Jefferson County teachers to incorporate Charlottesville violence into lesson plans

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo, -- The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, continues to be a hot topic in metro Denver.

Jefferson County Schools has released its take on the issue as a new school year begins.

In a letter, Superintendent Jason Glass told parents and students that the violence in Charlottesville will be discussed inside school walls.

Wheat Ridge High School history teacher Stephanie Rossi guarantees the events will also be discussed inside her classroom.

“My job is to get them to be aware,” Rossi said.

Rossi said she'll have a conversation with her students. She will gauge what they know about the incident and what they don't know.

She won't talk about her own opinions. Rossi said that could cause some students to feel anxious, especially if they don't agree with her.

“It’s important that we create a space to teach them how to engage in a conversation with people who have different opinions than you,” Rossi said.

Despite the recent events and the need to alter the lesson plan just a tad, Rossi said the goal remains the same: She wants her classroom to be a place where everyone feels welcome.​

Rossi also said in no form or fashion does she support the KKK, white supremacists or neo-Nazis.

She also said in her role as a history teacher, absolutes such as right and wrong are tough.

Rossi said it's not her job to sway students one way or another, but to provide a safe space for them to discuss their views.

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