Administrators at Roark School District have decided to award students for their attendance and performance. School officials have decided to give these students gift cards for their efforts. Students may use these gift cards to purchase lunch off campus. Some parents reject the idea, claiming it is unfair to reward students monetarily. They also claim it targets a certain subgroup of students.
The supporters of the school district have retorted to these parents, stating that they
//From Bill Kenworthy (Reviewer): I suggest changing "retorted" to "responded" in the above sentence.
Which of the following is the most logical way to complete the sentence above?