Two oblivious students round the same corner from opposite directions. Both hunch over their smartphones, texting away furiously without any regard for the outside world. Their footsteps get closer and closer together, the clickity-clacks of their shoes echoing louder and louder on the ceramic tiles. Smash.
In a sports culture widely thought to be full of macho masculinity, several of this school’s girls’ teams are in the midst of dramatic playoff runs. Between the girls’ swim, soccer, volleyball, dance, and cheerleading teams, this fall playoff season is being swarmed with an impressive invasion of black and orange.
As much as we may like to pretend that we live in an isolated, idyllic bubble here at Newton North, teenagers here face the same challenges as adolescents around the country. There is alcohol abuse, drug usage, and excessive tobacco usage. And while the first two are certainly two of the more recognized teen safety issues, the tobacco usage in our school community tends to be blissfully ignored.