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The Reflection

Our Side: The blue tape on the halls in GLMS taught us ‘direction’

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The halls in Gull Lake Middle School have blue lines down the middle mimicking the lines of a road. Photo by Zoe Teel

Gull Lake Middle School hallways all have blue tape dividing the hall into two equal lanes. Teachers and administrators are often found telling students to stay on the right.

While most students hate the blue tape and how teachers constantly nag them to stay on the right side of the line, in reality the blue tape helped train our minds to always remain on the right side of the hall, aisle, street or sidewalk and most importantly, life.

While the high school hallways are tape free, teenagers still remain on the right side of the hall, making the commute from class to class quicker.

Like the school hallways, the United States has the unwritten rule that you drive on the right side of the road. In the blue, tapeless world, not everyone has the common decency to travel in the same direction.

One of the worst feelings is walking down the aisle at the grocery store and being on the right side and someone facing you is walking on their left, and they don’t get out of the way forcing you to move. This feeling is made even more unbearable as you have to hold back the urge to ram your cart into them.

It is rare that one of these right side offenders attended Gull Lake Middle School where students learned this simple rule. Blue tape single handedly helped GLMS attendees eliminate hall clogging in the real world, and in real life.

Putting Gull Lake Middle School down on resumes should help alumni gets jobs since we were trained how to properly walk, unlike other unruly members of society.


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    Mr. Boerman

    The blue tape article put a smile on my face and made me happy. Thank you for seeing the purpose of the tape through my eyes. I do it because I love you guys and want you to succeed in life….on the right side of the path of course. – Mr. Boerman

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    Blue Tape

    I am often misunderstood and underappreciated, so thank you for taking the time to write this article about me. Perhaps people dislike me because it limits the number of people who can walk side-by-side in the hallway, or perhaps people dislike me because they simply don’t like having to follow yet another rule. Whatever the reason is, I’d just like to make my case that I have made life easier for everyone. Without me, the hallways would be a chaotic mess of people trying to travel in all directions. I have helped train your minds to obey the right-hand rule, no matter the situation, and that is a truly valuable thing.


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