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Anyone see the Mr. Foothill contest at FHS?

Original post made by Appalling on Mar 6, 2010

Did anyone see or hear about the Mr. Foothill contest at FHS last Wednesday night? It was full of sexual undertones, gay innuendos and racial content. There were two administrators present cheering and laughing throughout the contest. What are we teaching our kids? I thought this was a community and school of character; obviously it's a big joke to the administration. Not to mention the calendar that was sold with two pictures of semi naked senior boys. Leadership and character starts at the top and it is clear that they are both lacking at Foothill.

Comments (62)

Posted by Amador parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Is this your first kid in high school? Must be. These events are longstanding fundraisers at both Amador and Foothill, and have been held since way before the PC police arrived. Get over it.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Web Link let the kids have some fun...butt out!

Posted by Foothill parent, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Please don't rip the first posting unless you saw the show. It was hilarious, no doubt about that. But much of it was absolutely inappropriate for a high school audience, especially when kids younger than high school age are in the audience. A super-sized fake penis running down a boy's leg in his unitard is NOT appropriate for a high school variety show. I am far from PC, but this went beyond the bounds of good taste. "Naked" boys in a calendar targeted at high school students who may be as young as 14 are NOT appropriate.

Posted by lynne, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Mar 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

For god's sake why is everything such a big problem in this area. The kids were having fun, and no harm was meant by anyone. Our kids are not perfect and neither is yours!

Posted by tom, a resident of Avila
on Mar 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I'm sorry but your out of touch as a parent. Our kids are exposed to more than you know. Or are you hiding behind some plastic shield. Grow up!

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

The majority of Plutonian parents are NOT involved with their child's education.

It you think that it was over the top, then I suggest that you speak with the school Principal.

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Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2010 at 9:45 am

I agree that a lot of material at the show was inappropriate.

Posted by duh, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Of course it was inappropriate. That is what makes these shows so funny to watch. Yes they cross the line on multiple occasions, but its all in good fun. Those shows raise a ton of money for charity and everyone gets a good laugh. Get over it.

Posted by agreed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I appreciate and agree with the poster. Your critics have no integrity. We as a community (high school included) should set an example of character. We all like to preach it but very few walk the walk. I am offended by racism, sexism, etc. If we don't stand up our children won't stand up. My child goes to Foothill as well and I will call the principal to back you! There are still a few educated people in town, who can still have fun without offending or going against character traits.

Posted by sandy n, a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

check out article in Daily's a hoot

Posted by Tim, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

It made all the papers in the Bay Area, including the Oakland Tribune. As a Pleasanton parent, we can all be so proud (sarcasm) of our school district for this. For those of you who did not see the article like several million dumbfounded members of the public did in the Bay Area, it is here:

Web Link

Some excerpts:

"After dinner, we arrived in the school's multipurpose room and joined a standing-room-only crowd of about 250 people to watch the 12 contestants — one per month, Playgirl-calendar style — in a bathing-suit competition (Mr. November experienced a brief wardrobe malfunction when the bra of his mermaid costume abandoned ship)."

"And we wonder why public education's getting whacked."

"Then again, knowledge is power...making astronaut-undergoing-G-force-test faces by aiming the business end of a leaf blower at his mouth, you can elicit your parental power to tell him not to do those things anymore. Really. Please. Command him. Take away his (driving/computer/Taco Supreme) privileges if you have to. For the sake of humanity."

" kid got a bit "knotty" in an Eagle Scout skit"

Posted by Time for exit interviews, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm

This is the leadership provided by our District management ??? You're asking the public for a tax bailout with this type of conduct ??? Have you administrators lost your brains ???? Obviously we have a fatal crisis of character and judgment in Foothill that is termiting our school district. It's time to call in the HR Orkin Man and have these administrators drop their resignations on Casey's desk in the morning.

Posted by Not hilarious, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm

The schools are begging for donations and then they pull off this stupid public relations stunt. Tells you quite a lot actually. Guess the money we give them is going to be thrown away on "education" like this. I'm putting my check book away until I hear this discussed at the next board meeting.

Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Interesting Tim, with all of your quotes from the news article read by millions, you left out "Actually it was all pretty funny and fun"

Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:25 am

Its ok to laugh. We have taken political correctness to far, its only natural that the pendelum may swing back a little too far before settling in the middle, but lets not blow things out of proportion.

Posted by resident, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:29 am

I agree that sometimes the Mr. Foothill/Amador shows are a bit on the edge.....but it's all in good fun and humor and it doesn't cost the school anything. In fact to my knowledge it's a fundraiser that makes some bucks. For those parents who are "in shock". I trust you haven't turned on any prime time television in quite awhile. Have you watched what kids see every day. Trust me, Mr Foothill/Amador is mild! Some Monday night turn into the family channel at 8pm and watch Secret Life of an American Teenager. Forget about sexual innuendos -- it is just plain raw sex and lots of it. This is one of the hottest teenage shows. Leave the Mr. Foothill/Amador alone unless you want to cancel all extras in the district and truly get back to a reading, writing and arithmetic mission in education.
By the way, I have always thought teaching Character Education in the schools is a waste of time and money anyway. That should be learned at home from a very young age and continued throughout style.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:18 am

THe bottom line is in general our kids are exposed to far more than any parent would like to be exposed to.. this is definitely out of our control, when video games, movies, tv shows and school functions like these are not sensored... at the end of the day no kid out there is not exposed to parents we just need to guide our children in letting them know having fun with it is ok, but not ok to practice....

Posted by Jay C., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:52 am

So let me get this straight, because they're exposed to it anyway (TV, the "real world", etc.) then it is okay to display it at a school fundraiser? How about next year they simulate shooting meth? Get a grip parents.

Posted by Hybrid Owner, a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

Well said Jay C!

Posted by Sam, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 8, 2010 at 9:14 am

It's obvious to me, from the comments, most of you need to grow up and take a stand on moral grounds. How can you teach your children values and moral character when you yourselves have such low standards? Your responsibility to your children, is to teach character, not just how to walk around PC. Get Over it!! is not a response from a parent who cares about their kids. Stand up for what is right once in your lives, Do what is right!!!!

Posted by parent, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

If the kids had any real talent or self esteem they would have shown it...all these insecure little spoiled kids can do is make fun of others...very sad...especially when the suicide rate is rising...I wish the community would address the depression rate of our teens and realize that these "mean" kids really affect it...but no, the administration laughs along with the popular crowd...

Posted by Tim, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:05 am

My opinion is that this is the fault of those managing these schools, if one could actually say that there is any sort of managing going on, not the teens involved.

The teens are after all, not the adults, and they aren't the ones in charge.

Exploiting minors by having teens parade around in their underwear/speedos in the name good fun "fund raising" is highly objectionable.

If a private sector company did that, i.e. having minors parade around like that for corporate fund-raising, not only would be the public be outraged, but I'll bet law enforcement would soon be involved.

The administration has crossed the line. Obviously, they are incapable of carrying out basic site and district management of the school system.

Posted by John doe, a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

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Posted by Fault Disney, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:35 am


"Foothill High School, located in Pleasanton, California, serves grades 9-12 in the Pleasanton Unified School District. It is among the few public high schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10.

This school has an average Parent Rating of 4 out of 5 stars, based on reviews from 28 parents."

You can bitch about this kind of fundraiser when that 9 drops to 4 and that 4 drops to a 1. Until then, lighten up and live!

Posted by jay C is an idiot, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

next year, foothill has cancelled the mr. foothill event. They are now holding a simulated meth shooting contest. DUMBASS

Posted by queef, a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

Mr. foothil was amazing. Angela hill is just mad because she is still single and really old.

