Woodrow Wilson High School, reopened in August after a $115 million modernization, has had its share of challenges. Built for 1,500 students, the latest enrollment figures show the school packed to the rafters at 1,633. Two bathroom fires last fall forced evacuations and left $150,000 in damage.

And now: gum. Apparently a lot of it.

Principal Pete Cahall reported in his weekly bulletin that he spent two hours last week scraping gum from the floor of the new building’s signature four-story, glass-enclosed atrium. Perhaps not the best use of a DCPS high school principal’s time. But Cahall sounded fed up.

“I know that our parents taught our young people how to dispose of their chewing gum. Then why is it that we are finding mounds of chewing gum on the backs of our cafeteria tables and our classroom desks?” Cahall asked.

“I would ask that parents talk with their scholars and reinforce the proper disposal of chewing gum...to respect and take care of the incredible school campus that we have been provided. There is no need for scholars to act in this manner. I spent two hours scraping gum off of the Atrium floor last week. I implore our scholars to take care of our school and want to remind them that everyone plays a role in maintaining a pristine, clean, and litter-free school.”