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Homecoming Music Conflict between Students and Administration

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Christina Jefferson, Student Life Editor

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The introduction to the song Bodak Yellow came on at Homecoming, and the school cafeteria went wild with excitement.

Within the next 40 seconds, the song was shut off by the DJ, and 24K Magic started to play.

After the first song was shut down, every song that followed that contained explicit language was shut off. For the rest of the night the DJ played majority alternative or instrumental songs.

Students were irritated, especially the seniors whose last homecoming was this year.

“I can’t get jiggy to this,” homecoming king, Justin Bowers, said he thought to himself at the time.

One of the main issues students had with the music selection was that after administration told the DJ what he could not play, he did not adjust well.

“You can’t dance to Beat It for ten minutes,” senior Leila Young said.

When talking to Mr. McQuillan about why the school actually cannot allow it, he explained that there are several reasons. On a school policy level, Virginia code level, and federal law level, the school cannot condone that language to be said.

“The ultimate function of a school is supposed to produce productive citizens that can attribute, and so you’re not going to go into the workplace and yell out the n-word or the f-word,” Mr. Mcquillan said about why the school ethically cannot play the music the student body wanted.

Even though the the student body was critical of the lack of popular music at the dance, no one had any feasible solutions.

In Mrs. Zwirschitz’s leadership class, she prompted her students to think of ways where everyone is happy, a way that the students get their music and administration does not get in trouble.

No one came up with a solution, but some students expressed regret for not knowing the school’s policy on explicit language in the music ahead of time.

“If I would have known that they would’ve stopped playing good music I would’ve stopped singing along,” senior Jade Williams said during the class discussion.

That is what many students said they would want in the future: a warning, something or someone to tell the student body when it has gone too far.

On the survey that SCA put together to allow the student body to list their grievances, seniors expressed their worries over whether this would impact Prom or not.

Although, the student body was disappointed with the music selection for the dance, they have not given up on future dances.

“I still have hope for a good time during future dance events,” senior Grace Hoepfner said.

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