What’s Wrong With Joking Around??? 1

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Gwyndalynn Kent

As all Stacey Students should know, on Monday, May 21st, 2018, there were bag checks, police, and even a news van here at Stacey Middle School. The reasons for this which some of you still may not know is all because of a school shooting threat was written on the boys’ bathroom wall. No violence actually occurred and this message was apparently meant as a joke, but what some people don’t realize is that things like this, even if it was meant as a joke,  have to be taken seriously.

Most people have that one friend that takes jokes a hair too far, right? When people joke, they expect others to think that it is just a joke too, but what they don’t realize is how personal or realistic people can take these jokes.

A large example of this is bullying, the people doing it may not be noticing how personally a person can be affected by one silly little statement or joke.

It can be hard to know when you’ve crossed a line. If you want to know when a joke has gone too far, you should use the whole shooting threat as an example. According to an article written by RJ Johnson from KFI AM 640, ¨According to District officials, someone wrote a message in the boy’s bathroom at Stacey Middle school on Friday.¨ and ¨The Message threatened to ¨Shoot Up¨ the school today, and HBPD has been investigating ever since.¨

Now, jokes can be a nice thing. They can be funny and appropriate most of the time, but let’s try to turn that most of the time into all of the time.

One comment

  1. In my opinion jokes are supposed to poke fun of dark things to make them more light-hearted. I personally don’t get offended by offensive jokes but it all depends on the person on what “too far” means.

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