Unlock doors closest to Far Lot

Unlock doors closest to Far Lot

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FarLot Doors started this petition to Hingham High School Administration

Problem:

Hingham High School’s core beliefs are fulfillment of individual potential, respect for self and others, and commitment to life-long learning. It also says no person shall be discriminated against or denied the advantages offered by HHS on account of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, homelessness, or disability. These words come right from HHS mission statement and are very close to the truth. But being close doesn’t cut it when talking about human rights , and more importantly, Hingham students rights. I am of course talking about the discriminatory locking of the doors located closest to far lot. These doors being locked causes students to either wait for a student already in school to open the door, or walk an extra 50 seconds to the main office door. This is plain and simple classism, agism, and unfair treatment of students. And this problem has been swept under the rug by the Administration.

Solution:

This problem can be solved very simply. The lawmakers and decision makers at Hingham High School can simply unlock the doors closest to far lot and let students receive the education they deserve and want. As three sets of doors are already open during the morning, what is the problem with opening up one more for student use? Far lot holds a vast majority of Hingham students and the majority of people who attend HHS. The fact that these doors are locked and the parking lot that can only hold 20 cars is not is a clear indication that students time is far less important that staff. We have already tried door stops and have gotten the door stops confiscated and disposed of. Unlock the doors or there will be uproar!

Personal:

I am usually not one to get involved in educational politics and social reform at HHS. I try to keep my head down and just get through the day like so many. But that changed when I finally understood the tyranny we are put under every single day. Just three days ago, I was walking in the chemistry hall and spotted a Freshman who seemed to be whimpering in the hall. He was sitting down leaning up against a locker with his head in his hands. As I got closer I realized he was soaking wet and looked battered and beaten. His backpack was by his side and he looked as if all his will to attend school was slowly washing away. I almost cried myself at just the sight of him. I approached him and asked if he was alright and if someone did this to him. He looked up at me with a look of misery and despair that I would wish on no one. He whimpered to me that " He had to walk in the pouring rain, 1/4 mile to school ". He tried to run but his 30lb backpack weighed him down. When he finally made it to the door, soaked from head to toe, he looked through the far lot door but saw no one staring back. Without the will or strength to walk to the main office, he collapsed outside the far lot doors in shear exhaustion. It wasn't until a bystander saw him five minutes later and carried him in that he finally was out of the cold. His papers were ruined and his cloths soaked. He said he felt so helpless in that moment he didn't know if he was going to attend school today. Hearing his story, I knew I had to do something. I knew I had to make a change for all the little Billys out there who don't make it through the doors in the morning. We can be that change! We can make a difference!

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