Growing up in a European country and never witnessing what it's like to go to an American school, watching American high school comedies, to me, has always been a pretty surreal experience. I'm sure that most of you fellow non-Americans reading this article could relate to me on this.

There are so many things about American schools that have always seemed utterly fascinating to me. For instance, you get letter grades instead of number ones, schools have swimming pools inside them, there's a club for almost anything, you have to get a hall pass to go to the bathroom during class, and lunch meals are usually pretty bizarre. The list goes on. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to look through this list of tweets from non-American Twitter users in which they share things that they find the strangest about American schools. Feel free to explain to us the things we don't understand or add your own in the comment section!

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GC
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10 months ago

I don’t ever know what A levels etc. are. One of these days I need to look it up.

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konnarw1
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10 months ago (edited)

mine starts at 8:00 till 3:00

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

Yes, because if you're in the hall without one, then you MUST be commiting murder (Sarcasm lads)

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

It didn't when I was a kid, but it does for my children. I hate it.

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Michelle C
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10 months ago

Yep and we decorate them too!

Anthony Goldstein (female)
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10 months ago

We wrap them on our birthdays. It's fun!

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Lillian Jimenez
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10 months ago

We're not allowed to use lockers so we carry EVERYTHING in our backpacks. My back will never recover.

Anxiety! at the Disco
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10 months ago

We have lockers in our homerooms, and we aren't allowed to use our backpacks throughout the day. We have to carry all our books, and aren't allowed to visit our homerooms between most classes. I'm surprised I still have stick arms -_-

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Well, you don't want to haul all your text books class to class. You need a place to store them. And you need a place to hang up your coat.

Gustavo Di Salvo
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10 months ago

And how do you do your homework without the books? (assuming before internet)

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Emma Galbraith
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10 months ago

you should have seen my locker. it was covered in more home made laminated cartoon characters than you could draw in a year

Anny
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10 months ago

In Romania, we had to carry everything for the day in our backpacks. Books, notepads, pen holders, snacks. We kept our backpacks in our benches all day. Some lockers would have been great, though.

Cal Capone
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10 months ago

Where the hell did you put your stuff then? Anyone steal any of it?

Jamziee
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10 months ago

Yeah we do, mine are green in a yellow hall

Christian Bradshaw
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10 months ago

Mine are red, but people hardly ever use them

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago

I like carrying my bag around over the locker, but, when the school says something, who am I to argue *proceeds to put lights on my tin foil covered locker to blind the school in protest*

Dogs_are_cool
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10 months ago

wait y’all use yours? ours are for decoration we don’t get to use them lol

Jo Firth
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10 months ago

School in Australia had them when I was there. Sure beats lugging around books needed for the day (also pre-laptop years which might make a difference now). Biggest difference was that our lockers didn't lock ... ah trust, where did it go?

Maximum Ride
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10 months ago

My middle school did not have lockers. (USA)

Potatogamers2
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10 months ago

Same in the Netherlands

Sabienn
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10 months ago

But those are smaller and usually square. At least, every locker I've seen so far is

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PodgyPigeon
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10 months ago

i went to a middle school in england, and we had these, but smaller

Dilly Millandry
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10 months ago

Me too - though I chose to give up my locker and just carry my books to and from school when I needed them. It wasn't that big a deal. Had to take them home for homework anyway.

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Fionn O'Donnell
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10 months ago

so do mine in france

not happy and he does know it
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8 months ago

Exactly!

Bella Turland
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9 months ago

we have them in UK too bruh

Philly Bob Squires
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10 months ago

I would carry my stuff... in my school they'd probably get broken into and all of your stuff would be gone. Hell, they'd even steal your lunch.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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10 months ago

Absolutely! Carrying around the textbooks we're required to use would give most of us hunchbacks.

Kimberly Reetz
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10 months ago

Absolutely

Doris Bennett
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10 months ago

So stuff is not stolen...

backatya
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10 months ago

What did you expect? Something real fancy

Patti Renwick Parrish
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10 months ago

yes they do. pulled the number off mine when i graduated!

Faith Hurst
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10 months ago

Some schools do. A lot of schools did away with them. I graduated in 1989 and we were the last ones to use them at our school A set of books at home and one in class (its only one extra set, really) and then no carrying all of that crap back and forth. My kids graduated in 2014 and 2015 and they have never used lockers in their lives.

elfin
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10 months ago

It provides a place for students to store books, clothes, etc. when they don't need them for class. They are going away now and being replaced by backpacks 'cause lockers can also be used to store weapons, drugs, etc. Note that some backpacks are bulletproof.

Klaus Hargreeves
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10 months ago

in my state schools dont really do that anymore so you only have them if its a really old school

BG
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10 months ago

My senior year (year 12) I put all of my books in it the first week of school and the homeroom teacher retrieved them on the last day of school because I didn't know the lock combination.

