Thread: Things that were different at your school than portrayed on TV

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    Lockers: They always show the lockers being long where a person can fit in them. In my schools the lockers were half the size with a bottom row and a top row. No way could a bully fit you in one of them. The question I have is why on earth would anyone need a locker that big anyway? Ours were big enough to fit all of our books plus our gym bag. I know many schools have the long ones, but not ours.

    Warning Bells: We never had any warning bells. Just a bell to signal the end of class and the start of the next one. Our bells were not actual bells either. It was a tone that came over the intercom. My high school had analog bells, but they stopped using them the year I started. They never removed them from the walls.

    Stalls on the toilets: That's right none of the boys restrooms in our district had doors on the stalls. Just brick like walls that divided them that were like 4 feet tall. Most of us held our crap till we got home.

    Fire alarms: There was no fire alarm that anyone could set off. Fire drills were a 3 tone over the intercom. Also there were no sprinklers either. Fire extinguishers were kept away from students usually in the mechanical rooms. Now I see that they have them installed throughout the hallways. I guess the fire marshal made them install them.

    Metal Detector: They had them in storage, but only used them once. This was after a student was shot after school off campus. They would sometimes randomly check someone they had suspicion. They would bring the drug dogs in once in awhile too to sniff the lockers and cars for drugs and firearms.

    Do you remember any?
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      When they portray people hanging in the hallways for long periods of time, that doesn't happen irl.
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        Quote by Pie_In_The_Sky
        When they portray people hanging in the hallways for long periods of time, that doesn't happen irl.


        Yea the principals would yell at you and tell you to get to class if you were just standing around. We had 6 minutes between classes and I hear 3 minutes is not uncommon today. That's just enough time to get to the next class.
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          I was a teen when Saved By The Bell and 90210 were on and the things I thought were the most unrealistically portrayed were number one, on SBTB the biggest geek in school was best friends with the popular kids?? Come on...in real life those kids wouldn't even have acknowledged his existence...and if they did it would be to bully and harass him! On 90210 it was kinda..well..really effed up that the show was all "pretty white people"..one thing about Bev Hills High in real life is it has a large Persian population...I don't know, as a kid I didn't know any better, but now I think it was definitely wrong. On any show with teens it seems like they can just hang out at school all the time, before school, after school, during school, and they always have these awesome and understanding teachers that are huge parts of their lives...I had some good teachers, but none that like, we had over for dinner and crap like that...classic high school movie trick...there is always a girl who wears glasses, and of course in High School Movie World, this girl is the most hideous girl in school...but wait! One of the popular girls takes her under her wing and gives her a makover and BOOM! she is now beautiful and the captain of the football team is now saying things like "I'm glad I finally realized how special you really are"...cause I guess he couldn't see that behind her coke bottle glasses! Don't get me wrong though.....I love these movies! I mean, who didn't root for Sam in 16 Candles and Ronald in Can't Buy Me Love...it just doesn't happen that way in the real world...but believe me, I would love it if it did!
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            Lockers were the oppsite for me. I see depictions of the short lockers, while we always had long ones. I don't get the short ones. WTF are you supposed to do with your coats???
            With the long lockers, you have a shelf at the top for your books, hooks just under that for your coat/scarf/etc, and you could stash your bag on the floor or wherever it would fit.
            Perhaps the long vs short lockers are a climate thing? ie People in florida/california rarely need coats, so they don't need a place to put them, while those of us up north can't do without coats in the winter?

            We always had actual bells in every school. In jr high+ there were warning bells in the morning, before school actually started, but never at any other point. When the bell rang during the day it either meant that the current class was over or that you had to already be in your next class.

            We had normal stall doors (it was fun locking them, then crawling under or climbing over & leaving them locked) and fire alarms.

            Guns & such weren't an issue back in my day (this was a good decade before the whole school shootings fad), so there were no metal detectors in any schools (except perhaps in the inner cities).
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              One major difference was the teachers caring about students on a personal level. Sure they joke around and sometimes you'd get a "fun" teacher, but for the most part, there was a barrier.

