Don’t Judge Students by Their Labels

Jacey Hancock
Staff Writer

Just because that girl has purple hair a piercings doesn’t mean she listens to screamo music and hates people. Just because that boy wears glasses and gets straight A’s doesn’t mean he doesn’t go out at night and deal drugs. People label or stereotype each other every day before they even get to know them, which doesn’t make sense. Who are you to say who somebody is when you haven’t even taken the time to get to know them?

Most teenagers don’t even know themselves, so they experiment. If that boy dyes his hair and it doesn’t look good, then he wouldn’t do it again. If that girl cuts her hair into a pixie cut and likes it — and she looks good with it — then it is her style. Teenagers are trying to find what they like and don’t like, and what certain types of things they belong to; for example the long and short hair thing. If they look good wJacey's storyith long hair it is always long. If it’s a short hair deal, it stays short.

If teenagers can’t even find the correct look or feel for ourselves, then how on earth can we say what’s good or bad for other people?

I’m not saying you can’t have opinions because you can, that’s a totally different topic. But if you are rude to someone you don’t know or talk about a person looks are acts without even knowing them then that isn’t okay under any circumstances.

If they hear you it hurts their feelings for one, and two you just gave them a bad image of yourself, and now that person thinks bad of you.

The full solution is: don’t say means things to people. It is hard to keep it in, but it’s better keeping it all inside then starting drama over something you said.

If you are a victim, don’t fire back with another insult. That will make it worse. Just simply walk away or kill them with kindness by smiling and walking away, acting like you don’t care, even if you do care.

Besides, if we at Northrop actually got to know each other beforehand, this would not be a problem.

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