In push for gender-neutral language, Easthampton 'freshmen' to be called 'first years'

Student activists met with the yearbook committee to suggest changes.

EASTHAMPTON -- Ninth-grade students at Easthampton High School will no longer be called "freshmen." Instead, they will be called "first years."

The change was approved by the School Committee as part of their acceptance of a new, revised student handbook.

"For the purpose of class meetings and activities, including the class dues, students will be considered first years, sophomores,...

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