A lesson in hallway etiquette

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher, Staff Writer

Hallways in our school are horrible during passing period. They are extremely congested and hard to walk through, which makes sense with 1,700 kids all trying to get to class at the same time. The five minute passing period allows for some time to get to our next class, but in some cases that might not be enough. Here are some things to keep in mind when traveling the halls:

1. Do not stop walking.

It is super annoying when kids will just stop in the middle of the hallway to talk with their friends. What is the point? You know that stopping in the middle of the hall interrupts everyone who is behind you trying to get to their class. I hear a bunch of people always complain about the clumps that form in the hall, but then they go and do it themselves. You are not all mighity. The stuff that annoys you, annoys others, especially when you go and do the same thing. Take your own advice and complaint under consideration. If you want to talk with friends, step into the commons or an out of the way space. Be decent and think about others trying to make it somewhere.

2. Do not shove.

What does shoving solve? It might get you to another place faster, possibly. However, it will also frustrate and possibly injure those who you shove. If a person is walking too slow, walk around them, take a turn, or try to get in front of them. Do not be rude to them. You could be considerate and just slow you pace a small amount, that might solve the problem as well.

3. Do not text and walk.

Texting and walking are not a good mix, as your brain is distracted by your phone making you walk slower (this could be a cause to getting shoved in the hallway). If there is a text that you have to send while walking, that text should probably be saved for another time when you are more focused. Typing and walking is difficult anyway, so why do it?

4. Be self-aware.

If you know you are walking slow, walk a little faster. Have enough common curtesy to change the speed of walking to make sure you do not frustrate others. Or move to the far right side of the hallway, allowing room for others to pass you. This should not be to hard to figure out and might be a major way to solve all your hallway problems.

Overall, just use your common sense (common-sense should be used in more than the halls as it is). If you know you are making someone mad with your speed or actions, just step aside and get out of their way. If you want to talk to your friends, do it out of the way of the general flow of the hallway traffic. When texting, wait until you get to your next class or sit in the commons. Be nice to those around you, who are just trying to get to their classes as well. We all have somewhere to be, let us get there nicely.