Students create a new mystery in Maycomb


Mary Galkowski

It is hard to ignore multiple Atticus Finch print outs posted around the school. From lockers, to the halls, to the girls bathrooms, they are everywhere. Who is this avid To Kill a Mockingbird fan and why is he or she hanging up posters?

“I think they’re pretty cool because it’s just kind of a mystery of who’s putting them up and when I see one with my friends we point it out and say, ‘Hey there’s another one,’” sophomore Peter Martin said.

Usually when a flyer is posted in the halls, there is a stamp on each one stating that the Activities Office has approved it. However, the pictures have no sign of a single stamp or mark of approval.

“They should be approved, yes, so they should be coming down,” secretary of the Activities Office Joan Debenport said.

Though Debenport has been taking a few down as she sees them, they continue to pop up throughout the school, but she still does not know who the culprit is or why they have been posted.

“I would think that it probably has something to do with an English class. Maybe they’re reading To Kill a Mockingbird,” Debenport said.

English I teacher Shannon Cremeens whose students read To Kill a Mockingbird agrees with this theory, but thinks that there might be a statement that is trying to be made about Atticus Finch, especially since the new information presented by the new book, Go Set a Watchman, came out.

The pictures that disturb me the most are the ones where his image is torn in pieces.  I don’t know if it’s a response to the recent summer release on Go Set a Watchman where Finch attends Klan meetings.  This action is a juxtaposition from the valiant attorney as portrayed in Mockingbird.  I don’t know, though,” Cremeens said.

But after two months of the mystery, somebody finally came forward to tell why he had been spreading Atticus around the school. Sophomore Jason Zimbelmann

“I’ll give you a confession: it’s me hanging up these pictures of Atticus. It’s so that there’s something there every morning, a quirk that just makes peoples’ day,” sophomore Jason Zimbelmann said.