Monday, April 13, 2015

High School Confidental

Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri,       

This year I moved to Prescott and was enrolled in a high school here in August.
Where I moved from the schools were a safe environment to be in. Kids were not allowed to use language in the halls and there were rules against PDA that no one dared to break.
Rules and tight regulations against drugs were in place so they were rarely caught on campus. We were taught to respect the teachers and in turn they showed respect to us and learning was fun.

When I started school here I was horrified to hear all the language CONSTANTLY used by even the teachers. Kids will walk into class and will be obviously high. One of my old teachers even asked if a kid was high and he admitted it like it was amusing and then nothing was done.
As I walked through the halls I saw couples everywhere groping each other, making out in the corner, and even someone I know receiving (oral sex) on the bleachers. Kids talk about sex all the time and many times I saw vulgar gestures.

During lunch you walk around and see many of the couples sitting on each other or making out. It’s gross and I don't feel like it’s a safe learning environment at all.

My little sister comes home from one of the middle schools talking about how some kid told her he wanted to **** her and said that she could "tickle his pickle." This is sexual harassment and she should not have to go through that at her young age, at any age really. 

At her school there is a rock called “Graffiti Rock” where she heard kids go and have sex and do bad things. One of her teachers even knew about it and advised her not to go there. If her teacher knew about it then why isn't it stopped?

My sister and I should never have heard some of the things we heard. That is not what the "real" world is … it's gross and should not be tolerated. 

The Newcomers

Dear Newcomers,

First and foremost: You are correct—you and your sister deserve a safe environment at school.

Sex, including oral sex and any touching, kissing, or caressing of any private parts of the bodies of your classmates over or under clothing, should not be acceptable or tolerated at any school.

We believe when sex is treated as casually as a handshake, it causes emotional damage!

Objectifying behavior in our current culture is confusing. We have the capability to think, feel, care, and love appropriately. Its healthy to want more from our relationships than uncivilized behavior.

It is evident that you are trying to receive, not only a high quality education, but positive and worthy growing experiences that will guide you to a happy and mature adult life. We suggest you set up a meeting with the principal, your parents, and if you have one, the police department’s school resource officer.

Tell them what’s going on and ask how the problem could be solved. Do the same at the middle school.

We were all born with the innate ability to be a leader. We were also born with an inherent compass to know right from wrong. You have a choice to start being the leader you were born to be by confronting the school and police with your information.

Unfortunately many adults stay in denial by looking the other way, but we are proud of you and the opportunity you have to stand up for your values. The community needs to stand up too! 

It’s not as much about where you live but what you do. Every great city starts with finding the silver lining...which is you and your leadership.

Rhonda and Dr. Cheri

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