By Sydney Miller
Do you think that virginity is a virtue? Do you believe in moral values? These questions are pushed and tossed around by our generation and the answer to this question varies. Some people say if you’ve lost your virginity by a certain age, a young age, you don’t have any moral values.
Vikia Thurman, a junior, says, “I don’t think [students] should lose their virginity so young. They don’t know what [sex] is, and they don’t understand what it means to give themselves to someone.”
Do you agree?
Vikia thinks the correct age for someone to lose their virginity would be 17 years of age. Around that age, she believes, someone is much more “mature” for this situation.
Let’s see what her V.O.I.S.E. Academy classmates said. I took a survey around the school this fall, asking random students – freshmen, sophomores, and juniors – about this “touchy” topic that is very important to our generation.
Too young to have sex
14 yrs-16yrs 10%
Old enough to have sex
Why should cell phones be allowed in school?
By Ramone Simmons
Teenagers use their cell phones like oxygen; they act like they can’t live without them. This generation of high school students doesn’t remember a time when people didn’t use cell phones. It is very normal for today’s teen to carry a cell phone to keep in touch with their family, friends, and, sometimes, even their coaches and teachers. So if cell phones are so important to teenagers’ lives, why is it against school policy to have them?
V.O.I.S.E. Academy students and teachers were surveyed to find out whether or not they believe cell phones should be allowed in school. Here are some of their responses:
- Andrea Tousant says cell phones should be allowed in school because something might happen to you in school.
- “Students need cell phones in case of emergencies,” said Jakia Sykes.
- Monique Robinson said cell phones should be used in school “in case you want to text.”
- Kenya Williamson says, “Students need phones in school JUST BECAUSE.”
- “Students need phones,” said Tieara Gray.
- Justin David says students “just should” have cell phones in school.
- Lamont William said students should have cell phones “in case of emergencies.”
- “If something’s going on with your family, you can’t rely on the school office to use their phone,” said Kadazia Akins.
- Sebastian McKamg says, “It might be an emergency and you need to call you parents.”
- Porchia Wright said students need cell phones “for emergency uses.”
- Shauntalei Brown says students should have cell phones in case of an emergency.
- Latarius Mays said students should have a cell phone “if someone wants to contact you.”
- DeAnthony Shelton was quoted saying that students should use phones “for emergencies because the school doesn’t allow you use their phone.”
- Diamond Johnson says, “When students get a break, they should be allowed to use their phones.”
- Students should use cell phones “for emergency uses,” said Keshon Greaves
- Ms. Smith, a junior English teacher, said, “Cell phones shouldn’t be allowed in school.”
- Ms. McEwen, the Special Education Case Manager and junior English teacher, said, “Cell phones aren’t needed in school.”
- “Cell phones are a huge distraction to students. They shouldn’t be allowed in school,” Ms. Ward, a junior social studies teacher, said.
Overall, it seems that most students believe that cell phones should be allowed in school in case of emergencies, but teachers believe that cell phones are a distraction. So what is more important for students while they’re in school, addressing an emergency or solely focusing on their academics?