Thin blue line
Every teen driver knows the all too familiar sight of flashing red and blue lights in their rearview mirror. Most think that policemen are out to get them, when in reality, they are people going out of their way to protect us. To show officers support, Science teacher Vanessa Bridges and Math teacher Bertine Bahige’s Advocacy classes have taken a stand. With a thin piece of blue tape, CCHS students are participating in the Thin Blue Line Project.
“It basically means we stand with law enforcement,” Bridges said. “It’s a way to show them that we are thankful for them being on our sides.”
“All of us in our Advocacy class believed that it would be a really good idea because the police are only trying to protect us, especially with driving,” junior foreign exchange student Tyll Heinrich said. “Here the driving age is really young, and officers want us to know that the stuff we do is really dangerous and can hurt someone severely.”
Students have shared a number of reasons why they are participating.
“These people spend all their time protecting us,” senior Jack Goostree said. “They deserve to be respected and treated nicely.”
“I think it’s a really good thing to be proud of the police department,” junior foreign exchange student Sara Troni said. “In Italy, teenagers don’t appreciate the effort at all because of the fights between them and officers.”
“The police force, I believe, are getting annoyed with how badly teenagers treat them,” junior Michael Maycock said. “Nowadays it seems that we show no respect towards anyone.
Some students have first-hand experience with the men and women in blue.
“I’ve been in a car accident before and I was scared to death afterwards,” sophomore Taylar Rohrich said. “All I remember is how nice the officer was to me and how she kept trying to make me feel better.”
If you were wondering, it is extremely easy to get involved with the project.
“To participate, we just put a blue strip of painter’s tape on the back of our cars,” junior Maran Guzman said. “We’re trying to get the word across to the whole school.”
“Since the foreign exchange students don’t have cars, they wear a piece of blue tape around their wrist,” Bahige said. “It’s a cool way for them to show support.”
“My students have been taking selfies with their blue line on their cars,” Bahige continued. “Our hope is to make a big banner covered with all the students’ and police officers’ pictures, and have people sign it.”
So show your support, grab some painter’s tape and place it in your window. You’ll be supporting those who support us.