By Kevin Valenzuela ’13
There is an all new group of young, impressionable students on campus this year, and I’m not just talking about the freshman class.
Starting this fall Brophy’s Loyola Academy opened as a middle school and a class full of sixth-grade students now share the campus with high school students.
Whether we know it or not, we are all now at least indirect role models for these students and we need to act accordingly.
“I just think that they need to watch their language a little bit around the kids,” said Brophy student Kyle Chalmers ’13.
The Loyola Academy students walk around campus during lunch time to get to the Great Hall as well as sit in the Great Hall among many Brophy students.
“It’s important the Brophy guys are mindful of how they talk,’’ said Brophy Principal Mr. Bob Ryan.
It is important that students are aware of what they say and to distinguish between what is inappropriate and appropriate for the young Loyola Academy students to hear.
“That for me is not a new expectation,” Mr. Ryan said.
Brophy students do not seem to notice the students of the Loyola academy too often.
“I’ve seen them walking around a couple times but I’ve never really had much interaction with them,” Chalmers said.
Most Brophy students could agree that as of now their interaction with the students of the Loyola Academy is very minimal.
Still, it only takes one student over hearing or seeing one inappropriate thing to leave a permanent mark.
With the arrival of the Loyola Academy the students of Brophy still go about their daily lives on campus like they have in the past.
Mr. Ryan expects everyone to be welcoming and supportive of the new students on campus. So far he has noticed positive responses including students giving the sixth-graders high fives when they see them walking through the mall.
Let’s keep that up, and keep in mind we are all role models now, whether we like it or not.