To the Kids with the Speakers: From the Rest of Us


Students rock out to blaring music in D building. Left to right: Kamiyah Corinaldi, Kaley Corinaldi, Jayci Richardson, Skye Cook.

Zoe Bazell, Reporter

A common sight for students in Air Academy: those who saunter through the halls with their speakers. The most heard genre of music from those students: rap. It’s loud, distinctive; and definitely an attention grabber.

“Underground rap – it’s basically like SoundCloud,” said Aaron Ortiz.

“Loud, a lot of cuss words,” chimed in Alex Lua.

“Inappropriate trap music – Lil Pump in specific,” said John Doe, preferring to remain anonymous.

When asked about people playing music out loud in public, most students roll their eyes or groan. Some even complained about specific people. Other students laugh, nod their heads, and congratulate those people for their confidence.

Seen most frequently during passing periods and lunch times, a student going by “Big Boy,” uses his Bluetooth speakers to play his music and walk during passing periods.

“Oh yes,” he said, “it is a very delightful thing for me to do during the lunch and class hours!”

He is aware how distasteful his behavior is to students around him – he embraces the reputation. Big Boy even admits to playing bad music.

“Absolute trash! Anything with enough bass to shatter through some freshman’s eardrums,” he said, “or upset the staff.”

Fellow students agree that they would never behave as such, however, they do not consider blasting music through the halls to be a punishable offense. While inconvenient, it’s “not a problem to make a huge deal [of],” said Ortiz. Students also believe that rules are not being broken, unless of course considering the profanity or the vulgarity, and would not report the students who they see do play on their speakers.

“I wouldn’t say [it should be] against school policy,” said Doe, “I’d just say they shouldn’t do it.”

Most believe playing music externally is excessive, some students even believe the behavior to be of degenerate status. Many do not agree with, or appreciate, their peers’ music – neither taste nor action.

“They’re really annoying,” said Ortiz,”so unneeded.”

The student handbook dictates that using Bluetooth speakers is not prohibited, however students must honor the ten codes of honor. One of which dictates that students must be courteous; booming music could be argued to be contrary of courtesy. There are no current attempts to ban music from Bluetooth/external speakers.