Lunch Cold Cuts

Oxnard High School students talk about lunch line organization

Juan Quero
OHS students stand in lines at the cafeteria.

Imani Roberts, Reporter

“When I stand in line, there is always a really bad crowd,” said senior Megan Peterson. She thinks that the lunch line environment is very claustrophobic.

From time to time, some students eat lunch at school and have various lunch line experiences. “I witness a huge crowd in front of me…waiting to get food [at lunch],” said senior Alondra Flores

Some students found that the main issue with lunch lines are the people who cut into them. “Someone would cut in line just to get their food faster or just because they see a friend in the front [and] they decide to go with them,” said Flores.

“I feel that people act very childish with their friends and try to show off by doing dumb things with their food or just in general while waiting,” said senior Nick Hall. He finds that the behavior of students with this characteristic makes him feel uncomfortable. Hall said “They throw [food] around, play with it, they put it on their friend’s head.”

Some students thought of the need for a change. Flores thinks that lines for lunch should be made into an actual straight line.

Senior Breanna Alvarez said, “I believe they should be sent out of the line completely and [not be] allowed to get lunch until there are less people…[That] makes it completely impossible for them to do it without being noticed [and]…someone should be watching the lines better and organize students better.”

Junior Roberto Velasquez stated that the lines would not be a problem if either the school had more food stations or send cutting students to the end of the line.

Hall views student behaviors in the lines as if  “they won’t get far in life and they’ll struggle a lot…with overcoming certain things and getting a job.”

“When you are an adult…they wouldn’t allow such a thing to happen…I would feel they wouldn’t be getting away with this habit because many people would not be so quiet about it, considering it isn’t at high school, where people have a certain status,” said Alvarez.