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The standardized desktop background for Hays High students

The standardized desktop background for Hays High students

Cody Conger

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The standardized desktop background for Hays High students

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Recently the school tech department changed the background of the Dell laptops and many students have disapproved of the changes.

“I don’t like it,” junior Nathan Leiker said. “I believe that there was nothing too wrong with most of us having a background of our choice.”

The reason the backgrounds were changed was because there were inappropriate backgrounds involving drug use and sexual content. The tech department decided to fix the problem and set the standardized desktops we have now.

“I actually didn’t know it had happened until someone asked me about it,” principal Martin Straub said. “I asked them the reason they were changed and that was good enough for me.”

With having over 850 student, it was a more reasonable decision to change everyone’s rather than chasing down specific students. It was a more direct approach and administration agrees.

“It doesn’t negatively affect your education,” Straub said. “Ultimately it’s not an educational decision it is a management decision. We didn’t really limit what you guys can do on your computer, we’re just saying it is going to be standard.”

Students have voiced their opinion about the background changes from saying that there should have been a solid reason that the students knew about or complaining about how they can’t personalize their laptop.

“There is nothing wrong with telling a kid to change their background,” senior Cade Swayne said. “You don’t have to change every single person’s. For every bad background there is 100 or 200 normal ones that represent the student in each way.”

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Cody Conger is a senior and this is his first year on the newspaper team. Cody is excited about being part of the voice for the school. In his free time he enjoys hanging around town with his friends or just sitting around the house with his dogs.

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