Letter to the Editor: Snow Canyon High is more than just ‘two old posters that were in bad taste’

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OPINION — I have been an English teacher in this district since 1993. I have been at Snow Canyon High School since it opened in 1994.

I have worked for three fine principals whose goal has always been to do all we can to give our students, all of them, the opportunity to learn, acquire necessary skills, become educated in academics, leadership, citizenship and service. We have consistently taught critical thinking, communication and accountability.

The current SCHS administration are solid supporters of these goals and educational purposes. In addition, our administration and faculty care greatly for our diverse and growing student body.

Read more: ‘Longstanding traditions’ disbanded at Snow Canyon High after banners promoting ‘Men’s Week’ posted  (Letter to the editor continues below)

None of us is right all the time, but all of us care and respect the members of our SCHS family and community. I wish our critics could see our students mentor each other, give free time to tutor those needing help in various subjects, empty their pockets and purses during “miracle minutes” at ball games, line up to give blood and stand almost reverently to recite the Pledge of Allegiance ever day.

I wish the news organizations would print the stories of the hundreds of service hours the SCHS National Honor Society gives to build our school and benefit our community. I wish it would run stories of the great concerts, performances, musicals and dramas in which a myriad of our students participate.

Instead of finding two old posters that were in bad taste to publish, why doesn’t it show our halls during Red Ribbon Week, Bully Prevention Week, and our holiday Wish Week.

Where are the stories about our Homecoming Weeks where a diverse group of students are celebrated or stories about the fine sportsmanship of all our athletes?

I suggest instead of generating stories found in different social media sites, come see for yourselves. Find how much kindness is here, how much generosity is consistently proven year after year, how much service is given in time, talent, and plain hard work.

No organization made of mortal humans is or ever will be perfect. However, here at SCHS we keep working, improving, progressing. We are a civil community and a growing family.

I, for one, trust our people to support each of us in our daily activities and in our greatest needs. We have the best of students and the best of faculties, and the most excellent of administrations.

Submitted by COLLEEN OBERHANSLEY, St. George, Utah.

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  • chris keele November 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for drawing attention to the tendency that is exhibited here Ms. Oberhansley, a tendency that is prevalent in this society that has created our media to tend to want to focus on these types of negative expressions of dissension. You will notice in the amount of comments following the article that these types of articles don’t sell newspapers like those that focus on the negative, none the less keep up the good work and don’t become discouraged.

  • Pheo November 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    First off, it was way more than two posters over the years, and you know it.

    Secondly, if you want to be remembered for good things, stop doing bad things that set you apart from the other area high school students, who are also doing all the positive things that high school kids should be doing.

    I know several former and current Snow Canyon students and I think they are great kids. I’m sure that they don’t mean offense. I’m sure that they just want to have some fun and laugh at funny jokes, but it is up to adults like you to help them understand why sexist jokes are a problem.

    • Redbud November 2, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Pheo, you are actually representive of the biggest problem of them all. They were just having a bit of fun, and you are taking this way, way too seriously! You should also be ashamed of yourself for accusing someone of being sexist when you know nothing about them. It’s obvious you are just hell-bent on stiring the pot over nothing. Nothing sexist happened, that is just your fake opinion.

  • Shorm November 2, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for reminding us of all the good that can be found in high schools. It’s so easy to focus on the bad, but we really should be highlighting the good on a regular basis.

  • Skeptic November 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you Mrs. Oberhansley, you are 100% right!. SCHS is the best and has the best students, teachers, and administrators!

  • Redbud November 2, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    All the snowflake parents who also indoctrinate their children to be snowflakes should leave and go to California where they can join like-minded people that live to ruin everyone’s fun, and make everything a crime! What a sad, pathetic existence you all embrace.

    • Mike P November 3, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Geeze Redbud, talk about the pot calling the kettle black! You, yourself should be ashamed for calling everyone in California “snowflakes” when you know NOTHING about them. What a sad, pathetic existence YOU embrace.

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