Ivana
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10 months ago

Mine didn't and we were expected to bring our text books to each class. So 7 classes means you are carrying around 7 extremely heavy books all day long and it is actually a huge health issue.

Hadesdaughter
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10 months ago

YEP BUT THE FIRST YEAR I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT CARONA HIT

BananaJo
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10 months ago

Ours are kind of like that, but we use our access cards to open them

Muff_Fluff
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10 months ago

Ok then how do you store your stuff

あんぱんまん
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10 months ago

woa... we have to carry our damn books all the time, but then again, we stay in the same class most of the time for almost all the classes... only few students have to switch classes and they can keep their books in their desk until that class was over

Yaz Cam
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10 months ago

No, not in all schools. My elementary, middle, and high schools did not have them at all.

Marilyn Bojanowski
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10 months ago

What do you put YOUR stuff in??

Hollysmom
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10 months ago

A lot of schools have, or are, doing away with lockers because of all of the school shootings and contraband.

Noez 🇸🇪
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10 months ago

Same in Sweden.

vogonpoet
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10 months ago

I'm in NZ. We had lockers at my first high school, but not enough for everyone (senior students got preference over juniors). And you had to pay a fee to use it, as well as a refundable bond on the key.

Emily Smith
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10 months ago

Yep, we sure do! They are meant to hold books, school supplies, lunch and jacket so students do not loose them or need to carry them around to every class. When each class has a heavy text book, that's a lot of weight to lug around to each class!

Memento Mori
Community Member
10 months ago

I have a locker, but in my high school, two people share a locker. Me, being as antisocial and introverted as I am, want to avoid as much conversation as possible. So I've never even touched my locker.

SAF saf
Community Member
10 months ago

Not so common in CA highschools but when i lived in texas we got lockers as early as middle school.

aj B
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10 months ago

We have them but many students forego their use because shockingly 5 minutes isn't enough time to bolt to a random hallway, input a combination, swap out books etc for next class, and bolt to wherever it is the next class is held.

Seth Linn
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10 months ago

Yep, and we have to pay to rent combo locks. The lockers suck and the are halls are overcrowded.

CatWoman312
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10 months ago

Do Europeans not have school books?

Lucille Varner
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10 months ago

My high school has them, but I've never seen one get used

Spring Fisk
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10 months ago

Yes, but I hear there are going away since most textbooks are going to digital. It's fun to have your own little place to put whatever you want books, supplies, coat, baby chandelier, and fun pictures and inspirational quotes. There are locker checks randomly to make sure people are not storing drugs in them.

Sportsgal
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10 months ago

And mine were that shade of blue at all levels! They must get a discount on that paint color-lol!

JessG
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10 months ago

Not all schools

thenamescracked
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10 months ago

Nah. Not anymore where I live. Drugs/Guns are too prevelant.

Phoebe Carter
Community Member
10 months ago

Our school took out the lockers after a vandalism incident like 15 years ago and still haven't put them back. We have to carry everything with us in bags. Usually we'd leave books in classroom but since corona we have to carry about 5 books plus textbooks and lunch and water bottles etc all around and to and from school. My back is in constant pain every time I get back from school and Wednesdays are a blessing since we get only 4 lessons instead 5 (but only every other Wed)

MAnahP
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10 months ago

We had lockers in College (High School) in New Zealand.

Dreamwolf
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10 months ago

I can't have my locker decorated and I can't even use it thanks to covid.

StrawBerry Turtle
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10 months ago

yep too small for all your stuff and thats all you get

A Dumbo Octopus
Community Member
10 months ago

Yup! It's mostly cuz we aren't allowed to carry our backpacks around in my county.

Rez Fidel
Community Member
10 months ago

We had them too in Cologne/Germany. (Gesamtschule)

Amy Pattie
Community Member
10 months ago

We have this in Australia too, but ours were much bigger

Cadmar Orion
Community Member
10 months ago

we usually do but not this year, at least in my school, because COVID

Bunzilla
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10 months ago

yes, and they are always way too small!

Lili
Community Member
10 months ago

Many countries have lockers at school. As far as I know, (though TV) Japan, Korea and maybe more.

David Paul
Community Member
10 months ago

Yep, we had lockers -- but at my high school we doubled up to save money. I usuall had just books and tablets in my half -- but "The Beast" in the other half stored everything. If our locker exploded or an minkfarm was raided in his half, I would have believed it.

Charlotte Florell
Community Member
10 months ago

Sometimes we have to rent a mandatory lock for them that dint work 40% of the time

Dave P
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes to store books, bags, etc, run businesses out of. And you can put on your own lock on it. It is effective storage for students so you dont need to bring home your books when you dont need them and more.

Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
10 months ago

And back in my day we had full sized lockers, so I could fit even my violin case in my locker easily and hang my winter coat up, and still have a nice shelf at the top to put most of my books on. Then I could grab just the books I needed for the next class or two instead of having to haul 15 kilos (or 30 lbs) all day long. Much more practical!

