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Thomas Catoe, Desk Writer

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As teenagers in high school we face many obstacles such as keeping our academic careers going, holding a reputation among our peers, and dealing with the drama of growing up and becoming ourselves. But in the past few weeks, a struggle that no teenager should be forced to deal with has risen for a member of our student body.

Recently a teacher at North Augusta High School has intervened in the private relationship of an African American male, and a Caucasian female, who’s names will be kept anonymous. The female reported that her mother had simply gone to get her report card when the teacher had approached them. He commented on the relationship, and how it might be what’s affecting her “behavior.” Her mother explained that her daughter was not involved in a relationship at the time, that she knew of. The teacher then took it one step farther and showed her mother a picture of the couple kissing. The mother questioned her daughter about the relationship and the boy, and then gave it up until they were home.

That afternoon, the girl talked to her father who was very upset, even crying at the fact that she would “break his trust” by dating an African American. He then rephrased his comment, and said that he wasn’t mad that her boyfriend was black, but that he was afraid people we going to hate on her for being with an African American. He continued ranting throughout the night by mentioning that he did not think that she could handle the pressure of dating a black man, and that he wanted a better future for her. He even stated that their family was not going to appreciate it, and that they would feel awkward with him being the only African American at their family reunions.

By the end of the night her father asked, “What’s it going to be?” She replied with, “I won’t be able to let him go. He means too much to me.” At this point, her parents had come to the conclusion that they were going to have her transfer schools, and that her phone would be taken so that they could cut off communication between the boy and their daughter. The girl said that her boyfriend cried in front of her, and that he told her that it was stupid for her to have to transfer schools, because it was an invasion of privacy for a teacher to be taking photos of the student’s private activities. They refused to let it break up the relationship that had been going on since the fourth of July.

Members of the student body have formulated opinions and are reacting also.

Abigail Elvira says, “It’s completely inappropriate and they overstepped the boundaries of their job. They are employed to teach the student, not insert themselves into the middle of the student’s relationships. It’s clear that they did it because the couple was interracial. I think it’s extremely sad people feel so strongly about race that they go to such extremes. It’s childish and disrespectful to the student.”

When asked what she would’ve done if she were in this position, Hunter Speering strongly vocalized that she thought,  “It’s someone stepping over their boundaries and going too far, honestly. It’s just odd and inappropriate.”

Even Madison Evans seemed to have a strong backing to her statement. “I believe the real scandal is the teacher who took the picture.” Madison explains, “The teacher had no right to jump into a student’s personal life, and to tell both of her parents. I personally think that the girl should be able to be with whoever she wants to be with. Although her parents were not informed at the time, what if the relationship would’ve lasted? She would have had to eventually tell them, and  it’s her place to do so when she’s comfortable and ready for them to know, and for her to deal with their reaction. Teachers are here to educate us, and the girl’s personal life has nothing to do with her grades nor her education. Of course, some of us become close with some teachers, but the teacher had no right to do what was done in my perspective.”

So what’s the rest of the student body’s point of view? What is the biggest scandal? Is it the girl who didn’t tell her parents so she could be with her high school boyfriend? Is it the parents for making her transfer schools, and forcing the couple apart? Could it be the administration because they took no action when the problem rose? Or is it the teacher who took the picture that ruined it all?

 

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