FUHSD loveletters Instagram gains popularity

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Photo courtesy of Instagram

Minerva Kamra, Staff Writer

FUHSD has been flooded with drama in the weeks following the creation of @fuhsdlovelettersofficial account on Instagram. With its now iconic boldly colored posts, the account runs off of submissions from anonymous contributors. These submissions come in through their Instagram messages and Tellonym, an anonymous feedback app.

The page originally was started by two moderators, sophomore Kat Kushner (known as admin 1) and freshman Kat Snow (known as admin 2), both from FHS. Like something out of a teen drama, it has spread rapidly by gaining over 2,500 followers from a 10,000 student district since its debut post on Sept. 20, 2021. This has led to the expansion of the account and subsequent taking on several additional assistants to deal with the increased amount of submissions.

The account posts several times daily with color-coded pages depending on the school the post pertains to. The posts tend to be about everything from ships and crushes to confessions and advice. The account also allows for an advice column that lets students get support from others on how to deal with various issues.

“We created the account as a way to ship our friends and joke around,” Kushner said. “It was a huge surprise seeing a funny, lighthearted inside joke become such a crucial conversation within our district.”

One of the fears related to such a page being created is the propensity for cyberbullying.

“We didn’t want to be a part of the problem and encourage that,” Kushner said. “We don’t post anything related to bullying and harassment. We also highly encourage everyone to DM us to remove anything that makes people uncomfortable.”

Despite the option to message the account and ask that a specific post be taken down, the submissions still allow for someone to be mentioned without consent.

“I don’t quite get the appeal of sending in things and then just following the page,”  FHS junior Holly Wojcik said. “A lot of people I know have absolutely no interest in being mentioned or mentioning someone else but still want to be in the know.”

There have been some concerns raised over the legality of such an account. School rules state that harmful behavior towards other students online is prohibited.

Proponents of the page cite the page’s history of professionalism.

“As far as I know there hasn’t been many negatives from the account and I haven’t seen anybody [personally] affected by the page,”  FHS senior Juan Gabriel Ceja Garcia said.

According to Garcia,  he was not bothered by being mentioned in a post knowing it was just for laughs.

However, Wojcik says she is worried about what could happen if the professionalism drops and the situation blows out of proportion.

“I think shutting it down may be a bit extreme but I’m not quite sure what the less intense alternative would be,” said Wojcik.

For many, the page remains a lighthearted place to escape from the monotony of school life. Some even claim it has improved their lives.

“While most of the posts are notably just friends mentioning one another and it may seem useless; they also allow people in the district to ask advice, other students then respond to their questions,” Garcia said.