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JEA JOY Portfolio Holli Ecker

Welcome to my journalism portfolio! I’m Holli Ecker, a senior at McCook Senior High in McCook, Nebraska. This website contains samples from my high school journalism experiences as an editor for The Stampede at MHS and work outside the classroom.


About Holli

Above: Holli Ecker (12, Editor) snaps a picture of students studying in the newly remodeled high school library. Left: Holli offers constructive criticism upon final proofing.

Holli Ecker has been on The Stampede newspaper staff McCook High School for 3 years. Her first year she served as a feature editor as a sophomore year and assistant editor her junior year and finally her senior year she served as chief editor. Throughout her journalism career, she has spent many late nights copy editing and working 1-on-1 with every staff member to ensure high quality material and leading the newspaper staff by example. There is no experience more rewarding than journalism at MHS. It has provided the skills necessary for being successful, both now and in the future.


Background Going into my second year of newspaper class I was enthusiastic to be learning how to take on the role as assistant editor. Being led by such an amazing editor, I knew I was going to learn so much. However, things don’t always go as planned, with the editor’s busy high school/ college schedule I found myself taking on much of the editor’s responsibilities. This only being my second year I definitely had some big shoes to fill. With the help of an amazing staff, I learned to grow into any role that was thrown my way. Now in my third year of Newspaper, I officially have the title ‘editor’. While my time on the staff has been incredibly rewarding, there have been many challenges I’ve faced. I’ve learned as editor you can’t be the boss of your staff, rather you need to be a leader, and even then being a leader of so many different personalities has its challenges. As the staff comes together learning to adjust to all our differences, we were able to make some

big changes. The Stampede went from your run-of-the-mill style newpaper, to a full color magazine style. Each year I’ve been on this staff, I have come to realize having an open mind and adaptability is key to making a difference on staff. Most students think newspaper is an easy A type of class; little do they know, many grueling hours are dedicated to be able to print a presentable newspaper. Having a staff no bigger than 8 students, much of the proofing is left up to me, giving up free time to make sure all the staff is producing the type of work I know they’re capable of doing. Journalism has allowed me to see different viewpoints, which is vital in the forever changing mindset of newspaper. Journalism has helped shaped me into the person I am today. Being around such strong personalities has helped me to find my own voice and discover who I am. “Journalism is an act of faith in the future.” -Ann Curry

District Name: MC COOK PUBLIC SCHOOLS District Number: 730017 McCook Senior High School Official Transcript Tel: (308)345-5422 Fax: (308)345-5477 700 West 7th Street, McCook, NE 69001

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Score: 20 Result: English ACT Score: 20 Result: Math ACT Score: 15 Result: Reading ACT Score: 24 Result: Science ACT Score: 20 Result: ACT Score: 19 Result: English ACT Score: 22 Result: Math ACT Score: 17 Result: Reading ACT Score: 21 Result: Science ACT Score: 16 Result: ACT Score: 20 Result: English ACT Score: 20 Result: Math ACT Score: 18 Result: Reading ACT Score: 27 Result: Science ACT Score: 16 Result:

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Activities Resume Holli Ecker 504 West 3rd McCook, NE 69001 holliecker@mccookbison.org Schools Attended McCook Senior High School (2013-2017) Mid Plains Community College (2016-2017) Clubs and Organizations Creative writing club (2013-2015) Circle of friends (2016-2017) CYO (2013-2017) TeamMates (2014-2017) Athletics Volleyball (2013-2014) Swim team (2014-2016) Community Service Nursing home weekly activities (2016) Walking dogs at local shelter (2015-2016) Cleaning up the school campus yearly (2013-2017) Honors and Awards Bryan Health Career Camp award (2016) State Jornalsim Award (2015) Honor roll (2015-2016) Work Experience Hillcrest Nursing Home (2016-current) Lifeguard YMCA (2013-2015) Sales clerk Farrell’s Pharmacy and Hallmark (2015-2016)


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Index Editorial...............................2 Opinion............................3-4 Features...........................5-7 Focus................................8-9 Sports...........................10-11 Life.....................................12 They want YOU to Be Prom Eligible? pg. 2

Drastic Changes for Next School Yr. pg.

