Fourteen-year-old Rosauri Lara, from Dorchester, thinks that teens need to study about world religions so they can help lessen tensions between people. “We need to learn to be culturally literate in order to tolerate others,” Lara says. From sociology to political science, many of a student’s subjects use religion as a focal point for learning. Still, Ashley DePina, 13, feels it is not necessary to know about the many religions worldwide. "It doesn't benefit us in any way," says DePina, from dorchester. Fourteen-year-old Kayin Walker, from Mattapan, disagrees. "Not learning about other religions," Walker says, "is like picking out clothes at the store and not looking at the price tag."
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Sixteen-year-old Samenta Dorce believes that teenage rumors are fueled by jealousy and revenge. She says she once was the target of false gossip that she was dating a friend’s boyfriend. “Although rumors bother me, it didn’t affect my schoolwork because school was a great distraction for me,” says Dorce, who attends Community Academy of Science and Health. Many conflicts in high school are caused by rumors and misconceptions, which can escalate into bullying. Gossip can be attention-seeking entertainment for some but can ruin the reputations of others. Fourteen-year-old Hyde Park resident Jolynne Limontas says that loose talk can be a complication for her at school. “How can you be around people who think they know something about you that isn’t even true,” she says. Christina Novembre, 16, from Boston Latin Academy, says the best way to deal with negative chatter is to ignore it. “People are just looking for a reaction,” she says. “If you are unbothered about it then it’ll die down quickly.”
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Can you imagine a world without the death penalty -- where people feel free to kill whoever they want? I f the death penalty doesn’t exist, the police don’t have the same control over people. People know that they can go to prison but will continue killing. If we keep the death penalty, they will be afraid to kill. I know that a person never changes. If you killed someone, you will do it again because you do not care about human life. DEATH PENALTY? YES.
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What if a person killed one of your family members? Do you think he deserves a second opportunity of life? Many innocent people have been murdered by criminals. We want them to be punished for their bad choices the way they killed others. Jail? Why should we keep more criminals in our society? We are trying to protect the sanctity of innocent people. If murderers are sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers will think twice before killing for fear of losing their own lives. When a criminal gets out of jail, do you think he or she will learn a lesson or do the same thing? Why should we be afraid of not taking the risk to end these brutal criminals? Our society has had enough of these people. If a person commits a crime and receives the death penalty, he can never kill again. DEATH PENALTY? YES.
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If people kill someone else, they need to go to jail to pay for committing murder. Having them in jail forever is the best way to get revenge. It makes them feel what society feels -- sad and confused. The states can use the execution money instead to help people who need medicine, or students who need classroom materials. We should focus, not on death penalty politics, but on keeping the peace between everyone. DEATH PENALTY? NO.  
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