Pipeline protests affecting our kids' schools as Guard members are mobilized

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): As protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue, the drain is not only being felt by the law enforcement community. It’s now starting to affect our children’s education. Gov. Dalrymple put about 100 National Guardsmen on alert back in September, now some are shipping out. That includes one man who is also a music teacher at West Fargo Sheyenne High School, and he’s leaving his students nearly halfway through the school year.

The students of West Fargo Sheyenne are feeling the impacts from the pipeline protests now too. Their music teacher, James Landman, is leaving harmony for disruption, and this group of seniors is frustrated he’s leaving.

“Mr. Landman is the reason I joined the army. I’m actually in his unit, he's my commander. I can't get deployed because I’m still in high school but I feel like I should be there with him,” said Zach Fischer.

"He just gives me some good life lessons to live by and it's just really helpful to know that he cares about you and wants you to succeed in life,” offered Hunter Hegel.

"Landman is one of those teachers you know that he cares a lot so it'll be hard without him,” said Hannah Samuelson.

"Obviously since he's so important to us, we're concerned for his well-being. I think that he'll be fine but obviously we're concerned and there's always a chance,” explained Kyle Holoien

"He won't be in any immediate danger but like Kyle said, anything can happen. So we're definitely, definitely going to keep him in our thoughts,” said Fischer.

"That's why they're getting sent in, because they're not being peaceful. And it's just you know if it was just North Dakota protesters none of this would have happened. It would have just been like the local police but now we have to send the National Guard in to help so it's a little frustrating,” said Hegel.

"It didn't need to happen. Like it's kind of unnecessary that he had to go and all this is happening. But it is what it is and we'll just try to make the best of it,” said Holoien.

"We know we're in capable hands but missing the passionate motivator that Mr. Landman is is going to be the hardest part about that,” said Samuelson.

The music students added there’s all-state band auditions, music festivals and their Christmas concert looming on the horizon. They said Landman will be replaced by a person they previously had as a student teacher.