To the Editor:

Re “Teenage Vandals’ Sentence Comes With a Reading List” (news article, Feb. 9):

I was impressed and pleased to learn of the disposition handed down to the five teenagers who vandalized a historic black schoolhouse in Virginia. The assignment is to read a series of books about peoples and cultures different from theirs.

They are also to write a report on the books read, and a paper about the effect that swastikas and “white power” messages have on African-Americans and the broader community. At least one of the boys did not know what a swastika meant.

The entire country would benefit by reading these and other books. Let’s start a monthly read across the country with online and in-person discussions. Maybe we could all learn to walk in others’ footsteps.

SUSAN R. APUZZO

Irvington, N.Y.

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