Could High School Behavior Affect a Future Career?


Katie Stinson, Sophomore Staff Writer

On October 16th, 2018,  U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate as the newest judge of the highest federal court in the land. The decision was reached amid controversy and protests, due to sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh that allegedly took place thirty-six years ago. The allegations shocked and divided the nation, leaving many people questioning the credibility of both parties.

Brett Kavanaugh is the second Supreme Court judge appointed by President Donald Trump. After being questioned about his views on important issues and passing several background checks, Kavanaugh appeared to be cleared for confirmation. But in the weeks leading up to his swearing-in, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward and accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in 1982. Ford claims Kavanaugh attempted to assault her while he was intoxicated. She was 15 and he was 17. Judge Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegations saying, “…I have never done anything to her or to anyone. That’s not who I am. It is not who I was. I am innocent of this charge.”

In the testimony that followed,  Dr. Ford’s claims seemed to be backed up by Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook, which had apparent references to alcohol consumption and gave some insight into a high school culture that could be described as disrespectful to women. In her testimony, Ford said she was certain it was Kavanaugh who had assaulted her and that the incident had changed her life. During Kavanaugh’s testimony, he furiously denied ever assaulting anyone in his life and called the confirmation process “a national disgrace.”  Although Kavanaugh has been confirmed, there is still much controversy concerning this appointment.

As high school students, we don’t always consider how the decisions we make now can impact our future. Although the allegations against Kavanaugh have not been proven true, they pose the question of whether our actions in high school could affect our future careers. When asked this question, sophomore Isabella Sandberg responded, “Although I believe that people do change and mature after high school, if you did something illegal, you did something illegal, no matter when it happened.” Junior Rylie Campbell said, “Yes, what you do now should affect your future.  High school is the beginning of your career.” In the Kavanagh example, a page from his high school yearbook was used to strengthen Ford’s claims. In this digital age, nearly everyone has access to a camera and posts personal information throughout different social media platforms. Therefore, the next time an opportunity for misconduct presents itself, consider carefully what may come back to haunt you thirty-six years from now.