Posted by Bradd Pitt, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

mr. Foothill was amazing. I saw it. I'm famous. and I loved it. Angelina loved it too...and so did our 15 adopted kids

Posted by Angela Hill, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:40 am

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Posted by Jay C, a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

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Posted by Teen from mr.fhs event, a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

I feel really exploited by the whole event..back stage they chained us and whipped us until we performed exactly how they wanted. i was branded, beaten, slapped, tickled, and stretched. I was forced to eat bugs and dried poop. Im still chained in the back room if anyone wants to help foothill is madness and must be stopped..

hehe :)
ps. Angela Hill and Jay C hooked up..

Posted by A man with all the answers., a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

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Posted by parent, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

Wow......says it all.......

Posted by FHS STUDENT, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

This is hilarious to read from a students perspective, because we all know it was inappropriate. but it was so worth paying $5 for OUR SENIOR BALL, and we all had so much fun. All the parents who think this is way out of line...get over it. There is not anything you can do about it now, its over and done. Move on, it was all in good fun. There was not that much that was in appropriate, you sound like a bunch of whiney kids right now.

Posted by johnny won, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:11 am


Posted by Grammar Nazi, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

I think all of you need to learn grammar and spelling.

Posted by foothill parent, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

Really people! It's about what is appropriate and what is being condoned by our school administrators. I feel for the parents who brought younger children to this event, realizing it is a school sanctioned assembly. No one is saying it wasn't funny, but it was not appropriate for a school event? Adminstration comes down on freak dancing, but applauds boys on stage to dance in speedos, and to sport a unitard with a fake large male part showing off? If girls were scantly dressed doing the same skits, people would be a little more sensitive thinking it might not be appropriate. Boys, got away with it, but it still wasn't appropriate. I totally agree with Tim's (amador valley community)comments. Where is our adult guidance at the school?

Posted by Ren MacCormack, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

This is starting to remind me of the book burning scene from the movie Footloose. Where's John Lithgow when you need him?

Posted by foothill student, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

its all in good fun...we are just out there to have a good time and raise money for our school. During a recession like this education is getting cut. Our school puts on little fundraisers here and there so we can have the money to have privileges at our school. If parents are going to try and stop us from having these events than why don't all you donate the money every year that we raise from these events. Yes we pushed boundary's but thats all the fun people complaining about speedos? Don't watch a swim meet then...all the people who are against this terrible event and say how bad our schools are and say schools is where character is learned are wrong. Character starts at home school is out there for us to get an education and parents who feel that there kids are being harmed by this event just need to understand that they have the bigger effect on the kids and a 2 hour performance is not going to change there lives in anyway. Its all over with and people should stop complaining and understand there is a lot worse stuff out there than a simple fundraiser at a high school.

Posted by School-sponsored Sexting, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

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Posted by Realist, a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

I am officially appalled by how pathetic some people in the Pleasanton community have become... to complain about something as paltry as a Mr. Foothill event. I am embarrassed to consider "adults" like the author of this post among my peers. My recommendation is that the author of this post should get a life, since the post is very reminiscent of something a typical bitter housewife/soccer mom with nothing better to do than sit would cook up in an attempt to make her opinion valid. The administration is not a joke for allowing the show to be put on, you are a joke for showing your ignorance to reality. Retreat back to the rock you've been living under. Thanks.

Posted by Foothill student, a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

To parents critical of the Mr. Foothill Event: Congratulations, you all must have perfect children, hidden away from the real world and sheltered from everything besides homework and religion. If you're so concerned about this fun and beneficial event, please take your child away and put him or her in a private school. Not only are you an insult to the community for slamming an event meant to raise money for the senior class, but you are also directly insulting the many participants of Mr. Foothill that spent hours rehearsing, planning, and monitoring the night. Go suck it.

Posted by Innocent ?, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Wait a minute. Did we confirm that it really was a sock, or are we assuming that it was? We shouldn't jump to conclusions.

Posted by graduated from FHS 2 years ago, a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

PARENTS NEED TO CHILL. This is just like the time when everyone was tripping out because we were "freak dancing" at the school dances. All of you parents who are actually concerned about this need to take a chill pill because all your kids are doing is having some good fun. Open your eyes, your kids are exposed to MUCH more extreme material. I agree with foothill student a few posts up, if your that concerned put your kids in private school or, better yet, just homeschool them! All of you who are "offended" by the show, GET OVER YOURSELF.

