• M. Grant

Citadel's Hallway Crisis; A Friendly Reminder

One of Citadel High Schools most prominent issues is the hallway crisis. With 5 minutes between each class, the traffic in the hallway is unimaginable. It takes a major effort for one to get to their next class on time, especially if they have to go to another floor. And when they are late, they are greeted with a frustrated teacher. The hallway traffic not only causes extremely annoyed students, but it also takes a toll on teacher student relationships. It is for these reasons that The Times has intervened, to shed some light on this issue.

Why is it so difficult for students to get through the hallways? Citadel is a big school, with big hallways. There should be plenty of room for one to get through and to their respective class. Furthermore, why are the stairs so crowded? There are three sets of stairs perfectly distributed from one end of the hallway to the other, plus another set of stairs leading from the gym doors to the second floor. This should not be such a problem. Frankly, it is ridiculous. Miffed by this issue, we were able to boil down the main causes of the insane hallway traffic. It came down to a couple simple concepts; people being unaware and unbothered.

The first cause is simple. Students, especially grade 10’s (the Times would like to remind readers that this is not personal, it is just the facts), are simply unaware of their options, as well as what is around them. For some reason, many students have not yet discovered the end of hallway staircase, making the middle staircase incredibly popular. One particular Citadel student has even been quoted to say that she is frustrated by “All the Grade 10’s Clogging up the Stairwell so I can’t get through”. Situated by room 208, the end of the hall stairs go all the way from the first floor to the third, and they are almost always empty. This should not be the case. With classes evenly distributed down every hallway, it is impossible that every single class in session is directly next to the middle staircase. So here is the solution; take the stairs closest to your class!

To add to the ignorance displayed in the hallways of Citadel High, the majority of the student population are simply unaware of their surroundings. This is not an attack, but a wake up call. We have all fallen victim to seeing a friend that perhaps you do not have a class with. By all means, shoot them a smile and a wave. But do not stop in the middle of the hallway to give them a hug and converse about each others day. If you do engage in this activity, it is important to understand that you are blocking others paths, and they may accidentally bump into you. It is inevitable. When speaking to a cluster of Citadel Students, they have expressed that their biggest frustration is quote “WHEN PEOPLE JUST STOP!! RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! AND THEN GET MAD AT YOU FOR BUMPING INTO THEM!”. Cool boy Eamon Moan has passionately expressed to the Times that “If one more grade ten bumps into me in the hallway I am going to lose it”*. This came as no shock to us. Hallway pedestrians seem to think that they have the right to do whatever they please, whenever they please, and get angry at anyone who may accidentally interfere.

Worst of all, is that the hallway traffic may even be taking a toll on students relationships with their teachers. To teachers, showing up to class on time is a symbol of respect. When students are late, teachers feel disrespected. Therefore, students may not have the opportunity to form healthy relationships with teachers that otherwise they may get along with very well. Hence no, this is not just traffic in the hallways. This is a university recommendation from a favorite teacher. This is students futures.

So to all the new grade 10's, or people who were simply uneducated on this topic… this is your wake up call. It is time for us students, of all grades, to do better. To be better. Take the staircase closest to your classroom. Waive to your friends in the hall, don’t hug. Walk through the hallways with dignity, in the proper way.

* This quote has been censored as a professional courtesy.