The rock, which was painted green in remembrance of Sophomore Sam Lewandoski, who died on January 3, 2012, was painted over white with the saying “This is not the Rock” for the Clue Game this year. And some students are not happy with it.
The Clue Game returned to BHS for its third year, and this time the focus of the game revolves around The Rock being stolen. What was merely supposed to be a minor joke with the game turned out to create a huge conflict. For some students, seeing the rock repainted took away from the memory of the everyday routine of looking at Sam’s name when they pull into the parking lot in the morning.
“I don’t like it. I nearly teared up at the thought of Sam being covered up,” said Sophomore Bryce Bishop.
“I cried when I saw it. I couldn’t believe his name was covered up,” said Sophomore Jessie McMullen.
The Clue Game, normally a popular game in the school, is being affected by the rock painting.
“I’m not the happiest about it being painted for this event. But I think that the people who were close to him, this will affect their choice if they place a guess or not. A lot of people are upset about what happened,” said Sophomore Cassie Bunkers.
“The Clue Game is a fun activity. But this year I’m not as into it, because of the rock thing,” said McMullen.
Spring sports are starting and graduation coming up. To some students, those topics seem to be more suitable causes for the rock to be painted.
“I thought that the rock would eventually be painted over, but I just expected it to last most of the year. I think I would be more ok with it if it was something to do with sports going to State or seniors 2011-2012,” said Bunkers.
As the school year goes on and draws closer to an end, the rock will be painted over for many things. And students may still be upset about it for whatever or whenever it’s repainted.
“I am in the middle of this. I agree that it should have been painted over because it’s been so long but I think it could have been painted better to show more respect. It’s stupid that people are starting drama over a rock. It’s just a rock and a few squirts of paint,” said Sophomore Jake Willmert.
by Maggie Walstrom and Kirsten Kaufman