ROAR confines bathroom use

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ROAR confines bathroom use

(JASMINE LUNAR/EYE OF THE TIGER)

(JASMINE LUNAR/EYE OF THE TIGER)

(JASMINE LUNAR/EYE OF THE TIGER)

(JASMINE LUNAR/EYE OF THE TIGER)

KAIA WHITNEY

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I, being a basic teenager, showed up to school one day with a venti strawberry acai refresher from Starbucks. After drinking a venti Starbucks, it is human nature to have to pee.

At this point, during ROAR, I walked up to my teacher to ask him if I could use the restroom as I had done at this same time in the past.

I was then astonished when I heard the unexpected response of “no,” and at first I thought he had to be joking.

After a moment I realized that this was no joke at all for my teacher didn’t even crack a smile.

I then asked him if he could just write me a bathroom pass, for that is the usual routine when a student has to use the restroom, and he said that if he did so, he would “get in trouble.”

This is when I knew that something was strange. Without being able to use the restroom during the 30 minutes of ROAR, the only time we have to use the restroom is the six minute passing period that we are given to walk to our next class.

This can be rough for some students that struggle to even get to their next class in the allotted time limit due to the large distance between the classes. So, how could a student be expected to squeeze in a quick bathroom break as well?

Part of the reasoning behind this rule is surely due to the shortage of people capable of monitoring the campus during that time period because so many are helping monitor ROAR classrooms and common areas. If a fight breaks out or some sort of freak accident occurs when a student is “going to the bathroom,” chaos would arise without an adult advisor to handle the situation. There would be no one to break up the fight and serious injuries could become prevalent.

How do we not have at least a couple of people with the ability to monitor the important areas of the campus during ROAR period. Let us use the restroom when we are in need.