Reserved senior parking a flawed idea

Abby Kawa, Staff Writer

Here at West Shore, we’re not exactly known for the benefits that seniors are granted, but will the new reserved parking spaces plan spark too much controversy among licensed students?

Starting this year, seniors are being given the advantage of claiming specific parking places in the student parking lot by labeling their chosen spots with a customized wildcat paw print, but the idea seems to be unfair to the majority of students who lack seniority. Parking is already difficult with its first-come, first-serve format and giving the seniors the luxury of a reserved spot only seizes benefits from drivers in lower grades.

Sure, if I were a senior, I would be all for having my own personalized parking place right between my best friends, but realistically, parking is too limited to give any select group the upper hand.

In allowing seniors to reserve parking spots, drivers who lack senior status will potentially be pushed out of their current spaces. Why? Because seniors are the big cats on campus?

The idea isn’t just unfair to younger students, but it also puts a load on the shoulders of the administration. Being the sometimes immature high schoolers we are, there are bound to be teenagers who disregard the reservations, which in itself will stir up issues. If someone parks in a reserved space, how will a solution to the problem be approached? Does administration plan on calling those students out of their classes to move their cars?

Though the seniors might believe this is their shining chance to lord their precedence over the rest of the school, reserving parking places is a flawed idea. There are too many variables that will poorly affect the implementation of the plan. Members of the Class of 2013 should find another way to show their dominance.