Kim
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10 months ago

We have these in Sweden too. At least in my school. Super practical! You have a place to store your stuff so you don’t have to carry it around between classes.

sylvantic
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10 months ago

ours are useless. what am i suposed to do with one cubic foot of space?

julia
Community Member
10 months ago

in schools in my área, we are not allowed to have them because of what happened in Marjory Stoneman Douglas, which is like 20 miles from my school

Erin D
Community Member
10 months ago

Lockers in every school from elementary to university 🇨🇦

Angela Jester
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes, so you don't have to carry all of your books, jackets, lunchbox, etc around all day :)

jevais
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10 months ago

Here in Switzerland as of 5 year old have to carry very heavy backpacks with about 10 kls of books and school supplies. It's unfortunate that such little children must take all of their supplies back and forth from homes to school; some eat lunch at home making the going back and forth 3 times per day.

Sarcastic Panda
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10 months ago

we have lockers, yeah, but can't decorate them except on the inside

JustAWeirdoGirlChild
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10 months ago

ive been carrying my bag since 6th grade

Gwenda Christenson
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10 months ago

Yes, we need lockers -- we change classrooms all day long, where else would we store our stuff? and decorating them is awesome :)

ArtistinResidence
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10 months ago

They’re great for all the crap the students need to bring in! They decorate them they keep their hidden stuff there instead of at home and on occasion when I’ve gone into a student’s locker I have found many weird things. I had a student who put frogs in a girls locker as a joke, another who pooped in someone’s locker and a student who kept a carton of milk in one so as to stink up the entire hallway and cause janitors to look for where the smell came from for days.

me
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10 months ago

My school (in America) doesn't have lockers. We just carry out stuff around, but we don't have to bring textbooks to school. Classrooms each have a set of textbooks that each period share. We all have textbooks we keep at home.

Roadkill The Brave
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10 months ago

Oh yeah and sometimes you have to Share 😐

Wanna-be Vegetarian
Community Member
10 months ago

Our school didn't have lockers. They gave you a set of books for home and every class had a set of books to use at school. Didn't have to lug heavy books around!

TTCA Gravity
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10 months ago

My locker partner and I started an army of rubber ducks in ours! We aren't allowed to have lockers now due to COVID, but if we get a chance before we graduate we'd love to do it again!

RoseTheMad
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10 months ago

When I was in year 10/11 and my secondary school (UK) was rebuilt, for some reason there was lockers in the sports hall area. No one was allowed to use them and us senior years with our coursework and such had to lug all that around all damn day. :)

Donkey
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10 months ago

I had these in secondary school in England

Charlotte A.
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10 months ago

Again, so does schools in other countries...

Aragorn II Elessar
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10 months ago

Yes in some places, no in others (because drugs and guns)

jonnotheGOAT
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10 months ago

yes

AIDAN SIVITS
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10 months ago

I have a locker but most people never use theirs.

Toy Mansak
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10 months ago

I guess

Who? Me?
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10 months ago

We have desks

Random Person
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10 months ago

Yes, but most people just carried a backpack around.

Biana Vacker
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10 months ago

and they are evil! my locker last year broke; when it closed it wouldn't let me open it, even after I did the combination (all my stuff was trapped inside for quite a few days)

Jenn C
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10 months ago

It's America, you can't carry a bag because guns. and for some reason you cant wear your coat even when you're in the one classroom that's always freezing.

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, don't you?

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

That's always bugged me too.

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Yep, even a snowboard & skiing club in the Midwest.

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Juniper
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10 months ago

Wait, don't all schools have cafeterias? Where do you eat your lunch?

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Brett
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10 months ago

Yes sadly

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Aunt Messy
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10 months ago

Canadian here. They don't close schools in Canada unless it's been colder than -40C for three days in a row.

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago

Because we put all our budget into our announcements and lockers

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Because a gallon would be too heavy on the lunch tray.

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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Brett
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10 months ago

I wish I had school lunch that good

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

Yep. ours was awesome!

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, teachers want you in class to learn, not loitering in the bathroom.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

yep...at least in the suburbs because most of us start driving at 16

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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The Zooble
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10 months ago

To be very honest, I'm English and I usually do page count rather than word count

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah i wondered this and are the woman stale or something lol

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angie but who cares
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10 months ago

my elementry did

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

No they force students to do it

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

So we aren't "distracted". Even rooms with windows usually had the blinds closed.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Not really. We have nearby schools we compete against in sports, but any rivalry is very light-hearted.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

we had an apple machine...for $0.20 you got an apple.

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Brett
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10 months ago

The high school I’m going to does

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

We don't, dances are usually 4 times a year.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Yes

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah sorry but you should move to america.(JK)

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Candy was usually a very tiny part, if it was there at all. But it was the most exciting part!

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