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Too much PDA

May 22, 2010
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

Walking down the hallways at Marshall High School, students frequently encounter posters advertising activities, see science projects hanging in the hallways, and must tolerate the inescapable PDA taking place.

PDA, for all of you who are unfamiliar with this acronym, stands for Public Displays of Affection. It can include a range of activities, everything from holding hands to groping.

And according to a survey recently conducted at Marshall High School, 70 percent of students responded that they felt there was too much PDA taking place at the high school.

While it is only natural to express romantic feelings through physical actions (especially for us hormone-driven teenagers), when they occur in a school setting, other students report feeling uncomfortable or unable to concentrate on their work.

However, these actions are not technically banned by current policies at MHS; students are rather advised to "refrain from displaying physical signs of affection in the school and on the school grounds," with no consequences listed in our student handbook for even repeat offenders.

Students shouldn't have to tolerate their fellow students making out against a wall before class, nibbling each others' earlobes before lunch, or clotting up the hallways by walking s-l-o-w-l-y with fingers entwined.

Marshall High School needs to reform their policy concerning PDA, and crack down on couples who insist upon continuing their inappropriate behavior.

Allison VanDenBroeke

Todd Hennen

Heidi Henkelman

Jennifer Schwieger

Christina Pollock

Kelsey Deragisch

Marshall High School



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