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Listen to Your Mother... Get a Job! pg. 12

Entertainment.............13-15 Photo Essay......................16

When I became chief editor, I made the brave decision to change the well-expired newspaper layout, to a full color magazine style. Above is the transformation of the newspaper.


Writing Over the course of my journalism career, I progressed as a writer. Before newspaper I wasn’t too interested in writing. Now I have a great understanding as to what it takes to be a quality writer. EDITORIAL

Inauguration

God VS Science

EDITORIAL

Welcoming the New President Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede

Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede

Most of stampeded would agree they see more logic in science, although when challenged with the question “is there a balance between religion and science.” Everyone agreed yes there is definitely a good balance between religion and science. Let’s face it both sides have major plot holes, like the big ones “how was evolution even set into motion” and “how was it possible for just one man and one women to create all of humanity.” Strong supports of either sides can justify and defend their own answers to either of these puzzling questions. In times of need most people will turn to religion like during the 9/11 crisis. The BBC reported a 20% increase of church goers after 9/11. But during a time of needing more knowledge people turn more to science. For example finding a cure for cancer people may pray to their God, but all the answers come from science. But wait! You chose science over God? You must be a morally wrongful person. Um no, that’s not the case, with everything people live the way they want. A lot of people who live without religion and focus more on scientific aspects of life are not morally wrong, they don’t hate your religion, and no they are not satanic worshippers. Hang on just a second, you chose God over science? You must be an extremist when it comes to religion and

January 20, 2017 is a day that will go down in history. The 45th president of the United States will be sworn into office. As everyone is well aware the next president is Donald J Trump. Planning the inauguration ceremony is no small feat--months of planning have gone into this one day. President Elect Trump will be sworn into office on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. According to Washington. org, “tickets to the ceremony are free to the public. However, they are in high demand and must be applied for through your local representative or senator’s office.” No ticket? No problem. Most news stations will be broadcasting the ceremony. During the ceremony, President Elect Trump will take an oath where he swears to “faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” After taking the oath of office, it’s typical for the new President to make an inaugural speech. According to inaugural.senate.org, “Every President since Washington has delivered an inaugural address.” So as a nation we can surely expect Trump

you probably force your beliefs on me. What? No no no, just because someone is religious doesn’t mean they shame you for not being religious. They are trying to live their life as best and as closely as they can to their religion. However we as the stampede do firmly believe that religion and science can work together in unison, to in a way fill those plot holes. Now don’t get this article twisted or anything. We as the newspaper are totally and completely fine with whatever you choose to believe in. Weather you are on the science of religion side it doesn’t really matter. Just live your life being kind and not shoving your personal beliefs down anyone’s throat. Just be a chill human and stop worrying so much about other people’s beliefs. *this article is not intended to offend anyone, rather to show there are other opinions out there*

to give a speech. After the ceremony the day is filled with celebrations. There are processions for the new President, an inaugural luncheon, an inaugural parade, and to finish the evening inaugural balls. “President Barack Obama attended ten official balls for his first inaugural in 2009,” according to inaugural. senate.org. Seeing as Trump loves attention and press, it wouldn’t be any surprise if he attended more balls than Obama. However, there is no way of knowing until January 20. No matter how this year’s inauguration goes, it will certainly be one for the books.

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EDITORIAL

Death with Dignity

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate A Shot at Health

Physician Assisted Suicide

Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede As of November 2016, there are five states that allow medically assisted suicide--California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Now, of course, no one can just walk into a hospital and ask for this; there is a list of requirements that must be met before even considering medically assisted suicide. “The patient must be at least 18 or older, resident of that state, capable of communicating health care decisions for themselves, diagnosed with a terminal illness, and have a timeline of six months or shorter.” deathwithdignity.org reports. On November 8, 2016, Colorado residents voted to approve the End of Life Options Act. When it comes to Nebraska laws on assisted suicide, it is considered to be a class IV felony. In early 2016 Nebraska considered legalizing assisted suicide; however, legislators voted against it. We as the Stampede newspaper staff believe everyone, within reason, should have the right to death with dignity. The first major case of assisted suicide was Brittany Maynard. Brittany had an

Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede

inoperable brain tumor, and doctors had given her six months to live. She packed up her home and took up residency in Portland, Oregon. Shortly after her husband’s birthday, she passed away on her own terms with physician approval. Everyone deserves to have the right to die peacefully and on their own terms. The argument against assisted suicide is that it’s against the Hippocratic oath, one statement in particular “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan”. Howe ver, later on in the hippocratic oath the s t at e m e nt , “similarly I will not give a woman an abortive remedy”. As we all know doctors can and do give abortions. Times have changed since this was first written, so why can’t doctors use medically assisted suicide? The doctors wouldn’t be forcing this upon anyone, rather it would be the patient’s want. Who are we to deny the request of someone who ultimately won’t get better?

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“It is a state law to have your child ingredients and ASD [Autism spectrum vaccinated for Diphtheria, tetanus, and disorder].” Like any medication the worst pertussis, Polio, Measles, mumps, and outcome of a vaccine is a severe allergic rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella (chicken reaction; however, the more common pox). Failing to comply with the vaccines outcome of a vaccine is a sore arm from results in your child not attending the injection site. school, and a $100 fine if the child is not Every parent should have the choice to vaccinated by November 15”, reports raise their child and protect their child Nebraska Department of Health and the way they want, unless it will directly Human Services. However, there are two affect the mass public. We as a society exemptions for not vaccinating: religious depend on “herd immunity” to remain exemption and medical exemption. safe. Herd immunity is the general To be medically exempt from vaccines immunity to a pathogen in a population a physician must sign a form stating based on the acquired immunity to it by a the required high proportion vaccine would over time. Antibe injurious to vaccinators the student or will argue that members of the their one child family. wouldn���t directly According the affect the “herd CDC “by the i m m u n i t y ”, time a child is but totally all 18 years old he/ unvaccinated she should have children causes received 69 doses a big problem of 16 different in the bigger v a c c i n e s . picture. AntiContrary to vaccinators are popular belief of not only making anti-vaccinators, a serious choice vaccines do not for their child cause autism. No they are also links have been making a serious found between choice for the any vaccine The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases greater masses.

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Leadership and Team Building EDITORIAL

Slut- Shaming The insult that kills Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede

Slut-shaming is directed at women who wear provocative clothing, women who have casual or premarital sex, and women who exhibit promiscuity. We, as the stampede newspaper, believe that slut-shaming can happen anywhere at any point in a women’s life. We see it in schools, the grocery store, social media, everywhere. Studies from alternet.org show slut-shaming actually adds to rape culture. You might’ve heard the saying “oh, she deserved it because of the way she dressed.” Just because a woman wears something you think is “too revealing” does not mean she was asking to be raped. Slut-shaming virtually follows you everywhere you go, do to the fact people spread rumors faster than a wildfire and social media spreads even faster than that. Although this word is becoming more of a problem more women are standing up for themselves, such as Amber Rose’s popular video

Slut-shaming (noun)The act of making someone feel inferior for the way they dress or their sexual behaviors and desired partners

The Walk of No Shame. The video is basically her walk back to her house after a night spent with a guy, and all the people around are congratulating her. The point of the video is to show that women can and should feel empowered to do what they want with their bodies. We are all entilted to our own personal life styles. Some are vegan, some love meat, others like to remain celebate and others like to utilize their sex life. Its no ones business what anyone else does with their lives.Calling someone a slut doesn’t benefit anyone. So why do it?

Taking on a leadership role as a junior in newspaper seems like an intimidating task. However, I stepped up and alternated Editorals with my chief editor at that time.

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Sexual Assault in Colleges Is it Being Handled Appropriately? Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede

Talking about touchy subjects in high school is critical to influence young minds to speak and make proper decisions. These are real issues that real high schoolers deal with.

