Horrible Hallway Hits: Collisions in TMS Hallways
June 16, 2017
Four times a day, a hazardous stampede of bodies occurs at Tabb Middle School. The risk is in the massive rush of people during class changes, which 82% of a group of surveyed students consider dangerous. Eight grader Faith Mazzuchi said, “When I walk from class to class, I always get bumped into and sometimes even scratched to where it [sic] left bleeding.” As a matter of fact, nearly half of all students say that they see or are in a hallway collision every class change. Anna Behmer, who is in seventh grade, says, “I think the most common cause of collisions in school hallways are that middle-schoolers are self-centered and only care about themselves and getting to class on time rather than making sure that they don’t get in a student’s way or injure another student.” Another really dangerous element of moving in hallways is all the blind spots. A really difficult part of the hallway is navigating the corners. A person who wishes to remain anonymous responds to the question, “Not being able to see around the corners of the hallways. People are not watching where they are going.” This person is backed by Rachel Smith, an eight grader, who said, “I think that when students turn the corner and other kids are coming around the corner then they collide into each other.” The TMS faculty should take steps to reduce the amount of injuries from corner blind spots quickly to reduce the 76% of students who say they have been injured in a hallway.
Another factor that needs to be taken into consideration by the staff is the actions of other students. To prove this point, a respondent who wished to remain anonymous said, “People get shoved into lockers. That’s how I got ATS one time. I shoved someone into a locker. Also, it’s really hot in the hallways. If we could get some air conditioning in the hallways, it would be a much better journey with less people rushing.” However, it is important to enforce awareness in students, as most of these accidents could be avoided if students paid attention. LaylaMB, a contributor to the print edition of the TeenInk magazine, said, “Students not paying attention where they are going and not following the in and out lanes of the hallway.” Most injuries sustained in school hallways are relatively minor, but that unfortunately wasn’t the case at Gwynns Falls Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland. Just about two years ago, Darius Clark, a third-grader, fell in a school hallway. Clark was taken to the school health office before being rushed to John Hopkins Hospital by ambulance. Regrettably, Darius died from a traumatic brain injury soon after. To prevent an incident like this from happening again, TMS needs to stop the majority of students practicing an unsafe habit in hallways. 86% of a group of TMS students say that they have jogged or ran to class before in the fear that they might not make it to class. This is a serious hazard if that many students are traveling at an unsafe speed in hallways. It might not be a coincidence that the same number of students have collided with a staff member, teacher, or student before. One reason these collisions may be occurring is because of puberty in teenage bodies. The spatial awareness of middle-schoolers may be on the fall, so there is good reason to increase safety measures.
To reinforce the point made, a recent questionnaire directed at TMS students exposes some shocking numbers. 65% have been injured by school supplies, such as sharp pencils and scissors. 59% of students also report getting injured by lockers, whether it be getting cut by the sharp metal edges or getting hit by the door. According to lawyer Melvyn S. Jacknowitz, who has spent thirty-four years helping earn compensation for students and teachers, wrist and ankle fractures in hallways isn’t uncommon. For the safety of our students, it is important to take safety measures now that we know what can happen.
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