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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

  • Cheers to Community Halloween parties and Jeers to Underclassmen at CHS making up their own rules
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  • Cheers...to community Halloween parties   
        Remember back in the day when kids dressed up for Halloween and were let out on their own to gather goodies from the neighborhood? They can still do that, but the safer route that involves the parents or family members are community Halloween parties. They are usually indoors (which is nice on a cold evening) and lots of people gather to make it a big deal. It can be at churches, hospitals, arenas, retirement homes, restaurants or really anywhere. Kids have the opportunity to get candy from different stations, play games, and have fun with other kids their age. This is especially a treat for little ones who haven't started school yet. Not all kids go to a daycare, so having interaction with others their size and age are a good thing.    
        If you have young children or know children who would enjoy a good party, find a gathering in your neighborhood. Not only will you stay warm indoors, but it will save you money on gas from driving up and down streets for trick or treating.
                                                                              – Jess Bengtson
    Jeers...to underclassmen at CHS making up their own rules   
        If enough people begin to violate mandated rules, it should be easy and even natural to assume that punishments will eventually be handed out and that the issue will be taken care of with appropriate administration ruling.    
        Jeers to underclassmen students at Crookston High School who think it's cool or funny to leave campus when it is known and stated that it is an upperclassmen privilege. It is sad that because of the actions of others, the privileges of upperclassmen are screeching to a halt and have the potential to be lost altogether.    
        Everyone starts out at the bottom of the totem pole that is high school – and everyone works their way up. Through this hierarchy, certain privileges are granted to the students that have put in the years, the effort, and the time – the upperclassmen.    
        With a new administration comes new rules; the case is no different at Crookston High School. It's fine that there are new rules and mandates and ideas – that's part of the newfound excitement of receiving new individuals into the building. It's wonderful that the administration is willing to work with upperclassmen to figure out a fair compromise between the cries of unfairness and the desire for regulations.    
    Page 2 of 2 -     It's not okay, however, to walk all over the administration and their "dumb school rules" and then be surprised when privileges that aren't even yours are taken away. It will do nothing but make people upset with you.
                                                  – Torrie Greer, student staff writer
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