In 2012 Erica Kinsman accused Florida University’s star freshman quarterback Jameis Winston of rape during her freshman year of college. The Tallahassee police did nothing for 10 months and Winston was never charged by police. However, later DNA collected with a rape kit was proven to match Winston’s DNA. He claimed it was consensual. Florida state attorney Willie Meggs claims, “there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove Winston committed the sexual assault.” Winston’s reputation didn’t suffer any from this event he went on to be the top NFL draft pick of 2015, while the victim Erica Kinsman says she’ll never forget the horrendous act that took place the night of her rape. From 1998 to 2013 Stanford University had 259 reported sexual assaults and 1 expulsion from the 259 assults, reports HighEducation.com. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college. Of all rapes committed, an astonishing 63% of all rapes will go unreported states nsrcv.org. According to Huffington Post, former assistant dean of students at North Carolina University, Melinda Manning spoke up about being pressured to under report cases of sexual assault. Manning was approached by another staff member who told her the number of sexual assault reports were too high and Manning should look over them again. This is just one specific account of a member at a

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school being told to lower the amount of reports. In 2014, 91% of colleges reported no incidents of rape whatsoever according to aauw.org. Not reporting campus sexual assaults is a direct offense to the Clery Act Title IX. The Clery Act is a law stating that all two and four year colleges must report specific details of rapes, stalking, harassment, and sexual threats. In addition to underreporting assaults, it appears that many colleges hand out trivial punishments for these major offenses. For example, one student found guilty of rape was suspended for one semester at Columbia University. At Indiana university one student was suspended over summer vacation. Another student attending Yale was suspended for a day. At the University of Colorado Boulder a student was fined $75, revealed the Odyssey. *Names were not mentioned in the article due to the fact all offenders were minors.* The Stampede Staff agrees that colleges are not taking the appropriate measures to punish those found guilty of rape. We on The Stampede believe that colleges try to cover up such crimes to make the school more appealing to incoming students, and as well to keep donors donating money to the school. Society teaches Don’t Get Raped by using harmful phrases such as “did you lead him on?” “Were you dressed provocatively?” “Were you drunk?” Instead society needs to teach Not To Rape.


Law and Ethics EDITORIAL

Sexual Assault in Colleges Is it Being Handled Appropriately? Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede In 2012 Erica Kinsman accused Florida University’s star freshman quarterback Jameis Winston of rape during her freshman year of college. The Tallahassee police did nothing for 10 months and Winston was never charged by police. However, later DNA collected with a rape kit was proven to match Winston’s DNA. He claimed it was consensual. Florida state attorney Willie Meggs claims, “there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove Winston committed the sexual assault.” Winston’s reputation didn’t suffer any from this event he went on to be the top NFL draft pick of 2015, while the victim Erica Kinsman says she’ll never forget the horrendous act that took place the night of her rape. From 1998 to 2013 Stanford University had 259 reported sexual assaults and 1 expulsion from the 259 assults, reports HighEducation.com. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college. Of all rapes committed, an astonishing 63% of all rapes will go unreported states nsrcv.org. According to Huffington Post, former assistant dean of students at North Carolina University, Melinda Manning spoke up about being pressured to under report cases of sexual assault. Manning was approached by another staff member who told her the number of sexual assault reports were too high and Manning should look over them again. This is just one specific account of a member at a

school being told to lower the amount of reports. In 2014, 91% of colleges reported no incidents of rape whatsoever according to aauw.org. Not reporting campus sexual assaults is a direct offense to the Clery Act Title IX. The Clery Act is a law stating that all two and four year colleges must report specific details of rapes, stalking, harassment, and sexual threats. In addition to underreporting assaults, it appears that many colleges hand out trivial punishments for these major offenses. For example, one student found guilty of rape was suspended for one semester at Columbia University. At Indiana university one student was suspended over summer vacation. Another student attending Yale was suspended for a day. At the University of Colorado Boulder a student was fined $75, revealed the Odyssey. *Names were not mentioned in the article due to the fact all offenders were minors.* The Stampede Staff agrees that colleges are not taking the appropriate measures to punish those found guilty of rape. We on The Stampede believe that colleges try to cover up such crimes to make the school more appealing to incoming students, and as well to keep donors donating money to the school. Society teaches Don’t Get Raped by using harmful phrases such as “did you lead him on?” “Were you dressed provocatively?” “Were you drunk?” Instead society needs to teach Not To Rape.

Seeing issues in modern society, I believe it is my duty as a journalist to talk about important issues and stick up for publication rights.

