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New twitter sensation, Smack High, is an account created for students who have something to say about their school. Students accross Oregon send in tweets to be submitted.

For students who have something to say about their school or other schools, Smack High may be the place to go.

Smack High is a Twitter account run by an anonymous source. Students all over Oregon send in tweets regarding different high schools, which can focus on anything from school rivalry and gossip to sports and extracurricular activities. Smack High started in Oregon at the end of January, but is present throughout the nation with various states having their own accounts.

Freshman Shyanne Bolton said Smack High is entertaining.

“I think it’s funny when it’s about Marshfield because it’s cool when other people or schools notice how we roll,” Bolton said.

Like rumors, Smack High tweets spread between students and then people from other schools see them. Bolton said this can leave an impression of that particular school.

“I like how Smack High just gets us. Everything they tweet is true, especially about the band,” Bolton said.

The band, for example, has received praise, criticism and notoriety for some of its members, their skills and their behavior on Smack High, with one tweet in particular stating, “Ok, so Marshfield has a pretty badass band.”

Smack High also brings to light rivalries across the state, including Marshfield’s own with Siuslaw High School and neighboring North Bend High School. One such tweet stated, “MARHSFIELD AND NORTH BEND, where they can’t seem to win sports naturally. They either need to drop divisions or drop grades. #SMACK.” The “drop divisions” reference is a topic Marshfield is regularly targeted for and refers to moving from 5A to 4A classification and becoming a member of the Far West League.

Sophomore Casey King follows Smack High and said the tweets that circulate between the schools in the Far West League are interesting to follow.

“It’s funny to see how the other school reacts,” King said.

He also said when the tweets are rude or personal that Smack High is not to blame, but the students who create the drama by sending the account direct messages to then tweet about.

“Everyone else causes problems because they get defensive,” King said.

Those rude comments are why some students, however, do not appreciate Smack High. Junior Maria Fox said she does not think Smack High is appropriate.

“Smack High is rude and takes away from school spirit. It allows other schools to anonymously slander and mock other schools,” Fox said.

Fox said Smack High is particularly troublesome when particular groups or people are targeted.

“Smack high is just one representation of how cruel people can be across the Internet and how social media is filled with prejudice people,” Fox said.  “I personally don’t enjoy Smack High because what’s enjoyable about someone bashing my hard work when I’m giving my best.”

Not all tweets from Smack High are necessarily harsh or insulting, however. For example, one tweet simply shared how Shrek became a topic of conversation at school. The tweet stated, “Marshfield: Where me and my friends inadvertently started a fad about Shrek that has reached critical mass.”

Senior Emily Caldwell said she understands why students enjoy Smack High despite its sometimes controversial content.

“I usually don’t like rude comments towards other people but Smack High is hilarious,” Caldwell said.


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