Good Question: Do Students Need a Vacation from How Richfield High Looks?
WCCO-TV's Jason DeRusha took a day trip to RHS to explore why Minnesotans don't travel more—or further.
That's the question WCCO-TV reporter Jason DeRusha brought to Richfield High School Monday for his "Good Question" segment on the station's 10 p.m. news.
Most students told DeRusha they weren't going anywhere for break. One said he was "heading out to Apple Valley" for vacation.
In fact, most Minnesotans vacation within Minnesota, DeRusha said, citing the University of Minnesota's Tourism Center.
But one line in DeRusha's report seemed to single out Richfield High as a place particularly worthy of getting far away from:
When your high school looks like Richfield’s, and your walk home looks like this, you can see why visions of spring break would be magical.
As published online, it read a bit differently but still stung:
When your high school looks like Richfield’s, and your walk home is cold and snowy, daydreams of escaping to a tropical locale can be comforting.
The visuals in the segment suggest, however, that DeRusha meant no offense.
On an overcast winter day like most of Monday was, RHS looks about as appealing as any other snow-covered building in Minnesota.
And by now many people, including at Richfield High, are probably stir-crazy and cabin-feverish enough to think of Apple Valley as a vacation destination.
Judge for yourself: Read and watch WCCO's full "Good Question" segment on spring vacation at Richfield High.