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Photo Journalism MHS cheer squad poses for a quick picture before the school pep rally


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3 Opinion Stop Your Yaking Yik Yak Online fun or online harm? Holli Ecker Feature Editor holliecker@mccook.neschools.org

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the hottest new app, Yik Yak. A majority of the school has this app, but for those of you who don’t know what Yik Yak is, it’s an app which allows people to anonymously create and view “Yaks” within a 10 mile radius. I think that since everything is anonymous it gives students more of a reason to trash talk others, and that hypothesis has definitely been proven. In the previous weeks I have had friends tell me they’ve been talked about on this app. Most of the time their initials will be used, but here recently people have being saying others full names and trash talking them. Online bullying has always been a problem, but when new apps like this come out I think it helps spread online bullying. Most people will say “oh if you’re being bullied online just turn off your electronics.” It’s not as simple as that because your peers will still see the hurtful things being said about you. I think the creators of Yik Yak should be held responsible for any damage this app may have caused to some. I’m not saying shut down the app completely, but the creators definitely need to have tighter restrictions on what can be said. In all fairness I don’t think any of the high schoolers should have this app, do to the fact before the app is to begin downloading you have to verify you are 18. Sure a little warning won’t stop most from downloading the app, just remember if you do “Yak” make sure what you say isn’t offensive or a lie. People need to learn to not be so selfish, stop thinking about yourselves and think about others for once. The things you say does affect some in a very negative way, if you guys think you’re mature enough to download and app that has an age limit than be mature enough not to trash talk others. To me I think most students look at this app, as a source to get all the latest gossip. Keyword: gossip, meaning everything you read on the app is probably made up. If there is a chance something on there isn’t made up, it’s not really our place to be. People need to learn to stay out of others business.Grow up and stop hiding behind a phone screen.

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You’ve been hacked Internet Privacy Holli Ecker

Feature Editor holliecker@mccook.neschools.org

Have you ever been scrolling through your feed on any social media website and saw a post saying someone has been hacked or getting spam messages and then your account being hacked. How does this happen, if you keep all your information to yourself. Sophomore, Cliff O’Dell says, “internet privacy to me means keeping certain information only to yourself and not sharing it online. Kind of like a secret, you want to keep that secret private. I try to be as safe as possible online, such as when I meet someone new I don’t tell them many personal things about myself. Even if I know the person I won’t share things I’m not comfortable sharing.”

Things that aren’t okay to share no matter what would be things like passwords to accounts, personal information about yourself such as address, cell phone number, etc. Cliff goes on to say, “ I don’t have many social media accounts the only one I notice a lot of “hacks” on is Facebook, but realistically those accounts aren’t really being hacked. I think I protect my information fairly well, but if I had to make any improvement it would be not to be so open about certain personal things. Senior Krissi Blank says, “internet privacy to me means keeping your information private so people you don’t know can’t view it. When I’m online I keep all my accounts private so I

can manage who I’m friends with or who sees my posts or whatever it may be. And I never post anything that gives away too much personal information. For the younger generation I’ve noticed they are more open about their personal life and in my opinion I think they need to learn you can’t tell just anyone, anything about you. Always, always be very cautions on the internet.” Fast facts about being safe online 1. Don’t accept just anyone as your friend 2. Manage your privacy settings 3. Don’t post: phone numbers, addresses, location, hometown, etc 4. Be careful when clicking on links 5. Verify all information

Helpful websites to inform about privacy laws and more general information to protect yourself on the internet. https://www.aclu.org/ technology-and-liberty/ internet-privacy

http://www.usa.gov/ topics/family/privacyprotection/online. shtml


Editing As an editor in chief, I throughly review the staffs monthly writings. I provide editing, constructive critisicm and advice to make a better piece. All the work put into editing is well rewarded when it’s time to print.

