Hey Gazetters! Recently there have been anti-Semitic and racist acts at both the middle and high school. We are disappointed that students feel that it is okay to abuse the rights given to them by the First Amendment.
This week at Monument Mountain is ‘Homecoming Spirit Week;’ each day has its own theme. Last Tuesday, the 25th, was “America Day.” Halls full of red white and blue is what was expected, however, Monument was appalled when a student entered wearing the Confederate Flag. As quoted in a Berkshire Eagle article released Tuesday September 25th, “a student caused an uproar Tuesday at Monument Mountain Regional High School when he wore a Confederate flag to school as part of "America Day," one themed day of homecoming week.”
At the middle school, a large Swastika was recently drawn in the second floor boys bathroom. The Swastika was drawn in thick black sharpie on the door of a bathroom stall. Custodians tried removing the graffiti with alcohol, but sharpie remains are still covering portions of the wall. MVRMS has enforced a temporary rule that male students are no longer allowed to use the restrooms during class periods. When male students are on their way from one class to the next they must have a staff member escort them to the bathroom, if need be. We are currently unsure of who the student is that defaced the school facilities. Hopefully teachers, students, and MVRMS community members will begin to take charge and asking for something to be done about these matters.
Instead of limiting boys from using the bathroom, we need to educate the student body. A conversation with our community was very necessary. Students are uneducated about these infamous events. Change will only occur if we take action. Recently, conversations have been led by our advisors in homeroom and as a team. Mr. Doren spoke to Team Green, addressing the issues to the community, as Mr. Wheat spoke to Team Orange. Julian Beadell, Student Council president says “... in future instances when dealing with this sort of topic, we must change our ways. The conversations led were a great start, but progress should be a goal in the future of our school. Why punish 99 people when one person is responsible? Instead of punishing we need to educate. This is a perfect opportunity for us to bring up a much needed discussion about our school culture and what we are not educated on.” We appreciate these discussions, however, one talk is not enough. As said previously, our school needs to take part in most necessary educational discussions about such impactful events.