High school relationship turns into CSI plot


Hollie Link, Assistant Editor

While watching TV there always seems to be a gunshot, sexual violence, or some form of bullying. All the bad things keep the audience entertain and deliver a more complex story line. However, there are situations that come off of the screen and happen in real life. No acts of violence should conform to entertainment.

The start of a CSI episode may deal with a teenage girl, who had just been taken advantage of by her own boyfriend. All too often these shows give examples that suggest violence within a relationship is ok. According to www.cdc.gov, one in five women and one in seven one men have experienced physical violence, stalking, or molestation by an intimate partner. The first experience happens between the ages of 11-17.

People are typically unaware of how regularly relationship violence happens. At school it is easy to look across the hallway and see a movie scene couple, uncontrollably happy and kissing one another goodbye. On the contrary no one sees what happens when they go home. Fellow students don’t know about the punches, name calling, and torment “that might be” exchanged within the relationship.

Mr. Good, health science teacher stated, “our society needs to teach boys, to often our society allows boys to punch girls when they are little and say ‘oh it’s because he likes you” and that’s teaching the girl that being physically assaulted is apart of love. So the girl sees ‘oh if he hits me it’s because he likes me’ and then the boys are taught all along that they can do whatever they want to girls and it’ll be ok.”

All throughout elementary it was considered flirting for a male to harass a female. All the chasing around a playground and wet willies lead up to actual violence later in life. Starting at a young age girls are taught that it is ok for a boy to harass them, not only are they taught that it is ok but they are taught to want that. They are taught to strive for the boy to notice them and push them off a slide; now once these ladies are promoted to junior high the acts of young boys tormenting them is ‘rude’.

Everywhere around high school it seems that there are things to either compare your relationship too or strive to have a relationship like. The latest episode of Teen Wolf  wouldn’t be the prime example of a healthy relationship. For one thing the characters are supernatural and another thing; made up love stories and happy endings aren’t relevant to a literal affair.

Healthy relationships are built from the very beginning. According to www.campbell.edu, healthy relations are built off of trust, shared responsibility, and intimacy. More and more ‘guidelines’ are brought up nationwide within the month of February to urge people to have a well balanced relationship.