Posted by Former student, a resident of Parkside
on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

The Mr. Foothill contest has had a long, inglorious history of playing gist crass, sexual, and frankly immature humor. A fake penis is standard fare. I've seen much worse. In spite of (or perhaps because of) the classlessness of the vent, it's an incredibly popular contest, and as "Foothill student" pointed out, the contestants take it very seriously. My friends and I spent over a month preparing my routine, and know others who practiced a lot more than we did. The reason for this is that our material was basically uncensored. The administration takes a "hands off" approach. The students, and the participants, are getting material by the students, for the students. That's why Mr. Foothill is so popular. This is the crux of the issue.

To the parents: you were not the target audience. I'm sure you were offended. You thought it was juvenile, immature, frankly disgusting at times, and above all, over-sexualized. I'm sure it was. But what do you expect from 18 year old males participating in a Mr. Universe contest? If you don't like it, don't go. My parents didn't. Going to a Mr. Foothill contest and complaining that the performance was too crude is like watching an episode of Glenn Beck and whining that Mr. Beck isn't giving President Obama a decent shot: that's the whole point.

Sure, the contest could be cleaned up. Administrators could force the students to turn in scripts, like they do for the rallies. They could censor it, turn it into an age-appropriate event that parents could attend, and bring their elementary schoolers to. But then it wouldn't be about the students. Mr. Foothill would be just another showcase PR event for the administration to show the parents that Foothill is "stimulating the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of each student." And we have more than enough concerts, talent shows, rallies, and multi-cultural fairs for that.

Posted by Not hilarious, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

For those of you who think this is a huge joke and that gutter standards of personal conduct are okay from the smarmy rich, I have a message for you. You are accountable to the taxpayer for your frivilous attitude to the funds given to you. You can forget the parcel tax and the PPIE donations. Not another dime for Pleasanton schools that breed disgusting racists, sexists, abusers of women, and foul civic conduct.

Posted by Former Foothill Student, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I was in the Mr. Foothill contest a few years ago as a contestant. Every single kid from that contest has gone on to an enormously successful post high school life...away from crazy parents like you all. This is why your kids say that they hate Pleasanton and want to get out. Honestly.

Chill out.

From UC Berkeley,

- A Former Student.

Posted by Not hilarious, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm

What also blows me away is the so-called leadership in this school. The personal conduct of the students leaves concerned citizens wondering where our great nation is heading, but the leadership is deeply responsible for this shameful incident. They obviously have not warned students that this conduct will get you immediately dismissed from any corporation, and likely sued for personal misconduct. Students need to understand that getting fired for creating a hostile work environment can nuke a career because this baggage will follow you. They also need to know that employers can find all they want to online now and it amy make the difference between working or unemployment. And that's no joke these days when you know what it takes just to buy health insurance.

Posted by Tim, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The worse part of this is that since the San Jose Mercury News carried the news article and looking at the supposed postings from Foothill students above (or is it District staff), I'll bet a lot of hiring managers have looked at this and in their head made a mental note not to even look at the resume of students whose former high school happens to be Foothill.

Obviously, who is going to want a hire someone that says something like "Go s*** it" like Foothill student from Castlewood said above?

Who wants to have as an employee that could write things like that to co-workers, customers, and prospects?

It is no wonder companies are outsourcing their operations overseas and moving out of state.

Posted by grad08, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

whoa, Not hilarious, decaf. you are so wrong to assume that such conduct in the mr. foothill competition breeds racists, sexists, and abusers of women. last time i checked the event is meant to RAISE funds. it's not like they're just burning away california's money. let the senior class enjoy their last year of high school - most of these events use money that the class itself has raised within their four years at fhs anyways, so you can just calm down. i graduated from foothill and am personally insulted by your comments. in a time when many pleasanton schools are losing funding anyways and dropping valuable programs, it is so rude and immature of you to assert that this little event is ruining the pleasanton school system and stands as reason enough to eliminate funding to schools. you parents need to wake up and realize that high school isn't the bubble you think it is. many students today are exposed to way more than parents will ever know and i would be willing to bet that your kid(s) are no different. lighten up. if parents think this is bad, just wait until your kid(s) go to college, then YOU can pay for such behavior yourself. chill out.

