A controversial new policy implemented at Cook County Middle School has sparked concerns among parents and students. The policy prohibits students from talking during lunch hours and class transitions, except for Fridays at recess. Talking results in students being sent to in-school suspension. Many parents and students are critical of the policy, likening it to treating students like inmates and expressing frustration over lack of notification. The school administration defended the policy, stating it aims to establish a disciplined environment and has seen positive changes in hallway traffic flow. Parents argue that communication and involving them in resolving issues would be a better approach to fostering responsible behavior.