By Ariyah Armstrong, Clarion Staff
If you’re like me, you’re always busy, whether if it’s with homework, sports, home life, etc. It just always seems like there’s something that needs to be done, and it can be really easy to forget things. Our school library (next to Casey’s corner on the first floor of the C building) has been receiving a great amount of backlash and opinions about its afterschool rule: “If you don’t have your given student ID, you will have to go to the office to receive a printed version.”
To some people, this may not seem like a big deal, but for others, the process can be very long and tiring. There’s nothing worse than going to the library, remembering you forgot your I.D., then getting told that you have to walk all the way to the counselor’s office to get a printed version of it. Especially when the office can get busy and backed up with work on some days. And not to mention, you have to repeat this process every time you forget your I.D., which can be a tremendous waste of good paper that can be used for other purposes.
According to Ms. Chandler Cooper, the after-school ASSETS library manager, this rule has been in effect ever since the ASSETS program started. In response to the reasoning for why students need to bring their student IDs in order to use library facilities, she explained, “A student [bringing their] ID is important for several reasons: to check library attendance after-school and to make sure students are safe. The most important reason is because it’s the procedure. It’s the rules.”
When asked if the rule was an excessive waste of paper, the ASSETS library manager stated, “Yes, I do feel like it it’s an excessive use of paper. But that’s the point. It’s a reminder to bring your ID because I know I would get tired walking to the office every day. So the rule is meant to teach principles and remind you to bring your ID with you.” Overall, Ms. Cooper said the rule has brought a positive impact and an increase in this form of identification.
So although there has been some controversy of the rule and an uproar of questions, I personally can now say that this rule is only for our benefit. As young adults on our way to the “real world”, it’s important that we remember things such as a school ID because one day, that’ll be our drivers license. And although we may not like or agree with this, it’s time we start acting with responsibility, because this is only making us smarter and wiser for the future.