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Changing Opinions on the Hall Passes

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Changing Opinions on the Hall Passes

J Swanson

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At the beginning of the year high school students were outraged. Petitions were signed and rebellions were sparked but quickly diffused. Why? All because of a piece of paper that limited our bathroom privileges and required our teacher’s signature to leave the room. Some kids even got doctors notes to get around this. However, the outrage was understandable. It is never easy to be told you are not trusted enough to use the bathroom or fill up your water bottle at your own discretion.

One trimester of the passes has gone by and after about a month in nobody really seems to care anymore. The truth is; the passes didn’t seem to have much affect on students day to day lives. “At first I thought the passes were gonna suck but now that we have been using them for a while.. I ended up only using a couple per tri.” This is what Bryant Veguit, a senior, had to say when asked how he felt about the passes. Most teachers didn’t even implement the pass, some only required that you take the blue slip with you so you didn’t raise suspicion. The teachers that were worried about it were the newer teachers that haven’t had any experience with that and needed to make their mark. Justin Beyer, a senior, said, “Most senior teachers don’t mind it but for underclassmen I assume they probably do”.

Some students still don’t take too kindly to the passes. “Frickin’ annoying,” said Beyer after being asked how he felt about the passes, “and you have to use them for like the nurse and office which is pretty lame.” Mel Phan, a junior and member of student council, also feels strongly against the passes, stating that “Other than the fact that the student body had to limit our liquid intake and store our urine for longer periods of time just to prevent using one of twelve given passes since there are approximately ninety days in a tri, which is ninety days where I might have to go pee at a higher rate.. No. The pass has hardly affected me.”

Even some parents are annoyed by this, going as far to email the school or offering to call their kids out of school so they can go home to use the bathroom.

The student body has gone through one trimester of the new rule and nobody seems to have any major issues yet. The passes don’t look like they’re going to be going anywhere so we’ll have to see what the rest of the year has in store for the student body.

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