Good Words and Bad Words, Good Reactions and Bad Reactions
Charlie Greenwald, Staff Writer
May 11, 2012 • 41 views
Filed under Features
Staples students swear in school. It’s inevitable—but whether or not they get caught in the classroom is a different topic.
Most teachers follow the rule of not swearing—being mature adults and role models, they usually refrain from any sort of cursing. Students, however, use curse words much more in their day-to-day vernacular, and are therefore subject to possible embarrassment and/or punishment.
“I swear in school,” said Scotty Peterson ’12. “It’s just a habit. My teachers are usually cool about it unless I say it loudly—then they get mad.”
Some students, unlike Peterson, hold back on any sort of cussing.
“I respect teachers so I try and not curse,” said Mikell Washington ’12.
Whether or not students swear is often determined by the reaction their teachers have to it. Some teachers might be lenient, while others might be stricter.
“Some teachers recognize that we’re mini-adults so they don’t care, but there are some who do,” said Jordan Olson ’12. “The ones who do are usually very rude about it.”
Teachers who come down harder on students have their reasons, some of which being that the student intended to disrespect the teacher or the learning environment. However, many students claim that whenever they swear, it’s almost always accidental.
“I’ve sworn a couple of times when I forgot teachers were in the room,” said Cameron Meyer ’14. “I never do if I know the teacher is there.”
It’s permissible that students are allowed to speak the way they would like to their friends, but should show some decorum inside the classroom. The rapport between students and teachers should be professional and, in turn, formal.
Students at Staples often aim to respect the teachers.
“You have to respect the teachers, because they have too much swag,” said Washington.