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OPINION


The officers of tomorrow

Our sister paper, The Lincoln Journal, featured a Lincoln County High School senior on the front page, last week. Tylor Torres was the top cadet at this summer’s West Virginia State Police academy in Nitro. We were impressed by Torres, who clearly has his eyes fixed on a career in law enforcement.

More broadly, the LCHS Peacemakers Law & Public Safety Class has once again demonstrated its value, purpose, and excellence. Now into its third year, the class led by Brian Lawrence is preparing our young people for careers in policing, the armed services, and more. 

Whenever we visit the classroom and work areas for these Panthers, we are always heartened by the respect these students have for each other and for their mentors. When we were there on a recent Friday afternoon, the students were being put through their paces in physical exercises. On other occasions, we have seen these students play a central role in the response to the spring mock accident on the eve of the Panthers’ prom. In that endeavor, the students not only bring order to the scene of the accident, but carry out a full forensic examination of the scene. Just a few months ago, we reported on the marksmanship skills of the students and their use of a grant-funded software program for responding to active shoot scenarios.

This is all very impressive and reassuring. These are the leaders of tomorrow.