Posted by Another Former Foothill Student, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

It's nice to see so many caring parents have found the internet. While not all of the activities at Foothill High School are appropriate, I invite you to think back on your high school days. This contest was about charity and having fun, and it was successful in that regard. If you still feel like you would really like to complain about an issue, why not call the principal about something that really matters. Like the cuts against the music department and the downsizing of our marching band. I'm sure there are many more issues you can think of, but really that different generations have different levels of tolerance (more than your's that is).

Posted by ahjew, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

anyone who is complaining about what happened is old. They have some anal view on everything in life and our not up to date obviously. "Im gonna call the principal". Your a joke

Posted by foothill parent, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Stop the attacks. I think the reason this was brought up was to question where was the guidance. This was a school event. I'm all for fundraising, I give to the fundraising at Foothill. I also think most parents want the kids to have fun. I don't think anyone here is saying they have "perfect" kids. If I've read the objections correctly, it was basically saying that the administration could have done a better job on scaling down some of the sexuality. Yes,it is out there in the real world, but does it have a place in a school event? Kids will be kids, but administration should be there for guidance, not censorship, guidance...That's all...

Posted by Graduate of foothill high school, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

As a former student at foothill high I know we did alot of fundraising for our dances and other events. Altough they have been times where it was inappropriate it is all for fun and can not blame our administration for this.if you don't like it move. Morals and values are not taught at the school especially in highschool they are taught at home with the parents.Pleasanton has become fake over the past years and so are the parents.childreen are the reflection of their parents. Maybe you shouldn't worry so much about mr FHS and more about what your kids are doing on the weekend when your not watching. I'm sure when you guys wer teenagers there was inappropriate things that you did to that your parents didn't approve of so get a life and stop posting stuff and wasting everones time.

Posted by FHS Alumnus, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I feel like people are too black and white about everything. First, yes, the show's acts are pretty inappropriate. That's the point. It gives a bunch of laughs to audiences that cringe at the awkwardness and whatnot. But no doubt, some of it is indeed inappropriate (yet humorous).

Second, this point has been reiterated many times, but I'll say it again for the sake of argument: high school kids (especially nowadays) don't live under some rock and have no exposure to "mature content". They are constantly exposed to it everywhere: media, Hollywood, music, and even video games. But let's seriously stop being so extreme right now. Just because that statement is true does not mean that every person who takes this side of the argument legitimately thinks that "because the kids are exposed to it, it's okay to flaunt it and have it be public in a show like Mr. Foothill" (something along the lines of that).

No. That's a terrible assumption, and this kind of assumption leads to endless arguments that becomes far off from the original proposition, which also leads to people getting angry. So as for whoever thinks, even hypothetically, that we might as well have acts where kids reenact illegal drug usage or something of its offensive nature, that's just a severely invalid argument.

I'm really not taking a particular side here. I'm just trying to consider both sides of the argument. (But I do -slightly- lean towards parents being a bit overreactive...because, well, they do sometimes.) If the general consensus is that the material was highly offensive, then wouldn't the two administrators would have taken action? And from my experiences, PUSD administrators are rather uptight and restrictive about many things.

It's inevitable, I think, that the content of the show does get more inappropriate every year. That's how kids this generation are growing up through all of the exposure they're getting. Perhaps it will reach a point where the majority rules that it has crossed the line.

I think it comes down to this:

Parents: Let the kids have their fun, assuming it is within boundaries, and enjoy their few years in high school. If any parents out there are seriously, severely offended and are adamant to voice their opinions, wouldn't it make more sense to actually take this up to the school or district rather than furiously type away behind the keyboard on some open forum where kids can come in and provoke them and heighten their frustration? After all, I'm sure almost all of the parents have been a high school student before. Kids learn from their mistakes, not from their parents putting them in chains. (But please don't take that statement and assume that I mean that kids can snort all the cocaine they want and "learn from their mistakes" or something ridiculous like that.)

