Lunch arrest:  The new Lunch detention system

Lunch arrest:  The new Lunch detention system
By Alexander Moore '23

Benedictine recently changed from military demerits to a detention system. Before, when a student got a demerit from the classroom or formation, he would have to walk penalty tours. The detention system, however, made classroom demerits result in detentions.

Military demerits result in penalty tours. There was an issue with this system. Many students would refuse to go to detention after school. To mitigate this issue, teachers started to call students out in afternoon formation. The students once again would just stay still, and teachers would think they had left. Yet again, the teachers changed the system to create the lunch detention.

Lunch is usually a time where students can talk with each other and interact in a non-classroom environment. Lunch detention makes students sit alone outside the lunch hall, so they can not interact with their friends. The goal was to use this isolation as punishment. There was a problem with the systems setup, however. The friends of the misbehaving student usually misbehave themselves. This results in them all getting detention and getting to sit with each other in detention just outside of the lunch hall. They still talk among each other, even if it's just snippets and whispers, which defeats the whole purpose of detention Isolation.

The way that the teachers could mitigate this situation is to either spread detention out or increase the severity of the punishment. This could be anything from detention and penalty tours or not allowing sports to students with detentions. There are a plethora of ways that would be more effective than having them sit outside of lunch with each other. The system works better if only one student is there instead of a group.

"It was boring," junior L.J. Sam said of the one time he had to ride out a detention. "You have to write a paper while trying to make time for lunch."

The detention program is a new program that needs changes and adjustments to make it more effective. The idea of the program, however, is solid with an achievable mission in mind.

Lunch arrest:  The new Lunch detention system
Lunch arrest:  The new Lunch detention system

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