I taught 34 years at our high school, and only seniors were allowed to leave for lunch as a privilege. Lunch was 40 minutes, but there were a lot of fast food places nearby. They all drove or carpooled, and they had to hustle. Now, senior lunch is gone, thanks to seniors abusing it in several ways as well as making it a semi-dangerous thing.Many ran to their cars, and a few non-apologetic collisions with other kids resulted on the way to the senior lot. A few students got seriously hurt. There were a number of fender-benders and tickets from the police. Some of the fast food places called the school about rowdiness, things left on tables, and arguments about cutting in line. There were a fair number of fights and near-fights. Places like BK gradually felt like the hassles out-weighed the extra jingle in the cash registers. On returning to school, they quickly realized which teachers rarely or never did their door supervision. During passing periods, kids would open the latches on locked-from-inside doors. This was how closed lunch underclass men who had sneaked out with obliging seniors or drove their own cars got back into the building. There were gobs of tardies getting back to class. The long tradition of senior lunch ended--enough was finally enough.Like so many other things in life, it was a clear case of the cooperative majority suffering due to the actions of a minority of miscreants.
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