Cleanliness Is Next to Studiousness

Posted on May 18, 2011 by

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The most germ-riddled places in the world are schools. In Fleetwood, for example, there are nearly one thousand people coughing, sneezing, and touching surfaces that can be used to transmit disease to any number of students and staff each day. Every day a number of students are absent because they have contracted a virus or illness that disables them from learning and being able to go through a normal school day. With all these ailments crippling everything with a pulse, every precaution must be taken. This includes washing hands after using the facilities. Yet, this commonplace act actually isn’t so common.

One of The Tiger Times’ news reporters, Vice President Matthew Voyer, was recently using the facilities in the high school. While in the bathroom, an unnamed senior proceeded to finish his business and leave the facilities without washing his hands.

When asked about this situation, the student replied, “Yeah, I do that all the time. I don’t see the point in washing hands.”

While this senior feels as if germs are not a big deal, many of his peers and superiors disagree.

In an informal poll of Fleetwood students and staff, it was ascertained that one in every four people does not wash his or her hands after using the school’s bathrooms.

“I don’t understand why people wouldn’t wash their hands,” stated senior Megan Fella.

However, this practice can be fairly common in extreme circumstances. One senior commented that the soap in the school’s bathrooms easily dries the skin. Nevertheless, based on the condition in which many classmates leave the toilets after usage, one wonders if this excuse is sufficient to avoid proper hand washing. Overall, the feeling throughout the high school is that many need to improve personal hygiene, and maintaining a germ-free environment is imperative.

So, if you are reading this article in the bathroom right now, wash your hands when you are done!  And leave this edition of The Tiger Times for the next occupant…

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