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Is Durfee Against Dunkin?

Shelbie Souza ’15
Staff Reporter
October 24, 2014

In the past, Durfee students were permitted to bring any purchased beverages to school, and drink them throughout the halls. Recently Durfee administration has put a ban on bringing any Dunkin Donuts beverage product into the school, and according to students, has even gone to lengths of having security guards wait outside the Elsbree Street Dunkin, to make sure students do not purchase coffee after a certain time in the morning. When questioned about this new policy, Senior Vice Principal Paul Coogan commented that, “This was not my idea, however what I can definitely tell you is that the number of coffee cups around the halls has depleted by one hundred percent.”

Though students still manage to sneak their coffees in, they are outraged at the fact that Durfee is enforcing a policy that controls what they can and cannot buy. After a series of interviews with students, it’s clear that the verdict is unanimous: Durfee wants Dunkin!

Senior Maenisha Powell finds Durfee’s new policy, “ridiculous.” “I believe that Durfee could find other rules to fix, before they take our rights away to buy our food. Isn’t this taking away money from Dunkin as a local business,” said Powell.

That is a great question. Is Durfee’s ban on Dunkin Donuts taking a large amount of money away from its daily profit? Do the employees have to consent to not selling to these students, and having to lose customers?

Durfee Junior Erika Chea also believes that this rule is outrageous. “Before [first period] begins, students should be able to drink and eat what they want,” said Chea. “As long as students are considerate and throw out their trash, we should be able to have it.”

Though it is unlikely that Durfee will change this new policy, students in my classes alone have expressed long sighs when teachers mandate that they dispose of said beverages. If teachers can have Dunkin, why can we not? If Durfee bans coffee beverages, why has Durfee not banned bottled water? Before Durfee enforces a new student body policy, perhaps the student body should be involved and have a say in their school environment.


*The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the Hilltop Staff and B.M.C. Durfee High School