By Ari Kisler
I am writing on behalf of my cousin, Victoria Krushenick, who is currently taking Advanced Studio Art at Harwood Union High School.
As a recent graduate of Harwood Union High School, I am deeply concerned about the attitudes toward diversity that are being displayed. I can remember a time when it was common to see mohawks and colorfully dyed hair among the student population. This made Harwood a comfortable place for me to attend, knowing that each individual could express themselves openly without fearing reprimand from the faculty.
I feel this situation should not be taken lightly as it could be the beginning of a trend seen in many high schools, where anyone differing from the majority is pressured to conform. I would like to think that in a public high school, displaying a student's artwork, which depicts a diverse individual such as Brody Dale, would not be such an issue. If the faculty's complaints extend to the point where Victoria is forced to have her artwork removed, I feel the diverse environment that made Harwood a memorable school to attend will be compromised.
Ari Kisler is a member of the Harwood Union class of 2005 and Penn State University Class of 2009.