A Study of the Steady Decline in School Product Quality

A STUDY OF THE STEADY DECLINE IN SCHOOL PRODUCT QUALITY -- RIana Taylor (left) holds toilet paper sample for research purposes.

Bailey Brantingham

A STUDY OF THE STEADY DECLINE IN SCHOOL PRODUCT QUALITY — R’Iana Taylor (left) holds toilet paper sample for research purposes.

Laurelie Holmberg, Columnist

Often times, while scrolling through social media, I like to compare my work to others in the journalism field. Lately, I have felt as if my work has been closer to fake news than real journalism. Powerful journalism is one of the most important structural concepts of society, and I felt it was time I considered this. As a result, this week I decided it was time I did some real investigative journalism with an informative and serious article about an influential topic. The toilet paper at Central High is not only a tragedy against mankind but also an unacceptable product to anyone who may be forced to use it.

To begin my investigation, I decided to travel directly to the source of the problem: the bathrooms. Not only was there only a minimum if any amount of toilet paper in each stall, but also the overall quality was horrific. I quickly grabbed a few samples for further review and made my way to the hallways to ask others of their opinions.

“It so thin you can see light right through it, not to mention it only comes out at like three pieces at a time,” said Central High Senior Lilli Lively.

This statement was later confirmed from the samples I had taken from the bathroom shortly before speaking to Lively. Not only was the paper thin enough to see light through, but after further testing, I discovered the cheap quality also makes it more susceptible to ripping easily. Many teachers also had strong opinions about the paper in question.

“It’s cheaper, that’s it. Why give us better paper when the cheap stuff is available?” said College Access Adviser Stacy Alexander.

This is one fact that cannot be argued: the paper is cheap and it is low-quality. Calling it one-ply would be a compliment in itself. When I considered this, I then had to ask myself, “Why?” If there is two-ply or three-ply out there, why are we using more of the cheap product? At this point, the easiest next move was to interview Hamilton County and ask them myself.

It was also at this moment I was informed toilet paper quality in schools is not as important of a topic as I believed it to be. Although my concern is still heavy, I respect the bathroom crisis will have to wait until a better time.

Although my investigative journey was short, it was easily one of the most life-changing experiences I have ever had. To see the pain many young students at my school have to endure because of the lack of proper toilet paper is an eye-opening moment, one I desperately needed. Although I could not get the toilet paper problem fixed, I hope my investigation leads others to strive for a greater tomorrow.

Last week, I left with a couple New Year’s resolutions that I most certainly have tried to stick to, however, learning a new craft is not one of them. Which, in my defense, I do know how to crochet, sew, and cross-stitch, which is enough crafts for me. This week, I have decided to roll out some food truths and lies, just for the heck of it.

  1. I once caught my microwave on fire trying to melt chocolate for pancakes.
  2. My favorite sushi order is a spicy carrot lox and avocado roll.
  3. I do not like chocolate chip cookies.