Stall talk becomes source of inspiration, gossip

racheljohnson

Disclaimer: The Network staff does not condone writing on the bathroom stalls as it is illegal and punishable with disciplinary points.

Picture this. It’s a Monday morning, you’ve just been destroyed by a test and are feeling a little down, so you decide to go to the bathroom to regroup. As you’re re-evaluating life and deciding whether or not to call it quits and go home for the day, your eyes wander to the half-erased but still legible writing on the door. It reads something like, “I CAN’T HELP IT IF MY MOM MADE BEANS LAST NIGHT,” and all of a sudden, just for a moment, everything is a little more right in the world.

While some prefer inspirational notes like, “Her wings let her fly, but her strength makes her soar,” sometimes a little comic relief is exactly what is needed after being personally victimized by an AP Government or European History test. It’s comments like these that make a bathroom the perfect refuge during a rough day at school.

Nothing says school-wide bonding like a nice collaborative note right above the toilet paper. If the second oor middle bathroom is your goto, then you’ve probably seen the progression of writing in the second stall. What once started out as “Impossible” was changed to “I’m possible” and is now “Kim Possible: what’s the sitch?” That right there is art. There is something truly special about girls from different classes coming together for a little bathroom entertainment.

Though the majority of stall messages are harmless and sometimes even uplifting, there certainly have been instances of slander and gossip. The anonymity and absence of cameras in the bathrooms make it easy for students to write offensive messages without anyone knowing who did it. However, Marian girls are held to a high standard and should rise above this behavior.

Senior Shayla Taute has experienced stall libel rst hand. “Someone wrote a rumor about me, and they didn’t even have the courtesy spell my name right. I thought it was kind of funny, but someone could definitely take it the wrong way,” Taute said. Though she may have been able to find humor in the comment, not everyone would take such a rumor so lightly. Taute would like to publicly con rm that the rumor is untrue and specify that her name is not actually spelled “Shala.”

Though actual gossip is few and far between, one can nd an abundance of class spirit written in stalls all over the school. Whether is reads “2019 will win Field Day” or “xoxo 2016,” Marian girls are always displaying pride in their class. Other than the occasional crossing out of one class year and replacing it with another, the writing

is mostly good clean fun and should remain that way.

It’s important to note that there is a rule against writing on the bathroom stalls, so students should take it upon themselves to stop doing so. If inspiration comes to you mid-bathroom break, consider enlightening the student body with a sticky note rather than directly on the stall. In the meantime, as notes will probably continue anyway, make sure to keep it clean and harmless. “I want prune juice” scribbled on a blood drive poster never hurt anyone, but slander written in Sharpie certainly has.

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