Hard to imagine that in a little over two weeks time, students county-wide will be back in school. 

I read all the time a year ago and even two years ago, about people speeding through school zones and I really would hate to see that happening this year, because like most of the people that are airing their grievances, it is only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt or worse. If you’re in such a rush that you have to speed through a school zone (which is illegal and carries a hefty fine to go with it,) or just speed in general, then leave a few minutes earlier. My parents always told me, if I was stupid enough to break the law, then they wouldn’t feel sorry for me and I’d have to pay the consequences. 

Something that every school administration I’ve been a part of has been pushing, is the stoppage of bullying. It sounds grade school-ish, but I think it’s been more of a problem recently, because of all the social media avenues we have access. 

Disagree with me if you want, but society as a whole has gone down hill with respect and it starts at the top. Teaching your kids to respect every single person, regardless if your beliefs or something is different from them. If they disagree with you, so what? It doesn’t make them a bad person, it just means they have a different belief system. 

Teaching respect starts at the top. I don’t know the exact figures, but I’m sure there will be a handful of new people starting a new school. These kids aren’t going to know anyone and are shy and all the cliquish groups who don’t incorporate anyone because they look different, or they’re new or whatever is unacceptable in my opinion. It happens everywhere, it’s not just specific to big cities, although I think big cities may be a little more prone to it, just because of bigger populations. 

I’ve always been the type to incorporate everyone, that’s just who I am and using my strong personality to my advantage. Everyone who has been here five or 10 years or your whole life, may not know what it’s like to be the new person around. I do, when I moved here two and a half years ago, I was the new person and it does suck, trust me. 

There’s just something about this school year, that makes me think it’s going to be a great one across the board. The administration shares the optimism and I think even though they may not admit it, I bet some of the students are getting excited. Maybe not excited for the classes, but to getting back and playing sports and catching up with friends. 

I myself, always enjoyed going to school because I was one of those people that talked to everyone. I didn’t really have one particular “group” that I hung out with the most. I was just like most students and wasn’t a fan with some of the projects and term papers that we had to write. 

Just remember to keep an eye out for the new people in school, because there’s a good chance, that you’re more similar than you thought.

 

— Michael Acosta

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