GABRIEL KANG & SKY ZIMMERMAN
Editors in Chiefs
On October 18, 2013 Dos Pueblos High School students held their annual SM vs. DP pep rally. Every year students dress up as San Marcos cheerleaders. However this year the students crossed a line when they used crude language to defame San Marcos girls. The highly sexual nature of their skits drew criticism and punishment from their school administration. Multiple Dos Pueblos students attending the rally recorded the scene and posted videos on social networking sites.
The video quickly circulated through the San Marcos student population and concerned many San Marcos students.
“I was just scrolling along on my Facebook page and I found this vulgar video of people in red cheerleading outfits,” said senior Ashley Carney. “I clicked play and…I was just really disgusted and taken aback by the horrible attempt to degrade our Royal community. It’s shameful. How could they even let their students do that?”
Multiple students reported the video to Mr. Solis and Mr. Behrens, hoping to bring attention to the offensive subject matter.
“On the Monday following the Friday DP game, students came to me and Mr. Behrens concerned with something they had seen on a Facebook post of the rally that was happening at Dos Pueblos on Friday,” said Mr. Solis. “They were very concerned with a lot of the content on it being inappropriate, and so Mr. Behrens brought that to DP’s attention.”
Mr. Behrens then contacted the Dos Pueblos administration to try to find a way to resolve the problem. Mr. Behrens and the DP principal Ms. Carey acted immediately.
“[Dos Pueblos] has been addressing the issue in a timely manner,” said San Marcos principal Ed Behrens. “I feel really good about the fact that [Dos Pueblos] has been so diligent about dealing with the issue. [Principal Carey] had an emergency meeting immediately with some of her staff. I don’t think that what was being said had been approved by the administration at Dos Pueblos. I think they’re putting things in place to not have that happen in the future.”
San Marcos itself previously engaged in similar activity, however later discontinued this portion of the rallies out of respect for the transgender community.
“It’s low class,” said senior and GSA club member Austin Hudgens. “If that’s what they resort to, stereotypes and little menial jabs, they mean nothing. If you want to dress up as a girl so be it, but do it in a respectful way. You don’t have to go around making fun of everyone to make your point.”
As offensive as the skits were to the San Marcos cheerleaders, the skits attacked more than only them.
“I would say that [they] not only objectify women, but it also makes fun of anyone who crossdresses or feels that way,” said senior and former GSA president Alexis Fredkin . “It makes them feel put down and unwelcome. I find it completely insulting that they would do that.”
Dos Pueblos’ leadership has made it clear that they plan to avoid similar incidents in the future.
“I believe that humorous skits–even ones that feature impersonation–have their place in pep rallies, but as with all humor we must be careful to not cause serious offense,” said Dos Pueblos principal Ms. Carey. “Behavior that denigrates fellow students or a class of students–in this case, females–is not sanctioned at DP because it does not represent our values or our commitment to sportsmanship. As far as being disappointed, I view recent events as a learning opportunity for all involved. I am confident that good judgment will prevail moving forward,” continued Ms. Carey.
Although there will always be a rivalry between the two schools, both schools hope to move forward from this regretful incident and, in the future, avoid offending students.