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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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At the end of their final Collection, the class of 2024 streamed onstage for a final dance, and shouts of SEN-IORS!
Class of 2024's Last Collection [Brief & Video]
With heartfelt speeches and whole-class choreography, seniors said farewell to their teachers and underclassmen.
Members of Friends Schools class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.
Photos, Dancing, Memories - and Don't Forget the Food [Brief]
Missed prom? A Quill correspondent and first-time attendee recaps everything you need to know.
Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.

I Hate Machine Gun Kelly [Opinion]

Forget his mediocre music and foolish posturing. The real reason to loathe him is the way he talks about underage girls.
Photo by Aliane Schwartzhaupt on Unsplash

Machine Gun Kelly, a 32-year-old who got his start in rap, has a net worth of $25 million – which will only go up if he marries on-and-off girlfriend Megan Fox. He sports a new leather jacket, professionally bleached hair, a million dollar car collection, and music processed to oblivion.

What’s not to like? Well, a lot.

Musicians who proclaim that they are anarchists while profiting off a capitalist system (making an obscene amount of money) are simply phony. To be fair, MGK didn’t grow up rich like he is now, and he does have experience working service jobs, which shows that he has lived as a member of the working class. And I admit I enjoy his movies. 

But come on. The pink anarchy symbol on his album cover is just bad. 

The music isn’t the main issue, though. Mediocre music sells as long as there’s a market for it, which there is. A lot of teens are looking to ‘rebel,’ and MGK offers an extremely accessible way of doing that. 

But the real issue with Machine Gun Kelly isn’t his music, his hypocrisy, or his aesthetic. It’s his disturbing comments and inclinations towards underage girls. 

In a now-deleted tweet from 2010, MGK write: “I wish 13/14/15-year-old girls weren’t allowed to be hot, so I wouldn’t feel like such a creeper when I look at them … I’m still 19.” 

Two years later, he tweeted about Eminem’s daughter, who was 16 at the time, saying she was “hot as f*ck.” Even worse, in a 2013 interview with Fuse (when he was 23), he talked extensively about his crush on and attraction to Kendall Jenner, who was a minor at the time, claiming he “wouldn’t hesitate to have sex with her.” 

He made light of it, showing that he knew it was wrong. But rather than trying to improve, he made excuses. He tried to justify his statements by naming other famous men, like Axel Rose, who have dated young girls as older men.

Some people have called this out. Far Out Mag reported on tweets by Alice Glass calling out MGK’s creepy behavior. But none of this has damaged his career, or gained much traction in the media. 

If you have to defend artists that you like, it’s really not worth it. Especially if it’s MGK.

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Lucy Murphy, Editor-in-Chief
Lucy, class of 2024, specializes in the areas of music, art, and opinion; and enjoys writing creatively and journalistically. In her spare time she plays in a band and creates visual art.
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    BrodyFeb 4, 2024 at 11:22 pm

    you gotta understand that it is wrong. your right, but its also not uncommon. the ammount of people who think those things are everywhere. its not somthing you should be protecting, but its not exactly abnormal. I gurentee you have probably thought the same thing about other people younger than you, and fthe thing is, girls around 14/15/16 try to look older than they are, and a lot of times succeed. its hard to tell. and im 15, so i know this firsthand.