Students: Have fun having fun in high school. But at the same time, it would be wise to keep in mind where the limit is. I think Mr. Foothill is a fun night where people can come and have a good time and go home happy, but if it gets carried away and the school puts restrictions, just do what they say. It's easy to think that you're on top of the world because you're a high school student, but being 14-18 years old is really nothing.

That's my two cents. Stop this senseless argument.

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I volunteer at a local Pleasanton school and was told not to say God Bless you if some one sneezes or say the word God. HMMMM After reading this article I am going to say God Bless you!! At least I will have my clothes on.

Posted by Foothill alumnus, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm

To all members of the Pleasanton community upset by the Mr. Foothill contest, I have a bone to pick with you. As a fairly recent graduate of FHS, I have such an issue with your reaction that I can't just pretend like it's something just for current students to deal with. I saw this same reaction way too many times during my time at Foothill and it never ended with the students' well being in mind. It always ended with the few ignorant and vocal parents making decisions without any actual knowledge of the event itself, the Foothill administration or the students that go to Foothill.

The amazing thing about Mr. Foothill is that it does what four years of rallies, homecoming skits and football games never managed to do. Mr. Foothill successfully brings together the senior class for the first time. Sad, but true. Other than graduation, Mr. Foothill 2008 was the only time I saw a football star, drum major, drama student, artist, class clown, heart throb, ASB president and choir singer all in one place. Each brought their own niche of the Foothill class of 2008 as their support and for once it was something we were all a part of.

And for those saying this is a travesty to public education, hear this: the event takes place after school, no one is forced to attend, no one is forced to participate and your precious tax dollars aren't supporting the night. Are you really going to say that Pleasanton schools are wrongly "asking the public for a tax bailout" because of this? Because the senior class financially supported its own fundraiser to try and make end of the year activities affordable to all of its members? Were you not around when the teachers everywhere were receiving pink slips? Shame on you for turning this into us versus them.

And to all the comments about the slacking and amoral administration, you obviously haven't been a Foothill student in the past six years. In my time at Foothill I've seen countless proposed rivalry and class shirts banned for innuendos and hostility that no one but the most vigilant would have interpreted. I've been given lectures, gone to rallies, read letters that were sent home in attempt to address any and every indiscretion that takes place in affiliation with Foothill. Sometimes I feel that the administration is PC to the point of being a detriment to its students. I doubt I'm the only one who feels this way.

Historically, parents that have taken it upon themselves to publicly flog the actions of Foothill students have repeatedly done so with no consideration for the students themselves. This is the primary reason why I, a graduate of Foothill who has, quite frankly, moved on with her life, am taking any time to write this. While parents are lambasting the administration, the students and the community at large, they don't see what that does to us as students. To this day I mention I went to Foothill and the response is "the freak dancing school?" The media attention that event garnered due to community outcry has eclipsed the academic, athletic and artistic standing of its students.

Claiming that Mr. Foothill is touting and promoting sexism, racism, drugs, suicide among children suffering from depression (I'm not making this up, they all come from the comments posted here) are not only hyperbolic and horrible examples of slippery slope arguments, they're painting a picture of a school filled with low life scum. Parents and community members claim they're outraged on the behalf of what's good for the students, but does anyone really have the students' interests at heart? Please stop trying to stroke your self-righteous egos and think about the way your portraying these students. They aren't bad people. Especially the boys who participated. They're the ones who put their egos aside to get a laugh and some money to support their class.

So please think about the effect of your reactions. I'm not advocating turning a blind eye when something offensive or inappropriate takes place. But please, pick your battles. Mr. Foothill is not something to start a witch hunt over. Neither are a lot of things that Pleasanton chooses to beat itself up over. But just think about your high school years and take a look at the real world. Foothill's not such a bad place, is it?

