||[Apr. 29th, 2005|09:49 pm]
If you went to St. John's today you've probably seen the presentation It's My Life! today. I can honestly say I was dissapointed but I at least I got out of half of 8th period and 9th period.
SJB (St. John the Bapist) has a reputation of being a pothead school and if you want to convice kids there not to do drugs, you better do a damn good job lol.
On weed day (every April 20th) a dog came to my school and the entire school had to stay inside 3rd period for an hour and a half because the dog was sniffing the locking checking for illegal stuff.
I heard that so many kids were so scared that they were going to get expelled because plenty of people have weed in their lockers. From what I heard some people were crying because they were afraid of getting in trouble. After we left the unusually extended 3rd period, this kid said "That's one stupid dog" because rumors have it that the dog found nothing.
I hope that the dog checked EVERY damn locker and not just a chosen few because that's just cruel and discrimatory, especially when the person is NOT GUILITY.
Last year, in 9th grade there was this girl practically in tears because one of her best friend's locker was investigated. She kept saying "I know he doesn't do drugs, just because he looks like he does, doesn't mean that he is." and was pissed at all the people who spread rumors about her friends. Rumors are such bullshit, they practically ruin everything and the people of the admistration are assholes for listening to vicious rumors like that.
I think that nobody should believe in anything until you actually see it for yourself. Be skeptical about everything you hear because if you don't question anything, false ideas and events will be known as the truth when it really isn't.
I have a feeling that the dog only sniffed through a few lockers because if it looked at every single one, half the damn school would get expelled. I recently learned that there is a guy in my school who doesn't only sell pot, but he grows it in his backyard! This guy didn't get caught by his parents yet? Yeah, it's pretty funny though, that sounds rude of me but who cares? It's not like weed is a real drug anyway...
It's not like the PA system is going to announce who's a pothead but stuff like this spreads around the student body like wildfire, so you're gonna know anyway. Well, I didn't know of anyone who got in trouble.
There was a guy who said that the dog was sniffing for bombs because of a bomb threat at the school. If there was a bomb threat then why didn't we leave the school and stand outside? There were like 5 bomb threats a year back in my old school at Amityville, whenever there was a bomb threat, the entire school would stand outside for half the day until whoever did did it got caught.
There was a presenter for It's My Life and my peers thought he was "stupid cheesy-ass faggot" as mean as that sounds. I would never say or think anything like that but those four words sum up every rude thing my classmates said about the guy.
I think that he was nice and meant well but he fell short of being a good presenter and actually relating to us teens. He kept laughing to himself and saying how silly he is. Well, if you think you're an idoit, everyone is going to treat you that way. That's what Mr. Dunbar said a couple of times and this guy proves him right. He tried to crack a couple of jokes which I don't even remember, that's how lame it was. Then he talked about how the video applies to everyone and not just people who are on drugs or getting pressured to do so. Well, 80% of the video was "don't do drugs" so it didn't apply to me at all.
I'll admit that I liked the music soundtrack for the video though, whoever picked out the music worked very hard at doing it and analyzed the music very well. The music was stuff that most teens like so therefore the video appealed to me in that sense. I also liked the cinematography and special affects they had, that was VERY well done. It was flashy (in a good way), cool and fast paced.
I liked the way it was produced but I just hated the way the message was sent. It didn't scare anyone out of doing drugs. It didn't show how anyone actually suffered from it, like the actual physical and mental affects of it. If you want to watch something that will scare somebody out of doing drugs watch TRAINSPOTTING. Trainspotting is a movie about a couple of guys in the drug culture who want to quit using heroin. The movie is Scottish, so therefore you might have a hard time understanding the thick accents but you don't need to understand much dialogue of this movie for it to impact you.
Also, I wish It's My Life would scare people out of thinking about drugs like the presenter Pam Stenzel scared the shit out of me when I saw the sex talk video with her presenting. Wow, I almost considered going celebate because of that crazy, overzealous bitch in the video. It's as if opening your legs will automatically give you herpes and pregnancy according to that lady.
It's My Life just said "Don't do drugs because you'll never achieve anything and you're parents will be disappointed. That's not good enough for some kids. They'll use rock stars as role models for people who do drugs and still make it in life and most teens are so pissed at their parents that they don't give a damn. They'd hide their stash from their parents to avoid being shouted at though.
Some people might say "What about that washed up lady, who became a drug addict and got arrested 12 times?"
Well, the video didn't show her actually suffering from her addiction. She wasn't shaking from withdrawal or constantly sweating or basically appearing as if she is about to burst out "Must have drugs, NOW!" in a fit as if she's insane.
All it did was show her, looking miserable and saying "I regret doing drugs". She looked unkempt too but sober people can look unkempt too. The people who you'd least expect to do drugs, are actually on drugs. People are ignorant of that all the time. Kids are going to think "I don't look or act like her, I have nothing to worry about."
There was one message in the video that I really liked. To sum it up it said "Be yourself and don't let friends dictate your life and your ambitions because only the future matters. As soon as you leave High School, your reputation won't matter." Some kids are called losers for taking their passions too seriously. If you're too passionate about something you're considered geeky, a nerd, a suck up or teacher's pet. That is true about some people though (I'll elaborate more on another journal entry) but for the majority who have goals we just want to achieve them.
Teens encourage each other to be apathetic because they're jealous of anyone who achieves more than they do in any area. The older you get, the more compeitive things are going to get and teens get upset over anyone who appears to be doing better in life than they are. If apathy is encouraged that means that no one will be ambitious or at least be meek and secretive about it. This is what a compeititive, capitalist society does to us, no I'm not against capitalism but it has it's flaws like communism and socialism.
Everyone aspires to be rich and famous at some point of their lives, some teens still have the illusion they'll be famous and rich someday and as soon as they grow up they think "That's it? That's all my life means to anyone?" because they realize that fame is extremely rare for a person to have.
There was one thing I really hated. Most of the teens in the video who were supposed to inspire us were athletes aka jocks. I have nothing against athletics but that video only appealed to people who were into that football/cheerleading/homecoming stuff. That stuff is decent but there is more to my life that that stuff, at times it can even become superficial. They kept saying "This jock got an disease but that didn't let him down! He was determined to play next season, no matter what the cost."
What about the artists? The writers? The musicians? The people who aren't athletically superior but still go through great lengths and overcome difficulties to achieve.
Outside of athletics they briefly mention Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony but that's about it. Of course they'll briefly mention them, they're adults but the sad thing is that they never mention teens who aren't throwing around a softball or football.
I know that someone will say, "What about those kids who said they wanted to be teachers?" Well, they just talked about ambition, responsibility and hard work. They didn't even focus on those kids individually, they were all lumped to together in a rush to mention somebody other than jocks. I DON'T hate jocks but they're not anymore important than anybody else.
I agree with the general points or messages the video tries to make, like obeying your parents so you'll have less trouble at home or that responsibility will benefit you in the long run and it's just not there to restrict you.
Well, enough of my ranting. This is probably the longest journal I've written so far. Yep, I'm writing this journal while a kid in my school is probably sneaking out of her house and gettin' high on drugs, and she's think "Damn, that video just wanted me to do more drugs."
On a side note: Why is weed day on the same date as Hitler's birthday? That is just stupid, but whatever Hitler is an asshole and deserves to have something like "weed day" held on his birthday.