Seeing EYE to EYE
Adults and teens are in conﬂict over rules and regulations
MOLLY BROWN Reporter
countless rules, and they continue to add more every year. If one person does something wrong they must make a rule that prevents the rest of the students here are countless topics that adults and teens from that action. don’t see eye to eye on. Adults will always Structured JAG time is an example of this. A stereotype teens and teens will always stereomajority of the student body used their JAG time type adults. It is human nature, but sometimes this productively with the exception of a few students can lead to a conflict. who didn’t, so the administration changed how JAG Recently, chaos has filled the streets of the Plaza. worked. A flash mob and a shooting made the news earlier All of these rules make it seem like most adults this year. Throughout the summer, the mayor of believe that teenagers are all the same. Kansas City, Sly James, debated the idea of a Plaza “We have the rules to govern the whole because curfew for teenagers. there has to be a parameter set,” Tousey said. Until Mayor James was involved in the shootThere are also many rules in Blue Valley West relating, he planned to veto the idea for the curfew. But ing to technology, such as the rule prohibiting the after the incident use of cell phones he decided to go or iPods during “[The curfew] might help business, but through with the class and restrictions I don’t think businesses should deprive curfew. on computer usage. kids of their fun so adults can have The curfew, Also, each teacher which is in efhas his or her own theirs” fect at the Plaza, rules pertaining Power and Light to these things. -MORGAN BROOKS District, Westport, Members of the BV Sophomore and Zona Rosa, West faculty think is 9 p.m. and bans technology is either anyone under 16 years old from hanging out after 9 helpful or hurtful. p.m. at any of those places without being accompa“I think it’s helpful from the sense of educanied by a parent or guardian. tion,” SRO Neal said. “A lot of schools are using “It might help business,” sophomore Morgan technology to assist with learning. Last year there was Brooks said. “But I don’t think they should deprive a bad tornado and we went on lock down. Students kids of their fun so adults can have theirs.” had cell phones and contacted family to let them Students at BV West may not normally hang know they were okay. It’s a bad thing when they are out at places such as the Plaza or Zona Rosa, but it is using their cell phones to cheat or prevent themselves likely that students from the district enjoy spending from learning.” time there. Many schools use technology such as electronic “It’s a good idea,” SRO Susie Tousey said. “If readers or iPods for textbooks, which can make a you’re 16 and under you shouldn’t be down there at lighter load for the backpacks of students. that time.” “You can not learn what they are trying to teach However, there seems to be a deeper problem when you are texting,” Tousey said. other than the creation of a curfew. The flash mobs Adults and teens will always have conflict and and the shooting only involved a small group of the day may never come when adults and teens will teenagers. see eye to eye. The debates and stereotypes may This problem doesn’t only occur in the outside continue but, if a few people doing wrong can create world. It also happens inside of BV West. There are a rule, others can work together to end the conflict.
Sophomore Mitchell Bird and broadcast teacher Todd Kurimsky disagree over an argument. After the city council implemented the new Kansas City, Mo. curfew, conﬂicts between adults and teenagers over rules and regulations have become more pronounced. Photo by Evan Belser
HALL TALK What is the most aggravating rule at BV West?
“Whenever you have to sign a red paper for JAG. I don’t like that.” ZOE KVASNICKA Sophomore
“I don’t like how late homework is.You get 50 percent or a zero if you don’t do it.” LISA ERHART Freshman
“You can’t wear facial hair or masks.” EUGENE RAYGORODETSKYY Senior