              On the other hand the most accurate depiction of high school was the episode of Full House when DJ started going and she had to eat lunch in the phone booth because nobody would let her eat with them. There is far too much bullying and status-based prejudice still going on.
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                One of the big differences I remember was that all the Jocks were popular on tv and those in band were nerds. I was a big time jock and to be honest a lot of the popular kids were in the band. Our homecoming queen was in the band! So that was a big difference. Also Pep Rallies were supposed to be a big deal on TV and they were really quiet and not much fun. Something else was that there were cliques in high school, but even the cliques got along with one another. You had a few social outcasts that wouldn't get along with anyone, but there really wasn't any animosity towards each clique.
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                  Here are some other ones.

                  Most of the elementary and middle schools didn't have an auditorium. Instead there was a stage in the cafeteria. When we would have say a guest speaker they would move the tables out of the way and we would all sit on the floor towards the stage.

                  We never had graduation or prom at the school. Prom was usually held at a hotel and graduation was at the districts indoor sports arena. Before it was built they had it at the old Houston Rockets arena called "The Summit", now Lakewood Church.

                  Most of the "jocks" and popular kids were cool and didn't bully anyone. Also most of the kids in the band were friends with the athletes.

                  The issue of race is never portrayed accurately in television. When it is they show the white people as stereotypical white supremacist and the black people as always being the victim. It goes both ways and both sides are normal people not part of some extremist group.
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                    Gradeschools always had the combo gym/cafeteria/auditorium around here, but jr high and sr high had 3 seperate rooms (4 in jr high, since the boys & girls had seperate gym classes).
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                        In my grade school we had a cafenasium but also a standalone auditorium. As for the lockers...I can recall them in grade school but don't remember using them at all. Not sure what we did with our coats! In middle and high school we had long skinny lockers not big enough to stuff a nerd! The definite falsehood on tv is that kids really did stand around way too long between classes and never seemed to be in class at all.
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                          This one always pissed me off: eating lunch outside or wandering off campus. We were NEVER allowed to do this. Our school had police patrolling. These were serious cops, too. They'd sometimes search you if you were caught coming back to the building.

                          Lockers in general: our school was so big, we could never get to our lockers between classes. I carried all my books. The only two times I went to my locker was the first day and graduation.

                          Have to agree with the cliques thing, too. That's pretty much for Freshmen and small town schools. In a school with 2-3k people, NO ONE is special!
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                            Quote by Sunriser
                            This one always pissed me off: eating lunch outside or wandering off campus. We were NEVER allowed to do this. Our school had police patrolling. These were serious cops, too. They'd sometimes search you if you were caught coming back to the building.


                            We had some picnic tables outside that we could eat at. I always ate outside unless it was raining hard. We were not allowed to leave campus during lunch, but we sometimes did anyway usually at the Mcdonalds. Some kids got caught, but we never did. I always thought it was dumb that even students 18 or over couldn't leave. I had co-op though so my day ended at lunch anyway
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                              Quote by Sunriser
                              This one always pissed me off: eating lunch outside or wandering off campus. We were NEVER allowed to do this. Our school had police patrolling. These were serious cops, too. They'd sometimes search you if you were caught coming back to the building.


                              that was my biggest letdown about high school. i always figured springboard to adulthood, id be trusted with more responsibility. id be able to leave at the very least for lunch.
                              instead my high school was locked down like a prison. 1 and sometimes 2 police officers on campus at all times (city Sharif department. they weren't F'ing around). the campus was totally fenced off, and during passing periods and lunch school administrators were everywhere, even walking around outside the school. you had a better chance at getting past the Berlin Wall than the chain link fence around my high school.
                              and don't get me started on the drug raids with the dogs and being searched.
                              still living in 1995
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                                The whole not able to leave campus started my Freshman year. Personally I didn't see a big issue with it. I know some people got really upset over it. I figured it was just typical teens being overly dramatic! We had some of the kids call and complain to a local radio station and the station had them stage a walkoff of campus saying that they would be waiting on them. Well instead of a big group it wound up being 3-4 people and the dj's never showed up... Needless to say they were branded some of the biggest idiots in school and the dj's made fun of them on the air on top of being suspended!
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                                  Quote by bassman21
                                  Lockers: They always show the lockers being long where a person can fit in them. In my schools the lockers were half the size with a bottom row and a top row. No way could a bully fit you in one of them. The question I have is why on earth would anyone need a locker that big anyway? Ours were big enough to fit all of our books plus our gym bag. I know many schools have the long ones, but not ours.

