Metro Has A Lesson For Unruly Students

I just wanna thank the Washington Post for featuring this article back in March. The article Metro Has A Lesson For Unruly Students is excellent. It basically talks about the bad ass kids on the metro and the working grown folks who have to put up with their bs.

When the last bell rings, thousands of District schoolchildren make their way to the nearest Metro train — their school bus on rails — where many let loose a day’s worth of bottled-up angst, energy and emotion. All that the tens of thousands of other riders want, in most instances, is a quiet trip home.

That bottled up angst. Did they get rid of the physical education classes? There are quite a number of working grown folks who have pent up angst too but you don’t see them acting like loud, crazy fools on the train.

The tension between the groups has been a long-standing concern for Metro, and efforts to do something about teenagers’ rowdy behavior have grown more urgent as problems have escalated. In the past four years, juvenile arrests have nearly doubled, and warnings have increased more than 40 percent.

This doesn’t surprise me at all.

Adults complain about students talking loudly, swearing, eating and drinking, taking up more than one seat, clustering on platforms and blocking escalators and train doors.

Some students say they think adults unfairly lump them together.

“It’s one thing to be loud and another thing to be rowdy,” said Alicia Wade, 15, a ninth-grader at the School Without Walls who gets on a train with her girlfriends each day at Foggy Bottom. Alicia said that the “Respect” campaign is “a waste of time” and that students should already know to be considerate of other people.

I have witnessed the loud talking, n-word using, swearing, eating, drinking, taking up more than one seat and blocking train doors. Then you have the idiots sitting sideways with a backpack on and backpack is attacking your arm. I’ve been so tempted to grab those damn backpacks and throw it across the train.

“Adults make those faces at us like they don’t want to be near us,” said classmate Rakiya Moore, 15.

You’re right, we don’t like to be near a bunch of loud talking troublemakers. Start acting like decent, respectful human beings.

Will Elsbury, 40, who works at the Library of Congress, saw students shredding newspapers and throwing them at each other on his Orange Line commute from Capitol South to Ballston on Friday. The group of about 10 boys and girls, who got off at L’Enfant Plaza, were “just messing around,” he said. But by the time it was over, the train car “looked like a giant recycling dump.”

Talk about trifling behavior.

And others who haven’t had trouble with youths say it should be tolerated because of who they are. “Sure, some of us would prefer that they tone it down so we can sleep after a hard day at work,” said Robert Johnston, 53, who commutes from Glenmont to Judiciary Square. “But give me a break — they are kids.”

I’m not surprised someone would come to their defense. Mr. Johnston should be locked up in one of the subway cars for several hours and enjoy watching them being just kids. Tolerate it my ass!!!

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