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I Started My High School Diary the Week Katrina Hit New Orleans

I was 16 years old, a senior in high school, when Katrina devastated New Orleans. Like most teens my age, my biggest concern was what I was wearing to the weekend football game, or who was going to be my prom date. Who knew that when I left my home Saturday afternoon for what I considered a pretty standard hurricane… » 8/29/15 1:30pm Saturday 1:30pm

When I Tried to Talk to My Prep School About Rape Culture, They Wouldn't Listen

The first time I found myself in trouble at prep school, cross-legged in the office of the Exeter Dean of Residential Life, it wasn’t because of plagiarism or a drug bust or the “illegal visitation” of being caught in a boy’s dorm room during the wrong hours. It was because I’d written an op-ed for the Exonian » 8/21/15 2:00pm 8/21/15 2:00pm

What High School Dress Codes Teach Our Daughters

“Stand up straight,” I tell my daughter, for the tenth time in an hour. I notice when she rolls her eyes. By the time she’s staring straight ahead again, I have seen myself reflected entirely in her behavior at her exact age of 14. I’ve heard the echoes of my mother instructing me to stop slouching, to stand up… » 6/16/15 1:50pm 6/16/15 1:50pm

Students Called 'Trash Collators of Tomorrow' in High School Yearbook

Just days after graduation, a yearbook at Berkeley High School in California has been recalled due to the discovery of a passage that refers to some students as “trash collators of tomorrow.” The Washington Post reports the line in question refers to students in the Academy of Medicine and Public Service - “a college… » 6/08/15 11:30am 6/08/15 11:30am

High School Outs Teen, Strips Him of Valedictorian Title for Being Gay

If you’ve ever sat through a valedictorian’s speech (in high school or college), you know that while their five minutes is supposed to be spent discussing things like “the future,” the speeches are also generally fairly personal. At Twin Peaks high school in Colorado, however, a teen was barred from speaking at… » 6/01/15 6:10pm 6/01/15 6:10pm

Principal Makes Racist Comment, Claims 'The Devil Was In My Mouth'

Last week, a high school graduation ceremony in Stone Mountain, GA ended prematurely after the valedictorian’s speech was accidentally skipped. As people began heading to their cars, Nancy Gordeuk, the school’s principal, approached the podium and attempted to keep them inside. “You people are bein’ so rude to not… » 5/12/15 2:30pm 5/12/15 2:30pm

This Infamous 2010 'Douche Bag' Manual Ruled a Connecticut High School

Today, somebody sent an angel to our inbox: a once-infamous pick up artistry manual that made the rounds in one very special-sounding Connecticut high school several years back. But could teens in a Connecticut high school possibly know about sex? you might be asking yourself. The answer, both now and throughout the… » 5/05/15 9:10am 5/05/15 9:10am

Townspeople Irritated Teen Girls Weren't Punished for Nude Photo Leak

Eight high school boys in Liberty, Missouri have been suspended for sharing nude photos of their female classmates on Instagram, Twitter, and in text messages. The 16 girls pictured in the photos weren’t suspended, just “verbally reprimanded,” according to Liberty Public Schools. This is becoming a huge controversy on… » 4/27/15 5:10pm 4/27/15 5:10pm

Your Most Embarrassing Moment at a Middle or High School Dance

As a rule, middle and high school are the most embarrassing times of a person’s life and school dances are where we experience the worst of it. Not only are we expected to move our awkward growing bodies in a way that’s deemed acceptable and graceful by other humans, but we’re also risking awkward boners, romantic… » 4/10/15 8:40pm 4/10/15 8:40pm

Oklahoma's Horrid Legislature Targets History Classes Instead of Rape

The Oklahoma State Legislature is taking aim this session at the most serious issue plaguing the state: AP U.S. history, which is too "negative" and "leftist." They've been so busy with that, though, that it looks they're not going to get around to passing a couple other laws—ones that would have protected LGBT… » 2/23/15 2:10pm 2/23/15 2:10pm

All Girls' High School Retouches Photos to Make Students Look Thinner

Taking their cues from Vogue and Paper, an all-girls high school retouched ID photos to make sure that their student body was looking fly as hell when flashing their papers for discount movie tickets and ice creams. But not everyone is happy with the extreme measures the school took to make their students look bammin'… » 1/09/15 10:50am 1/09/15 10:50am

Images of Teenage Rape Victim Reportedly Shared at New Mexico School

This story is getting to be disturbingly familiar: a widely-shared social media post in Albuquerque, New Mexico claims that a 15-year-old girl, a student at Valley High School, was raped at a party in early November by at least two men. Some versions of the post include what the original poster says is a still frame… » 12/17/14 2:50pm 12/17/14 2:50pm

Alex from Target Is Not as Hot as My High School Crush Brian

Alex from Target—hot or not hot? Ellen says he's hot. The New York Times says he's hot. We are not saying whether or not he's hot because he is a SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD child and we are adults and also because we haven't decided yet. One thing that's for sure, though: he is not as hot as my high school crush Brian. » 11/14/14 5:30pm 11/14/14 5:30pm