                                  Warning Bells: We never had any warning bells. Just a bell to signal the end of class and the start of the next one. Our bells were not actual bells either. It was a tone that came over the intercom. My high school had analog bells, but they stopped using them the year I started. They never removed them from the walls.

                                  Stalls on the toilets: That's right none of the boys restrooms in our district had doors on the stalls. Just brick like walls that divided them that were like 4 feet tall. Most of us held our crap till we got home.

                                  Fire alarms: There was no fire alarm that anyone could set off. Fire drills were a 3 tone over the intercom. Also there were no sprinklers either. Fire extinguishers were kept away from students usually in the mechanical rooms. Now I see that they have them installed throughout the hallways. I guess the fire marshal made them install them.

                                  Metal Detector: They had them in storage, but only used them once. This was after a student was shot after school off campus. They would sometimes randomly check someone they had suspicion. They would bring the drug dogs in once in awhile too to sniff the lockers and cars for drugs and firearms.

                                  Do you remember any?


                                  Lockers - we had both long lockers and the shorter lockers

                                  Warning Bells - we had warning bells. a bell would signal the end of class. we had five minutes to get to class. one minute before the start of class, a bell would ring and another bell would ring would class would actually start

                                  Stalls on the toilets - I have never heard of toilets not having stalls...ever

                                  Fire alarms - wow. what kind of school doesn't have fire alarms?

                                  metal detectors - this is where we agree. we didn't have them either.
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                                    the toilets with no stalls thing is probably just stalls with no doors. my high school had no doors on the stalls. the school had taken them down for 4 main reasons.
                                    1. you couldn't go in there and do drugs.
                                    2. so you couldn't poop and plug the toilet up and cause it to overflow resulting in them having to close the bathroom while it was cleaned up. we had 5 bathrooms and 3000+ students.
                                    3. it was one less thing to break or vandalize.
                                    4. you couldn't hide behind them to ditch class.
                                    still living in 1995
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                                      Quote by bassman21
                                      Lockers: They always show the lockers being long where a person can fit in them. In my schools the lockers were half the size with a bottom row and a top row. No way could a bully fit you in one of them. The question I have is why on earth would anyone need a locker that big anyway? Ours were big enough to fit all of our books plus our gym bag. I know many schools have the long ones, but not ours.
                                      My middle school's lockers were long. They also had some that were short like the way you described. Now in high school, we had the short lockers because we had an outdoor campus, so the lockers were in the classrooms.
                                      Quote by bassman21
                                      Fire alarms: There was no fire alarm that anyone could set off. Fire drills were a 3 tone over the intercom. Also there were no sprinklers either. Fire extinguishers were kept away from students usually in the echanical rooms. Now I see that they have them installed throughout the hallways. I guess the fire marshal made them install them.
                                      I'm almost positive that our fire alarms were set up where we could pull them. I'm visualizing them, and yeah, they were. No one actually pulled it, but it was set up that way.
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                                      Metal Detector: They had them in storage, but only used them once. This was after a student was shot after school off campus. They would sometimes randomly check someone they had suspicion. They would bring the drug dogs in once in awhile too to sniff the lockers and cars for drugs and firearms.
                                      My school didn't have metal detectors used much, but I know they probably had them. Getting down to it, I've never actually seen them used my whole four years there.
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                                        Quote by CruJonesIsTheMan

                                        Lockers - we had both long lockers and the shorter lockers

                                        Warning Bells - we had warning bells. a bell would signal the end of class. we had five minutes to get to class. one minute before the start of class, a bell would ring and another bell would ring would class would actually start

                                        Stalls on the toilets - I have never heard of toilets not having stalls...ever

                                        Fire alarms - wow. what kind of school doesn't have fire alarms?

                                        metal detectors - this is where we agree. we didn't have them either.

                                        Exact same thing here. no stalls on toilets, wtf?!?
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                                          I have to agree with the stalls. What if someone gets sick and has an emergency? Was there at least a private bathroom in the nurse's office?
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