Join Date: Sep 2002
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Well, I can answer as a former teacher.
When 20 kids are all in the hall together, and they ALL want a drinK, people get impatient, someone starts shoving, the one at the fountain gets jostled and gets his face smacked into the fountain (ow!!), water splashes everywhere, now the tile is slippery, down goes the first student (oww!!) crashing into someone else (ow!!). Do you see how 20 kids all waiting for one fountain is not a good idea?
Now, that said, when I was a teacher, I ALWAYS made sure my students had access to water. I encouraged them all to bring in spill-proof water bottles to keep at their desk and let anyone who didn't have abottle get a drink anytime they wanted. But I would send 2 at a time- no use all going together when only one person can drink at a time anyway.
SO, if you saw me in the hall with my whole class, I might very well be saying, "No water! Please don't get water!" but I'd be sending them all out 2 at a time once we were past the fountain.
So, I just had to stick up for the teachers you saw...I assume they are just trying to prevent an accident.