Gum is what every student wishes to have in their classroom. But why does every student at DHS want it? Well, gum helps students be occupied, and studies show that it helps a student process what the teachers are lecturing. It seems to have become more of a con rather than a pro now, since it ends up on the schools ground, tables, desks, and basically anywhere that there is a corner. I am not against having gum at school, but it seems like students need to have a recap on the rule that we all learned as a child, which was to “throw your garbage in the trash.”
Students know the responsibilities and the limits of what not to do with your gum in the classroom. For example, when chewing, it is very hard trying to concentrate on your work when all you hear is gum being smacked against the teeth of yours peers who do not chew with their mouths closed. When a student gets into a classroom for the first time, the teacher usually goes over the rules of their classrooms and one of the main rules some students wait to hear for is if gum will be allowed. If it is allowed, students usually take that oppurtunity to chew even more gum, seeing as they know that they won’t get in trouble. If it is not allowed, then students usually still chew it, but in a secretive way. Either way, gum is unavoidable at DHS.
Since the school is limited on money, the cost to pay the custodians to clean each classroom makes a big impact on our budget. With that being said, students need to know that its very disrespectful and unsanitary to put the gum under the desks and inside books. Also, outside is where the school istself is noticed and reviewed by visitors, so students need to know not to spit their gum out and leave it out on the sidewalk.
Gum. This one simple word has drastically changed our school in a poor way. DHS teachers have been trying to lay down the line for the gum situation, and hopefully the problem will get better.