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Watkins Mill myths: don’t believe everything you hear

Exposing the truth behind the myths about Watkins Mill High School

Exposing the truth behind the myths about Watkins Mill High School

Arthur Siqueira

Arthur Siqueira

Exposing the truth behind the myths about Watkins Mill High School

Taylor Dawson, Lauren Flandrau, and Annie Riley

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“Oh, you go to Watkins Mill?”


“Good luck.”

Most students and even teachers at Watkins Mill have had a variation of that conversation because other people assume Watkins Mill is a horrible school, usually without having even set foot in the building.

Modern world history teacher James Torrence has been working at The Mill since 1998. Before he arrived, he heard Watkins Mill was a great school, but things got sticky once he started work.

Torrence started hearing negative comments in his neighborhood about Watkins Mill, such as “It’s a bad school,” and “It’s not a good environment to teach in.” But, Torrence said, “I don’t really see the behavioral problems, and I don’t reconcile what the community says with what actually happens here.”

“I heard it was a rough and bad school to work at, but I think it’s only rough if you look at it that way,” social studies teacher Brian Lanham said.  “So I always try my best to help each student.” This is a common trend in the rumors around Montgomery County, but it seems that it wasn’t always this way.

Head football coach and Watkins Mill alumni Michael Brown has worked at Watkins Mill for six years as a paraeducator. “The atmosphere is more cultural than when I went here,” Brown said. “People would always tell me it’s [bad], it’s [rundown], but I work here but have never felt that way.” 

However, the honesty about Watkins Mill may be seen in a student’s eyes rather than in a teacher’s. As a teacher, you may choose to see the best in your workplace environment. But as a student, you don’t necessarily get to choose.

“Before I came here, I was always told that it’s a [negative] environment. There are a lot of fights and people do drugs in the bathrooms,” senior Isai Flores said. “But I don’t see that.  I feel safe here.”   

“People always told me the students were rude and disrespected the teachers, but I feel it is so different,” freshman Emily Zu said. “I really like high school. The teachers have made a big impact on me and the students are so much nicer than I expected.”

No single school is perfect. There are flaws everywhere, but Watkins Mill has amazing opportunities and so much to offer. Yes, there are occasional fights, but every school has those.  And it’s important to remember that Watkins Mill always comes together as a school when there are bigger problems that need addressing


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About the Writers
Taylor Dawson, Features Editor and Social Media Director

Taylor Dawson is a senior at Watkins Mill High School and is one of the two Social Media Directors and a Features Editor For The Current. Taylor loves being is active within Watkins Mill and loves playing on the soccer team. She spends a lot of time working at a local ice cream shop but besides that, you can find her enjoying life somewhere with her friends.

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Lauren Flandrau, Sports Editor

Lauren Flandrau is a senior at Watkins Mill High School and is a sports writer for The Current. Flandrau has been swimming on the Varsity Swim Team since freshman year and is a senior captain. She is interested in pursuing her love for children at Towson University in their Nursing Program.

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Annie Riley, News Editor

Annie is a senior at Watkins Mill and a News Editor for The Current. Annie has played soccer since she was 6 and continues to work towards playing in college. She plans to study communications in college or study in the medical field.

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