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and edited by members of Journalism Class t" poll taken: say ;roversy NOTE: The following ;ed upon a survey conducted student Kim Gawllk with of the Malakoff Indepen- District administration. was part of an educational in gathering opinion data. BY KIM GAWLIK students were polled on about marijuana. Only the poll and then some were not valid. Some felt un- about such a poll and ' didn't answer truthfully. he poll as a test for their the responses from the are their opinions. This not meant to change anyone's LUSe opinions are not right or survey for students to ex- feelings on marijuana as although some did asked were: Have you Do you smoke pot now on a If yes, how often, and Where were you first ex- what influenced you to Do you think smoking harm you mentally If you smoke pot, do How would/do they it? How do/would people in to you if they knew you How many of your friends Pot? Do you have trouble ob- Pot in Malakoff? Explain. Do of your friends use any drugs pot? If so, what kinds? What Irgument can offer for seniors responded to the juniors were sur- ,-three sophomores an- questions and twenty-seven were questioned. students, 20 admitted that :marijuana now onll regular they smoked everyday, that they generally en- or with friends Thirty-four said they before, but for different they decided to quit. 107 said they haven't smoked they never intend to. nothing wrong with Pot," a junior boy wrote." is worse. Look how many killed from it. You would be many kids smoke it -- People from all worse than cigarettes and think you're a thug if ~it, but I'm not. I just like the any guy who drinks beer. and we know it, but it Who cares anyway?" a on how much you ;enior girl offered. When you that's a different story." it because I like to, that's boy wrote. addicting like alcohol," a opinion, "and of the ground. It's got to be it for the same reason I my state of mind." and I wish it were legal," a girl explained. "There's Wrong with pot to those who were varied on why they but most students said they wanted to smoke pot for a new high or experience. "My brother gave me a joint and ever since then I smoke," a sophomore girl wrote. "I wanted to on my own free will, without any pressures," one freshman girl explained. "My peers pushed me. Everyone was trying it and really feeling good," a freshman girl offered. Some claimed to start smoking as early as eight, and some said they only tried it this year. "I used to, but then I thought this was stupid. It messed up my mind. My parents knew and it just about killed them," a sophomore girl wrote. "If you smoke - quit and if you haven't - don't start," a junior boy warned. "It messed up my life. You can really have a bad wreck or something. I know from experience. It's just not worth it." "I've seen it being bought, sold, rolled, smoked, and offered to me. I just don't like it because I want control of my body at all times. Alcohol is bad too, but I guess it's just socially accepted. Both are illegal to minors anyway. I'ce got friends, and relatives that smoke it and they're nice people. I just don't like marijuana. It's too risky and dangerous," a junior girl wrote. "I've been exposed to it, but I wasn't influenced. It can be addicting and lead to harder drugs," another junior girl of- fered. "None of my close friends smoke pot, but some of my good friends do. It's amazing," a freshman girl wrote. 'Tve never studied about marijuana, but l've heard and read of kids going to heavier drugs, having deformed babies, being put into rehabilitation centers. Some think it's "cool". I call it misery. It ruins yourJife." "You have a loss of energy, and memory loss. It damages the chamical balance of your brain," a senior boy added thoughtfully "The smell is horrible, it didn't turn me on at all," a freshman boy argued, while another wrote, "The smell really got me started." "It's a sin, morally and legally wrong," a sophomore boy wrote. "It's only wrong legally," a senior girl contradicted. "There's nothing wrong with smoking pot. If you drink you usually get sick, and if you just smoke pot, you start to feel good and you also act much nicer," a freshman girl added. "I have no arguments for or against it. I really don't care for it. It just gives me something to do." "It's none of my business if kids want to kill themselves -- just don't get me messed up" a sophomore boy added. "Try it, maybe you'll like it," a freshman girl defended her answer. "Continued use seems to dull the mind and if you don't have a mind you don't have anything. It also can make you unaware of what you're doing," a senior boy wrote. "Anyone who uses it on a regular basis is not mature enough to cope with his own problems," a sophomore boy wrote. "A lot of kids that smoke it say it can't hurt you or you can't get addicted to it. That's just a cop out. It's been proven that it can be harmful to you in a lot of ways," a senior boy replied. "A lot of my friends smoke, but I try to tell them it could harm them, but they won't listen," a sophomore girl wrote. "I think smoking pot is stupid. Why? Because it's habit forming and people start thinking they have to get 'high' to have a good time. People don't need pot for this. It's an excuse and a cop out," a freshman girl wrote. "Surely they can find a better way to have fun than smoking pot," a senior girl suggested. "It's not worth the hassle or the trouble to mess around with pot. It's a pain," a sophomore girl explained. A junior girl restated her opinion on pot, "Again I am against it because it degenerates the body and mind. People who are