Are bathroom hall passes a bad idea?

Students struggle with only having limited bathroom breaks

November 15, 2021

Bathroom passes are a bad idea

Bathroom passes are meaningless pieces of paper. These slips of simple white paper have a big impact. For one, they destroy bathrooms. Trouble rates in the lavatory increased the moment bathroom passes were handed out.

Bathroom passes started in the seventh grade in the early months of 2021. Seventh grade teachers and even some related arts teachers came together to talk about a recurring issue: bathrooms.

The bathrooms themselves weren’t any trouble, but the constant asking to go to the bathrooms was. This may seem like a normal thing because, well, nature calls sometimes. Soon enough, however, almost everyone in the classroom would be in line to use the restroom.

Teachers discovered that both girls and boys were sitting in the stalls recording Tik Toks, having “secret” friend meetings, and vandalizing the bathroom walls. This was a huge blow to the teachers. So, they came up with an idea to try to stop these gatherings and activities: bathroom passes.

Of course, people would think that the childish idea of having to have a bathroom pass would cause people to use their bathroom privileges responsibly, but actually the opposite happened.

The bathroom passes limited the amount of times a student could use the restroom from an infinite amount to only two times per day. This may seem like a problem for students, but they found ways to sneak more bathroom breaks and passes.

Some teachers keep a stack of passes on a table for people who lost their first pass. While students who are truthful and actually lost their pass get another one, others who aren’t as truthful grab multiple passes at a time.

This means that when they have one pass, they get two breaks at a time, but since they have three or four passes, they can sneak 4 to 8 more breaks each day.

Teachers also do not always print the passes with the students’ names on them, making sharing the passes between friends possible.

People have also taken advantage of these breaks. They bring writing utensils to write on the walls, floors and stalls. If people don’t have these things, there have been reports of students smearing feces on the walls.

Despite these childish behaviors, seventh graders should be mature enough to use the bathroom the right way.

Overall, bathroom passes should be abolished. This should happen because students only use them in the wrong way, not the way teachers intended.

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Bathroom passes are a good idea

Walking into a restroom at Sevier Middle is odd. It doesn’t even feel like a restroom. Students are no longer taking a bathroom break. Instead, the restroom is an opportunity to hang out with friends after sitting in class for an hour, or to scroll through social media on a device.

While most understand the need for breaks from educational overload, many students take advantage of their restroom breaks.

During transitions between classes, students enter the bathroom to find kids crowding the sinks, while others wait for a stall to open up. Some students talk about everyday things like fights or drama. Many are not using the bathroom at all; they don’t have any intention to use the restroom.

Students go into the bathroom to express themselves and their feelings instead of in the classrooms with their peers. While in the stalls, kids tend to draw on the stalls doors with inappropriate images or write inappropriate words.

Students have now started to steal soap dispensers, based on trends seen on TikTok, and leave the water running in the sink to cause an overflow onto the floor.

Many students at Sevier are tired of the few who keep ruining the restroom for them.

“I don’t like the fact that students are abusing the bathroom breaks,” Zoe Tomlinson, an 8th grade student, said. “It’s wrong and it hurts those who actually have to use the bathroom.”

Students also just use the bathroom to socialize with their friends or play on their devices. Many use it to skip class altogether. For them, the restroom is a place to hide from their assignments and teachers.

“I think taking bathroom breaks is okay but frequent bathroom breaks like multiple times is not okay,” Langley Brent, another 8th grade student, said. “I think going into the bathrooms and breaking stuff is dumb because it’s just more work for the maintenance department and just generally a dumb idea.”

Bathroom passes provide a way to track students when they’re using the bathroom. Obviously, it is important to track students. Bathroom passes help control the vandalisms in Sevier Middle’s bathrooms. They also help teachers keep students in class, where they learn important information.

These passes help make sure that bathrooms will not need to be closed down.

Until students respect their bathroom privileges, it is important that they use bathroom passes.

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