By: Sierra Brown
I'm sure you have had some sort of pet before. Most people have cats or dogs but others have small caged animals. If you haven't had a pet then you're either allergic, your parents won't let you, or your just very busy and wouldn´t have time. We all love our pets and most of the time, they love us back.
Studies show that when children learn to care of an animal and treat it nicely and responsibly, they can receive individual training to treat people the same way.
Some advantages people with cats or dogs receive include: Being able to take them to the animal park, taking then on walks, car rides, and maybe taking them on a trail. With small caged animals you might be able to take them outside for a short period of time, but most of the time people don't do it. They could either run away or eat something they are not supposed to.
If you have a small caged animal then you’re not missing out. With small caged animals you get the responsibility of cleaning their cages at least once a week and like normal, checking their food and water bowls/containers. However holding them is easy and fun. They stay put most of the time and some are really cuddly and can get sleepy.
For all types of animals, they can help decrease depression, anxiety, stress, and make us feel happier. If your an only child or live alone then they can help make you feel less lonely while providing a feeling of companionship. They give us unconditional love and a sense of purpose.
Locking and barricading classroom doors is becoming the new ¨stop, drop, and roll¨ for students all over America. After the recent Parkland school shooting, it seems as if gun control is the only topic related to this discussion, but are schools taking every action to make sure their kids are safe if an event was ever to occur? All schools need to have shooter drills and stricter security.
Do students turn off the lights and hide, run out of the building, throw things at the attacker? As sad as it is, school shootings are becoming more common, and it is important to understand that they can really happen anywhere. And if it did, would students and teachers know what to do? Yes, drills will probably not 100% change the outcome of a shooting, but if it could spare only a few lives, it is worth it. Before laws can change, it is important to make sure schools are taking all the steps possible by enacting drills and informing students on what do do if a possible shooter were to enter the school.
Vox.com explains that nine out out of ten public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students. Students deserve to see school as a safe place; there is a need for precaution.
¨We must do everything we can to prepare our kids for an unfortunate scenario,¨ quoted Henderson Lewis, Jr, Superintendent on the Orleans Parish School Board in Louisiana.
Not only have schools taken more precautions since this tragedy, schools are looking more closely at signs for potential danger. When observing large public schools, those with an open campus have many doors all over. Those doors are easily accessible to anyone at anytime during the day. If all schools were closed campus, that would make it extremely difficult for a student to just walk in during the middle of the day and possibly prevent the situation.
Saying something and speaking up is extremely important in preventing a possible tragedy. There should be no hesitation in reporting to a teacher or principle when there is something to be alarmed about.
“We all have a role in sustaining a safe learning environment. If you or your child see something out of the ordinary or concerning, say something to someone involved,” quoted Tim Kuehl, superintendent of Clear Creek Amana.
Though all the good things don't make headlines, schools are becoming more detailed when it comes to drills and the process if the situation were to occur. It is important that all schools enforce a closed campus and practice drills in hopes of creating the best possible environment for students.
by Amelia Keller
This is an open letter to everyone who claims that now is not the time to talk about gun control.
You're right. Now is not the time. The time has long since passed.
The time was before approximately 11,000 people lost their lives to gun violence in a single year. The time was before the odds of dying due to gun violence were almost 50% more likely than dying while riding in a vehicle.
It is a mental health issue. But it is also undeniable that there would not have been a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida if Nikolas Cruz was not sold an automatic assault rifle.
We cannot continue to brush it off as "not the time to talk about gun control" as we sit in wait for more innocent people to die. I am fourteen years old and when I read that seventeen people died in a school shooting I am not surprised. Heartbroken, but not surprised. It has become a norm in our country. There have been eighteen school shootings since the beginning of 2018. We are not even a full two months in.
We can all agree that children should not have to worry about being shot at school. But we cannot seem to agree on how to end this worry.
It has been proposed that we arm our teachers. Of course, that raises many issues. How do we train teachers? Where do we keep the guns in a classroom so that they're not a hazard, yet still accessible? How can we ask someone whose job is to educate to be willing to put their life in danger? The solution to gun violence is not more guns.
The point has long been made that if your child hits another child with a stick, you take the stick away. You don't give everyone sticks, and you don't give sticks to a certain child who is adept with sticks to defend everyone else.
You can be both pro-gun and pro-gun control. If you're a responsible gun owner, then no one wants to take your guns. We are not worried about the people who are safe and knowledgeable. We are worried about those who are dangerous and unstable.
Why wouldn't you want to take a mental health test to ensure that America and its children are safe? Is it that much of an inconvenience when it could quite literally save lives? Moreover, in what scenario would you need to buy a gun so quickly that you can't wait as little as one day for a criminal background check to be returned?
There is no compromise for the safety of children.
Now is the time to stop worrying when I get to school. Now is the time to stop checking where the nearest exit is. Now is the time to feel safe again.
Now is the time to talk about gun control. Now is the time to put an end to tragedy.
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“How Many School Shootings Have Taken Place So Far in 2018?” Snopes.com, 20 Feb. 2018, www.snopes.com/2018/02/16/how-many-school-shootings-in-2018/.
Gopnik, Adam. “A Mass Shooting in Texas and False Arguments Against Gun Control.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2017, www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/a-mass-shooting-in-texas-and-false-arguments-against-gun-control.
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By: Jake Orban
By Holli Duke
In response to recent events in our country, it is important for the young adults and rising youth to understand that voting is not the only way to make a change in government. The children in America are widely told to wait until they are 18 to vote and then they can start making a change in government. This is not entirely true, as high schoolers, students have formed moral beliefs and an ethical understanding of the nation facing them. There are many ways to get involved in government as a minor that will indeed help you make change in government and understand government.
Write your senators, congress people and any representatives. If there is a bill being passed you disagree with, voice your opinion. Your opinion matters and deserves to be heard. If there is something you are passionate about going on, call your elected officials about it, local and national. Make yourself a valid voice in our society and government.
Go to city council meetings of your local city or town meetings. Ask the questions you have for the members of the council about the park being built or the new policy proposal.
Student’ in this country should be encouraged to get involved and push for what they believed in. Contact Iowa Representatives to voice your opinion.