Many Las Lomas students passed the holiday break stressing about the latest vague, threatening comment from Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea. The leader released a comment about a possible “Christmas present” for the United States in early December, during negotiations about their nuclear arsenal with President Trump. The White House, having dealt with North Korea’s holiday “gifts” like their long-range missile test for Fourth of July in 2017, went on high alert for Christmas and the weeks following, watching for any attacks or provocative missile tests. President Trump, however, didn’t appear to be as worried, speculating that Kim Jong Un might send a “beautiful vase” instead.
Like our top officials, Las Lomas students were also divided on how they felt about the thinly veiled threat. On one side of the spectrum, some students like freshman Ana Vázquez learned about the threat over break, and “it…just terrified me for all of Christmas,” she recounted. On the other end, some students were mostly unconcerned, like seniors Ryan Wendt and Nic Lezcano. “I didn’t put much thought into it,” Ryan admitted, and even joked, “that’s a pretty crappy Christmas present.” His friend, Nic, added on: “…If you send [a nuke], you’re about to receive a lot more.”
Fortunately, weeks have passed since Christmas and the threat of a nuclear “Christmas present” seems to be lowering. Or like how Nic said, “It’s kind of a late Christmas present if he still gives it to us, but that would just be kind of awkward.”