The media has covered many troubling incidents that have occurred at my school over the past year. Combined the headlines paint a long and grueling image of the school. The students are very aware of how their school is portrayed and the events that have taken place in the building in 2016. While the physical headlines are not littering the hallways, they spread quickly through word of mouth and through social media. Students and teachers alike whisper and sometimes cry out about the issues that are so publicly covered and dissected by the media. This message that CSHS is a place of violence is written on the walls of the school, even when the hallways are empty of any writing. When this type of coverage and message is so saturated, it leaks into the building despite the best efforts anyone could make.
While the students are taught by these headlines that they attend a certain type of school, many of them respond and write as any teenager at any high school would. We will continue on below to look at some of the ways they respond in the building and how the marks they leave on their space effects the space and literacies of their peers.