The Capitol Siege Through the Perspective of Middle Schoolers

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The US Capitol building as it was being stormed on January 6th, 2021.

Written by Maeve Bauer and Sarah Burns

The Outlander met with seventh graders at Blue Ridge and Harmony Middle School to discuss their views on the Capitol Siege.

On January 6th, the United States Capitol was stormed by protesters who were hoping to disrupt the verification of the 2020 election results. This resulted in property damage and the death of five individuals. 

The majority of seventh graders seemed to not keep up with the news.  When asked if they read or watched any certain news sources, most answered no. The few middle schoolers who watch the news thought it was biased depending on geography, the writer, and the source. An anonymous Blue Ridge student said, “I try to get a variation of different sources.”

In the past few years, the United States has been facing a divide between political ideologies. Another anonymous student from Blue Ridge said, “I think that being a country is working together, and right now we are all really divided.It isn’t too uplifting that a former president would go after the country to make a point… when we should be all on the same side.” 

Henry Hughes from Harmony Middle School said, “The two separate parties, in a way, their beliefs are being forced to be completely extreme. We might need to change some stuff because people are going to these lengths to support their beliefs.” 

When asked how they thought the Capitol siege would affect the presidency of Joe Biden, one student thought that this may cause Biden to try and cater more towards Trump supporters, so things like this won’t happen again. 

Many of these students felt that adults do not respect their ideas or listen to what they had to say, causing frustration for the middle schoolers. Rebekah Baird from Blue Ridge Middle School says, “They don’t trust how I view the world.”

The students felt it was necessary to be aware of politics; they felt it allowed them to be educated voters and know what they support. “My little brothers have seen flaws that my parents have missed,” says Baird. 

Many younger people have begun to talk and think about politics with their peers and family members; however, they feel that their voices are not always heard. As these conversations happen, it is important to educate and listen to young voices.

Rioters attempting to push back Capitol police in order to enter the US Capitol building.