Admin Enforces School Policy

Reese Levine and Katie Hoskins

Since classes began in August, the Miramonte High School administration has actively been enforcing regulations in an effort to uphold the integrity of the school environment.

The administration has suppressed traditional activities for the beginning of the year including Senior Women shirts and the 10 Commandments. This year, students with carpool passes have also been subject to inspection to see if drivers have the year necessary to drive other students to school. The Welcome Back Rally video was also a source of tension for many students as the administration found it inappropriate.

“I don’t think the administration has gotten more strict this year in comparison to past years,” Principal Adam Clark said. “We are just upholding Miramonte’s honor.”

One issue this year that affected the senior class was the design for the senior women’s shirt, which the administration felt was not suited for a school setting. Usually, the designers of the shirt check-in with the administration to make sure their designs are acceptable. But this year the administration received no such updates on the shirt.

“People in the community see the shirts and don’t know who made them, so they assume it’s Miramonte High School,” Clark said. “I was disappointed the senior ladies did not run the idea by me first.”

The administration felt that the shirt presented a sexual innuendo to the student body and community that was inappropriate. Many senior ladies, however, were disappointed that the administration misunderstood their intent.

“Senior women shirts are a tradition and it was upsetting this year when our slogan was deemed inappropriate because it was interpreted as a sexual reference, which was not our intention at all,” an anonymous senior involved in creating the shirt said.

Like last year, the administration also confiscated the 10 Commandments, which were distributed to freshmen by seniors. This list of “rules” contained many sexual innuendos and insults that degraded the freshmen, things which the administration cannot allow at Miramonte.

As part of Miramonte’s push to make the campus greener, many parking spots have been designated for students who carpool to school. Of course, the only students who are legally able to drive multiple students to school are ones who have held their license for at least a year. To get one of these spots, students must submit an application, which in years past has included verifying that the applicant has their year.

However, an error occurred this year and anyone was able to go onto the webstore and buy a pass for carpool spots. Realizing their mistake, the administration had to check the licenses of every student who bought a carpool pass to make sure they had their year.

Although some students saw this as evidence of the administration cracking down, it was just an effort to fix a mistake and ensure Miramonte was abiding by state laws.

Another controversial decision surrounds the video from the rally on Aug. 24. The video, made by senior rally leaders Jamie Howells and Matt Solit, along with other seniors and Miramonte graduates, contained offensive material inappropriate for a school rally setting.

“I hold a meeting with the rally leaders at the beginning of the year to explain the importance of their role,” Clark said. “Their material needs to be appropriate from the youngest freshman, to the seniors, to the oldest members of our community because it represents the whole school.”

Clark said Howells and Solit assured him their video was appropriate at a meeting they had before the school year started. However, Solit believes the administration overreacted following its showing.

“I don’t think what we did was bad enough to justify our being removed as rally leaders,” he said. “People said the rally went really well, that it was the best one in years.”

“I want the seniors to have a good year, keep it respectful, and act like 17 and 18 year olds. This means no hazing or destroying the school. It has been here since 1955 and can’t take that sort of thing,” Clark said.

Clark asserts that although some students believe the administration is being unfair, his policy for discipline and regulation is one based on trust and respect with the student body.

“Our seniors and student body have the least amount of rules and restrictions [in the district],” Clark said. “I feel we have developed a sense of respect. This respect is earned when you behave.”

Despite this reasoning, many seniors still feel they are being treated unfairly by the administration.

“It’s just very unfortunate that during out last year of school, we as seniors will especially feel the harsh repercussions of the administration’s decision to crack down,” senior Taylor Nielson said. “I think that their harsh restrictions regarding dances and limitations on activities will definitely have a negative impact on students’ willingness to participate.”

Looking forward, another senior tradition that could possibly run afoul of school regulations is the senior prank. Some pranks, such as camping out on the lawn, were allowed by the administration, but others, such as throwing water balloons at lowerclassmen, are not tolerated.