Conformation of School Children
. A. The article 'School bars over nose stud' presents two very
different attitudes towards teenage rights. It describes a
fourteen-year-old girl, Tara Le Santo, who pierced her nose with her
father's support, and is now being suspended from school until she
removes her stud.
While Tara's father is quoted as 'making a stand against all this old
fashioned crap', the article also features a letter, which expresses a
much contrasting opinion that 'the time that a British headmaster
concedes any 'rights' to fourteen-year-olds would be the time to
emigrate.' This shows that the letter's author would be arguing his
point over any article to do with teenage rights in general, and that
it is not specifically aimed at Tara Le Santo and her father. Yet, the
author does comment that he believes Tara's methods of dealing with
the situation were wrong, claiming that she has 'whinged' rather than
doing the 'sensible thing' of claiming that the Le Santos 'were a
famous old family from Bengal'. This gives us the impression that the
author has no specific objection towards nose piercing, and that it is
only the concept that teenagers might have rights that disturbs him.
However, Glen Le Santo's attitude towards the headmaster's methods of
dealing with the nose piercing is to insult him, as he states the
school is playing a 'power game'. He also mentions that he has let his
daughter make the decision to stay at home, stating that he will 'back
her all the way'. This suggests that Glen Le Santo believes that his
daughter is fully capable of making her own judgement upon the
situation, and that he has the obligation as a father to support her.
Both Glen Le Santo and the author of the letter seem, nevertheless, to
agree that the school's view that only those of an Asian culture can
wear nose rings is 'stuffy'. While the author moves on from that point
to criticise Tara's methods of dealing with the situation, Glen
continues this concept, arguing that nose piercing is a 'fashion
thing' for every race.
B. During the article 'School bars over nose stud' two people are
presented as attempting to communicate their opinions on the subject
of a teenage girl being banned from her school due to her nose stud.
Tara Le Santo's father, Glen, publicises his beliefs on the subject
using strong language that creates a fierce, supportive backing to his
daughter 'We are making a stand against all this old fashioned crap'.
However, his use of 'we' rather than merely saying 'she' shows that he
is willing to assist her in her protest. He also describes how he
spoke to his daughter's head teacher, showing that he wants to deal
with the situation decently, thus helping him to gain support from the
article's readers, and to communicate his point clearly and directly.