From working for a decade in a public high school, I can say with certainty and knowledge that many students do not like divisive political events and discussions on hot button issues at school. Many teens are struggling with all sorts of issues. Their families experience financial struggles, health issues, deaths, divorce, and dysfunction. They have interpersonal issues with peers. They struggle with grades and worry about what comes after high school. They’re exhausted from athletics, academics, part-time jobs, and sleep deprivation. Some struggle with eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders. They now worry about safety at school. They want to know that adults–parent, school staff, and law enforcement–are protecting them. Many of these kids do not want to confront controversial issues like gun-control debates at school.