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ABC: Easy as R-E-S-P-E-C-T
We want to be treated like adults, but some aren't willing to give the same respect back toward teachers. Nothing upsets me more than students disrespecting the very people that want to see them succeed.

By Gigi DeWeese, FHS Press, Freedom Area High School, Freedom, PA - 2/26/13

Middle East Protests Have Gone Too Far
Many Muslims, though they were offended, did not go out and burn houses, cars, religious places or even threaten to behead the director of the film. Instead, they moved on with their lives.

By Staff Editorial, A Blast, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA - 10/9/12

Straight Girl Stands Up for Gays
I see more people who are interested in members of the same sex, including a few of my mom's friends. These friends are some of the nicest people I've ever known, so it is clear to me that there is nothing 'bad' about being gay.

By Kelly Col?n, YC Teen, , New York, NY - 10/6/12

Affirmative Action: An Exhausted Attempt to Reform
While the usefulness of Affirmative Action can be argued, I believe Affirmative Action has lived past its prime. It may have been understandable into the early 80s, but since then the U.S. has progressed considerably in its acceptance of other races and ethnicities.

By Lauren Branigan, Mindscapes, Goshen Central High School, Goshen, NY - 2/13/12

The Civil Rights Tug-of-War
It seems to be reminiscent of past decades, when African Americans were oppressed simply because of the color of their skin. It is interesting how our country claims to be 'One Nation under God,' yet our religious institutions are leading the masses to hate anyone who does not follow their way of living.

By Bridgette Gamble, The Knight Times Online , John I. Leonard High School, Lake Worth, FL - 1/12/12

Passage of Dream Act Positive for Everyone
Many teens who are children of undocumented parents are high achievers ... higher than many students who are U.S. citizens. Passing the DREAM Act means we will have a smarter society, with more minds that can contribute new ideas and cures.

By Yeimy Ojeda, The Saga, West High School, Bakersfield, CA - 12/15/11

Why I'll Never Be an Abuser
I come from a community with a lot of domestic violence. Seeing all this violence makes some kids think that it is normal in relationships, but I don't think things should be that way.

By Steven Hernandez , Represent, Youth Communication, New York, NY - 12/5/11

'Smut Pages' Create Survivors
If people would think about the effects of what they write before they post, maybe things would not get so reckless and out of hand. Everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but you still have to be responsible and compassionate toward others.

By Destiny Smith, YCteen, Youth Communication, New York, NY - 12/5/11

I'm Both Arab and American
Right after the attack on the Twin Towers, my school decided to allow students to express their feelings and views about the tragedy. Little did anyone know that the quiet student who was sitting by herself in the corner of the room happened to be an Arab and was listening to all of their insults, hatred and anger.

By Rana Sino, Represent, Youth Communication, New York, NY - 11/20/11

Law Unfairly Singles Out Gay Historical Figures
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law requiring California history teachers to add information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to their lesson plans, as well as that of disabled people and members of different cultural groups.

By Adrianna Owens, Stagg Line, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Stockton, CA - 11/2/11

How Can Schools Be More Accepting of Gay Students?
The LA Youth teen writers say schools, teachers and students all need to do their part. Read what the students they interviewed have to say.

By LA Youth Staff , LA Youth, , Los Angeles, CA - 10/31/11

Emancipation for the Modern Age
There are 27 million working slaves around the globe today. They're people forced to work with little or no pay, harvesting the raw materials that go into products sold in America.

By Meg Cales, Ro-Hi-Ti, Ross High School, Hamilton, OH - 10/5/11

Government Finally Rights A Wrong
The military has denied able-bodied men and women wanting to serve their country simply because of their sexual orientation. It's stupid for our military to deny any kind of help when we have been fighting the same war for the past 10 years.

By Sydnie Holzfaster, The Tank, Cameron High School, Cameron, MO - 10/3/11

Harassment in the Workplace
A recent study done at the University of Southern Maine revealed that at least one in four teens are harassed at their part-time jobs.

By Bailey Wyatt, The Catalyst, Temple High School, Temple, TX - 4/20/11

School Redefines Sexual Harrassment
The new definition for sexual harassment is: 'Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which can include unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature'.

By Kamisha Henderson, The MHS Mirror, Mattoon High School, Mattoon, IL - 4/11/11

Report Says Hate Groups Will Continue to Thrive
With the growing racial and economic tensions evident in a Southern Poverty Law Center report, hate groups will continue to thrive, but maybe someday people can answer Rodney King's famous question, 'Can't we all just get along?'

By Alex Devine, Athens Oracle, Athens Drive High School, Raleigh, NC - 3/14/11

Islamophobia: America In Fear
At first, the enemy was clearly the jihadists who killed nearly 3,000 Americans. But as time progressed, our perceived foe shifted from a small number of Islamic 'extremists' to the Islamic faith as a whole.

By Deonta Wortham, Trailblazer, Carson High School, Carson, CA - 2/8/11

Stop Hating
Think of who you are. How do people define you? How do you define yourself? Now what if someone hated you for all of that?

By Lisa Segarra, Bear Facts, Bergenfield High School, Bergenfield, NJ - 2/4/11

Denying Gay Marriage is Discrimination
Our country was built on the idea of equal treatment for both the majority and minority. The prohibition of same sex marriage is in direct violation of this ideal.

By Emily Gould, Flipside, Charleston Catholic High School, Charleston, WV - 2/4/11

Fight the Right? Constitution Doesn't Protect Hate Speech
How can something that offends American ideas and society, as well as our history, be protected by the First Amendment? Although the First Amendment guarantees us free speech, that doesn't mean we can say anything we want. We can't yell fire in a crowded theater; we can't invade an individual's privacy; we can't reveal national secrets. But the more hateful the speech, the more protection it receives under the First Amendment.

