Who Am I? Identity Crisis Hits Hard

You prance down the hallway towards the front door with your keys jangling in your hand and a smile that only a double lunch can bring about. Only ten more steps and you can finally exit the ice-cold building and stroll into the late summer sun. The short break from school will lift your spirits and also give you time to snag some tasty eats. All of a sudden, your blood runs cold. “ID, please?” the towering teacher demands, blocking the gate to freedom. ID checks at the door, one of many new changes that have been implemented this school year, has been met with various opinions. “I feel like it’s inconvenient because I like to keep my ID in my wallet, which is in my purse, which is in my car,” junior Christina Paulson said. Other students don’t seem to have a problem with brandishing the “Open Lunch” stickers on their cards. Junior Daniel Vigil said, “I really don’t have a problem with it. I don’t go anywhere for lunch, I never leave the school for anything, and I think people who forget to bring their IDs with them are dumb.” Many students find themselves in agreement with Paulson, tending to forget their IDs in cars, gym bags, or sometimes back at home. According to some upperclassmen, they have been allowed to go retrieve their IDs as long as they leave a personal item as collateral back at the door to prevent the student from never returning. Another part of this new policy is how once students return, they must remain in the front lobby until the bell rings. Some find this annoying as this means that they are unable to grab books from their lockers, go to the media center to finish their schoolwork, or simply sit down to relax in the courtyard. While this system of ID checks seems to be effective and convenient, students have expressed frustration with the idea of constantly having their identification on hand and the hassle that comes along with tracking it down. “I shouldn’t even have to show my ID in the first place,” Paulson said. “People should already know who I am!” While the practice has shown success in keeping hallways quiet and making sure only upperclassmen leave, it may be tough love for the few disorganized students who are forced to stay at school for lunch.