Should Students Be Allowed to Leave School During Lunch?

Amaya Binns, Editor

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I wanted to dive deep and find out the real problems for students. For them to have a voice and speak their opinions on certain areas where students and administrators seem to be at head with each other. A notable factor that came up was students (specifically seniors) and their ability to leave school during lunch. The confrontation seemed to be students wanting to leave off campus during lunch but administrators not allowing it. Students thinking it was unfair treatment and didn’t see the point of not letting them leave during lunch. So, I tried to tackle this debacle and get both viewpoints of leaving school during lunch.

I asked both administrators and students a series of questions that had shocking and predictable answers. When asking seniors how they felt about students leaving school during lunch. Of course they gave answers in favor. One student commented, “Hell yeah! It’s Gucci,” by a senior David Park. But for some seniors as Lezette De Paz when asked the question they gave some intellectual insight into the situation saying, “I think it should be allowed. I think there should be a program that should be enacted that if you have a GPA of 3.0 and higher and have at least taken two AP’s you should be allowed to leave campus.” I think with this insight Lezette was trying to hint at was for some who have this GPA would obviously mean they’re taking their classes seriously because their grades are an important component to them and taking AP’s would be an additional measure.

Wondering if the students had any presumptions about the administrators view on the topic when asked if they thought administrators had fears of what will happen if students left campus. Senior Sandy Martinez quickly responded, “Kids will ditch and the school gets paid for attendance so they need them here.” Getting administrators view on the same questions their answers were shocking starting off with Ms. Sheckel answering, “I would like to see the students go off campus but I think lunch should be longer. Maybe we could enact a special hole in the ID cards that would be triggered for off campus privileges,” and Ms. Rizzo saying she also thought it was a good idea because of “our limited food options but unfortunately some students are not following rules and leaving without coming back.”

Both parties had concerns, fears and solutions for the safety for our students. Some students drive and if they happened to get in an accident the school could be liable, there could be many tardies or absences in classes, parents could sign a waiver to let students leave and if they received three tardies or more their privileges could be revoked if enacted. What makes their answers so shocking is because we’ve been seeing them through this dirty lens and don’t see students have similar views even if they may not agree with their decisions all the time. Is administration trying to punish us? Do they secretly hate and want to ruin our lives? No, they care as much for our well being as we do ourselves.

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