By Natalie Rubinchik, Argus, Midwood High School at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY - 11/23/10

Taking a Closer Look at Diversity
Difference in interests, difference in ideas, and difference in background are what define a person. Also, a person's field of experience - the challenges they have overcome - defines a person.

By Olivia Berci, The Fourth Estate, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, CA - 11/16/10

America's Altered Point of View after 9/11
The Muslim religion has become the target of prejudice and slander because much of the American population is in the dark about the priorities the Islamic religion place on peace and love.

By Arabella Watters, The Fourth Estate, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, CA - 11/16/10

Don't Ask Don't Tell Hangs On By a Thread
Any form of discrimination among U.S. citizens is wrong. It is true that the military is a unique organization, but it is also true that saying 'I'm gay' does not change your tolerance to the high demands of the military.

By Jacob Brewer, Eagle View, Bellbrook High School, Bellbrook, OH - 9/23/10

Don't Underestimate Power of Cruel Words
Don't say truly mean-spirited things about people that you may end up regretting. A friendship, a relationship and a reputation all take a lifetime to build - and mere seconds to destroy.

By Lindsey Todd, Reality, The Intelligencer, , Holland, PA - 9/23/10

A New Club Advocating Human Rights is Underway
Amnesty International is a worldwide organization that campaigns for human rights to be recognized internationally. The Topeka West chapter is being started in the next few weeks.

By Helen Sheng, Campus View, Topeka West High School, Topeka, KS - 9/17/10

Controversy Over Ground Zero Mosque
In a country where citizens are given the freedom of religion those wishing to peacefully practice their religion should be able to and if followers want to build a place of worship they should be able to proceed.

By Shilpa Amalkanti, The Flash, Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA - 9/2/10

Politics Proves to be More Important than Prom
Recently, multiple states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage, proving that the gay community is becoming more accepted in society. However, gays still find themselves discriminated against and unrecognized by various organizations.

By Casey Fabris, The Falcon Flyer, Briar Woods High School, Ashburn, VA - 4/12/10

Hate Group Countered by Mob of Exuberant Youth
Granby High was a pit stop on the schedule of the Westboro Baptist Church, a traveling hate group that parades as a Christian organization.

By Dana Carlson, The Spectator, Granby High School, Norfolk, VA - 3/17/10

Racial Discrimination Was Banned in 1954; Gays Deserve Rights, Too
The plight of the gay person is the civil rights movement of the 21st century and in many ways resembles African-American struggles to end discrimination throughout much of AmericaOs history.

By Connor Jordan, Arapahoe Herald, Arapahoe High School, Centennial, CO - 3/9/10

Historic Racial Issues Affect New Orleans Schools
From segregation to 'white flight,' race is deeply rooted in the history of the New Orleans area.

By Bridget Rogers, Irish Eyes, Grace King High School, Metarie, LA - 3/3/10

Exchange Rates Don't Affect the Value of Other Cultures
Although America is a large country and is only bordered by two countries, we still have opportunities to learn about other cultures and countries. Opportunities are there, we just have to take the time to learn about our fellow men that live elsewhere in the world.

By Jared Vanhille, The Danegeld, Viewmont High School, Bountiful, UT - 2/8/10

Gay Teens Face Difficulties, But Often Find Acceptance at FHS
Feeling like you don't fit in is almost a rite of passage for teens in high school. If you stand out from the crowd in any way - your skin color, religion, social class, or even something as simple as your taste in clothing - high school can be a rough time.

By Matt Metzler, The Flyer, Fairmont High School, Kettering, OH - 2/5/10

Revealing the History Behind Interracial Relationships
Despite a few people's disagreement with interracial couples, more people are willing to accept them.

By Angellic Ross, The King's Page, Rufus King IB High Schoo, Milwaukee, WI - 2/2/10

Students Fight Discrimination at Texas School
It Gets Better.' That's the message that people all across the nation are spreading to encourage the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth of today and let them know that life does get better.

By Harold Moon, Raider's Digest, Southwest High School, Fort Worth, TX - 1/22/10

Admitted Bullies Say They See Nothing Wrong
Varying from person to person, reasons why people feel compelled to bully another range from pure boredom to negative familial upbringings.

By Nneka Waturuocha, Kerronicle, Kerr High School, Houston, TX - 12/23/09

Muslims Misunderstood
Due to terrorist acts attributed to a few Muslims in recent years, many generalizations are made about the religion and its members.

By Tiara Barry, Jazmen Ryals and Tyanna Hughes, The Student Voice, University Academy Charter High School, Jersey City, NJ - 12/22/09

Prejudice Affects Everybody
While Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in the country, many students don't know much about racial and ethnic groups outside their own, and often have stereotypes about them.

By Tyanna Hughes, The Student Voice, University Academy Charter High School, Jersey City, NJ - 12/22/09

Being Judgmental of Others Has Root in Self Perfectionism
As teenagers, we are judged constantly - about the clothes we wear, the things we say and even if we have done enough, well enough, to get into college. But how often is this judgment reflected back on others?

By Dale Bond, Voices, Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, Norristown , PA - 12/22/09

What is PDA?
Students openly express themselves and their relationships by demonstrating public displays of affection (PDA). Some students don't mind and don't even notice these actions but others are disgusted that their classmates would portray themselves in such a manner.

By Michael Miranda, Igaramkin, Dimond High School, Anchorage, AK - 12/11/09