By August Kissel and Julia Skeval
It’s during a test in class, the classroom is dead silent. Suddenly your stomach rumbles really loudly, but do you pull out a snack? Most would say, yes, wanting to satisfy their growing hunger. However, at Jamesville-DeWitt High School teachers and some students argue that snacks should not be allowed in the classroom for several reasons.
Even though they are not the majority, some students and teachers at J-DHS don’t think students should eat in class. “I don’t eat in class, because I just never remember to bring (food) with me to class,” said senior Erin Mulvey. Sophomore Shane Smith and junior Aliyah MacCrindle agree with Mulvey, MacCrindle adding, “I think the wrappers on some of the packaging can be really annoying and distracting.” French teacher Solace Amankwah does not allow food to be eaten in her classroom, because, she says that if she allowed food, “it would become like the cafeteria.”
The students and teachers against eating in class also bring up several points, including the messes, dangers with allergies and the distraction it provides. Smith doesn’t think food should be allowed in class “because of all the different allergies and vermin it could attract.” Spanish teacher Michele Kuon said she does not allow food, for it’s distracting and can be extremely messy. “The only exception would be if we were having a special celebration in class,” she said.
However, even though some members of the community disagree, the majority of the population at J-DHS said students should be allowed to eat in class. “I think we should definitely be allowed to eat in class,” said sophomore Alyssa Phillips. Senior Libby Webber agreed, saying “students should be allowed to eat in class because it’s hard to concentrate if you’re hungry.” Sophomore Emily Shapiro took the argument a step further, saying students should have the ability to eat whenever they want “because a lot of us don’t have time to eat breakfast and sometimes our lunch period is really late in the day so we need energy to function.” Sophomore Colin McKee agreed with Shapiro and added “I always skip breakfast in the mornings, (so) I’m hungry.”
“It doesn’t really matter to me,” said freshman Gerry Watson, speaking for the students and teachers who said they didn’t have an opinion on whether or not food should be allowed in class. Fellow freshman Thomas Edson said he understands why kids want to eat in class, but also why some teachers don’t allow it. “I don’t usually eat in class, partly because I don’t remember to bring food and also because most of my teachers don’t allow it,” he said. Health teacher Melissa Moore said that she doesn't mind if students eat in class, as long as they do not make a mess on the floor. She added that a student who is hungry won’t focus and learn as well as a student who is full. Also indifferent to the argument between eating and not eating in class is English teacher Joe Goldberg, who said he allows eating, but that “the food can’t stink up the room.”