Luckily, I haven’t seen a rat at Leon, yet I may be among the few.
This year, numerous rat sightings have caused a stir, and it’s only the first quarter. Rats have been sighted in Janice McLain’s classroom, as well as Joshua Stewart’s third-floor classroom.
I am not surprised that Leon has a rat problem. Leon is a very old and historic school. With so many students eating, drinking and living in one area for a large amount of the year, there are bound to be other creatures as well. Ever since my freshman year, there has always been talk of rats in classrooms and stairwells.
Rats are known carriers of deadly diseases such as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Eosinophilic Meningitis and Typhoid-related diseases.
The students that walk these halls every day are at risk. The solution to the problem may have to start with them. Throwing away our trash, not leaving crumbs after eating, and being careful about where we eat our food are a few of the ways us students can begin to fix this problem.
As Leon Lions, we are held to a very high standard. Every day during fourth period, Principal Rocky Hanna reminds us of this. We must live up to these standards by becoming good examples in our school community. When you see someone littering, tell them to not be surprised if they see a rat in their classroom.
It is our duty as students, and as Leon Lions, to keep our school clean.