(Editor's Note: Mackenzie Hall is a sophomore at South Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto South Plainfield.)
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, South Plainfield High School (SPHS) math teacher Cameron Green established a Conspiracy Theory Club that provides students the opportunity to ‘debate official stories that are considered questionable by society.’
The student-run club focuses on topics such as Area 51, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the existence of alien life and technology, Apollo 11, and more. Students debate whether they believe that certain significant moments in history truly happened and present arguments in support of both sides of the aisle to decide if they believe the official story or the theory.
In his classroom, Green has a suggestions box where students can submit suggestions for a topic that interests them or one with a controversial story. The goal, said Green, is to ‘have the kids discuss certain theories and to get them thinking critically about the true and what is fictionalized.’
“The Conspiracy Theory Club is a lot of fun because we talk about things we don’t get to talk about in other classes,” said Jessica McGuinness, a SPHS junior and the club’s executive board member. “The best part is that we don’t just talk about aliens, it can be anything that we find interesting.”
Currently, there are 20 students in ninth through 12th grade actively involved in the club. Meetings are held In Green’s classroom on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
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