By Ellen Burgess
Despite students’ common belief, the faculty keeping students from leaving lunch early is not because of a desire to torture students and make them sit through an entire lunch period; members actually have a reason why students are not allowed to leave lunch early: safety.
Although it might be nice to slip out of lunch before the bell rings, maybe go to the bathroom before class or just get there early, allowing students to do so would decrease safety throughout the school.
“Students aren’t allowed to leave because of safety issues. If they leave, we don’t know exactly where they are in the school, and if anything were to happen, that would not be okay,” Assistant Principal Paul Murphy said.
Because teachers are assigned to certain lunches, the faculty members monitoring the lunch have access to how many students, and the specific students themselves, who are supposed to be in the cafeteria at a time.
If students could leave at will, they would be at risk of not being accounted for in the case of an emergency.
“We need to know where students are at all times. That’s why we do attendance. We need to know where students are just in case anything were to happen,” Murphy said.
Aside from going to the bathroom and getting to class early, students have no reason to leave lunch early. It might not be a favorite place in the school, but the cafeteria is definitely bearable for less than a half an hour. Plus, aside from study hall, students are allowed to socialize as loudly as desirable in the cafeteria.
Students are allowed to go to the bathroom during lunch, as long as they agree to return to the cafeteria after finishing, which eliminates that reason for leaving early.
Some argue that it can be difficult to get to class on time after lunch, but not only do faculty members do not only release students a few minutes early from lunch, but students are also given the additional four minutes between bells. If students are able to get from class to class on time, they are surely able to get to class promptly after lunch.
Students who attempt to slip by the monitoring faculty members are not accomplishing anything; they are putting themselves at risk.
Because they are putting students’ safety first, the faculty is justified in preventing students from leaving lunch before the bell rings.