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The 411: Youth

‘Cliques’ don’t need to be a problem

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By Natalie Manka

It has been said that Karnes City High School has a “clique problem.” I agree that we do have distinctive cliques, but I don’t think they’re a problem.

Some people pretend that this school is all rainbows and sunshine. Others wish they could escape. It’s easy to look past all of the terrible things that happen if they’re not happening to you. If you’re not a bully or being bullied, it’s easy to say that we can all just get along.

That is definitely not the case. I know I wouldn’t dare approach the lunch table where certain not very nice people are eating, and they probably wouldn’t want to go sit with me. I feel comfortable with my friends. Why would I want to step out of my comfort zone if it means risking putting myself through what I’ve worked so hard to overcome?

High school life is easier for most of us when we just stay with our friends. Yes, there are “clique hoppers,” or people who can socialize with most anyone, but it takes a special kind of person to do that. Kudos to those who decide to give talking to everyone a try, but there’s nothing wrong with staying in your group of friends.

On the other hand, having a certain group of friends whom you trust doesn’t give you the right to exclude others. If someone tries to talk to you, greet him or her openly. Make a new friend. There are a few students who don’t really have a particular group of friends. Finding companions seems difficult for them. It would be right of you to let them into your circle. New friends can change your life.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t expand your horizons; in fact, it might be good for you. I’m just saying that if you don’t want to venture out of your comfort zone just yet, that’s perfectly okay. But don’t down those who do.

High school cliques were formed for a reason and there’s nothing wrong with them as long as the students in them are respectful and courteous.

Natalie Manka is a sophomore at Karnes City High School. She is a member of the color guard, band, and the “Badger Times.” The daughter of Mark Manka and Delma Manka, her future plan is to pursue writing opportunities.

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