RAHS students create solutions on keeping printing identities safe

Overwhelmed with frustration, RAHS sophomore Ayan Hersi contemplates why the printer did not fully project her essay.

Towards the end of the year, some students resorted to stealing printing ID’s because they were low on money, which left many with drained accounts as well.

RAHS sophomore Ayan Hersi had a lot of expectations for the new school especially since her acceptance into RAHS opened many doors for her to learn how to network, and engage in the aerospace, and engineering industry.

“I thought we’d have better laptops,” said Hersi, “and not a lot of printer problems, because I thought it was a tech friendly school.”

Hersi thought the technology would be better since it was a highly advertised school, but towards the end of the year, she was assigned a final assignment which required a printer, only to realize that she was out of money.

“I didn’t know people were using my account to print,” said Hersi. “When I went to print it didn’t work. My assignment was late and I got 50 percent.”

It was a devastating time for her, since she had never been in a situation like that. Hersi who was originally a part of the Seattle School District, never had permission to use the printers, they were only accessed by teachers and the administration. Her drained account caught her by surprise.

“It was one of the worst days of my life,” said Hersi.

Hersi, who is now a sophomore, has been more careful with who she shares her printing ID with — if at all, but RAHS graduate, Robyn McLuen, disagrees with Hersi’s opinions.

I never used the printer’s much, aside from an essay here and there,” said McLuen. “My friends were very respectful, and asked first because they knew what it was like to have someone drain their account.”

RAHS also built a completely new building for their students where most importantly the technology was improved. Having printers that the students could easily access was something the school and the students were adjusting to.

“My first year at Aviation was our first year in the new building, so naturally there were some issues as people tried to figure out how to get the technology to work properly,” said McLuen. “Last year, my senior year, they lowered the printing limit because the school was using a lot of paper.”

The printing limit made it much harder for McLuen to work at school, so she did most of her printing at home, which gave her friends opportunities to use her account. Occasionally, she’d lend her account information to people who were really desperate, even if she did not know them personally.

“When people I knew started hitting their limits, I let them use my account because it was practically untouched,” said McLuen. “It was a really simple solution to a problem that would end affecting grades.”

Although McLuen was generous as to who used her account, she knew the responsibility she was taking, and warns all about sharing one’s identification with others.

“People don’t always think through their actions, and sometimes your friends won’t be considerate of you,” said McLuen. “It’s your job to decide if you want to trust someone with your number, or who to trust with your number.”

The RAHS administration has made improvements to make sure the scandals are reduced. Last year, it was required to have student ID cards on the laptops which made it much easier for people to steal identities since the printing ID numbers were located on it. Now, RAHS students have their own card that only shows their name.

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