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Letters To The Editor 12-22-21
Student Letters

Focus On Mental Health


Dear Editor,

Did you know that about one in seven kids have at least one treatable mental health disorder?

The chances of that one in seven individual speaking up publicly about their mental health disorder is very rare. Something that I think is a problem is the lack of attention to kids struggling with mental health disorders. This is a very serious thing that some people’s lives have changed very deeply for. I think changes definitely need to be made. I think more resources need to be made for more kids who are scared to speak up.

A big problem I have noticed is the amount of jokes made about mental health. It is very common to hear things such as “OMG I’m fat, I’d rather kill myself than do that” or “OMG you’re so skinny” throughout your day at school.

Someone exaggerating and making these comments as a joke might really be offending a person who is truly struggling with mental health without even noticing. As an individual that has struggled with some mental health disorders, I personally know how these comments can feel to hear. It can come across as hurtful or even feel like people think real mental disorders are a joke.

With all that being said, I strongly think more awareness and attention to mental health needs to be made.


Grace Underwood



A Country Of Freedom


Dear Editor,

People nowadays only worry about Gender Equality, COVID Vaccinations, Equality in General, and Politics. What they don’t understand is how this country came to be and why we get the opportunities and choices we get today. We complain about not being equal and people not getting the life they want when we have a country of freedom.

Many people from other countries think that this country, America, is a country of freedom and hope. American citizens have grown to hate the U.S. but they forget how many lives were lost to make it a safe place. We are given so many opportunities because of our soldiers and we are so greedy that we don’t even remember to thank them.

We have the freedom of leaving our homes every day without the worry of having a war right at our front doors. They have made sure to keep this country a safe place. So please always remember we are blessed to live in a country of freedom and hope.


Gorette Coelho



My Take On The Dress Code


Dear Editor,

Dress codes are something that every school has. They have been around for a long time and have not changed much throughout the years. Despite the clear concerns and issues with dress codes, they are still highly enforced. These outdated dress codes are unfair and a daily concern for students.

As a female high school student myself, the dress code has been an aspect in my school experience since elementary school. I have been told before that I need to change my clothes or that I should not wear a certain item of clothing to school again because it did not follow dress code. Taking a student out of class to make them change clothes is a loss of their instructional time. Which becomes more of a distraction than the clothes we wore originally.

Furthermore, schools have implied numerous times that the reason behind the dress code is so boys are not distracted. Thus, dress codes are not only distracting from learning, but they are highly sexist. The Hartford Courant website states, “Teaching girls that they are responsible for their actions that their male peers chose to take is not OK. Rather, boys should instead be taught that their attention is required for their studies, not toward the bodies of their classmates”. The sad reality is since elementary school, girls are taught to be accountable for their male classmates’ actions.

Others may argue that dress codes and uniforms are a good way to keep students focused on their schoolwork. This statement confirms the sexism and misogyny that the dress code inflicts. To help lessen this problem schools need to end dress codes. Dress codes are unfair to female students because most of the rules do not apply to their male peers.


Jessica Pantoja