West Mecklenburg High School, also known as the “Home of the Hawks,” is taking a turn in the positive direction. West Mecklenburg is located at 7400 Tuckaseegee Road in Charlotte and educates more than 1,000 students. West Mecklenburg has had issues with fights, such as students fighting in cafeterias and classrooms.
A parent disclosed concerns to a WBTV reporter about the fights breaking out. “I just want to know that (when) my child comes to school, that they’re safe and they are getting a quality education,” the parent, Nicholas Closey, said.
Inside of the school walls there have been campaigns that have been started in order to uplift the name of West Mecklenburg High School. One is #UpliftWestMeck, a student-led campaign intended to stomp out negative stereotypes about the high school.
“I believe that West Meck has many opportunities in order to enhance the academic success that is brought among the students,” junior Karrington Stevens said.
Events have taken place in order to get the school back into a positive atmosphere and culture. On Monday, May 23, 2016, there was a school-wide cookout that included games, food and socializing for students and staff. The school also held events such as teacher and faculty football and basketball games in order to createa supportive but fun atmosphere during the 2016 school year.
Miracle Farrar, a 16-year-old junior, said, “West Mecklenburg will only change if the student and staff make a change within the school’s community.”
Many of the students and staff have claimed that the media has overturned the name of West Meck with negative press.
Junior Chyna Walker, 16, said, “West Meck gets the negative attention due to the fact that the public is getting information from online sources such as social media and the news.”
Fox 8 reported one student as saying, “It’s a lot of violence going on around the world. People getting killed… you don’t know if it’s your last day to live, so it needs to be changed or somebody can really get hurt.”
But certain students and staff, as Walker put it, feel that West Meck is in an “improving state.”
This story was written as a part of the Charlotte Observer’s high school journalism Explorer Post.