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BREAKING NEWS: The boys’ bathroom doors are gone!

Karissa Belzer, Staff Writer

Restroom vandalism is not a new topic at SHS.  Unfortunately, it has happened several times recently.  Students need to understand that this is a criminal act.  Overall, it’s a problem in the school that needs to stop.

There have been students who write on stalls, dismantle the paper dispensers within them, etc. Recently, principal Mr. Jeffrey Sodl and the SHS administration have decided to remove doors from all men’s restrooms due to the vandalism. This will continue to be the case until the vandalism is stopped.

Many students are complaining about this situation.

“I have a responsibility to the taxpayers, the superintendent, and the whole student body to keep our building maintained,” said Sodl.

The administration has set up a new monitoring system, and it has worked.  They have already caught one student committing vandalism.

According to the principal, if the vandalism continues, then the school will start limiting the periods available for students to use their lavatory pass.

Many students have already voiced their opinions about the new situation.

“I know it’s frustrating and I hear it, but we need to appreciate our building,” said Sodl. He emphasized that everybody needs to “take some pride in your building; it’s about respect and pride.”

According to Sodl, students can help end these frustrations by reporting the names of the vandals. Those who have absolute proof that someone, of whom they can identify, committed vandalism will receive an incentive for their cooperation.

If any students feel the need to voice their opinion, they can send a letter to the editor of the Mountaineer ([email protected]). Students may also comment at the bottom of this story.

 

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21 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: The boys’ bathroom doors are gone!”

  1. Tyler Henry on November 17th, 2017 8:08 AM

    I honestly don’t see the reason why there are no doors, regardless students will do what they want to do and having no door didn’t seem to change anything but cause more controversy with getting the staff bathroom into the mix.
    Now there’s new sign out sheets, more strict rules, and an all around a terribly run school. Giving kids a little freedom would help the turnout of the school, it seems there’s not much privilege to take away since there wasn’t much given in the first place.

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    Lavar Petersen Reply:

    I agree with what Tyler was saying taking away the boys bathroom doors doesn’t change anything or the outcome of someone vandalizing the boys bathroom again. Also the strict rules for the bathroom wouldn’t change a thing because we get strict rules just about any other rule in the school and I feel if we did have a little more freedom in the school that the culture of the school could change for the best.

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  2. Matthew Romansky on November 17th, 2017 8:09 AM

    Looking from the outside in this is an extreme measure taken by the administration but people need to realize something. There are a lot of bathrooms that don’t have front doors. Look at the mall, you just make a few right turns and boom your’re doing the deed. This realistically isn’t that big a deal. Yes, the vandalism should not be happening but can you really stop it? Probably not. But hey who am I to tell the administration what to do? If they think taking a door off is enough to stop vandals then take off the doors. As long as there’s doors on then stalls I don’t think it’s going to stop the problem.

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  3. Darrell Cox on November 17th, 2017 8:09 AM

    I think that personally I shouldn’t be affected by the things that other people have done. However, seeing as the situation involves hundreds of students and no way of telling who actually did the vandalism and when they did it, I understand why the school did what they did. If I was in the school’s shoes I probably would have done the same thing. Even though I may not like it, its the best choice at the time.

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  4. Emmanuel Quianes on November 17th, 2017 8:09 AM

    This is ridiculous. Many students now have to deal with repercussions of a handful of students. While I understand vandalism is a serious crime, I personally don’t think the rest of us should be punished for what only a small minority of us are doing.

    I understand that the school is just trying to protect its property. However, it impacts us as a community, and honestly makes me feel like I’m in kindergarten all over again. The person who is doing this just needs to stop and grow up.

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  5. Devin Garlick on November 17th, 2017 8:10 AM

    I think this is stupid. Not the article, but the fact that things have gotten this bad. I don’t see why students feel the need to vandalize a bathroom when they know the bathrooms will then be locked. I think that some of the people complaining about the bathrooms being locked are some of the people that caused it.
    What does removing the bathroom doors actually accomplish? Are the only doors removed from the available bathrooms? I have not checked but it doesn’t make sense to me.

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    Ethan Jones Reply:

    There is only one bathroom that has its door left, and that is the one above the cafeteria. All the other doors have been removed and those who have doors are locked and not accessible to the students. Removing the doors, personally, does not accomplish anything, rather it removes another level of privacy that this school already lacks.

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  6. Riley Gaita on November 17th, 2017 8:16 AM

    I am not just writing this because I have to for class, I am voicing my opinion because it is something that needs to be heard and it’s something many might agree with. Whoever is vandalizing the bathrooms does not care. The school can take the doors off, they can monitor the bathrooms differently, they can even limit the periods students may use the bathrooms but the vandalism will never stop. Today’s generation and society have no respect, some people do not understand or care about how their actions affect other people. It is sad how people do not realize what is given to them and what they have. We do not like school because we are students, but what we have is what no other school has. We have a family. This is where friendships begin and this is how a family starts, what I am getting at is that we are one big family. Treat this school like it is your home. Have respect.

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  7. Kanai Emanuel on November 17th, 2017 1:06 PM

    Taking the doors off of the bathrooms I feel is over doing it. I understand where this can be helpful. In the end the people that did the vandalism will eventually get caught. There is no need to be as drastic as taking the door off of the bathroom.

