Protest Letter to The Cats Eye

November 20, 2003

To whom it may concern:

In response to the articles published in the November issue of “The Cat’s Eye”,

I am writing to voice my disgust towards the foul prejudice that was represented in Sex on T.V. and Clothing Weight Limit. The opinion section was littered with offensive accusations against homosexuality and non- “anorexic air-brushed-to-perfection models”. Although I am not a homosexual, nor am I personally offended by the idea which is the basis of Clothing Weight Limit, I am appalled at the nature of the articles.

In 1974 the Supreme Court ruled that it was a violation of civil liberties to discriminate on any grounds. Realizing that the article only represents one student’s opinion, I take offense that the Principal, Mrs. Asay, would allow such articles to be published in a school sponsored newspaper.

How can openly homosexual people or “in-the-closet” homosexuals feel comfortable in their learning environment when the school administration allows an open display of prejudice? The same could be asked of the young female teens who are desperately seeking to fit in to society’s standard of beauty. Who determines what is acceptable and “normal”? The student body? The administration? NO! However, obliviously that is contrary to the opinion of the “Cat’s Eye” sponsors.

Most students have established their morals and are able to develop opinions on various issues concerning them, and they are aware of their right to voice those opinions. But when the government drew the line between where religion and school are separated, they should have redefined other trouble areas. When a student’s right to discuss and voice their own opinion on non- school related topics infringes on the rights of other students, it becomes a problem. Is there a solution? Absolutely, offensive and more specifically external issues which are known to be controversial have no place being discussed for entertainment value in school. It is understandable if these types of things are discussed for educational value.

Perhaps this issue would not be so alarming if it had taken place outside of school. Not to open another can of worms, but it is imperative that students feel safe and comfortable in order to reach their full scholastic potential. Especially true in other public schools that do not have the same amount of parental and community support, for many students their school is a safe haven from problems they face in the real world. I do not expect that everyone have ample pity for some students who may or may not face hard-knocks, but I would expect that they be sensitive to the message that they are sending to all students.

High school in particular is a hard time for many, so why make it worse by supporting any sort of negativity. I am not trying to promote a fantasy atmosphere based on peace and love, but why can’t the issues which have nothing to do with school stay outside the school walls. I don’t expect everyone to get along all the time, nor do I expect that people wouldn’t have differences, but I do expect that there would be regulations put on potentially offensive material and what is considered a school- appropriate opinion.

I do not fault the writers for merely expressing their opinions as they are entitled to them. I also maintain respect for the administration because let’s face it, we all make bad choices sometimes. Please do not take this as a act of hostility towards Aledo High or it’s staff, rather another student making an opinionated statement on the controversy created by these articles.


C/o: 2004