Trust is something that the Pace community prides itself on. But lately that trust has been been broken, so Mr. Assaf is putting his foot down and bringing in the big guns. Starting April 10, the Atlanta Police Department will write tickets for parking in the incorrect spot in the back parking lot.
“I could hardly believe my eyes when I read the first email about a stolen spot,” said Mr. Assaf, “I didn’t think any Pace student was capable of such dishonesty.” But sadly, the act of stealing another student’s spot has become commonplace at the Academy. Mr. Gannon was the mastermind behind the idea of using law enforcement to scare the students into abiding by Pace Academy rules. “The idea came to me while I was admonishing the sophomores in C-6 yet again, and I saw a police officer out the window patrolling the parking lot as usual,” said Mr. Gannon.
Students from all grades are affected by the chaos that spot-stealing creates, because taking one person’s spot can throw everyone off. Students took matters into their own hands by addressing the parking spot thief over FirstClass, often keeping it short and sweet. Junior Maggie Inman simply said, “Can you not?” Others were even more creative in their warnings. “Please be considerate and find somewhere new, or else, beware, I’ll come looking for you,” wrote junior Jeri Brand. Let this be a warning to all students. Spot-stealing is a serious matter, and if you’re not scared of the police, you should at least be scared of Jeri.