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Students Boycott Oftedal’s Class After Eardrum Damage, Find they are Entitled to Compensation

Mr. Oftedal
Oftedal with his eardrum destroyer ready to teach the entire school.

San Marcos is facing a fiery lawsuit from five students and their parents after the students sustained serious eardrum damage from AP World History teacher Trevor Oftedal.

The voice of Oftedal is so loud it can be heard all over the school any time he is dramatically recounting the chaos and world domination of the Mongols or Globalization. While his passion may be inspiring, his decibel range appears not to be.

“I’m actually not that loud,” said Oftedal. “I think that many people exaggerate when they say they can hear me from three wings over. I’m passionate and I don’t think that should be something people have issues with, go harass a Chick-fil-a worker Karen.”

This week, students have been boycotting Oftedal’s class in solidarity with the five students who recently had significant damage to their eardrums from the sheer volume of Oftedal’s voice. Students have described this protest as one of the most exciting school events. ASB and Admin are even considering staging more protests to boost school spirit.

However, this boycott has raised many questions: Should Oftedal be allowed to teach with a megaphone? Should San Marcos have specific teacher training days to train teachers how to lower their voices? And finally, who is keeping track of the decibel range students are exposed to each day?

“What? What? What was the question? I can’t hear you!” said sophomore Ben Deelegs, who recently lost the majority of his hearing due to Oftedal’s voice. “Yes, my favorite pizza topping is pepperoni.”

Parents of San Marcos students have filed for a collective lawsuit against the school for $1,000,000,000 and Admin is scrambling to either find a lawyer or raise the money themselves. 

They have resorted to asking for donations so this week, the AAPLE drives committee is hosting a coin drive to raise money. You can donate in the jars in the front office and in I-5. In addition, the Pi(e) day fundraiser was also an effort to raise money for this lawsuit.

Just when we thought this epic battle between five San Marcos students and Oftedal was coming to a close, this new installation keeps the battle hot as ever. Be sure to stay tuned to see how you can get involved with protests, activities and other campus events.


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