Photos taken by Charlie Colasurdo '18
For the past 12 years, girls have had a smooth ride in terms of the physical education locker room conditions whereas boys have had to purchase locks for their lockers in order to secure their belongings. Boys are required to purchase a $5 lock and have the ability to return it at the end of their junior year for a $3 refund. Girls do not have to purchase a lock at all.
“It’s part of policy within our department that students have to purchase a lock or have a lock available to them so they can lock up their valuables to avoid theft,” Department Head, David Gusitsch said.
In 2005, the new building of Staples High School was opened and the girls’ locker room was renovated along with the building. The girls’ locker room received locks that were embedded in the locker. However, the boys’ locker room remained the same.
“I never used the locks but I did use the gym lockers for some time. The locks seemed pointless because of the low probability of our stuff getting stolen,” Alex Cheema '18.
“Basically, what I told my students was that you were required to buy a lock, but if you didn’t buy a lock, then you were going to take your chances downstairs by leaving your clothes in those lockers,” gym instructor, Marce Petroccio said. “Probably half of them got changed in the bathroom without me knowing.”
Alex Cheema ’18 believes that boys should not have to purchase locks for their lockers. “I never used the locks but I did use the gym lockers for some time. The locks seemed pointless because of the low probability of our stuff getting stolen,” Cheema said.