Love is in the air, Chargers– and it’s gross. This time of year brings out the romantic in some people, and the cynic in others. Valentine’s Day leaves some people struck by Cupid’s arrow, and others wanting to shoot Cupid out of the sky. Either way, Agoura High School is full of students who are happily in relationships and students who are happily single.
The worst part about couples having the Valentine’s Day vibe is the way they express it. Publicly. Couples aren’t hard to find on campus, especially the ones who aren’t shy about being in love. Everyone has had an experience with blatant PDA at school– whether it be a couple making out in the back of the art room, in your math class, or behind the J building, teens can’t keep their hands off each other.
I’m not against love– not particularly. I think teenagers swooning over each other and drawing hearts in their notebooks is completely charming, and the sight of a couple walking hand-in-hand isn’t a disturbance in the slightest. However, when hands are moving anywhere else, that love looks more like lust, and that’s when Valentine’s Day becomes nauseating. No one wants to see two teenagers going at it in class, especially when you’re minding your own business and look up to the sight of two classmates behaving as if they’re not surrounded by unsuspecting students. Keep in mind that there are freshmen exposed to this PDA on campus. Freshmen, being the newest members of AHS and therefore, arguably, the most impressionable, shouldn’t have to face the discomfort of witnessing a couple of upperclassmen make out in the quad. If couples don’t care about other students seeing how much they love each other, they should at least consider the freshmen that are being exposed to their very public displays of affection.
PDA isn’t the biggest issue on campus, but really, no one wants to see it. We get it, couples– love is in the air. We’re happy for you. Just get a room and leave the rest of us out of your Valentine’s Day plans.
was a senior at Agoura High School. She was an editor of The Charger for two years. She is going on to write for Sunset Magazine in her free time, while also reporting as a correspondent for Vice and CNN.