When bustling through the hallways, St. Xavier students quite enjoy sitting down in the hallway for a nice cup of tea and a long chat with one of their fellow peers. Personal relationships, a conversation, a catch-up with a peer are all far more important than getting to class on time.
Many students are faced with the same devastating problem throughout the five minutes they receive from getting from class-to-class. Should they choose to get to class on time, or should they have a nice chat with a comrade. This overwhelming question is the cause for many JUGs and amercements throughout the halls of St. Xavier High School. For example, some time ago in my World Language class a sophomore skulks to his desk seven minutes after our lecture has begun. “Why are you so late, Mr. Francy?” Señora Turner asks, an irritated look on her face. “I was just talking to some friend,” Hayden replies.
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Señora Turner pulls out a JUG slip and throws it on her desk. “See me after class, Hayden,” Señora states sharply. At this point, the whole Spanish class is in laughter, rolling on the floor, jumping up and down, and grabbing at their stomachs. Poor Hayden’s attempt to foster a personal relationship had backfired, leaving the virtuous child with a Justice Under God. Of course, personal relationships, a conversation, and a catch-up with a peer are important, but only if they take place at the right time. An example of an acceptable place for you to foster a personal relationship might be at a football game, where your social life can flourish, or during a free bell, when catching up with a fellow comrade can benefit you. With that said, if you choose to have an important consultation during the five minutes you receive to get from class to class, it is not my fault for the stares that you will receive. If you want to avoid the consequences and a possible consequence, simply have the discussion at another time.
Because of the schedule many high school students possess, specifically those who attend St. Xavier HS, fostering personal relationships and the embargo of technology in the hallway is utterly useless. My greatest example of this was during my very first day here at St. X. You see, before I made the grand decision of attending St. Xavier High School the four years of my high school career, I shadowed many students to get a feel for the long blue line. All the shadowing and visits I had done revealed to me one thing – technology use in the hallway was greatly encouraged.
Back to my first day of school, I had walked through the glorious doors of St. Xavier as virtuous as ever. If you can recall, the first day of school was an all-class-meet day. That means, my free bell (H bell) was at the very end of the day. I went through all my classes displaying chaste behavior. “Oh, thou Mr. Zepf, how are thee?” or “Nice to meet you, Señora Turner,” were common phrases I repeated throughout the whole day.
Finally, H bell came. Finally, I had a free bell. Finally, I had time to myself. My happiness was short lived. As you can guess, I did not have the knowledge that all technology use was banned in the hallway. I did not have the knowledge that fostering personal relationships was a new norm. Slowly, I sat down next to the lockers right next to the cafeteria. Unfortunately, Silver Fox was in the cafeteria that day.
Silver Fox caught a glimpse of me right away. Right away, a smile crept over his wrinkly face. Silver Fox levitated closer to me, a black mass illuminating his presence. “What do you think you are doing?!” Silver Fox grinning as the dark words spit out of his mouth. Before I could answer, Silver Fox whipped out one of his famous JUG slips – on the first day of school. Fortunately, however, the dismissal bell rung right before he could ask me for my name.
My only reaction was to run. Backpack on my shoulders, computer in my hand, I sprinted to the buses, my face showing mixed signs of fear and relief. I never spoke of the incident again.
If we, as a community of students and administrators could take time to think logically and not just implement pointless rules for the sake of it, all these numerous consequences could be avoided. I think school and life in general would greatly improve if we didn’t enforce rules to support unnecessary personal relationships, conversations, or a catch-up with a peer.