Open School Lunch – Positive or Negative?
By Hannah H
Here at Binghamton High School, we have an open campus for lunch. In my opinion, there are many negative and positive aspects to having an open campus lunch. For example, the positives: Having a lunch where you can leave the building is more known as a privilege for the students. No other schools in the district have open lunch, so that makes Binghamton pretty lucky. It also promotes the businesses around the school. Kids get hungry at lunch, and what better way to have a successful business than a bunch of hungry teens eating at your business for lunch? Having both free campus and businesses gives us students more choices as well. If the students don’t want what is made for lunch daily, they can go out to eat.
Although there are positives, the negative aspects of lunch are important to know also. During lunch, it makes it easier to fight, skip class, cause traffic issues, and misbehave in businesses. Usually, these things aren’t a problem, but they are known to happen every once in a while. Since you can just leave for lunch it makes it easy to not come back to class. This isn’t part of being responsible and using open lunch as a privilege. In order to keep open lunch, kids have to be responsible and make sure they are on time for their next period. Also, kids fight at lunch. Not only does this make the school look bad but it concerns parents and it also stops traffic. This causes the school to get complaints. Students also have to behave in other stores and businesses.
To show more about how others feel about open lunch I interviewed one student from Binghamton High School. The student , Maddi , was asked these questions. I asked her if having an open lunch had a positive or negative influence on her and if she would change anything about it. (Listen to audio for full interview)