By Brendalis Martinez
Every student has felt the familiar pang of worry upon realizing they are running late to school, because a train or bus has suddenly halted. Some teachers excuse students from this kind of lateness. For example, Kenneth Mccumiskey, a Global Studies teacher, created a pass system for train delays.
“I give them one pass between tests and then after that three points are deducted from their classwork grade for lateness,” said Mccumiskey. “I don’t really have a problem with lateness. It doesn’t happen as often as students say it does.”
Most teachers, like Mccumiskey, believe that most of the time the MTA is running properly, and that delays do not happen as often as students claim. Many teachers believe train delays have developed into an excuse for being late to school.
Richard Wanliss, a DDP teacher, agrees that the MTA not functioning has turned into an excuse.
He explained, “You can’t blame the MTA. It is your responsibility to give more time for travel. You can’t tell your boss it was the MTA when you’re late. This is just preparing you for a job. It’s up to the students if they want a good education.”
Students, however, view the MTA’s reliability differently.
Kassielle Peña ’17 is late to school once or twice a week.
“It lowers my grade for some classes. I was late for gym a couple of times and it affects my relationship with my teacher,” she said. “I tell them [it was a train delay], but they don’t believe me. They think everyone uses that excuse. There’s really nothing you can do about it.”
Like many students, Simone Billyslea ’14 express frustration with teachers who do not believe a train was delayed.
She explains, “The bus stopped and I had to wait in the bus the entire time. I had to run to school. When I went to class my teacher told me there was one minute left in class.”