Stop Team Seating at Lunch in Timberlane Middle School

Stop Team Seating at Lunch in Timberlane Middle School

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Zoey Zeng started this petition to Timberlane Middle School Timberlane Middle School Staff and

We, the students at TMS, don't get to choose the team we want to be on. We'd be lucky if we get friends in our classes. If you're alone on your team, the chance of seeing friends decreases by a lot. When we first came to TMS, the teachers told us lunch was the only time we can see our friends. But now that's taken away too. We have to go outside to talk, which in some cases is not the optimal choice during lunch. Also, the time we have to sit with friends at lunch is very limited, mostly to just a few minutes. That is not nearly enough to catch up on what is going on. Right after, we are rushed to our next class, whatever it may be. Such isolation and strict order of "teams" can cause many friendships to break up, which can lead to depression from loneliness. We would like the only time and place that you can be sure your friends will be at to be given a bit more freedom. If one of our Pillars of Character is about respecting freedom of others, another about giving and listening to different opinions, then if we had been asking for years, why do you still ignore our requests? All I ask is that the school allows their students to sit with who they want, instead of having to pretend to be friends with who you're not. By taking this small action, you might save a life.

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