by Mia Schoenbeck
If you’re a student a ChiArts, you walk the hallways five days a week. Here are a few faux pas to avoid next time you’re sidling up next to some lockers.
- Make obnoxious sounds.
It’s the beginning of the school year, and anxiety is spiking. That’s a common problem most students face, and is understandable. However, beating on the lockers, squeaking dog toys and making extra loud sounds is not. It gives other people headaches and shows a general lack of respect for the space around you.
- Block other people’s lockers.
You are not the only person in the school, and you are not the only person who needs access to their locker. When someone says, “Excuse me,” it is polite to move to the side, or at least acknowledge the other person’s presence. Responding rudely or snippily only reflects badly on you.
Screaming can alert other students to a possible issue. When it is done unnecessarily, not only does it add to the noise in the hallway, but it also could cause others to miss important announcements. If, say, a lockdown was called, other students could miss the call and be caught in a dangerous situation.
- Use the hallway space as a playground.
Jumping around, launching off of lockers, and running around into people can seem like a lot of fun. Then, of course, someone does it to you and causes you to drop your phone and the lunch you waited 20 minutes for. That’s just unfortunate, especially since the courtyard is usually open.
- Stand in the middle of the hallway.
When you stand in the middle of the hallway, you block people from moving freely. It causes traffic jams that block off lockers and classrooms, and could very well cause a fire hazard or accident. It’s annoying and it’s dangerous, which is something everyone wants to avoid.