Time to Gut Lockers

  • Craig Sullivan
  • May 31st, 2017
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Even if some students would put up with that mess, some backpacks are too big for school lockers. A lot of backpacks would never fit. They are very narrow and are usually filled with books which are now less used today. Photo By: Craig Sullivan

School lockers…one of the most unused entities in schools. With Millard going 1:1 with laptops and paper textbooks seeming like a thing of the past, lockers seem as outdated as VHS tapes and flip phones.

There are many people who have not even opened a school locker since freshmen year and that may just be because he/she had to find them on the first day. A recent Pawprint poll out of 76 students reported that 96 percent do not use their locker while 38 percent of those 96 percent did not even know where their locker was located. With only 4 percent of students used them. These throwbacks to a nostalgic age need to be torn down. 

One reason for this dramatic result is locker placement.

If someone has a locker on the first floor by the attendance office, it most likely will not do them much good if a student is going to a class on the other side of the school.

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A recent Pawprint poll of 76 students reported 96 percent do not use their locker while 38 percent of those 96 percent did not even know where their locker was located.

Lockers just are not feasible. A student needs to get from one class, go to their locker, potentially far away, then have to make the trek to the next class all in under 8 minutes or they are tardy. This does not sound too convenient and it does not even take into account a student forgetting something. What a waste of potential learning time.

Even if some students would put up with that mess, some backpacks are too big for school lockers. A lot of backpacks would never fit. They are very narrow and are usually filled with books which are less used today. Even the library books are swapped in favor of electronic devices like Kindles.

The halls become crowded and lockers are taking up a large amount of space that could be used by students during passing periods.

Possibly one of the most annoying things that goes on during passing periods is people stopping in the middle of the halls or right in front of the bathroom. This clogs up the halls, but could be prevented.

If the lockers were removed, the space could allow students more room to socialize while also accommodating students who need to get to class. It’s a win-win.

Another benefit to dumping lockers is security.

Lockers, especially the non-transparent ones at Millard West, can be used to hide or conceal possible drugs or other non-approved school items. This is a major unneeded security risk that can be avoided.

Theft is also a concern that has been brought up by various students in the past. School lockers are not impossible to break into, so valuables getting stolen is not out of the question. Getting rid of the lockers would help mitigate this threat. 

As schools move towards technology, lockers are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

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