News Gathering This piece required extensive research on laws and regulations that go into allowing indivduals to play sports Transgenders in Sports By Holli Ecker

Transgenders have always been included to play their preferred sport as stated in the anti-discriminator y policy in the NCAA handbook. Although this is becoming a bigger topic. To clarify, transgender means you identify as the opposite sex than assigned at birth. The following rules concern college athletes. “A male transitioning to a female(M/F) who is on hormones must properly document the hormone use for at least one year before being granted access to play in the sport, and must continue as long as they are on the team or until transition is completed. The same rule applies to females transitioning to a male(F/M). Once the person begins to play for the preferred team, they may not switch to the opposite gender team or else the team would be classified as a mixed team.” Reports the NCAA. However disregarding high schools and transgenders playing sports, “some states

have policies where the student must first show medical documentation of any hormone use before being allowed to play. Other states simply take the student’s word.” States the National Federation of State High School Association. Concerns arise with letting transgender play their preferred sport such as 1.) stacking the team to win games 2.) unsafe situations to those who aren’t transgender such as rape or other violence. To eliminate the first concern the high school should create a policy stating the student must show consist gender identity and the second concern is more of a bias than anything. Imagine being treated differently because you have green eyes or your height was 5’5. You can’t help that you are those things. Same goes for if you identify as a transgender, it’s just who they are as a person. And if they want to play a sport they should be allowed to of course with appropriate policies

in place. Creating a safe environment for every player. “41% of all transgenders have attempted suicide.” Reports williamsinstitute.law. ucla.edu. Now this isn’t a scientific fact, but it is commonly believed the more events and sports you are involved in the more you become emotionally invested in things making it more difficult to attempt suicide. With this being a common assumption this would lead one to believe if transgenders were not restricted as much in sports during their high school career they may not attempt suicide. One person’s sexual orientation is not the next person’s business in any way shape or form. After all this is the 21st century and we should start including more and more people from all backgrounds, sexual orientation, or race in sports. Sources: ncaa.org nhsf.org williaminstitute.law. ucla.edu


Entrepreneurship I began designing advertisments as a freshman. The ad to the right is an ad that was featured in Mac Attack ads.

News Literacy

It is necessary to use credible sources and avoid bias to publish professional content.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX, BABY Should sex education be taught in school? You’ve probably heard this time and time again, “everyone is doing it”. But just how many high school students are actually doing it? The CDC reports, “in 2013 only 47% of high school students admitted to having sex.” 47% doesn’t seem so high, right? Obviously not everyone is having sex! Out of that percentage, 41% admit to not using a condom. By teaching sex education we would be educating high schoolers on the risks of not using a condom. It seems like common sense to know the risks, but in that moment you could probably care less that not using a condom could cause unwanted pregnancy. Let’s face it your “pull out game” is not that strong. “The United States ranks number one in highest teen pregnancy rates and highest rate for sexual

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transmitted diseases (STDs). In an effort to reduce these stastics the government funds roughly 50 million dollars to abstinence only education in the school system” reports ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Does abstinence only really seem like an effective way to reduce these statistics? The school sytems need to change the way sex is being taught. Clearly teaching abstinence isn’t working. Instead the school sytems need to teach safe sex. It does not have to go as far as showing how to put a condom on a banana like every cliche` high school movie, but we need to educate students about the STDs you can get, pregnancy, or sexual transmitted infection (STI). “Getting pregnant as a teenager comes with so many negatives such as teen pregnancies are more likely to miscarry,

birth a stillborn, or experience other maternal illnesses.” reports plannedparenthood.org So what is proper sex education? Proper sex er a education is to offer program to appropriate ages, teach them how to be firm when saying no, teach them about STDs and STIs, teach them about the various contraception methods, and finally support them emotionally and teach them to be safe. Sex education is by no means promoting sex, but instead teaching about it in a safe understanding environment. However the school is not promoting sex by teaching sex ed. And if the parents of a few students absolutely don’t want their kids to be taught, that then there can be alternatives. Reports in 2014 show teen pregnancy is declining but teen STIs are

higher than ever reports the CDC. It’s time for a change. We need proper sex education. Declining teen pregnancies that’s a step. Now let’s decline the transmition of STDs and STIs. Regardless if sex education is taught teenagers are going to do what they want. So why not give them the option to learn about it in a safe healthy learning environment. No judgment, just help.

Websites to visit for questions or concerns. 1. plannedparenthood.org 2. advocatesforyouth.org 3. sexetc.org

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