“Behind closed doors, they are the puppeteers”—Student Council
This past week, in the midst of controversial prefect elections, an anonymous whistleblower messaged editors of the Exchanged with a threat to release the unabridged proceedings of the 2021-22 Student Council. While the Exchanged does not endorse the motives, whatever they may be, of this anonymous whistleblower, we see it as a necessity for all student voices to be heard. Below is a manifesto written by the anonymous whistleblower which includes excerpts from two of the proceedings. Read on at your discretion.
THE MH-214 MANIFESTO
The door to MH-214 is more than just the entrance to a classroom. It’s a wall between freedom and despotism. It’s a curtain of secrecy. Behind that door, on Wednesday afternoons, our Student Council reveals the true nature of our school. Behind that door, they exercise control over every aspect of our school.
But the people, they haven’t seen the truth. They don’t know what goes on inside of MH-214. I have served on the Student Council withholding information from my brothers for long enough. I will now end the era of SECRECY AND SILENCE! With the proceedings of the secret Council meetings, I hold the key. Follow me and UNLOCK THE DOOR TO MH-214.
--WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH--
Meeting no. 10
Councilman [A]: I’ve just been too thirsty recently.
Councilman [B]: I think it is time.
Councilman [A]: Facilitator [censored], can you get in touch with the water fountain people?
Facilitator: As you wish. I’ll email [censored] tomorrow and we’ll install them soon. Anything else?
Councilman [C]: Another matter. Quests. These “quiz-tests.” I feel like it’s unfair because most of the time a quest is just a teacher’s way of giving a major assignment that you can’t cancel because of conflicts with other tests. We must put an end to it.
Facilitator: Hm, yeah… Let’s say that if a “quest” is longer than 30 minutes it becomes a major assessment. I will bring that up at the faculty meeting next week.
Above was a meeting I attended earlier this year, when the Student Council, in secrecy, asked the Administration for the return of water fountains. On the surface, this seems like an innocent exchange of words, but it’s so much more.
It’s representative of the LIES and TRICKS that the Student Council perpetuates. They have too much power. No student or member of the faculty can hold them accountable. Any decision they want to make will be made. Don’t believe me, read on.
--WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12TH--
Meeting no. 13
Councilman [A]: Is there any way we could maybe not have to require people to sit outside for an announcement at lunch.
Councilman [B]: Yeah it’s really cold.
Facilitator: Maybe we could have the announcements in Trapier before and just do them once or twice a week.
Councilman [B]: Yes! People don’t have as many announcements to make right now, so we could do it one Tuesday and Thursday and let people do whatever they want the other days. Muhahaha.
Councilman [A]: That way we wouldn’t have to take attendance every day. Upperclassmen should be able to go off campus for lunch after announcements.
Facilitator: Great! I’ll tell the student body tomorrow.
The TRUTH is EXPOSED!!!
The Student Council has meetings every wednesday so they can discuss the student body’s issues when the rest of the people are going to sports. THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.
Behind closed doors, they are the puppeteers. They make all of the decisions. The elections are a thin veil to conceal the corruption. This isn’t democracy. This is TYRANNY!
I could paste thousands of hours of discussions between our “leaders,” discussing mask policies, flavored yogurt, the Sam’s Bar Menu, but you already see the point, don’t you?
I call for the Student Council to fully reveal what goes on in their meetings OR I WILL DO IT FOR THEM. If the Council does not release the truth within 36 hours of the publication of my manifesto, I will release the full proceedings of the Student Council—this time with nothing censored.
Whether or not the truth is discovered on their terms, it will come out. The deceit is over. Before this week is over, the door to MH-214 WILL BE OPENED!
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