When music teachers Jill Young and Scott Kinworthy closed the band hallway during lunch periods, they were acting completely rationally.
The ECHO stands with Young and Kinworthy. Students were beginning to leave trash, disrupt classes and eat in the practice rooms. Multiple times, Young and Kinworthy approached these students, but they continued to disrespect the band hallway.
Senior Bekah Perman said, “I was trying to eat my lunch, and these two sophomores started lying down on the floor on a pillow, and they started lying down on my leg.”
“We came here because it was a sanctuary for us to eat our food in peace and quiet,” junior Haley Reinhardt said.
Too often students assume that an ordinance made by teachers or some upper authority is wrong.
After listening to Young and Kinworthy talking about the students eating in the band hallway, The ECHO applauds them for their fair and thoughtful actions. They did not attempt to punish all and everyone who was eating in the band hallway, but instead closed the band hallway to everyone except for the music students who had proven themselves responsible enough to eat there.
If the band hallway were closed to everyone, then the students who weren’t a disturbance would have to eat in the cafeteria, a noisy, smelly hurricane of hoosier students.
Teachers of the band hallway should implement a system to keep track of what students are allowed to eat in the band hallway. There should be a list of worthy students on the doors of the hallway, and if someone disrespects the hallway, then they will lose their privilege.