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Pokemon a Go at Bear River

Aidan Conley, Andrew Rolland, Lucas Howser, Ross Hemminger and Cody Delgado play Pokemon Go. Photo by Jacob Berger

Classes may have started at Bear River but that’s not stopping students from catching them all.

Principal Amy Besler has a few things to say about Pokemon Go on campus.

“I don’t have any issue with students playing Pokemon Go on campus during lunch, before and after school, maybe even during passing periods.” she said. “As long as they don’t fall down the stairs or off a cliff while doing it!” 

Principal Besler talked about the school library being a Pokemon Gym in the game. A Pokemon Gym is an in-game destination where people can train their Pokemon.

“I have heard that our library is a ‘gym,'” she said “I have no idea what that means, but I haven’t noticed any issues with it.”

Principal Besler thinks the Pokemon Gym might actually be beneficial for learning.

“If students come to the library for the Pokemon Go ‘gym’ and stay for the books, it seems like a win-win to me!” she said.

While Mrs. Besler speaks about the educational aspects of Pokemon Go, senior Tyler Schooley had a few things to say about the way it has affected his school routine.

“It hasn’t affected (my school routine) as much as I thought it would,” Schooley said. “But I’ll take a different path if I can take the gym or there is a good Pokemon on the nearby.”

Schooley also discussed the most dangerous thing he has ever done to catch a Pokemon.

“I walked around a graveyard at midnight for a Pikachu, it was pretty sketchy,” he said.

Though Tyler’s dangerous story is hard to top, Aidan Conley, a senior, tells us how he once “walked through a private airport into a hanger to catch a Dragonite.”

Conley also explained how Pokemon GO has improved his social life.

“I get out of the house a lot more than usual,” Conley said. “I’ve met a lot of people playing.”

Junior Benjamin Coffman speaks passionately about how Pokemon Go can dramatically affect people with social issues.

“While (Pokemon Go) has its issues, it allows people with social issues to get out and meet new people, and I believe that is a good thing.”


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