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Crash Course of Reality

Every 15 minutes someone dies from an alcohol related car crash, and that is just what West Bend high schoolers got a dose of on May 9th,2013. The junior and senior classes at West Bend East and West High Schools participated in the Every 15 Minutes program to increase awareness about the consequences of drinking and driving. It was an emotional two day event that brought the realities of drinking and driving home for participants and viewers alike. The Every Fifteen Minutes video was produced by students in Tim Harder’s Advanced Video Production classes. Please take a few minutes to watch the video by clicking on the link below.

Every Fifteen Minutes Video

Moved by the emotional two days, Junior Taylor Kitzman-Kelley felt inspired to write a poetic piece on her experience that we would like to share with you. Continue reading

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America, the Great

The Current is a fantastic way to showcase young talent, and this is no exception.  Taylor Kitzman-Kelley, a Junior at West Bend West High School, has quite the knack for writing.  In response to a documentary seen in her U.S. History class, on Nike’s Indonesian sweatshops (shown below), Taylor wrote this emotional poem:

America, the Great

I pledge allegiance to the flag,

and to those who work but still aren’t fed.

Who strive to keep their families healthy,

20 cents a day, working for the wealthy.

And to the kids, whose feet are blistered and bruised,

from the lack of money, can’t even afford used shoes.

To those who cry from the piercing hunger,

while the rich sleep peacefully in their slumber.

And to those who barely have enough,

to even afford the basic stuff.

To your flag, we pledge justice and liberty,

so how come the struggle in all those countries?

You’re America! The great, the loyal, the strong,

so why aren’t you helping these countries along?

You know of the pain and the suffer they face,

but America stands still, just holding your place.

America, you talk justice and liberty for all,

so don’t sit back, watching your brothers and sisters fall.

While you sit on your wealth and eat all your food,

parents work hard so their kids aren’t nude.

Losing tradition and family due to parents being away,

working hard day ‘n’ night so their families can stay.

In that piece of crap building you’re calling their homes,

but really aren’t, ‘cuz they’re government owned.

Those families, they dream of a better tomorrow,

leaving their countries behind, America, its you they follow.

But only to get here and be taken for granted,

forced into tenements and leaving work empty handed.

America, I refuse to pledge to you,

and to your flag, the red, white and blue.

‘Cuz you stand for nothing we pledge for everyday,

there are no actions being taken, these are just words you say.

America, straighten up, for you’re tying your own noose,

you may have only been joking, but didn’t leave room to let loose.

I pledged to you once, but now I refuse,

there’s people out there struggling, now don’t sit back and act amused.

 

~Taylor Kitzman-Kelley

 

“Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh” is a documentary that brings labor issues of today to light.  Please watch the documentary below (Credit: TeamSweat) and visit this group’s website to show your support.

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Anti-Bullying at West Bend High Schools

By: Sophie Aspenleiter
This past month, West Bend High Schools gave a warm welcome, and goodbye, to Anti-Bullying month!  Anti-Bullying can be anything from stepping into a fight in person or over the Internet.  I’m sure people have seen their fair share of fights and usually it’s physical fighting, but that’s not always true. Our generation is filled with the media venues like the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many other social networks.  Fights break out on there more than you would think.  Some things people say to each other are triggering too, and some teens kill themselves if it gets too bad.

Amanda Todd reaching out for help

I’m sure you have heard of Amanda Todd, but if you haven’t, she was a teenage girl who killed herself because of Internet bullies.  An inappropriate picture of her circulated around her school and on Facebook.  It got so bad that she couldn’t even go out of her house.  The following week, she committed suicide.
Suicide is definitely not the answer to bullying!  If you feel pressured by a bully, the suicide hotline’s number is 1-800-784-2433.  Anti-Bullying always helps too!  If you see someone getting physically or verbally abused, don’t hesitate to step in or report it to an adult.  You won’t be marked as a “loser” or a “freak.”  If anything, people would probably think what you did was heroic.  Bullying is not okay, and please know it’s more than okay to stop it.

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Welcome to the West Bend Current!

We are happy to be starting a new page in West Bend High School Newspaper!  We have opted to try out a new eco-friendly blog format this year; we hope you like it.

Through this page, you will be able to stay “Current” on high school and community events, as well as world issues.  We will try to get you the breaking news as quickly as possible so you can stay up to date.

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