The air is filled with corny pink hearts and arrow-shooting babies. The only sounds are couples smooching in the hallways and Taylor Swift songs playing on the radio. Suddenly it dawns on the unsuspecting victim -- it's Valentine's Day!
Oh, can it get any worse?! Just when there appears to be no hope for the poor defenseless victim, the school doors slam open and in walk ... the single people, with bats slung over their shoulders and giant heart-shaped piA+-atas in their hands. That's right, it's Anti-Valentine's time!
V-Day has two very different effects on teens. A person can either be completely in love with the holiday or loath it intensely.
One fan is Tiffany Johnson, a sophomore at Bonneville High, who says she loves Valentine's Day and is especially fond of receiving gifts.
However other teenagers dislike this February holiday with a passion.
"The love, the crushes, pink everything ... I HATE IT!" said Jeydon Child, a student at Syracuse Arts Academy Junior High.
Heart Day fans
Why are some teenagers sweet on Feb. 14?
"Knowing it's a holiday is exciting enough," said Alyssa Knight, a junior at Bonneville High.
It is great to have a holiday where people can celebrate their love for each other but that's not why Caleb Hunt, a student at West Point Junior High, enjoys this one.
"I like it because it is fun to see all of the breakups and get-togethers," said Hunt.
Sweets and other gifts are also reasons hearts may throb over Valentine's Day. Knight, for instance, says her favorite part of the holiday is "candy!"
"It's a perfect reason to get chocolate and flowers. What girl doesn't want that?" said Dorothy Miller, a senior at Northridge High.
Preston Patterson, a senior at Bonneville High, topped the cake and said his favorite thing about Valentine's Day is "spending time with my girlfriend."
"I like it. It is a time for people to show affection for the ones they love, whether it be their significant other or their family," said Tanner Lee, a senior at Northridge High.
Just say no
But why are some so inclined to dread this day of love?
"It's great, unless you're at high school with hormones that zoom around like rockets!" said Josh White, a Bonneville sophomore.
Nikki Nye, a Clearfield junior, thinks V-Day is awful because of all the couples.
It's true this day of romance definitely has more than its fair share of PDA in the halls. And Valentine's Day does tend to draw attention to the lonely hearts club.
"Well, I personally think it's Singleness Awareness Day, so I'm not a big fan of it," said Mikarie Kelsey, a senior at Northridge High.
Other teens say the holiday has changed as they've grown up.
"I don't like it as much now, 'cause you don't get a whole day of getting candy and valentines like when we were younger," said Michaela Carson, a sophomore at Northridge High.
Reide Thompson, a junior at Northridge High, added, "I don't like it 'cause in high school Valentine's is so sentimental, whereas in elementary you have to give a valentine to everyone, so they all feel special. And then you get a lot more candy."
Day of surprises
However, when it comes to Valentine's Day, there are a lot of optimistic people out there like Joe Giacalone, a junior at Clearfield High, who believes Feb. 14 is a day "full of possibilities."
On the other hand Mark Storey, a junior at Clearfield, dreads Valentine's because of the possibilities.
"You never know if there is a 'secret admirer' waiting until Valentine's to tell you how they feel. Awkward ..." said Storey.
Matthew Schaelling, a senior at Northridge High, said, "I think Valentine's Day can be fun and sentimental, but is often taken too far. There is no need to cause a scene and spend a lot of money for the holiday. The only important part of the day is to be with people you care about, whether they are friends or a significant other."
If you are in a relationship, enjoy the holiday for its original purpose or do something random just to have a good time.
If you are single, don't sit alone in your room all day sobbing; instead get out and enjoy life or better yet, throw your own Anti-Valentine's Party. You never know, you just might enjoy beating a heart-shaped piA+-ata into an unidentifiable pile of papier-machA(c) and cardboard.
So at the end of the day, couples may still be making out and "Today Was a Fairytale" may keep playing on the radio but our "helpless victim" can still enjoy the 14th of February.
Madison Ostberg is a sophomore at Bonneville High School. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.