Approved lunch boxes should not have to get checked

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If you’ve read Ms. Blum and Dr. Laurie’s emails, gone to a security assembly or listened to your friends and family talk about the new rules at school, then you’ve definitely heard about rules regarding the size of your lunchbox. If you bring a lunchbox to school, you’ve probably had it checked even if it’s within the dimensions that the school requires. This should mean that if we are following the rules, we should not need to be stopped on a daily basis..  

When I went to the security assembly at the beginning of the year, the deans talked about what size a lunch box should be. They explained that if we wanted to keep our old lunch boxes that didn’t fit the size requirement, then we should prepare for it to be checked on a daily basis. The same day of the assembly, I was on my way to my first hour class when I was stopped to have my checked (it was not within the dimensions given).

To avoid getting stopped the next day, I went shopping and bought a smaller lunch box to bring to school. As I walked to the 7000 building to my first hour, I was shocked to be stopped yet again even though my lunch box was much smaller than the one I had the day before. The lunchbox dimensions are 12 by 10 by four. My lunchbox is eight by eight by three. If students with smaller lunch boxes are following the rules, why are our bags checked just as much as people who use a lunchbox bigger than the size requirement? We might as well bring a larger lunch box if it isn’t going to make a difference anyway.

It has now become habit for me to stop every morning to have my lunch box checked before I enter my first hour Spanish class. Although the safety precautions put into place this year protect the school, students who have already followed the rules by purchasing a clear backpack and a less ideal and smaller lunch box is enough to sacrifice. Students should be able to enjoy time with friends at school without having to stop every day to open up their lunchboxes.

Mrs. Stephanie Moore checks Junior Alyssa Lander’s lunchbox outside the 7000 building. (Photo/Alyssa Herzburn)

Alyssa Herzbrun is a junior and second-year staffer of the Patriot Post at American Heritage. She currently edits the opinion section of the newspaper and is an avid reader. On the weekends, Alyssa loves to volunteer at places like Broward Outreach Center, Ronald McDonald House and Feeding South Florida. Over the summer she read a book every day but finds school interfering with her reading streak. She also loves to clog (not the toilet but the dance). Alyssa is looking for a great year and hopes to meet many opinionated people.

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