By Sydnee Smith and Emma Osborne
The big question is… should people our age be able to date? And that’s what what we want to know! We personally think that kids our age should be able to date as long as they are being appropriate and respectful. But we wanted to ask other people. We have taken a survey and asked students and teachers what they thought about the topic. A few of our answers were from people actually in a relationship.
A girl named Miya Moore, who is in 8th grade said, “It’s a little weird, but if they really do like each other then I respect the relationship 100%”. Also, another opinion was from Maddie Aleshire,who is in 7th grade, she said, “Yeah, I mean I’m in one and I think it’s okay.” These both agree with the idea of “dating”.
Now, the other side of this is students who aren’t in a relationship. We asked two people their thoughts. Anna Saunders, in 7th grade said “It depends on the person you ask. As for me, I don’t have a preference.” Also, another opinion is from Emma Lewis who is in 8th grade. She said “It’s weird. The chance of them staying together is low. It’s more stupid than weird.” As you can see, those two opinions with Anna and Emma are very different, but of course, everyone thinks differently.
Now, we asked two teachers their opinions. Our choir director, Mr.Cummins, thinks of it in a funny way. “No, absolutely not, you should have to wait until you are 35 to start.” He laughed about it and went on. Another teacher we asked was Ms. Dulle because she is a younger teacher. She said “As long as people are appropriate at school it’s ok.” And I totally agree with that! Like couples should just not be inappropriate and people would think nothing of it!
Lastly, Emma and I are going to say our opinions. I, Sydnee am not in a relationship, so my opinion is like Anna and Emma L’s opinions. I think that it’s fine, as long as you just really act like you’re more of best friends at school and then anywhere else act more like a couple. And I, Emma, am in a relationship and I think that these are all right, people should have the freedom to date, but need to have limits too. There is always going to be a debate on whether or not people should date at our age, but no matter what your opinion is your own.