By: Nevaeya Lotches and Samantha Alcala
The lack of respect shown by some students at West has
been a problem throughout this school year.
West High Security Guards Adam Rosenstiel and Idris
Elias feel that respect has changed since they were in
“What, in our day, would be deemed disrespectful is
common talk nowadays. So it is kind of hard to turn
around and I’m like ‘what did they say’ and then they’re
back there laughing calling each other names and stuff, I
am like ‘oh, that’s cool now?’” Elias said.
“We’d kid around and play around but we weren’t
cussing each other out and laughing. Like your
generation now will cuss at each other and laugh like
it’s funny. Back in our day if there was cussing going on,
there was a fight or something.” Rosenstiel said.
Respect can be shown in different ways, it can be shown
actively or passively and respect can be shown to others,
property and yourself. Staff members have their own
definitions of what respect looks like and how they feel
that it is shown.
History teacher and Wrestling Coach, Jason Brown,
says that respect means doing the right thing.
“Respect has multiple meanings: respecting others’
opinions, where they come from, their heritage,and
their culture. It also means that you do what is right
when no one is watching. Like not littering in the
school, or picking up trash on the floor, and doing what
is asked of you the first time: putting your phone away
in class is a great example.” Brown said.
Assistant Principal Travis Stockam says that respect is
more about holding people in high regard
“Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone
or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or
achievements,” Stockam said, “Respecting yourself is
holding yourself in esteem and believing that you are
good and worthy of being treated well.Respect others
is you accept somebody for who they are, even when
they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them.
Respect property is The things that belong to you are
your property. You show respect for your property by
taking good care of it.”