Inglewood prep academy’s health hazard exposed
Inglewood City Honors' poor restroom sanitary standards prompts student to expose breeding ground for staphylococcus By JASLYN FELLOWS, Contributing Writer I FINALLY HAD ENOUGH! It was the third day of November and I was fed up and
Inglewood City Honors’ poor restroom sanitary standards prompts student to expose breeding ground for staphylococcus
By JASLYN FELLOWS, Contributing Writer
I FINALLY HAD ENOUGH! It was the third day of November and I was fed up and disgusted with my high school’s despicable restroom sanitary standards. Three-hundred-twenty-two days was enough. I was not going to endure another single day without taking action.
Since my 9th grade freshman year at City Honors College Preparatory Academy in Inglewood Calif., I have habitually gone to the girl’s restroom at lunchtime to wash my hands. On this day, as is often the case, there is no soap in the dispenser. By the time I found my way to the nearest classroom to use sanitizer, I decided, this time, it was just not going to suffice.
I thought to myself — I have been going to this school for three years, and still there is a problem with a lack of soap! I tore a sheet of paper from my notebook and decided to write an anonymous note to our principal, Dr. Kiwiana Cain, demanding she do something about the problem.
I decided to go even further and consult the press and use my First Amendment privilege to raise awareness about what’s going down in many school restrooms. I wrote this Viewpoint for ComptonHerald.com to apprise the public of a terrible health hazard that may be occurring in schools citywide, statewide, nationally!
Not only is hand washing without soap off-putting and unsanitary, it spreads harmful bacteria like staphylococcus from student-to-student via door knobs, desks, books, pencils and pens; even by shaking hands. Eventually, these germs reach our homes. I’m being more than polite — some kids don’t even wash their hands, period! They just relieve themselves, turn and go. Ugh!
But the lack of soap is only a part of the problem. My peers and I have observed many other problems with our restrooms; stuff clogging the toilets, no toilet tissue, no hand towels, broken toilets, broken door locks, and even the absence of doors.
We students are not all just nasty little kids who don’t care about our health, as some adults might think. We’d do much better if there is adequate soap in dispensers, paper towels to dry our hands, and toilet tissue on the rolls.
After all, if the restrooms for the principal and faculty lacked these items, would they settle for less?
Jaslyn Fellows is an 11th grade honor student at City Honors College Preparatory Academy in Inglewood, Calif.