When I first started reading the article, “Lessons in handling bees,” on April 25, I thought it was going to be an interesting piece about a group of kids learning how to handle bees while attending a new and exciting school with a different spin on education.

It became obvious, however, that the writer used these kids and the story regarding the bees to shed a dark cloud over the school and start a heated debate with the public regarding the school.

Using Edward Dragan and his comments to prove a point against the school’s way of teaching is ridiculous, particularly since the writer admitted that Dragan has no specific knowledge about this school.

These are not elementary or middle-school kids. They are high school kids, whose parents, I’m guessing, placed them at this school because of its unique way of teaching. I don’t see any difference or “risk” to these kids than that of students who attend vocational classes such as electrical, auto body and carpentry through public school systems in the state of Maine. And let’s not forget all those sport injuries and concussions kids get at public schools.

This sounds like a great learning school. Unlike a public school that offers child one or two vocational classes, this school gives them many opportunities at many different vocations. I’m wondering if the kids, the beekeeper and the school were made aware of the writer’s intent to give the school a black eye.

“Lessons in handling bees” was a misleading headline for this piece, which has more to do with the writer’s negativity toward the school than the bees, with nothing to back up his points. Did the writer get stung?

Fran HudsonWinslow

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