By: Jiordan Gabriel F. Simon III-SVP
When you would walk along the corridors after dismissal time and after everyone already left while carrying loads of books, notebooks and school materials, there are four things that you would observe – empty classrooms, the janitor’s push cart, the railings that keep us from jumping off the building and the lockers facing backwards that keep us from not using it. Being a student, it is really frustrating to look at these valuable piece of furnishing lined up worthlessly, while you were carrying the heavy loads of academic materials on your back. It feels like candies taken away from a baby, while we drool looking at it being eaten by someone else. The lockers are needed to secure our valuable belongings - books, notebooks, school supplies and PE outfit. We store the valuables that are unnecessary to bring home. Lockers also slim the propensity of stealing or “mapitik”, in Claretian terms, especially on the last grading period of the school year. Rather than leaving these valuables under the table, they are now secured in the lockers. The criminal minds will think twice before they crack open that lock since they would commit another grave offense. Likewise, it lessens the load that we carry everyday so that we won’t hurt our backs. Remember that our vertebra can only take an extra load of 10% of our ideal body weight. Looking on the veracity of the weight of all of our materials, it measures from Twenty to Thirty kilos depending on the number of books, supplies, the bag itself and projects. As it can be observed a number of students has poor posture because certain body mechanics cannot be practiced like carrying of very heavy loads. Certain weights should be distributed along the central bodyline, meaning the torso and our arms should have a good distribution for our legs and feet to carry. With the daily practice of incorrect way of carrying and excess load, it brings about muscular whorl and pain. This predicament adds along with our academic stresses, therefore, it affects our overall physical health and we get sick easily. The common question that you might say to the people who banned the use of lockers is “Why isn’t the lockers given to us?” however they most probable reply would
be, “Why in the first place did we even took your lockers?” At one class meeting on a Parents’ Orientation Day one of the parents were inquiring why the lockers are no longer allowed for use? The adviser’s comment was, the lockers were a breeding source for dengue and some students leave their snacks and lunches inside their lockers until it becomes rancid and smells awful. Also, students tend to bring contrabands like cell phones, playing cards and smut reading materials or videos. Because of these findings, everyone is being reprimanded. How about those who immaculately keep their lockers and goes along with the policies of the school? Don’t they get a fair chance? It is quite unfair for the people who keep their lockers clean and to those who follow the rules obediently. I mean that you would suffer the consequences of a misbehavior that you never have done in your life. Logically, anyone will undeniably be mad. However, we are students. We are not alone. We are part of a whole. We are part of all the students of Claret School Of Quezon City. Each and every one of us represents each other. We have the responsibility not only towards ourselves but also to others. We should have removed the trashes in the lockers so that we have prevented the serious health risks. For those who leave the trash in the lockers, you should be ashamed but you can still change. There is still hope. The lockers are not a part of our rights but are given to us as a privilege to use. For every student who experiences the daily dilemma of bringing heavy backpacks and extra luggage for projects or PE uniforms, a locker would be heavenly. I say that policies have to be put in place so as for everyone to follow it. It is also an extension of our room in our homes, which is why we have to keep it clean, safe and vermin free. I guess it really calls for discipline in making your locker orderly. It shows the personality of who you are while using your locker. The future for us students is still vague on whether or not the privilege of lockers would be bestowed to us again. However, this doesn’t mean that we can kick, punch and stomp the lockers until complete destruction. I tell you it’s not a practicing bag. Rather, let’s keep them neat and just follow the rules and maybe they would think again if we could have the lockers. Nothing is impossible.