The beat of the hallway

Julia Vastano, Assistant Editor

Pens clicking, chairs being pushed in, and the bell ringing are typical sounds of a high school hallway. These are sounds most students rarely think about since they are accustomed to them from all their years of schooling. However, one student on campus has been mixing it up this school year with sounds that students have begun to notice.

“Everyday I walk down the hall after fifth period and I hear a student playing music out loud,” sophomore Hannah Nichols said. “I think it is pretty exciting to hear during school.”

It’s a shift from the average school day, which leaves students with a tinge of excitement as they head to another class.

“He plays some dubstep and stuff,” sophomore Maryn Rizzo said. “It makes school so much more different, and it makes it kinda like a party. I mean, I know that I really like it. It is pretty cool that he does that during school.”

While some students welcome the music, others are a bit more weary.

“He is probably going to get in trouble,” junior Payton Welch said.

Welch’s opinion may be correct. Administrators are not as pleased as the students are about this disruption to the school day.

“There is not a specific policy against having a boombox at school,” Assistant Principal Bruce Coachman said. “If he was playing it to where other students could hear it, we would ask them to wear earphones or turn it off. A boombox is no different than then an iPod or phone, as long as it is not a distraction for others.”

If a student is disrupting the day with music, it will be handled with administration as it has been in the past.

“Last year some students would play music pretty loudly during lunch sometimes,” Coachman said. “If it ever became an issue to where they were defiant and would not turn it off we would have to assign some consequences. Most students, however, are compliant and generally cooperative. When you have large groups in a cafeteria some people may act differently. It can cause a safety hazard. If students started doing things on chairs or on tables like dancing where students are going about doing what they normally would, you have opportunities where trouble and safety issues come in.”

However, Associate Principal Kristen Kinnard is more open to hearing music in the halls between classes.

“I never say no to opportunities as this,” Kinnard said. “But, this is a decision that needs to be made by the school. Not one person can decide this and that it is okay.”

Perhaps the most unique and surprising thing about the musical interludes is that it’s something new.

“I had never thought of this,” Kinnard said. “We  want the music to be clean, but something the students would generally want to hear. I think that we would be open to think about it. I don’t think I would turn anything down without thinking about it.”

The student is nothing more than a music fanatic.

“I play the music from a boombox,” the anonymous student said. “I am really into music. I own like seven boom boxes and two record players. I don’t want a career in music, but it’s just something that I do.”

This student is making his voice heard throughout school.

“I play in D hall, B hall, and during lunch,” he said. “Pretty music whenever I have the chance to turn it on.”