Grinds My Gears: Respect for School

We have all had that moment before. We have all busted out singing. We have all sang our heart out to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

Many students need to take a listen to Franklin’s song and be reminded about respect. By walking down the hallways or taking a scroll through social networks, it’s very apparent that students don’t know what it means to be respectful, especially to our school and even our district.

I wish students would take a look at the JHHS Honor Code when walking down the hallway rather than being rude and obnoxious.

Under the Code, the definition of honor is “Respecting the legacy of John Horn High School. Treat JHHS Jaguars with respect.”

If you’re going to talk poorly toward or about our school, then leave. A true Jaguar protects the tradition and spirit that the school prides itself in, not bashes the school they attend every day.

Horn is a great school that provides many opportunities to its students with a staff that supports them. It’s time for students to appreciate the school they go to rather than spitting off comments that make it seem like the worst school in the world.

As much as it bugs me when people don’t respect our school, it grinds my gears when people talk down about our district as well.

Mesquite Independent School District (MISD) is one of the best districts in the state. Contrary to the thoughts of many students, MISD’s goal is to give the best education it can to its students, not make their life a living hell.

It really pushed my buttons when I saw a student post on Twitter that “MISD would never close down even if there was a blizzard.”

I had to sit back for a second and question if what I read was real life. After pondering, my mind went to two years ago when MISD didn’t have school for four days straight due to inclement weather. I’m pretty sure our district wouldn’t have school if the weather was that bad. They’re not going to close because it gets a little chilly, no.

It’s ridiculous when people try to point a finger and make a smart alec remark about our school and our district when they have no clue what they’re saying. They think it’s clever to talk down to Horn and MISD when in reality, it’s just rude. It shows a lack of respect for the students and faculty across the district.

Show some class, pride and honor for your school and district. It’s really not that hard. All I’m asking is for a little respect.

Just a little bit.

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