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Jackson High School speech, debate, and drama teacher Bob Clubbs wanted to give students a place to watch the debate together. Jackson High School speech, debate, and drama teacher Bob Clubbs wanted to give students a place to watch the debate together.
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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

While President Obama and Governor Romney squared off in their final presidential debate, a group of Jackson High School students watched.

Jackson High School speech, debate, and drama teacher Bob Clubbs wanted to give students a place to watch the debate together.

Monday night, Clubbs and two other teachers hosted a debate watch party and "tweet-up." Students met in the high school library to watch the debate, but also Tweet while doing so, to let social network friends in on the discussion.

Some of the kids aren't even old enough to vote, and said they've never paid attention to a presidential debate, but want to know more.

Clubbs said he thinks it's important to teach kids to be informed on the issues.

"I think that the sooner you can develop habits of being an informed citizen the better, and I think that if we get these students to develop these habits of being informed voters now it will be better for all of us later," said Clubbs.

"Well this is actually the first debate that I'm going to be able to vote in, I turned 18 about a month ago, so I want to try to learn as much as I can and be informed for myself make the right decision, and try and make a difference," said Nick Fisher, a Jackson High School Senior.

"I just thought it would be a fun, you know, night out, and might be able to learn a few things you know about politics cause I don't really know that much and I want to be a little more informed," said Jonathan May, a Jackson High School Sophomore.

"I think it's important for us to model the kinds of behaviors we want our students to have, we know that there are other things they could be watching on television tonight, some pretty exciting things coming on, but we want to show them this is just as important if not more important than that," said Clubbs.

"I don't really understand it that much, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to hopefully learn a little bit more," said May.

Clubbs said social media, like Facebook and Twitter, has allowed voters to share their thoughts and information with other voters.

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