Being past my school years is something I am definitely thankful for. It is not because I thought that was a terrible time period, but because I am not sure if I would be able to survive it now.
If you would like to know why, follow the links to my past posts:
- Getting admitted to a university is not so clear-cut anymore.
- Kids protest more than study.
- Father-daughter dances are being assassinated.
- Teenage girls going bra-less at school is normal.
Today, I present to you another fresh idea that has me speechless. Namely, doors removed from bathroom stalls at schools.
What is the reasoning behind it? Someone left a note threatening a school shooting on one of the doors. What is removing the doors supposed to do? Prevent a shooting? Or just have kids stop writing on doors? Are they going to knock down all the walls, too, once something appears on them?
As you can imagine, that move caused an outcry from the students and their parents, but the district did not overturn the decision. Kids are now placing various items in front of the stalls so that other kids know they are using the toilet and would respect their privacy.
Particularly girls have been outraged by this move. Because of that, they are allowed to use a private bathroom in the nurse’s office. Good, right? Not so much. Since it is a single stall bathroom, the girls stand in line much longer than they normally would, and end up skipping parts of their classes because of that. Definitely a good excuse when you are not prepared for class.
Fortunately, I also stumbled upon a positive article about changes at school.
This time around, a school in New York is helping kids survive. And it is not by taking off bathroom stall doors. Instead, the principle continues the tradition to keep the school open on Friday nights. He attributes the fact that he has not lost a single student to gun violence this school year to that very program. It warms my heart to see that last year, there was a free laundry room installed on school grounds.
Kids say that staying at school on Friday nights keep them off the streets and away from a life of crime. Instead, they can play pool, video games or basketball. A warm meal is also served for those that stay in late.
What is even better is knowing that the program continues throughout summertime and occurs three times a week.
Thankfully, when I was growing up, I lived in an alright neighborhood. That is why I am not sure why kids like this program because of “security”. They say it is better than being on the streets selling drugs. Does someone pull them out of their houses to do that? I am not trying to be patronizing. I am just curious as to why one could not just stay at home. You do not have to be hassling if you do not want to. Right?
The laundry room sounds like a genius idea to me. It is fueled by community donations. That is such a beautiful thing. That way, even the poorest can have clean cloths. There is some good left in the world.
Are you in school?
Do you think you could go back to school?
What do you think of preventing a shooting by removing stall doors?
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