The Lake Breeze Newspaper

Volume #98, Issue #9

Lake Breeze Newspaper

Andrew Becker, Web Edition Editor

May 23, 2013

School Safety Concerns: Reasons Why Students Must Leave Commons By 3:30 p.m. Everyday

Story by: Gemma Sutkiewicz

“I leave before I get kicked out,” joked freshmen Deyna Gatica.
Let’s face it. No one likes waking up early on a Monday morning to go to school. So why doesn’t anyone want to leave school either?
The South High policy states that all students should leave the building by 3:30 p.m.. However, many students like to stay after school to socialize, do homework, or wait for a ride.
Students who are waiting are asked to leave as soon as possible. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Students who are in a sport or club are allowed to stay and politely work on homework.
“I stay after school in the commons because I have to wait for track,” states senior Simone Gerards.
While many question this policy, the reason is for the safety of the students. Without supervision, many dangerous situations could occur, leaving the school legally liable.
Another reason cited by security officer Tim Eirich, is that the custodial staff needs to start cleaning in the commons and it is very hard for them when students are at the tables or in their way.
Balancing the needs of students with the concerns of staff and administrators is not an easy task.
According to Eirich, about 90 percent of students leave by 3:30 p.m.. For the small group of kids who stay after school, the concern is that something inappropriate could happen, such as a sexual assault, which occurred at a school in Milwaukee. School liaison officer Andrew Kundinger advised that the policy is in place for kids’ safety.
“Leaving kids alone in an unsupervised situation could lead to violence,” stated Kundinger.
The administration is hoping to portray a good impression of South and unsupervised students doesn’t fit this image. It is the administration’s job to make South High look good.
School officials will do whatever it takes to enforce the policy. Kundinger explained that in extreme cases, people could get arrested for trespassing. Before you get upset, remember that the school has legitimate reasons behind this policy. So, unless you are in a sport or activity, you will need to plan on leaving the school by 3:30 p.m..

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