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It’s time to learn some hallway etiquette

The Hallway. A place that every student uses on a daily basis that comes with an unwritten set of rules that frankly everyone should brush up on. With the past few years being different with COVID-19 and virtual learning, a lot of people have been absent from the halls of GLHS. Paired with the freshmen with no experience at all, it’s become absolute mayhem in the halls. 

The calm before the storm in the GLHS hallways. Photo by DeWitt Renwick

If you grew up in the Gull Lake school district, you have been groomed to stay on the right side of the hallway all throughout your childhood. In the Ryan, we were supposed to hug the right wall, and in the middle school, there was a blue line down the center of the hallway to remind you. Even if you did not go to Gull Lake, it should still be common sense. It bewilders me to see people trying to walk upstream after all of these years.

The same goes for doors. At our school, there are two doorways at each of the hallway entrances to mediate traffic, but they are tragically ignored. This causes the lazy, left-door users to run into a group of people going the other way. This can be very easily prevented if everyone just uses the doorway to their right.

Another issue that has been prevalent recently is the congregation of large groups. People stop and talk or people walk in large groups, which prevents anyone trying to pass. I know it is great to see the people you know and talk to them, but you do not need to stop in the middle of the halls or bring your walking pace down to a minimum. There are always people trying to pass or people walking at a faster pace than the group. These people have to make that awkward jog/speed walk around the group at the next opening which can be a difficult task for even the fastest people. In a perfect world, there would be an express lane on the side of the normal hallway for people in a hurry. While it may be a brilliant idea, it just does not seem plausible at our school. 

On the contrary, don’t walk above the normal pace of the hallway. If you’re in a rush that is one thing, but walking fast just to walk fast can be extremely annoying. Everyone knows that guy that constantly steps on the back of your shoes or is running into your backpack, causing you to push into the person in front of you. It’s the worst. You then have to desperately explain to the person in front of you that you were the one pushed. The tailgater gives everyone this unnecessary anxiety whenever they are breathing down your neck. Again, in a perfect world these people would be pulled over and given a hallway ban, but we just can’t do that.

Lastly, let’s stop holding hands in the hallway. Hand-holding just causes an unbreakable barrier that prevents people from passing. This turns a two-person group into a three or even four-person group depending on how long their arms are, or how much they want people to see them holding hands.

Hopefully everyone can learn a thing or two about hallway etiquette from this and improve the hallway experience for everyone.

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