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  8. Jerry Alexander on November 17th, 2017 1:06 PM

    I think this whole process is rather outrageous. The boys bathroom should be as private a place as the girls bathroom. Just because there are a couple of kids who don’t know how to control themselves doesn’t mean all the male students should suffer. In addition I don’t like how this article is trying to turn students against each other, telling them if their is proof of vandalism there will be an incentive to cooperate. There should not be a reward for snitching. This whole situation is out of hand I get it but privacy should go out of the window. Just because we aren’t all adults doesn’t mean we don’t have the right to pee with the door closed.

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    Meredith Constable Reply:

    I agree with Jerry because Sodl would never take off the doors to the girls bathroom. Imagine if he did, people would be so much angrier and upset. The stricter rules and the sign-outs and everything just make school seem much more constricting and a less enjoyable environment. I do not really see how exactly the strict sign outs will make a large impact on stopping vandalism in our school.

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  9. Elijah Hibbert on November 17th, 2017 1:09 PM

    What I do not understand about the administration taking off the doors is, how is what their doing any better than just checking the bathrooms regularly. Honestly I understand that they had to do something because what they were doing locking the bathrooms was not working but their are better ways to go about this. For instance regularly checking the bathrooms during the day or checking the actual sign out sheets and passes that they demand we use. Even if someone gets around filling out the pass or sheet not only are their people patrolling the building their are camera’s around the building that are regularly watched. Their really gassing actually taking off the doors and punishing all boys for the sake of just a handful.

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  10. Emma Hellivan on November 17th, 2017 1:10 PM

    The small percentage of students committing vandalism need to stop. Due to their immaturity and lack of respect the entire school is being punished for their actions. Though I do understand the schools intention on limiting bathroom use, I find it rather annoying because I played no part in the crime. The fact that doors had to be taken off goes to show that the vandalism has gone to far. At this point, the ones who had committed the crimes should fess up to their act.

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  11. Zaria Burwell on November 17th, 2017 1:15 PM

    I wonder if you guys feel a breeze in there now that the door is gone, I personally have no opinion on the situation since the measure was already taken but in terms of if its fair, no but the whole dress codes not fair either due to one or many mistakes that may not have been yours with that being said ya’ll thought nothing was going to happen over vandalism? pfft everyone knows how this school works. This was by far the most pettiest thing the school has ever done which makes their resolve hilarious, all I’m saying is just take it with a grain of salt door or no door there’s always going to be consequences to irresponsible actions.

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    Brendan Baxter Reply:

    Well said!

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  12. Raylisse Monge on November 17th, 2017 1:22 PM

    To me, this just makes me want to laugh because who in there right mind would be so immature as to vandalizing the school bathroom where everyone goes to do their “business”. All because of people vandalizing the bathrooms everyone now has to go either downstairs or to the other side of the building to use the bathroom when they could have just gone to the one right next to their class. But to honest it’s actually no surprise to me that they did this because the school was already enforcing so many ridiculous rules since the beginning of the school year.

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  13. Samantha DeBree on November 17th, 2017 2:56 PM

    This article really stood out to me because the vandalism in our school has gotten really bad. We are extremely lucky to be in such a nice school as Stroudsburg. The high school was just redone a few years ago and honestly people are so immature with the way they treat it. I do not understand why some kids feel the need to vandalize property that isn’t theirs. Especially a high school bathroom?! These students who get satisfaction out of destroying a school bathroom need to realize that there are serious consequences for actions like those. Especially when were all out of high school, the consequences are going to be way worse than having no doors on the bathrooms.

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  14. Brendan Baxter on November 28th, 2017 7:36 AM

    In my opinion this isn’t going to do a thing. Why would taking off a door that doesn’t reveal anything, rather than the stalls, stop the vandalism. This just doesn’t make sense to me. Unless they take the doors off the stalls, I don’t think this will be a problem for anyone and it won’t stop anything. The administration either has to rethink the bathroom thing or just put the doors back on.

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  15. lucas macias on November 28th, 2017 7:37 AM

    I agree with this article that making markings and messing with the utilities in the restrooms of the school is a crime. I also understand Sodl because he understands the tax part of things as well. Our parents and our community pays taxes for us and we just go and destroy the bathrooms. Its wrong and should stop.

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  16. Abby Grant on November 28th, 2017 7:38 AM

    I really don’t see what taking the doors off does to prevent the vandalism. Students that are gonna be disrespectful to school property will still do the same exact thing regardless of if there is a door or not. the small percentage of students that are doing this shouldn’t have all the kids in the school held responsible. Taking the doors off isn’t really doing anything besides making people angry with the school. If people regularly checked the bathrooms they would be able to monitor when its happening and line it up with the sign out sheets that are “mandatory”

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  17. Bailey McMahon on November 28th, 2017 7:41 AM

    Although I am supposed to write this for a class grade I do agree with basically everyone who has commented. The school taking off the doors to the boys’ bathroom will have zero effect on the vandalism problem at our school. I believe the real way to fix the problem is already being implemented. Teachers are being told to be more strict about passes and signing in and out of class. This may seem tedious but this way it is known where everyone is supposed to be or says they are. It will decrease chances of students being able to get away with vandalizing the school and also help to make sure someone is not falsely accused.

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