December 22, 2014

Thoroughly disgusted

By Sherry Barnum
Staff Writer | reporter3@ogemawherald.com
Posted 2/28/12

How many times have you gone to a movie or performance and had to put up with people talking, checking their phones or just being obnoxious the entire time?

A lot?

Chances are, people have enough respect to turn their phones off or stop talking as soon as the show starts.

Recently, I attended an Iosco Pride performance at a local high school where even after the show started there was still loud chattering among the crowd.

For those who may not know what Iosco Pride is exactly, it is a group of high school students who go around performing skits and dances that deliver messages about making drug- and violence-free choices.

Now I don’t know why the administration didn’t introduce the group or set ground rules before the performance, but come on, the kids in the audience were in high school and were acting like they were in grade school.

That's the type of behavior I would expect from a much younger student who didn’t know any better.

Needless to say, I was embarrassed, and the school should be too.

Here we have a group of high school students performing in front of their peers, and here’s the audience taking a serious message and turning it into a joke.

Do those kids in the audience know how much courage it takes for Pride members to get up on stage and perform in front of them?

Probably not, because they are so self absorbed that they’re thinking, “Something that tragic may never happen to me.”

Now, I’m not picking on this one school, because I am sure there are other audiences that have acted like fools while the team was performing as well, but this was the one I was in attendance at and took notice.

I would like to see anyone have the courage to get up on stage and perform in front of their classmates the skits and dances that the team did. It probably wouldn’t happen because they are too scared to be ridiculed and afraid of looking stupid.

What are we teaching our youth today?

Where is the discipline?

Better yet, where is the respect?

On a high note, I thought the team did a great job and the few students from Whittemore-Prescott who are on the team were awesome. (Chase, Amanda and Lindsey, you guys did awesome and should be proud of yourselves!)

Next time, if there is a next time, I would hope that school would represent themselves in a more respectful manner and the administration would step up and corral those students acting irresponsibly.

And for those of you who were respectful and well behaved, there’s your lesson on how crowds work. It stinks, but if you are in the crowd and don’t take action to stop the rudeness, you become a part of it.

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