Seventh-grader Samantha Tabares said the public's reaction to Poe varies.
"Some people kept on talking and laughed and were rude. Some people think it’s just a joke," she said. "But a lot of people enjoyed it. I really did.”
Rochstetler was among the fans of the performance of the poem, one of the last written by Poe before his death in 1849.
“I think it’s a really great idea for kids to do this," he said. "I really enjoyed it. Wonderful idea. Great idea.”
Details for this story were reported by The Daily Citizen in Dalton, Ga.