Letter to the Editor: A response to the ridiculous video on the asinine door policy

Parker C. Boisvert, guest writer

Usually I see no need to throw my voice into the tumult of others criticizing the actions of the school; however, this recent video released by the student council in tandem with Mr. Beaton has me nothing short of incensed and I find I must speak my mind on a public forum. In the video, a student within the school opened door six to allow in a group of students who were trapped outside. The student was then called into what was presumably the office of Mr. Beaton, where he was questioned and reprimanded for his actions. This is where I begin to take issue. The student questioned said that he knew each of the students, having seen or interacted with them previously within the school, so he wasn’t letting in random strangers; rather, he was showing common courtesy to his fellow classmate. Such casual acts of kindness are greatly appreciated among the student body, especially when the weather grows frigid (as it does every winter). Despite this, the student was told in no uncertain terms that what he had done was nothing short of folly and that all students entering the school beyond 8:30 AM MUST use the main office door. His off campus pass was then revoked for this minor infraction against this ridiculous rule. Even in the presumably staged video, the student punished seems to express disbelief and argues the rule to an extent but is quickly cut off, being told that what he did was foolish and he would have been held responsible had any of these students caused trouble. This policy is, frankly, obtuse and vacuous. Security cannot be cited as a possible concern because any possibly dangerous individual could simply enter through the unlocked main doors, rendering the other locked entrances irrelevant. Beyond that, security couldn’t have been the concern in the video, seeing as how the student knew all the students he allowed in. This “door policy” is without logic or merit, doing nothing but encouraging distrust between students. This policy puts up a wall between students in need of common courtesy and students with the ability to provide said courtesy; it is for this reason that I must demand: ‘Mr. Beaton, tear down this wall.”