Category: EDITORIAL

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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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Seeing memorial posts on social media is triggering

I used to scroll through Instagram to look at the static pictures of my friends out to dinner or at the beach. My mind was embodied with this thought that my life revolved around social media, and that I needed to be on it to keep up with everything happening with my friends. My popular page was filled with pictures […]

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Valentine’s Day displays and decorations trigger trauma

Feb. 14,  is not just another day, it’s Valentine’s Day, a Hallmark holiday that is advertised for months in advance. Scrolling through Twitter I am faced with posts about what to buy your valentine and where to take your valentine and even accounts like Parkland Talk advertising Valentine’s Day sales and celebrations.  Having gone through a traumatic event on Valentine’s […]

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Walking past the 1200 building is emotionally draining

I used to meet up with my friends behind the freshman building at 7:25 in the morning. It was here that we hugged, laughed and stressed over our upcoming tests. I used to hurdle myself up all three flights of the building’s stairs with tired, droopy eyes just to get to my first class of the day, but at least […]

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How Feb. 14 affects my motivation

How Feb. 14 affects my motivation

Following the shooting that took place at my school, I tried to jump right back into my normal life. I wanted to be strong for my friends, so at times I would suppress my own emotions to help others. I put on a happy face and held back my tears. We were all suffering, and I put others before myself. […]

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Why I find it hard to concentrate after Feb. 14

Why I find it hard to concentrate after Feb. 14

In an already rigorous high school environment, my concentration has always been tested. However, when calculating in the the mass shooting that occurred at my school one year ago, I find it difficult to make it past five questions on my math test without having my mind override with thoughts of fears and doubts. My most difficult times are when […]

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A year later, I am still afraid

I’ve always been a skittish person- someone easily scared by silly pranks or horror movies. These things have always made me jump in surprise, much to the amusement of my friends. Now, though, my friends find no amusement in my fear. The reason is twofold: first, they feel the same exact fear as I do; second, our fear is not […]

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Women’s healthcare is being stripped down slowly by the government

Women’s healthcare is being stripped down slowly by the government

Recently, men in the government have been trying to make permanent decisions about women’s healthcare in America, and it’s not settling with women. Birth control, abortions, gynecologist appointments, tampons and pads: a list of items that could be in jeopardy. Now, while most women can name multiple healthcare items they need, there are plenty of men in women’s lives that […]

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On the 20th day of a partial government shutdown, furloughed federal workers, contractors and union representatives gathered before marching to the White House to demand that President Trump reopen the government on Jan. 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

President Donald Trump is to blame for the government shutdown

On Dec. 22, the government stalled when Congress failed to pass a spending bill and went into what would become the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The main reason for the shutdown is that Congress refused to allocate a requested five billion dollars for President Donald Trump’s planned border wall, a request that many members of Congress, particularly Democrats, found […]

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