Pornography isn’t really a subject you would expect at school, so it was a really big surprise to the students at SJHS when we had an assembly about it on Monday, October 2nd. The assembly's goal was to inform the students about the harmful effects of using porn. The assembly was to give the students more info on the subject and how we shouldn’t do it. Our students during the assembly seemed to be very calm, intrigued, and pretty willing to participate when the speaker asked. What were the students thoughts on it, though?
“It was very not awkward and it was very informative,” says Jake Follette, a member of the student council. The speaker handled this topic quite nicely. He made the students comfortable about it and gave them the facts they needed. “It was weird, but good that we had it,” states student Amber Haslam.
Students learned a lot about how this is a big issue. How it can become very addicting and effect relationships users have. People who use porn usually prefer the fantasy over reality, which can harm their lives. Also a lot of porn has the woman being abused. Stuff like this makes the user think that actions like this are acceptable in real life. It makes them think that it’s normal and okay to do that.
Our student body learned that porn is a new drug. Using it has so many bad effects that honestly it doesn't’ seem worth it. Jasmine Nico, seventh grader at our school, agrees that porn is ”..bad like any other drug.” Porn can quickly become addicting and makes the user's life harder. Porn really does act like a drug and can harm our brain, heart, and life. “..Your brain takes in stuff and keeps it there. Especially when we’re at this age,” says Jake Folltte.
SJHS students seemed to agree with a lot of what our guest speaker said. Amber Haslam even questioned why some people watch it. The negative after effects outweigh the short lived pleasure you get from watching. It just doesn’t seem worth it in the long shot. “It’s something that we need to need to learn about and to stay away from,” says Cheyenne Young.
Overall the assembly made a pretty positive impact. It’s wonderful that we have this talk since our generation is in more danger of this new drug. Since more of us can have access to it now than any other generation it is very important to stay aware of the dangers.Hopefully SJHS has more assemblies like this to help our students with problems similar to this.
If you or someone you know is struggling with this addiction go to http://fightthenewdrug.org/ for information. It is the same website that the image used came from. Have fun with it and educate yourself fight the new drug campaign.