WRITTEN BY: MARA IOTT
COVER PHOTO COURTESY: WIX
“All kids from Lumen do drugs.”
“Western is the definition of white privilege.”
“J-high is so ghetto.”
You will hear these things when walking down the halls of any Jackson county high school. Almost everyone participates in stereotyping schools based solely on rumors, demographics, or a few people they know.
Each school has their own label, and students have similar ideas of what each of them are.
“Lumen seems to think they’re better than us and that they can do everything better than us,” junior Kyonnah Joplin said.
“Mainly people think we are rich and very stuck up,” Lumen junior Jane Lincoln said. Although Lumen seems to have the reputation of being snobby, Western’s stereotype is based more on demographics.
“Most people think my school is in their own little Christian committee of white privileged people,” Western senior Emma Hubbard said.
“Western is stereotyped as all white kids. Their diversity is the one black kid on all the posters,” sophomore Skye Wilcox said.
Even JHS has their own made up title.
“I feel like for a long time now we’ve been known as a more ‘ghetto’ school, which is a bad assumption made off of a few events. I’ve heard so many comments on the cultural diversity of Jackson High in a bad way, which shouldn’t be a bad thing at all,” sophomore Kaelin Schiffer said.
“People say you will be beat up at J-high and everyone is on drugs,” Lincoln said.
Each school has their own label that the others created for them, and students hate each other for it. Local sporting events are overflowing with tension and students often get out of control because of it. Why is it that students create these rivals?
“It’s hard not to I think. Since we play them in sports, it’s just a common thing to think we are “rivals,” Schiffer said.
“People love drama. Since we know people from other schools, sporting events become personal,” Wilcox said.
The answer is in a psychological need humans are born with. Humans find comfort in being part of a group. Competition also gives us an increased sense of excitement. The combination of these leads to schools coming together and creating rivalry with other schools.
This is what fuels stereotyping across local schools. We create these labels to form a bond with each other and to fuel rivalries with other schools.
“At the end of the day, I know a majority of students at all of Jackson’s schools are friends with each other. I think that’s what makes Jackson such a community town, we are determined in sports but we are all good to one another and connected through friendships despite our schools,” Schiffer said.