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The Vox Box

What Would You Have Done?

At Ferris High School there is a daily news broadcasting show called FIN: the Ferris Information Network. The show essentially broadcasts the Daily Bulletin, which includes everything from sports updates to senior class announcements, as a pseudo news station piece by Ferris students to the entire school.

After every program a post-show is played as entertainment for both students and staff. The post-shows are student work that is created in the filmmaking and Ferris Information Network Broadcasting classes. Topics that post-shows cover can literally be anything. In my four years at Ferris, I have seen many different mini-films, ranging from a stop-motion adventure of a Lego toy who transformed into a full-fledged boy to an episode of a teenager being stalked by and eventually eaten by a trash can. Obviously, there is more than enough creativity for students to entertain their peers. However, not all post-shows are what is considered "school appropriate."

The video attached to this article was not made by me. My friends who were a part of the FIN program made this to be aired as a post-show. The film teacher, upon viewing their piece, rejected the video as inappropriate. My friends thought differently.

In the video there are jokes made against homosexuality: basically, they had made fun of gay people indirectly in their film parody of eHarmony. The film teacher thought that it would offend students that were gay or possibly still "in-the-closet" students and that it should not be aired.

Needless to say, my friends were outraged.

Here's the question: was the gay joke that big of a deal?

Was the homosexuality piece the only thing not "school appropriate?" Do you find any other qualities of the video that was offensive? What about the video do you think gives it reason to be aired or to be spared from students and staff, or in this case, Ferris High School?

What would you have done? Would you have aired it?

In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at