Basic hallway etiquette

WRITTEN BY: NOLEN FROEDTERT AND ALLISON BUTTERFIELD

COVER PHOTO COURTESY: WIX

While walking down the halls of Jackson High you stumble upon some freshmen boys chasing each other down the hallways, cologne and perfume hits you like a brick wall, and you must dodge students as if you were a bumper car. If you were to stop a random person walking down the halls and ask what their view of the hallway’s condition, chances are they would say they are chaotic.

The biggest concerns that students of Jackson High have for hallway etiquette is walking on the left side of the halls and standing in large groups in the middle of the hallway.

“People stop in the middle of the hallway and decide to hug and or talk, and I can't walk past them, it makes me sad,” sophomore Ella Moore said.

In a survey given to 100 Jackson High students, it was reported 40 percent of students stand in the hall during transitions instead of going straight to class.

“When people walk on the left side of the hallway, it's like driving. You drive on the right side of the road, so you walk on the right side of the hallway. It is irritating when people don’t do that,” sophomore Kaitlin Butters said.

Walking into someone going down the wrong side of the hall can be bothersome. According to the survey, 10 percent of students regularly walk on the left side of the halls. The percentage of students who walk on the wrong side is small, but is noticeable when the situation occurs. Another noticeable occurrence in the hallways is public display of affection.

“It’s not going to ruin my day if you are holding someone's hand in the hallway. But if you are on top of each other, fusing into one body, then that’s an issue,” junior Daniel Strong said.

Public displays of affection can be distracting during your day, but smelling a plethora of perfume and cologne can ruin your nose.

“I have allergies, so If I’m in a classroom and I smell it I’ll sneeze,” junior Gaea Gaecke said.

The overuse of cologne and perfume is an issue for students with allergies. Some students may think they smell better bathing in cologne or perfume, but in reality they disgust their peers and teachers.

Students have their own embarrassing stories in the halls, from falling up the stairs to dropping your belongings on the floor.

“This one time there was a piece of paper on the ground and I stepped on it without knowing and my feet went out behind me and I almost broke myself,” Butters said.

We all have to go through drivers training to learn the rules of the road, but it seems as though nobody abides by the unwritten rules of the hallway.

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