Tardy numbers rack up

Students need some pep in their step, administrators say


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Tardies are one of the main disciplinary problems at the school.

Karah Diehl, Staff Writer

Freshman Olivia Bicilicato gets fed up when she receives tardies from her teachers. She thinks they just don’t comprehend her situation.

“Teachers don’t understand that we have to go to our lockers, get through the crowded hallways, and make it to their class within five minutes,” Bicilicato said.

Tardies are one of the main disciplinary problems Cross Creek High school has to deal with daily. Kids complain here and there about how they don’t have enough time to get to class. They believe they often have valid excuses for being late.

She also stated some things about bathroom issues that should be resolved…

“They also think bathroom time should come into play during those five measly minutes,” she said. “So when we get frustrated, they write us up, kick us out, when it could’ve been easily solved if you would’ve just let me out for two minutes to go to the restroom.”

Social Studies teacher Mr.Vann said tardies don’t really impact him.

“I don’t really mind,” he said. “But if it’s a freshman, it’s a different story, because then everybody looks up and pays attention to them and gets distracted.”

Cross Creek high’s Vice Principal Tim Parker had a stronger view of tardies.

“Yes, tardies are very important and should not come into play while you’re in school,” Parker said. “Not only can it be violence-related, but also a distraction to the other kids in the classroom.”

Besides, Parker said, most students should have ample time to get through the hallways in less than five minutes.

“I’m slow, fat, and old, and I can get down the whole hallway in five minutes,” Parker said. “They should be able to, too.”