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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

Yes, Dennis Prager, school children do make the world better

I will never understand anyone who punches down on children. Yet that is exactly what I found in my Twitter feed a little over a week ago.

Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, complained about a life-affirming sign posted in a school that declared, “The world is better because you are in it.” Prager responded by asking his audience, “What has any fifth grader done to have made the world better because he or she is in it?”

My blood boiled at his callous query. He must know that death by suicide is one of the top three killers of kids in this country. He must understand that suicide rates among young people have spiked over the past 15 years. Could he really be so cold that he would ignore studies that suggest pandemic-related mental health crises have put children’s lives in danger?

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