Everyone has a right to respect

Maggie Curran, Opinion Editor

Breasts. Blunts. Booze. Bullying. If you’ve befriended COD Snaps, a Snapchat account stylized as “cod_snaps,” you’ve seen more than enough of these. While COD Snaps’ stories run rampant with what appeared to be students drinking alcohol and doing drugs, it also runs rampant with another harmful activity: harassment.

It isn’t clear what came first, the boobs or the bullying, but it is clear that they both could be seen on the server. COD Snaps gained school-wide popularity earlier this month, with students watching the collective, often seemingly illegal, antics of different classmates from the night before. The account is now infamous at the school, especially for the nude photos some users posted to it.

As more people added COD Snaps to their friend list on Snapchat, and as a result, the more people that saw the inappropriate photos, the more those who posted photos were harassed. Many users were called vulgar, rude, and disgusting names.

Other students commented on the weight of users, their personalities, or any other attribute they could blindly point their fingers at. The server became a full-out brawl between COD’s “finest”: the most hostile, obnoxious, and typically intoxicated students the school has to offer.

I don’t want to talk about whether or not students should have posted nude photos onto a public Snapchat account. I’m not going to justify that behavior or say that I agree with the way the situation was handled. What I will say is that no one deserves to be verbally abused by anyone else, and no one should ever feel compelled to do so.

In kindergarten, our teachers sat us down and taught us to treat others the way we want to be treated. Nearly two decades later, and the lesson still hasn’t sunk in for some people. It doesn’t matter what anyone’s opinions are on someone else’s actions. The fact is that instead of verbally abusing others, those that spoke out against the users should have stayed silent. Let’s face it, when someone posts to a public forum, they are looking for public attention. Therefore, the best way to show your disapproval is to ignore the post entirely. In other words, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. And if do you say something, you’re no better than the stereotypical schoolyard bully we all know and hate.

There’s something to be said of one’s character if they post their nude photos to a public server. But there’s something much worse to be said of those who feel the need to spread negativity and put others down to build themselves up. None of us is Mother Teresa. None of us is immune to the inevitable mistakes we will make in our lives. The least we can do is keep our mouths shut while we watch someone else making theirs. Common decency isn’t a virtue; it’s a natural right.