A recurring issue at LHHS
By: Gui Marinho | Published: October 1, 2019
Imagine having to deal with people unjustly wasting your time every single day. That’s what LHHS students are having to deal with -- dishonest classmates constantly skipping the lunch line in both the Student Center and the cafeteria.
In addition to the typical wait in the lunch line, there is often a slow payment process. IDs are not being utilized by all students and personal information is having to be written down. Subsequently, unable to contain their patience, a few students are cutting the line instead of waiting for their turn to get lunch.
The act is usually disguised with the pretext of “meeting friends.” Someone recognizes a peer in line, goes to greet them, and ends up staying there rather than going to the end of the queue. This is incredibly upsetting because whoever was rightfully waiting ends up wasting their time by abiding by the rules.
Personally, when I see someone skipping the line, they’ve instantly lost my admiration as I see they don’t uphold their values for something so basic. Last week, a friend of mine asked if she could get behind me in line. I refused and said it would be unethical to everyone who was previously there.
“Do you always stand up for yourself, Gui?” she asked me. “Sometimes you have to be careful not to piss off the wrong people.”
I replied by telling her I’d always stand up for what’s right, regardless of who is pissed off and that she should do the same.
“Unfair,” “disappointing,” and “disrespectful.” These are a few words used by fellow Wildcats when describing this issue in our school.
“It’s frustrating to get in line as soon as I can when I’m hungry and see other people getting there 20 minutes later and getting their lunch before me,” senior Maria Marinho said.
I truly hope the school administration takes proper measurements to address this problem and whoever skips the line has to deal with the consequences. If a simple rule can’t be followed, what stops people from further breaking other rules? What’s stopping everyone from cutting lines?
There’s supervision for people who break the rules and leave campus for lunch, but no supervision inside our own campus? A possible solution is to regard the line-skipping matter in the same way: with supervision and making students aware of the consequences.
Lake Highlands is a school of champions and we must act accordingly.