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Locked Out of Locker Rooms

Grace Brigson, Staff Member

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The students at West Salem High School have lost the ability to freely access the locker rooms during school hours. “This change is in response to the increased disrespectful and inappropriate student behavior occurring in the locker rooms throughout the school day,” said P.E. staff member Jamie Olson. “This behavior is not tolerated at West Salem High School and does not demonstrate the First Class behavior we expect from our student body,” Olson said.

Olson would not specify what kind of inappropriate behavior happened and where, but the use of the locker rooms in between classes has been stripped from the students.  The new rule set in place for students states that the P.E and athletic locker room doors will be locked during passing time. The only students that will be let in are those who need to change into or out of P.E. clothes.

The privilege of using the locker rooms was disrespected by some students, but is it fair that everybody has to pay the price? “It sucks that I can’t keep my lunch in the locker rooms anymore,” said sophomore Josie LaJeunesse. “I don’t understand how we have to be punished because of somebody else’s mistake.”

Another  concern that teachers have regarding students in the locker rooms involves the use of e-cigarettes and vape. According to the New York Times, 20.8% of high school students have used an e-cigarette or vape within the past 30 days.  The disrespect of property and illegal activity are the main reasons why students at West Salem High School get little to no use of the locker rooms during school hours.

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