By Aurora Finley
Only 30 seconds remains before the bell rings and you’re still six classrooms down from your destination. Under normal circumstances, you would be able to walk to your class and make it inside with plenty of time before the bell rings. However, today there is a certain obstacle blocking your path: a group of slow walkers.
Slow walkers have become a plague throughout OTHS, creating unnecessary stress and excessive tardies. Starting as an effortless walk down the halls, a friend tags along, and then another; soon enough a line of students creates a slowly moving barricade across the hallway. Even though slow walkers have a bad reputation for just being purely ignorant, some can’t help it. “I have short legs!” says one anonymous short walker who claims slow walking is their only means of transportation. This claim is to be considered when confronted with stagnant strollers, because maybe they are actually not attempting to be inconvenient.
Unfortunately, large groups of slow walkers congest the hallways everyday. Senior Della Almind says, “‘Take initiative, take responsibility, and get out of my way,’ that’s pretty much how I feel [when behind a slow walker].” Another student commented, “I just want to tell them ‘No one cares about your friends and no one cares about your swag!’” Overall, it creates frustration within the student body to follow behind a group that refuses to move out of the way and/or move faster.
Whether a fast or slow walker, the school needs to establish a system where certain speeds walk in certain areas. For instance, those who walk slow (whether for leisure or capability) should walk off to the side, close to the lockers, and then those who walk fast should stay in the middle, kind of like the fast lane on highways. Maybe if the student body can adapt to this kind of system, less tardies will take place, and less stress will fill the OTHS hallways.