Could You Not: Litterbug Losers


Kya Nethercot, Editor in Chief

Dear Litterbug Losers, 

The next time you consider leaving your trash around, could you not? This is not your home and no one here is your mother. It is not anyone’s responsibility but your own to pick up after you. Expecting someone else to do so is, quite frankly, really inconsiderate. 

Some would argue, “cleaning up after kids is what janitors are paid to do,” but janitors deserve respect and consideration just like everyone else. For example, It would take you 1 minute to get up, walk to the trash can, and dump drop your plate in it after lunch. If students had enough respect to do that, they could save janitors 45 minutes of clean up. 

This basic sense of respect should not be such a hard concept to grasp. However, If you’re somehow still confused, imagine you’re over at a friend’s house and you just finished eating lunch. Would you leave your leftovers and garbage on their dining room table? No. Would you stuff candy wrappers between their couch cushions? No. Would you spill your drink and not mop it up? NO! And If you would answer yes to any of these questions, you’re whole other “Could You Not” article.

If you answered no, you probably did so because it would be disrespectful to leave a mess in someone else’s space, right? Then why would you think that it’s any different at school? 

I understand having a bit of clutter in your own space. If I’m completely honest, my room gets a bit messy from time to time, but that’s private. No one else has to see it, let alone clean it. What I don’t understand is how you could do that in public. 

This is high school. If you don’t know how to clean up after yourself by this age, you’re a lost cause. 

So next time, litterbug losers, could you not?