Reading – AJ

Dear Principal,

I hope this letter finds you well. My name is AJ, and I am a student here at our school. I am writing to you today because I feel it is important to share my experiences and concerns about what happens during lunchtime in our cafeteria.

Lunch used to be my favorite time of the day. It was a chance to relax, enjoy a meal, and spend time with friends. However, things have changed dramatically, and I now find myself dreading this once-enjoyable part of the school day.

The atmosphere in the cafeteria has become chaotic and unpleasant. Many students seem to have no regard for rules or respect for others. The noise level is often unbearable, with shouting and loud conversations making it hard to even think. But what’s worse is the behavior that goes beyond just being loud.

I’ve been teased and picked on during lunch. It’s not uncommon for me to be the target of mean jokes or to hear hurtful comments. This has made me feel isolated and anxious, and I often find myself trying to find a quiet corner to avoid being noticed.

Physical altercations are also a regular occurrence. I’ve been hit with flying food on multiple occasions, and I’ve seen fights break out over seemingly trivial matters. It’s distressing to witness and even more so to be caught in the middle of it.

The use of inappropriate language is rampant. Cuss words are thrown around carelessly, contributing to an environment that feels hostile and unsafe.

What’s most disheartening is that it seems like this behavior is tolerated. Students act out without fear of consequences, knowing that they can get away with it. This lack of accountability only encourages more of the same behavior.

All of this has taken a toll on my mental well-being. I no longer look forward to coming to school, knowing that I’ll have to face the chaos of lunchtime. It’s a heavy feeling that weighs on me throughout the day, and I can’t help but feel like the joy of school has been overshadowed by the negativity in the cafeteria.

I am writing to you, Principal, because I believe that something needs to be done. We need a safer, more respectful environment where every student can enjoy their lunch without fear or anxiety. I know that change is possible, and I hope that you will take my concerns seriously and take action to improve the situation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I look forward to seeing positive changes in our school.