on that stuff are wasted. It is a false escape from everyday problems. The people I know who smoke pot are not totally there. They aren't bad people, but they're just boring and have no real goals, no plans. Apathy is their worst problem. They don't get anything out of life, but try to put something into life: a synthetic high. A natural high of love for people would do this school a lot of good." "Pot is a depressant, not a stimulant as many believe. It's like alcohol and pills, they all affect your mind and body some way and one is no worse than the other, they all stink," a junior boy ex- plained. Almost everyone polled knew of people or friends that smoked pot or used heavier drugs, but it was usually the other guy. Responses were varied from "none" to "all of my friends smoke pot." Almost everyone insisted there was no peer pressure involved and cited "curiosity" and "I wanted to" as reasons for starting to smoke. "Somebody asked me if I wanted to try it," recalled a senior boy. "I said sure. Nobody forced me to do anything I didn't want to do." One said depression was his reason. "It helps relieve the pressure." The effects were written as being relaxing while others said it was depressing and wrong. Most students said their parents did not know they smoked pot. "My parents just don't care." "If I smoked pot my parents would just die, but they would sit me down and try to talk to me." "They would hit me." "My parents would be hurt, but they would try to cure me." "Disown me -- kick me out of the house !" "Their opinion of me would be lowered, but they would still care." "My parents said if I wanted to mess up my life, then it was my business." The responses on the availability of pot in Malakoff were varied. Some called Malakoff a "dry spot" while most said all you have to do is ask someone. "I've just heard of this going on, but I've never seen it. Basically, if the kids smoke it or not, they're all the same and we (the students) all get along pret- ty good. I don't think anyone classifies his friends as potheads or straights. We just go to school to learn and hopefully have a good time, for me, I do it without pot," one senior summed up her feelings. rRULY buses will run on the regular schedule, absences, 70-79 grade average with no School students who School will be out Friday for all more than one absence and a 65-69 quarter exams are Malakoff students for a teacher-in, grade average with a perfect attendan- five day weekend. All other serviceday, ce record. Students must also have an taking quarter exams Report cards will be issued on Thur- unmarred discipline record in their Feb. 27. The exams taken sday, March 6. classes as well as in the office. Students were the odd classes- first, Exemption requirements for the who do not meet these requirements students are a 94-100 grade average are required to take the quarter exams. for the even classes - with no more than three absences, 80-93 The exams can count as much as one- sixth periods will be grade average with no more than two fifth of the student's grade. exam begins at and ends at I0:00 a.m. The will be taken from to 12:00 p.m. and the sixth will be taken from 1:15 m. High school students at 2:45, however Bricks Cracked? Sills rotten? Unlevel floors? -CALL-- 1, Athens 675-7096 (Limited Time) mR Lube, Car Wash and 2-Spin Balance with Purchase of 4 Shocks or 4 New Tires WE ACCEPT FINA SNOOKS-BELTS.NOSES-LUBRIOATION Hwy. 24&85 OpenMon.-Fri. 8:OOam-6:OOpm.Sat. till5,~Opm Seven Point= 432-2618 ~Nm,'l'hlrl~ FIk, M, 111,..4 TRIMMING THE HOOVES of Bill Self's steer are (clockwise from front left) Ray Durmon, Mr. Mattingly, Bill Self. Tlmmy Markham, Davey Hanna, Charles Mullins, Richard Branch, Ray Durmon. and Mark Jack. FFA spotlight: I no BY KATHI PHINNY Do these look like just plain, ordinary guys to you? Well, these plain and or- dinary 160 pound young men can flip an 800 pound bull and it will be totally defenseless within a few seconds. This isn't as difficult to do as it might sound. In order to do this the bull is led beside the table which is in an upright position. The bull is then strapped to the table and flipped over so that the bull is lying flat on the table enabling them to trim the bull's hooves. This is just one of the many experien- ces that the young men in the Ag classes encounter that prepares them to become the "food-producers" of the future. "Agriculture feeds you three timesla day. There's more to Agriculture that meets the eye in because if it wasn't for the farmers and cattleraisers the world would be in a bad predicament," com- mented Mark Jock, a senior FFA member. Junior Gene Perry confided, "I feel that Ag helps you get ready for life more than other classes in school. We get out of class a lot and therefore we see more of the country and wildlife and life in general in a down-to-earth per- spective. I get more out of Ag because I'm not tied to strictly books and this helps me learn more by teaching myself in working with my hands." The members are not the only ones who feel that the agricultural program is successful. FFA director Johnny Mattingly commented, "We have the best of quality in students and projects this year than we've had in several years, for they are more willing to work." The FFA has many projects ~eft for the remaining of the school year. There wil be a District Livestock and Poultry, Judging in which the guys do thejudging on March 12. March 28 an i im =~ =~ nl 'U J~ i J m,U n FFA Project Show will be held at the and ends on the 19th. The highlight of high school or downtown. 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