With the installation of the high school’s new security booth, a new policy went into effect Monday, March 23, prohibiting students from walking outside in between classes from the main building and D-wing.
On Wednesday, March 25, Wilton High School junior Charlie Owens started a change.org petition against the new policy.
“I was inspired to start this position by the public outcry of the student body over these sanctions,” Charlie told The Bulletin.
“You could not walk down the hallway without hearing countless students complaining, so I thought I would try to quantify the number of students opposing the new rule.”
As of Tuesday, March 31, nearly 700 supporters signed the petition.
In the petition, Charlie said the bridge alone is “simply not equipped to handle the heavy traffic of all students traveling between buildings.”
“It was created as a secondary route to the library/D-wing,” he said, “not as a primary passage.”
Since the booth was installed, Charlie told The Bulletin, traffic within the school has been “far more congested,” and moving through school has become “very difficult.”
“The issue occurs as a result of the bottleneck that blocks the staircase in the D-wing leading to the bridge,” he said. “Each time class ends, it takes an extra four to five minutes to go across the bridge.”
While Charlie recognizes that the purpose of the new rule is to “ensure the safety of the school community,” he said it has been “done at the expense of the academic well-being of the student body.”
Charlie said the problems created by the new policy have “really resonated with students because of the manner in which our freedom on campus has been systematically reduced.”
“The main goal of the petition was to initiate dialogue with administration,” said Charlie. “Our intentions were to express our viewpoints on the changes that were implemented.”
Charlie said school administrators have been contacted and are aware of the petition, but “they have not formally addressed the student body regarding the issue.”