Give me comfortable classrooms or give me death


Merry Schlarman & DeLila Green

No one should have to be suspended in a state of near-hypothermia for an entire block period.

Each year we lose at least one student to a preventable cause.


How our administration has allowed such grotesque negligence and outright hate from the teachers is beyond me. Last year, it was Becca Bluefingers who dropped dead in the middle of a lab after being forced to complete her experiment without access to her parka. Before her, Nick Numb slipped away in the middle of an in-class essay after writing for an hour with a vent directly above his desk.

 So it goes. 

These senseless tragedies must be stopped. If you see someone walking towards the science building, do not be a bystander. Help them. Give them your coat. Buy them hot chocolate from Pioneer Perks, their lips might be frozen shut. Do something–anything–no matter how small. We must protect each other since no one else will. 

For too long we have shouldered our burden in silence. We are complicit. We let this become acceptable at our school, we didn’t fight back when we should have. Claiming “shivering so badly I couldn’t take a proper measurement” as a possible error in each lab activity has become the norm. This, along with needing an emergency contact at the ready before you do a presentation for your English class and crying at the prospect of a block period in the language hallway should not be something we accept. Our administration has turned a blind eye to our suffering.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” I am calling on the student body to become vigilant and angry. Nothing will be changed otherwise. I tremble for our school and the frigid environment we inhabit. 

Please remember the signs of oncoming hypothermia:

  • Shivering
  • Turning blue during an essay
  • Confusion
  • Sliding one’s arms into their shirt in the middle of a test

If you see anyone exhibiting these symptoms, please dial 9-1-1. The science building remains the most dangerously cold in our school. (R.I.P. our fallen brothers and sisters.) It is unquestionably the site of most hypothermia-related deaths on campus. I urge you to bring Snuggies® and gloves to any science classes you have. 

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Just because science reigns as the coldest building doesn’t mean there aren’t any other hazardous areas within our school. The English and language buildings follow closely behind science when it comes to life-threatening temperatures. Pack what you need to avoid frostbite. Remember there is safety in numbers–huddle if necessary.

I understand the social studies hallway is hotter than the surface of the sun during passing periods, but that’s a whole other discussion. Once we conquer the cold, we can afford to worry about enduring that crammed catastrophe.

This cold, intolerable tundra is a human rights violation. No one should have to be suspended in a state of near-hypothermia for an entire block period. We must come together and end the abuse of students at KHS. #StopTheCold2k19