High School To Replace “Freshman” With “First Year Student” To Be More Gender Inclusive
Easthampton High School will replace the term “freshman” with “first-year student” in a bid to more gender inclusive.
The school had started to refer to its ninth-grade students as first years this past Thursday and asked its students to do the same. The change was suggested to the student handbook committee by the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance Group, an organization whose aim is to the handbook’s language more inclusive.
The revised edition of the handbook now reads,
“For the purpose of class meetings and activities, including the class dues, students will be considered first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.”
This development elicited reactions on Twitter, some of which are shown below.
Easthampton High School officials said they made the change based on recommendations from the student’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance group in an effort to be more gender neutral.
Make this BS stop. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/fKpQlZJTbc
— Robert Sobel 💎 (@rsobelexaminer) December 19, 2017
Since you are so politically sensitive, how about changing the name of your high school from “Easthampton” High School to “East Hampton” so as not to insult the history of the cardinal directions?
— wisconsinsane (@wisconsinsane) December 19, 2017
And why did this review of the handbook by students even happen? Well:
"Easthampton High School was recently instructed to undergo diversity and inclusion training after being investigated by the Attorney General's office for racial incidents at the school."
— Yung Buñuelo (@Povediitz) December 18, 2017
Easthampton High School no longer uses the word “freshman” because it’s offensive.
Have a great day
— Brock (@eghsbrock) December 16, 2017