Opinion: New Science Policy Unfair
by Nik Cheung
Tens of students enrolled in science courses such as Physics and Chemistry are outraged at a new policy established by the school administration, and rightfully so. It was decided that students are prohibited from using the gateway that connects the classrooms of Mr. Newton and Dr. Germain, a door that is most convenient for students who have both classes of their classes consecutively, or even just students needing to arrive in class quickly without having to traverse the crowded, indirect hallway.
This rule has caused much frustration to people who would very much like to walk ten steps from Chemistry to Physics or vice-versa, but instead have to exit the room through the front and walk in a circle to nearly the exact same place they were before.
What could have caused the innocent denizens of the science classrooms to suffer in this way? One suspected source for the seemingly absurd decree is this post on the controversial Braintree Confessions Facebook page:
Clearly, the administration is not going to stand for theft, as it hurts the budget, the science community, and the budget. But it isn’t viable to station guards for the room and the lock on the stock room’s door is broken. While it is clear that something must be done to protect the school’s property, is barring access from the academics of the science department truly an effective and just course of action? Many, including the author of this anonymous Facebook post (which gained a total of 19 “likes”), would argue that it is not.
Even noted scholar Nicky Eleuteri voiced his opinion on this matter, which is shared by so many of his peers, who also believe that because the stock room isn’t even connected to the door in question, the school’s solution is not useful. In private interviews with the students of Braintree High, I discovered overwhelming support for the liberation of the Fig-Germain Portal. “I feel insane. Everyday i [sic] walk around the hall instead of passing through a door. Its [sic] slowly eroding whats [sic] left of my mental capacity,” chemist and physicist Nick Russo confessed to me to me in an interview on the subject.
His colleague, Roger He agreed, saying “I ACCIDENTLY [sic] BUMPED INTO A FRESHMAN B/C I COUDLNT [sic] USE THAT DOOR [sic] I HAD TO APOLOGIZE AWKWARDLY.”
It is clear that victims of this new legislation want change, but as Nick Russo protested, “We can rant all day, but nothing will be done here.” While it is a major inconvenience for the students, those who have the power to change the rules are not quite as invested in the woes of a few nerds. It’s simply safer and easier to restrict passage through the school in hopes that it actually was the physicists and chemists that were committing the oh so grand larceny. Thus, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any progress in the immediate future; the scientists will continue to make the long, perilous trek through the hoards of pushy freshmen, hoping for an end to their unending strife.
Nik Cheung is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition