Widening the Divide
Two years ago, we ventured forth into this new place called Liberty North. Ever since, we have had a roller coaster ride of events and emotions for the entire school in it’s own respect. Part of that ride has been the separation from our former classmates at Liberty High School, from which whom we used to bond with so well. In cases, we still do remain contact and sustain what we once had. On the flip side, the divide that separates us physically has started to make us bitter at each other.
Last night, January 19, Liberty High School’s Men’s Basketball fought their way to the 5th place in the 41st Annual C.W. Stessman tournament. After their game, North took the court to fight for their spot in the championship game. Upon the victory, the “twittersphere” of Liberty North exploded with hateful comments toward Liberty High School, in response to the former high schools’ student section cheering against the Eagles. This is not the only example of the rivalry that brews. Upon many an occasion, students have been heard to say things such as “They have this, why can’t we?” and “Oh, they may have they money, but we have the talent.”
The school district has done what they have to do for space and class sizes, as well as making a fair attempt to make the school environment as equal as possible between the two buildings. They have done their job, now why can’t we? We must rise up and support each other as a community, not destroy each other because of envy or over boasting pride. When it come time to take each other, let there be a time to be rivals. Let us retain civility and not quarrel over things that will fade to memories. We want these memories to be the ones we cherish, not the ones tainted by the scar of a bad reaction of people who live a few streets away.
This isn’t a call to point fingers at one side, for both sides are guilty of the same crime. We must reconcile ourselves, and set a precedent that future classes will follow, as well as leading the way for everyone to follow now. A wise man once told us, “Do unto others as you wish to be treated.”