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Where did the “L” go?

Computer keyboards (mostly in smaller labs) seem to be the latest victim of vandalism in Hickman High School. The keys that compose the keyboards are being popped out of place, and being re-arranged at different locations on the board. Such actions has prompted actions by teachers such as locking up mice and keyboards after each hour of use, and labeling them to keep track of “hit” keyboards.

Is this really a necessary action? I’m not in the position to make the decision, but I am the one suffering from this inconvenience every time I need to use a computer (like right now!). With the actions of a minority of students, or even just an individual, punishment is inflicted on a mass of innocent souls.

Unless our elementary education on PAWS typing teacher didn’t work, the vandalism isn’t drastically affecting the situation (considering only a couple of keys are being scrambled). However, no student should be subject to poor educational tools due to immoral actions by others. Should such drastic measure be taken to control this problem? Should we have to deal with what we destroy?

By Jake Nichols

4 comments to Where did the “L” go?

  • Jake

    It’s not that huge of a deal. You know where the “L” is supposed to be and I think you’re blowing this way out of proportion.

  • paradoxal membrane

    Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

  • QWERTY

    Jake (as in the commenter)

    I think thats what the whole point of the blog was. It was being sarcastic. The last paragraph shows that he thinks it isn’t a big deal.

  • Nick

    The key that is the main target of the vandelism is the Insert key, a useless key that is seldom pressed. If you have a serious problem with the insert key being replaced with the Delete, Page Up, Page Down, Home, or End keys (keys that are entirely unused, except perhaps for the delete key), then you should blame the seniors of last year. It was their senior prank that gave everyone else the bright idea of ripping off spacebars and scrambling letters so that the few hunt-and-peck typers left in this school are crying over their keyboards because every time they try to email a student’s parent to say he has an F, they instead say that he has an A.

    You know what would fix this problem? Teach the students and teachers how to take off and replace keys. Then instead of locking up keyboards, they can simply arrange the keys back to normal.

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