~A well adjusted Foothill graduate, thank you very much.

Posted by Ronc, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Where can you buy the calendars? I wish to donate to the fundraiser as our schools and students are very important to me. From the sounds of it is that was no different than what I see on broadcast and cable TV

Posted by Ummy, a resident of Gatewood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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Okay I understand that we are all living in the postmodern era and everyone's voice must be heard, but ending a tradition because of the vocal minority seems ridiculous. Don't live in the land of binary opposition and have some fun ;) Not everything in life is black and white; actually, most are on a normative scale. So yes, MrFHS might have been inappropriate, but it wasn't too far from the norm of what happens in all high schools.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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I don't understand how "because it is tradition" or "because media exposes us to so much more" or "because others do it" is an excuse for indecency.

Posted by Get educated!, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 9, 2010 at 1:05 am

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It is great to hear from the students and alumni who have direct knowledge of the event and to whom the event is targeted. Your words are well stated, I'm not surprised to see so many "adults" miss your point and then back up their reasoning with weak arguments themselves. I wonder how many didnt even see the show? Did they miss Mr. September's acts of chivalry? They choose to focus on the negative, placing blame whereever they can- against the students, the faculty, the school district. Seems like this "rage" is a sign of times for many "adults" in this community who only feel better when complaining, blaming, and pointing fingers of morality. Talk about "kids these days"...its the negative adults that I find offensive. Keep speaking up for yourself and your education. ... the point of all of this is for you.

Posted by P-Town Parent, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

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I was at the contest this year and have been in the past as well. In my mind, there was nothing wrong with the Mr. Foothill competition. Having grown up in Pleasanton, it saddens me to see people so concerned about others, rather than worry about their own kids. There are countless times over the years where I have seen these "Golden Children" out of homes where the parents think their angels can do no wrong, actually are some of the biggest problems in the city. Parents, get your heads out of the sand. Mr. Foothill was a fun night for all those involved -- I would rather have my child involved there, than out doing OXY with the kids who don't partake in school events. What a joke we have moronic parents in this town who can't see the forest through the trees. Encourage your kids to get involved in school activities instead of blasting the school every chance you get. You're pathetic. Great job Foothill and keep the spirit alive along with the people at Amador!!

Posted by fhs senior, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:52 am

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I'm a senior at Foothill High School and can't wait to get out of this town simply because of parents like the one who felt so compelled to write her response to the Mr. Foothill fundraiser. Do you honestly have nothing better to do? Maybe you should focus your energy on raising your kids instead of putting your energy into ripping on a school district that you obviously chose because of the amazing environment provided and great academic results. If you're so disgusted by this, move. Move to Orange County, and enroll your child in a private school where they can live in solitude and have zero exposure to what's really out there. Whenever parents realize their kids have the slightest glimpse of the real world, they freak out. Here's a reality check for you, every single person in the world is exposed to this stuff if they want to be. Is it a good thing? maybe not. but it's out there so get used to it. Sorry to point out the hypocrisy in this, but does no one see 4-6th grade girls running around in more make-up than adult women? Girls from ages 8-12 are wearing clothes bought at stores like Hollister and Abercrombie where there are models of pretty much naked men advertising the clothes that parents are buying for them. We're concerned about a calendar for a fundraiser for SENIORS when there are 10 year olds out there buying clothes at stores with naked men posted on the walls. Umm....? Middle School boys tell stories about making out plus A LOT more with middle school girls and we're worried about a little sexual innuendo? Parents, the real world: kids are growing up faster, often due to your urge to have them fit into a society where it's acceptable to grow up too fast. You should expect this kind of behavior because you patronize it when you provide make-up, push up bras, cable (because YES all of these things are on TV), books, magazines, anything. Really, let's take a look at what's truly going on here. Please.

Let us remember, too, that this is not required. It's a fundraiser mainly for seniors who want some laughs. We're about to leave for college and I think we all know what's in store for us there. Better be Prepared!

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