It’s the first major dance of the year, Castro Valley High School’s annual Winterball. You wait in line with your friends, eager to get inside the cafeteria, and, subsequently, the dance floor. A few minutes later, your bags and coats are checked in and you’re ready to hit the gym for a few hours of mindless dancing. But what’s this? As you and your friends make your way to the center of the gym, you notice something strange. The closer you get to the center, the more people you see grinding against each other. “What could this phenomenon be?” you wonder as you back off, suitably embarrassed from such an awkward situation.
This is just one example of the freaking problem present at our school dances. At the moment, the administration is using a wristband system to try and counter such behavior. However, several new ideas were proposed to stop the problem, and if adopted, will begin taking effect starting next year. These punishments include a holding tank of sorts, where students would be led and given a talk by administration. The other possibility is just simply out kicking the offenders from the dance itself entirely. Though these methods may seem harsh, perhaps a bit of a heavy-handed approach is useful at times.
We at The Olympian believe that the best possible approach to the problem of freaking would be to remove the students in question from the dance, though there is a bit of debate on additional consequences. Some of the group wanted the offender(s) to be barred from the next dance as well, while the rest thought that removing the student from the dance was a bad enough punishment as it was.
We believe that this was the best choice because, though it is undoubtedly harsh as a punishment, a deliberately harsh consequence may discourage others from acting in the same way. Considering the fact that we were all warned about the consequences of freaking, we think that if there were people still willing to break these rules, they’ve already had their chance and shouldn’t be given just a warning.
The other ideas, such as the holding area and the wristbands are definitely good, but they would not be as effective as the more harsh punishment of immediate removal from the dance, which we feel would be the best choice. The other “consequences” aren’t exactly bad enough to discourage people from continuing their behavior.
In the end, we at The Olympian take a very serious stand on the issue of freaking. If students aren’t going to listen to the rules of the administration, then we shouldn’t give them the luxury of having a warning before punishment.