Why Middle School Lockers Should Have Locks




Why Middle School Lockers Should Have Locks

Serena Spinello

Serena Spinello holds two master’s degrees and is pursuing her Ph.D. in medical science. She has been a professional writer and researcher for over 10 years and is an active member of the American Medical Writers Association, Academy of Medical Educators, and the National Association of Social Workers.

By Serena Spinello, eHow Contributor

Why Middle School Lockers Should Have Locks

Lockers are assigned to students in middle school, so they have a place to keep their belongings. Students are responsible for the contents that are in the lockers, as well as taking care of and maintaining them. Locks ensure the privacy and safety of possessions stored in the locker.


  • In general, middle schools assign students lockers for temporary use. The students' are in charge of memorizing their locker combination in order to access their possessions. A locker acts as a home base; students go to different classes and have different teachers but the locker remains a constant. It's a place that they can personalize and utilize to make the transitions between classes easier. That being said, a student is liable for the items they take with them to school; if they have objects that are not allowed or considered to be dangerous, they have to suffer the consequences. Locks protect personal and school property against theft of mischief.


  • Lockers teach students to take care of and value their possessions. They also help them to respect the property of others. A locker can contain important things like homework, books, pictures and clothes. Items are placed in a locker when they are not needed. By putting them there, students don't have to worry about them and tote them along. A lock allows them to trust that their possessions will be safe in the locker. No one wants to worry about something being taken from them or their private space being invaded. Nevertheless, the lockers are the property of the school; so students must adhere to every locker rule that a district implements, including reporting broken locks and facing discipline or fines for purposefully destroying a lock or locker.


  • School rules may include random locker searches. Locker searches are done to check for any materials or substances that are either against the school's policies, illegal, or could potentially pose a threat to others. Some students may consider the searches to be an invasion of their privacy because they mistakenly believe the locks should keep out school officials. However, the bottom line is that the locker is ultimately owned by the school and they are acting within the best interest of the institution and the safety of its students. School administrators will have access to a locker regardless of what a student thinks.


  • A student should not place anything in the locker that they would have a problem with teachers or other students knowing about, even though the locker has a lock. In the case of a student with special needs or accommodations, exceptions can and may be made by the school. These tend to differ, depending on the school. For example, a student may have a medical condition where they need to have access to specific supplies, such as an asthma inhaler or insulin. Some schools may permit the students to keep such contents in their personal lockers, where other schools may require that they be held in the nurse's office. If the student needs the item quickly, a lock on a locker may waste precious seconds in getting help to the student.


  • Middle school lockers have a variety of benefits like storage, ease, accessibility and occasion for social interaction. Students are also given a designated time in between periods to retrieve the items that are needed for the next class. This helps them develop personal responsibility and time management skills, which are important and relevant to their everyday life and will come in handy for the future. On the other hand, lockers can be used to conceal things that are not supposed to be brought into school and students believe it's OK to do so because the lockers have locks. It's the students' job to obey all rules and regulations that come with having a locker and a lock and the schools' job to ensure the safety of the students and faculty despite lockers with locks.