There have been some astounding trends I’ve noticed around my school lately, and quite frankly, I never realized exactly how brutal high school teens can be.
Let’s start with social media. Honestly, what. Social media is a place where people are supposed to feel comfortable to express themselves and be happy, and while I am a full-on endorser of you running your social media account whichever way you want, that doesn’t extend to using it to bully or harass people.
So, in my city, we have two large rival high schools. I attend one of these two, and the amount of smack talk I hear about the other is a lot, yes, but it is expected and as long as it stays in the hallways, I don’t think it hurts anyone. But upon making a personal Twitter for school friends to follow, I’ve seen people from my school start fights online with people from the other one for literally no reason at all, and vice versa. I understand school pride, I really do, but calling someone a trashy hoe with no money is VERY out of bounds. News flash: it’s possible to defend yourself and your school without having to offend the other party!
And while I’m on the topic of Twitter, I was also introduced by a friend to SmackHigh, the other day, and honestly, I’m speechless. For those of you who are lucky enough to not have seen a SmackHigh account, it’s basically one large organization hosting smaller accounts in which local students (they have different accounts for different areas) can submit trash talk and gossip anonymously for it to be posted. Absolutely ridiculous. Hopefully, the SmackHigh Twitters of other cities and states are not as ruthless as the one corresponding to my area. Why even make an account like that? What purpose does it cause, besides offending people and making them feel shitty for their upbringing, parents, school, and other things out of their control? I have never seen anything quite so petty and bitter in my life.
One more thing—let people live their damn lives without getting involved. Not your life, not your business, ESPECIALLY if you don’t even directly know the person involved. What am I on about, you ask? Well, you see, there’s been an image floating around my school via texts and Twitter. Within the girls’ bathroom, someone took a picture of two pairs of feet in one stall; one of them was down on their knees and the other standing up, so it was quite clear that some sort of oral activity was being performed. Guess what: it happens. Someone took a picture of it and sent it to virtually the entire student body, and it’s all anyone has talked about for a week, speculating about who’s shoes could have been under the door. It’s no one’s business, and it is most certainly not okay to get involved in someone else’s love life. People are now saying it was two girls in the bathroom rather than a boy and a girl, which only prompted a new flood of reposts and texts about it. I’m fed up; I don’t care about who was in the bathroom or what they were doing, and neither should you, because it’s not your life or your issue. Have some morals, people.
Another trend that I see every day is taking pictures of unknowing peers doing somewhat awkward or embarrassing things and posting them on your Snapchat story. Not cool. Why do you feel the need to expose your peers without their consent? What can you possibly gain from that? The people I see doing it most are the people who have hundreds of friends on Snapchat, which is worse, but to do it at all is still awful. We’re all high school kids, we’re all on the same boat. Every single person at any single school has had at least one embarrassing moment in class, whether it be falling asleep or tooting or whatever it is, and I know for a fact no one would like that to be filmed and broadcasted across the school while people hiding behind screens laugh at them. I guarantee you, it is not difficult at all to mind your own business and not humiliate others.
Don’t tweet pictures of people mid-sneeze, don’t snap videos of someone picking their teeth, don’t don’t don’t. You’ll live, trust me. Spreading gossip and rumors across social media doesn’t make you “cool”, it makes you an asshole.