7 Periods Reduce Local Crime

By: Haley Deininger

Students and Teachers are divided over the new rule.

Five years ago, a survey was handed out asking teachers whether or not they believed that being involved in a longer school day would make a student less likely to commit crimes throughout the neighborhood. The votes were counted and the school district is now requiring students graduating in 2017 and 2018 to stay a full day of school. This has called for a division between many students. Some believe if the survey was meant to affect them, then why did teachers get to answer for the students? Current student Rob Bury claims "I love it! If I am forced to sit in my school chair for longer amounts of time, clearly I won't have time to think about committing any felonies." Carry S. Toomuch claims "I think the idea is FANTASTIC! Not only do i get to work on more assignments, the cafeteria food is better than anything I have ever tasted! Who wouldn't want to be at school longer?" However not as many students are thrilled with their new schedule. Noe Jose states "If I sit in school for 7 hours I won't be able to get a job. If I don't get a job I won't be able to make any money. If I can't make any money I will have to rob a bank." Not only is the student body revolting, some teachers also disagree with the new policy claiming teachers will have to assign more and pointless assignments in order to fill the extra hours. There are many teachers in favor of the new school day. Professor Olive Learninalot, head of the math department claims the studies she has conducted with her students show that 89% of students are against the idea, 10% are for the new schedule, and 1% didn’t care and didn’t vote. The new policy is seriously affecting student behavior, studies have shown that many students are thinking about moving to schools that are not calling for 7 period days. The district stated in their weekly newsletter “If students don’t just accept the new rule, they are in for a rude awakening.”