TT Day 8: South Hadley High School

Gabby at South Hadley High School (MA) on Monday night before Tinker Tour appearance Tuesday.

Gabby parked in front of South Hadley High School (MA) on Monday night before Tinker Tour appearance Tuesday.

We tucked Gabby in right in front of the main office at South Hadley High School Monday night and awoke — at 6:30a — to students and teachers arriving for school Tuesday morning.

We spoke to a packed auditorium. A live feed of the talk was also piped throughout the rest of the school by closed circuit TV. The talk was also covered by local media. (You can see one of their stories here.)

Following the talk students raised questions about school dress codes, rising fees and the school beverage policy. As Mary Beth tells kids with issues/complaints, “You can either do something. Or do nothing.” Student petitions, speaking out at a school board meeting and submitting something to the school’s student media were all raised by students as possible avenues for voicing opinions.

Students at South Hadley High School file into the school's auditorium to hear a presentation by Mary Beth Tinker Sept. 24. The podium includes some of the artifacts from her case that she often shares with students, including some of the actual hate mail received by her family.

Students at South Hadley High School file into the school’s auditorium to hear a presentation by Mary Beth Tinker Sept. 24. The podium includes some of the artifacts from her case that she often shares with students, including some of the actual hate mail received by her family.

Reporter Tom Lewis from the local ABC news station interviews students before the Tinker Tour speech.

Reporter Tom Lewis from the local ABC news station interviews students before the Tinker Tour speech at South Hadley High School Sept. 24.

The day at South Hadley High School included a student roundtable where students shared their thoughts on topics such as the news media, cyberbullying, barriers to student activism

The day at South Hadley High School included a student roundtable where students shared their thoughts on topics such as the news media, cyberbullying, barriers to student activism

South Hadley High School's student newspaper, The Spotlight's,  office.

South Hadley High School’s student newspaper, The Spotlight’s, office.

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