EASTHAMPTON (CBS) — One high school in Massachusetts has decided to stop using the term “freshmen” when referring to their ninth graders.

Easthampton High School wrote in their handbook that “for the purpose of class meetings and activities, including the class dues, students will be considered first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.”

It is a part of the school’s effort to be more gender-inclusive.

According to MassLive, the idea to switch was brought to the attention of school officials by the students Gender-Sexuality Alliance. The handbook committee included teachers, counselors, administrators, and a school police officer.


Comments (23)
  1. I am offended by the 12th graders calling themselves Seniors, I am 75 years old and I am a Senior. What are they going to do about that? OLD LIVES MATTER!!!

  2. Larry Bundy says:

    That’s what they’ve always been called in the UK. I spent years as a kid watching ’80 Hollywood movies wondering what on Earth a “Freshman” was.

  3. Might as well go all in and call tenth graders “second years,” eleventh graders “third years” and the graduatinh class “fourth years.” Or maybe copy the Law School pattern, and use 1HS, 2HS, 3HS and 4 HS, which would soon become “one H-ers, two H-ers, three H-ers and 4-H (oops, didn’t see that one coming)

  4. This is so stupid. I just can not even believe it is an issue.

  5. Why is this stupidity even an issue “gender -inclusive”…you people are NUTS!

  6. Sue Ketschke says:

    You should be proud to be apart of an education process that has worked it’s way through many obstacles and changes with women. We are strong and we are HERE. We just don’ t have to shove it down everyone’s throat! Stop trying to change something that doesn’t need to be changed. Everyone knows we are here and everyone knows what is stands for Women and Men!

  7. Yet another thing that makes me glad I left that crazy state when I did. I think those administrators belong up the road in Northampton (in the mental hospital).

  8. this is exactly the stupidness that makes me love Trump! bring back common sense

  9. can we just stop already, like, it’s time to stop.

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