Goddard High School students protest ‘Hobo Day’

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – As students at Goddard High School get pumped up for their crosstown rivalry game against Roswell High, their spirit week has led to some controversy. On Wednesday, students were supposed to dress up as hobos.

Goddard students were encouraged to dress like homeless people. Some students were upset by it, saying homelessness is not a joke.

Homecoming week at Goddard High School with dress-up days like “Monster Monday,” “Wrong Decade Tuesday” and “Hobo Wednesday,” which some students thought was out of line.

“Me and my friends tried to grit our teeth, not say anything but we were very frustrated,” said Alyssa Dunn, Goddard High School freshman.

Dunn and her friends decided to take a stand by making shirts in protest of “Hobo Wednesday,” saying “Homeless are Human.” Some even featured statistics about the homeless problem in America.

“The entire band pretty much participated, Key Club was actually out there to help and just a bunch of random students,” said Dunn.

Jeneva Martinez is the president of the Roswell Homeless Coalition.

She was happy to see students taking a stand.

“Instead of glamorizing or making fun of homeless within our community they wanted to shed light on it and they took it upon themselves being a student led committee,” said Martinez.

School officials say the student council was in charge of picking the dress-up days for spirit week.

Martinez says at least something good came out of the “Hobo Wednesday” idea.

“Instead of it being controversial it really turned into a positive and educational so I’m really I’m glad to see that the Goddard students took it upon themselves to address the issue,” said Martinez.

The superintendent says that they will not have another “Hobo Wednesday.”

He did not say if any staffers at the school raised any concerns about the costume theme.

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