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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’m Sick of Watching Sickos [Opinion]

Sure, I get the appeal of following the clues like Nancy Drew, and of seeing criminals brought to justice. But our society’s obsession with true crime has reached creepy heights that I fear are unhealthy.
Sammi Nelson-Saunders
Why is our society so obsessed with streaming true-crime shows?

Why is our society obsessed with serial killers, true crime dramas, and everything in between?

Last year, the TV series “Dahmer” – in which Evan Peters plays serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, infamous for targeting brown and black people – became only the third title in Netflix history to be viewed for over 1 billion hours in its first 60 days.

It was number one on the streaming platform for months last year – which is interesting. It seems to me these types of shows are always a big hit.

The way our culture boosts these morbid TV series, documentaries, and movies up on a pedestal is just strange to me. It’s strange that we as people have a fascination with such stories. 

Sure, it’s a form of entertainment. And we all have the urge to break things down and figure out who did them and why, kind of like we’re Nancy Drew.

But I think the way producers and directors capitalize off of these stories is awful. Broadcasting them can force victims’ families to relive past traumas without compensation or support. 

Another example is the “Ted Bundy Tapes,” a series that follows Zac Efron as Ted Bundy during his infamous court hearing. Like “Dahmer,” it also reached the Top 10 list on Netflix very quickly. 

The same phenomenon shows up with the drama series “True Crime,” which a lot of people I know watch now. I’ve watched it a couple times myself.

From what I’ve seen, it’s hard to turn away.  The content is laced with shock factor so disgusting that it draws you in.

“I think I like watching people get justice,” said my mom, an avid watcher of true crime dramas. And I completely understand that answer. Most of these stories are depictions of real events, and it’s satisfying if they end with closure for victims, or justice being served.

But that doesn’t explain the popularity of fictional representations of similar stories.

For instance, “You” is a fictional series that follows Penn Badgley’s character Joe Goldberg. He is an obsessive, controlling, and possessive person who becomes a stalker of this one girl. He ends up killing her, beginning a cycle that continues with a new victim each season.

The series has gotten considerable attention from people on social media, some of whom fetishize the creepy crimes the character commits. I’ve seen people comment: “oh this is so attractive” and “I wish someone was so obsessed over me like that.” Even worse, I see these edits on tik tok romanticizing the character’s vile acts. 

What especially worries me is when people do the same with real criminals like Bundy and Dahmer. It’s nasty and disgusting to see people make jokes about such a serious situation.

The multiple fan accounts for Jeffrey Dahmer are really disturbing. They sexualize and idolize him in a way that makes me sick.

It’s come to a point where I wonder: when does consuming all these TV series, movies, and podcasts become unhealthy? And how do we stop?

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Sammi Nelson-Saunders
Sammi Nelson-Saunders, Contributor

Sammi, class of ‘23, is passionate about social justice and equity. She is an active member of the Black Student Union and the Debate club, and is the club head of BringChange2Mind. In college she wants to pursue psychology and African American studies.

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