High school is a place of extreme diversity and raging hormones. What often doesn’t come to mind is the horror that happens within. Between the locker trips, bathroom runs, classes and lunch, many teens struggle to survive. Ducking heads, walking fast, and ignoring harsh expressions that are shouted at them in these long tortuous corridors. Those who are shouting these harsh expressions do it for many reasons, but one thing's for sure, people often regret it later in life.
Mountain View High School is often accreted for not fitting theses social norms; but is this really true? When walking up to the school’s looming doors a certain fear and anxiety is present. As the doors open, many cliques, groups, clubs, gangs, and culture related ensembles fill the view. Looks of rancor are exchanged in the frantic jumble.
When tears stream down teens’ faces before they fall asleep. When teens would rather do drugs, or kill themselves to stop all of the pain, or worse, to be accepted. In that moment, in that very heartbeat, that breath of fresh air, that flash of almost blinding light. It’s crucial to consider the question: “Why aren’t we doing something to stop this?”
Like most people, the faculty and students at this school have an extremely rational fear of others. Stereotypes right under the staffs’ noses. Although this seems nearly impossible, the pressure that comes from a job as such should be expected. People fear each other.
Why is this? The answer is simple: a lack of self-esteem. This leads to bullying, peer pressure, and many other dangerous activities. This can harm, and endanger interactions and relationships.
How can this be stopped? By changing today’s teens, tomorrow's adult built confidence and strong leaders. One’s who are prepared to step up to the plate and say something about it.The world will not change overnight. It starts with one person then snowballs into neighborhoods, cities, then to a nation, Hopefully society’s expectations and double standards will be demolished. All this and more if one person is willing to take a stand.
Be the person who will stand up to others. Become that person who will say “No!” to social norms. Try to meet others no matter their cliques, no matter of their social standing, no matter their looks. Sit with someone new. Or better yet sit at a whole new table. Sit with someone who is alone. Most importantly “Become somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody”- Kid President