White Walls


Kamaria Keely, Staff Reporter

NO TALKING, except when told or asked from the ISS supervisor. Each student is to sit in their assigned seat and may not leave their seat without permission. These are just two of the rules and regulations for In School Suspension.

Every day students have to report to ISS because they were either late to class, skipped class, disrespected a teacher, or did many other consequential acts.

Not only are there students in ISS on a daily basis, but the rate of students has doubled since second semester started.

“There are usually no more than 15 kids,” said ISS supervisor Ms. Clark. “The largest number of kids I’ve had this semester is 33.”

All of the students who are in ISS have the ability to do work from their classes; however, sometimes their teachers don’t send them anything to do. ISS students are also required to do an assignment specifically made by Ms. Clark.

“Sometimes we get our work; sometimes we don’t,” said sophomore Geneva Hill.

A big downfall for students in ISS is that they miss lectures or important events and assignments in class. They are forced to miss class during the week. There are other times that the school has students accept the consequences of their actions like in Saturday detention.

“It’s boring. We just sit,” said Hill about his experience in ISS. Many students, though they may have work to do, are frustrated that they cannot do anything. Students are isolated from everything else outside the four white walls they have to stare at.

There are approximately eight hours of school in a day and the students in ISS have to be quiet. This is really hard for students, considering that communication is very essential.

Of course many of the students wish ISS did not exist anymore, but Ms. Clark has a heartfelt opinion about it.

“I want to come to school one day and be told I can’t work anymore because there is no more ISS. That means something right is being done. But until then, I encourage the kids to do better.”

Ms. Clark really cares about the students who come to ISS and hope that things will get better for them.

“ISS sucks. I just get so exhausted from doing nothing,” expressed junior Alicia McNabb.

“Yeah, I get really sleepy,” added freshman Victoria Adams. The problem with students feeling exhaustion and sleepiness is ISS rule number eight. Students will not sleep in the ISS classroom!