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Photo by Austin Stump
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Obnoxious.

That is the word that many South students used to describe the truck-filled back row of the athletic parking lot. The group of boot wearing, lifted and loud truck driving, flannel shirt wearing students that all back their trucks in together every day has gained quite the reputation around school.

The “truck gang” or “truck row”, as some students like to refer to the group of friends, draws plenty of attention. Along with this attention comes the opinions that people form about the group.

Senior Rhett Delay said, “they are just trying to make a scene” about why these students choose to dress and behave the way they do. Delay said that they are doing it more to get attention than anything.

“They don’t know what they are talking about,” Delay went on to say.

He believed that these students spend more time acting the part of a “country kid” than actually being one.

Delay said, “They mostly live in nice neighborhoods and don’t live a lifestyle that reflects the way they act.”

Other people that drive trucks at school but don’t associate with this group, like senior Joey Barr, said that all people that drive trucks get put together because “those guys have given people that drive trucks an untrue stigma.”

“I don’t dress or drive like them but just because my vehicle is a truck I get unwanted attention,” Barr said.

Junior Tristan McCoy said that he gets associated with the group, too, just because he drives a truck.

“The only reason I drive a truck is because my parents gave it to me” said McCoy. “I would be fine driving a car, having a truck isn’t anything special to me.”

McCoy said that this group of “truck driving rednecks” was not like this before high school.

“It’s just a phase,” said McCoy. “They didn’t try to stand out in middle school like this.”

Junior Ryan Korsmeyer, one of the people that parks with the “truck row,” said that people don’t understand who they actually are.

“People don’t bother me about parking back there or driving a truck. I don’t ever get a hard time about it,” said Korsmeyer.

Korsmeyer said, “People should drive whatever they want. It’s their choice.”

“Truck row” stirs opinions up at South, but they may not be as big of an annoyance as people make them out to be. No matter where you sit on this debate there is only one thing that is for sure, these boot wearing, lifted and loud truck driving, flannel shirt wearing students that all back their trucks in together everyday are here to stay and they enjoy who they are.

 

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