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Whether it be for transportation, hanging out with friends after school, or just for style, both Skateboarders and Longboarders bring their boards to school and carry them throughout the day. But this may cause safety issues.
Security staff member Julie Campbell and assistant principal Crystal Haskins believe there are many issues with having boards in school. “There have been many near accidents involving skateboards,” said Ms. Campbell, “but no actual injuries have been reported to us.” Though no one has actually been injured by skateboards, they still have the potential for being a safety hazard for both skaters and non skaters alike. Some cosmetic damage to the paint on the curbs out front has become more noticeable recently.
Security does confiscate boards from students who misuse them. Students may retrieve them from the security office at the end of the day. “We have been more frequently taking boards more because students are riding them. [on school grounds],” Ms. Campbell said. Students are not allowed to ride, stand on, or even sit on boards during school hours. After school, the school grounds are private property and it is still illegal to skate there. Any action other than carrying or the sitting on boards is cause for confiscation.
Most students carry their boards. However, some are able to store them in their in lockers. “There isn’t a place for boards in general,” Mrs. Haskins said. She also said that boards technically are not allowed in school because they are a safety hazard and can cause distractions.
As far as board sizes, there are currently no measurement restrictions on length, width, or weight of boards. Students are expected to keep their board with them if they choose to carry it around school. Going around corners, walking down the hallway, going up or down stairs, the board must be kept close to the student’s body to minimize the chance of someone getting hit with the boards.
No use of boards being used as weapons has been reported at Jamestown. However, “A few years ago, a kid was hit in the head with a truck [of a skateboard] and was almost killed on impact,” School Resource Officer Mike Ferriero said about an incident that happened elsewhere.
Another problem students may encounter with their boards is inappropriate graphics for school.
Boards come with one of millions of graphics, and more are created and designed every day. Naturally, some of these designs are not school appropriate. Mrs. Haskins said there have been a few isolated incidents regarding graphics. But for the most part, students with boards need to keep their graphic to the same guidelines as the dress code; Nothing sexual, distracting, referencing drugs, or promoting violence.