One of the things I think Hale (and maybe some other schools) fail to understand is the fact that constantly popping rules out of nowhere to try to stop potentially harmful acts will never work. And by not working out, I don’t mean having just a few rule breakers. Because if that means a rule doesn’t work, all laws and rules are absolute failures. Rules and boundaries are destined to be broken, it’s inevitable. But, as long as the majority follows them and ones who don’t are effectively punished, in the eyes of the maker, the rule has worked out. However, this is not the case with Hale at all and the reason why really comes down to a couple factors.

Making a rule forbidding something and enforcing it is quite easy if the thing you’re trying to stop is almost universally despised. I think it’s fair to say that most people dislike bullies. They’re jerks, we make some rules outlawing it, we suspend offenders, then we educate people on why bullying is bad, and boom, bullying rates go down. But, this system only works if the rules are fair and relevant. You see, when someone gets punished, they first have to get caught. No amount of laws are going to work if nobody is actually willing to report offenders. This is why students are subject to anti-bullying campaigns and are taught to be assertive. All this goes down the drain if the students don’t think it’s a cause worth being called a snitch for. If the vast majority of the people you’re trying to control don’t think the rule you’re forcing on them is fair or worth fighting for, you stand to lose both reputability and a major source of informants.

Students aren’t the only ones able to enforce Hale rules. Teachers and staff members are willing to dish out warnings and penalties. Where they fail is in the numbers. Compared to the couple thousand students attending Hale, there’s really not that many staff members that have the ability to constantly monitor a bunch of hooligans. And since the majority of students aren’t willing to check up on each other and don’t really like our rules, the staff members are really the only ones willing to keep the students in line. This, along with the lack of student support, unenforceable rules, and understanding, means a lot of stuff will unavoidably get past the school.

Even if the problems above were addressed, although I sure students would behave a little better, I don’t think students would obey them and keep going. Here’s where spirit kicks in. As long as people continue to underestimate the ingenuity and stupidity of the lazy, rebellious, and bored, the eternal fight between the instructor and the mischievous will never die. Regardless of whether or not rules are fair, enforceable, and relevant, some students will still lash out and try to break them. The inner chaos inside is hard to quell, and even more so for teenagers.