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Former President Obama responds to Hudson high school journalists

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A group of students from Hudson High School reach out to former President Barack Obama. 

They don't expect to hear back from him, but are pleasantly surprised when they do.

The Pirate Press is the high school newspaper at Hudson. 

The latest paper was titled, "Not Just a Black and White Issue."

These young journalists decided to focus on race in Hudson for this paper. 

They say you must confront a problem and talk about it, if you want to solve it. 

For the paper, the young journalists reached out to Mayor Hart for a quote.

They also reached out to former President Obama. He emailed back, and his reply was in the paper. It reads: 

Dear Abby: (Newspaper managing editor) 

Thank you for your thoughtful message. At the heart of America's founding is the idea that we are all created equal, and I'm glad you took the time to tell me how you feel.

Our country is home to people of every background and belief. While we may look different or come from different families, all of us deserve the same rights and opportunities. And as Americans, we share a lasting responsibility to show each other kindness and respect and to treat each other the way we want to be treated.

The more we practice those values in our own lives, the better off we will all be. By speaking out, you are helping hold our nation accountable to our highest ideals, and I hope you'll stay engaged on the issues that matter to you.

Barack Obama

If you would like to read more about the paper or read these students' articles, click here

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