[identity profile] x-cyclops.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] xp_journal
The journal system isn't the best place for involved or complicated discussions, I know. But it's a good place to open a dialogue, and after this weekend, I think we need to do that.

Many of you were put in a great deal of danger, here on the bus run and on the trip to Las Vegas. I really can't find the words to tell you how profoundly we regret that, and how deeply relieved we are that you've all returned safely. You have yourselves to thank for that, largely; I seem to be making a habit of telling you all how magnificently you manage crisis and although I'm probably beginning to sound repetitive, it's just as true this time as the first time I said it. Even under circumstances like this, seeing how resourceful and determined and just plain brave our students are is a wonderful thing.

I can imagine that there are rumors circulating about why this happened. I'm going to try and put the truth of it as plainly as I can. You were targeted because of the X-Men - because of decisions we made, risks we took, in dealing with some very dangerous people. It goes without saying that we never imagined there would be consequences like this. In the end, though, that's not meant to be an excuse.

We've known for a long time that we could be putting the school at risk with what we do. That's why we've spent so much time trying to make the school as secure as possible, and teaching you all how to handle yourselves in case of trouble. What we do out in the world is important to us, but our students are our first responsibility.

But after something like this, our opinion of how well or poorly we've managed the risks involved doesn't matter. Yours does, because you share them. It's maybe time that we came right out and acknowledged that, to give you a say in it.

You know how bad it can get. There is no situation where we would not do all we can to protect you. But there are going to be times, like this past weekend, when that's not going to be enough, or where we're taken by surprise. Where you're going to find yourself having to put what you've learned into practice, again.

Knowing that, it's up to you: do you want to stay?

Please think carefully about that question. Our doors are open, to you and your families, to discuss this further. You are our reason for being; we're here to teach you, to give you a safe place to learn. We want you to see Xavier's as that place. But if you decide that you can't, we'll work with you to explore other options.

All of you are remarkable young people, strong and capable and able to make the right choice for you. Whatever that choice is, we'll do whatever is needed to support you in it. We owe you that, and we'll never give anything less.

Date: 2007-06-09 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-emplate.livejournal.com
I was not among those affected by this particular event, but I believe I have sufficient credit to speak from my own experience. We are quite the busy lot.

Ours is what could politely be termed a "unique" situation. However, regardless of the risks, both potential and unavoidable, I know one thing to be true -- for myself, at least, if no one else. If not for the intervention of this school I would be either dead or wishing for the same. Cryptic, perhaps. Over-dramatic in a way that skirts the outermost edges of tolerance as all words flowing from my mouth or brain, certainly. But no less true for all that.

With regrets only that Sunday's graduation detracts from the weight of the statement, I'll be staying.

Date: 2007-06-09 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-wildchild.livejournal.com
Took me a while to figure out what I wanted to say. Doesn't help that my MOTHER is here and I haven't had, you know, a moment's peace all day.

I've got the current record for incidents, I bet. And you know, some of those are cause I'm here, but the first one was just cause I am what I am. And I'm not the only one. Yvette, Laurie, Julio.. heck, a couple of you guys too, like Nate, and even Mr. Maximoff - it's not cause you're here that stuff happened, and even if that stuff led you here, some of it probably would've happened anyway no matter where you went.

I'm angry, but not at you guys. I'm pissed off because we're targets just because of what we can do, or what we look like, and that crap's been happening for longer than mutants have been around. Smart people got made fun of, people who looked different got harassed, people who were very talented got 'recruited' and sometimes hurt or changed. I mean - dude, weren't there Catholic churches in like, Italy or Spain who used to turn boys who could sing into eunuchs? How's that any different?

Date: 2007-06-09 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-penance.livejournal.com
I am talking to my mother. She is... not happy, that things are to be happening. But it is not to be her choice.

I am to be staying.

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