Category: EDITORIAL

School activities aid in exclusion among teens

School activities aid in exclusion among teens

When spirit week rolls around, most people are excited to show off their school spirit by dressing up for the specific days with all of their friends, and even more excited at the end of the week for homecoming. What about the students who may not be the most popular, who have only a few friends, who just moved here […]

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Why non-black people should not say the n-word

Why non-black people should not say the n-word

Why the n-word should not be used by non-black people and how it continues to affect minorities. The usage of the n-word has been a debate since the creation of political correctness. Despite the dark and oppressive history attached to the n-word, the black community has managed to reclaim the slur and use it as a term of endearment.  In […]

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Portrait by Nyan Clarke

Low teacher pay hurts both teachers and students

Guest editorial by English teacher Katherine Posada. Ask just about anyone, and they’ll tell you that teachers deserve to be paid more. Teachers are creating the future, they’ll say; we wouldn’t have doctors, lawyers or scientists if we didn’t have teachers. Politicians win elections by making big promises: I’m going to give those teachers a raise! And that’s where it […]

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College cheating scandal reveals truth about wealth in society

Guest editorial by debate teacher Jacob Abraham. In his recent CNN OpEd, “Know who’s not surprised by Aunt Becky’s rule-breaking? Every teacher,” elementary school principal Gerry Brooks contends that we are all “Aunt Becky,” suggesting that we are all willing to bend the rules when we think it serves our assessment of some “best interest.” Brooks’s online rant on parenting, […]

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Arms for Hugging. Students protest gun violence at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018. Photo by Emma Dowd

Arming teachers would only exacerbate the issue of gun violence

Ever since the firearm legislation debate began to pick up more media attention in response to the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, various policies from every side of the aisle have been proposed in an attempt to try and prevent potential gun violence. While many of these proposed policies have been posed as a means to end gun […]

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Matt Gaetz’s attitude should not be tolerated at a meeting about HR-8 again

Matt Gaetz’s attitude should not be tolerated at a meeting about HR-8 again

Matt Gaetz is an unprofessional and insensitive politician who only has an agenda of his own to follow, with no respect for Manuel Oliver, a Parkland parent whom he [tried to dismiss] during a meeting discussing HR-8, an idea for a potential bill regarding universal background checks. The House Committee on the Judiciary held the meeting in Washington D.C. on […]

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What it’s like walking the halls of MSD

Walking these halls are hard. I won’t lie. It’s hard to think, “this is where I would always see Gina” or “this is where that infamous video of Joaquin was taken,” but in order to get to third period, I have to pass those spots around school and my brain has convinced itself that I need the daily reminder of […]

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Hearing fire alarms is a constant reminder of Feb. 14

My life has forever changed since Feb. 14, 2018. The experience of returning to school has been peculiar compared to previous years. Since then, even normalized aspects of my everyday school life have shifted for me, especially my reaction towards typical fire alarms and drills. For me, the sound of the alarm will never be taken lightly again. A cloud […]

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What it’s like living with the stigma of being an MSD student

Up until Feb. 14, Parkland was not a notable name. Nobody knew about the small town north of Miami or the 3,100 students that flooded the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But then everything changed. Due to the rapid sharing of information via social media, television, and print media, the entire country knows what happened, and the name […]

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With new security, comes new sense of safety

Before Feb. 14, 2018, I did not realize the lack of security, not only at MSD but in schools around the nation. I would walk into school, which was unenclosed by gates in many areas, smiling at the security and waving to my friends. I carried my student ID in my schoolbag, rarely touching it through the school day. If […]

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