shut up or be quiet about what you say, and you can practice your religion without being persecuted. And the Constitution is still effective even if it's 225 years old.

Senior Nerissa Schmechel says, "It means there have been some changes, but for the most part, it's a staple of our country, and it's worked."

11th grader Jordan Sims says, "If you take the time to read it over and if you don't understand, read it again until you actually get it. Then you fully understand what's in the constitutional rights and all the other things that have to deal with the Constitution."

The students say the US Constitution provides rules to play by so that both the citizens and the government understand what's fair and what isn't.

Sept. 17, 2012.




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