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The cause and effects of breaking school rules

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Cause and Effect

By Brian Trinh

Rules exist for a reason. Although some may seem annoying, they are essential in establishing an orderly system where students, teachers, and staff members can be safe and cooperate. Break a rule and trouble follows. So be careful with what rules you break, if you choose to break any at all, because the violation of any rule will inevitably have consequences.

1. How to lose a job in one day; be tardy.

The short term effect of breaking the tardy policy conveys an “I don’t care” attitude to the teachers and sets a bad precedent for other students. If the student can’t come to first period on time, what will prevent him from being tardy in his other classes? Besides setting a bad example, tardy students disrupt the teacher from teaching which unfairly robs diligent students from learning. The habit will also be unacceptable in the long run, especially when competing against peers in the workforce. Be late once, and that might cost you your job.

2. A messy home for books: library etiquette.

The library is filled with many valuable items such as books, computers, and expensive printers. Students are prone to make a mess if they eat and have the potential of spilling liquids on these expensive items. The mess will welcome ants, rats, little rodents and flies. If a mess is made, the janitors have to divert their time from their duties to clean the mess. This is very thoughtless, so why not avoid it by not eating in the library? It would also be nice to pick up trash around the library and clean up after yourself. That way the library is kept nice and tidy.

3. Books of steel or books of wood?

A new Pre-Calculus book costs a whopping 163 bucks. Wouldn’t it make sense to take care of it just as you would take care of an expensive iPod or graphing calculator? By not covering the book, students make it vulnerable to wear and tear from the elements of earth, water, wind, coffee stains, etc. Think of a book cover as an iPod cover or cell phone protector. Even though school books do not technically belong to students, the school has to pull funds out of their treasury to pay for a damaged or lost book. This brings up the case for returning books. Some books are in limited supply so make sure they are returned on time. If the book has to be returned in three weeks, make sure to return it in three weeks. There are other students who need the same book. If they can’t find it in the school library, they have to go to another source like the South San Francisco Library which takes up time and fuel to get there.

4. The Art of Destruction: Vandalism.

Vandalism is never acceptable, and graffiti and gum are not exceptions. If people do not own an item, they should treat that item thoughtfully. Failing to do so will not only bring grief to the owners, it will make them lose trust in the people using the items. As a student, you are obligated to follow this principle. There is nothing inherently wrong with graffiti as a form of art, but it is wrong to deface something that isn’t yours. Similarly, placing gum under the desks is equivalent to vandalizing. It spreads germs and creates an unsanitary environment and also becomes a nuisance for janitors and students to clean.

5.Short term option, long term loss: Cheating.

Cheating doesn’t get anyone anywhere. In the short term it has four effects. 1) It shows the teacher the integrity of the individual. 2) The person cheating and the person sharing the answers will get a zero on their paper, in addition to a note filed in their record. 3) Depending on the degree, the individual may be assigned Saturday school and detention in addition to a notice sent to the parent or assistant principal. 4) If done frequently, the student will flunk the class.

In the long run, cheating will get you nowhere in life because if you’re always seeking the easy way out, you will harm your reputation tremendously. Also, you learn nothing by cheating except how to cheat.

6. Patience is a virtue: Line cutting.

It’s fourth period, there’s sixty more seconds until the bell rings, and your stomach is growling for food. The bell rings and you rush to the cafeteria to wait in line for your food. But what happens when somebody cuts in front of you? At El Camino, line cutting is a problem that needs to be addressed. Students who get in line first deserve to get their food first; it’s as simple as that. When you cut in front of someone, you take away their lunchtime because they have to wait longer. You would be furious if it happened to you so why would you do it yourself? So do your neighbor a favor by not cutting in line.

7. Feed your mind in 17 minutes: Reading period.

In El Camino’s busy schedule is a 17-minute period set aside for reading during third period. The objective is to allow students to enhance their reading skills and enjoyment by reading their own books. Some students make use of their time by reading, while others distract the studious students by goofing off or doing last night’s homework. The school put the period aside to help students, and if they don’t make the most of it, then reading period may disappear. There doesn’t have to be a reading period. It is not a right; it is a privilege.

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