Clickbait Fuels Discrimination

by Audrey Farris ‘25 In October, Twitter exploded over an article by The Daily Caller stating that MCPS saw a 528-percent increase in students struggling with gender identity over the past two years. The article was written based on information shared by an assistant principal at Quince Orchard High School via a photo on Twitter that showed that in 2019, … Read More

Books Lack LGBTQ+ Content

by Gabi Admi ‘23 The MCPS English Curriculum provides a diverse selection of books that explore important topics such as racism, immigration, and mental health, but they are lacking an important piece of history and culture: LGBTQ+. To give you a broader sense of how outrageous this is, MCPS has approved about 200 books for high school English teachers to … Read More

Dear Twitter, Step it Up

by Lauren Frank ‘23 Twitter is a social media platform that is notoriously known for promoting and blasting out hate messages from verified and famous users. Kanye West is a prime example of a celebrity who has continuously tweeted hateful messages, more recently targeted toward Jewish people. While some action has been taken to temporarily suspend his account, West can … Read More

MCPS Butchers Mental Health Awareness

by Ziv Golan ‘26 From October 10-15 MCPS decided to attempt to address the needs of many students by having a mental health awareness week. This was in response to the growing number of students being very stressed about mounting schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Over the week a mix of breathing exercises, therapy dogs, youtube videos, and a no homework … Read More

Proud Boys in MOCO

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 On October 8, at a Drag Queen Story Hour hosted by the popular local park, Brookside Gardens, families and performers were confronted by members of the far-right organization, The Proud Boys. The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty reported that sixteen Proud Boys in skeleton masks stood outside the venue carrying signs that read, “Science is real, boy … Read More

Free Speech with a Cost

by Nia Peake ‘23 Far-right theorists Alex Jones has haunted the families whose children were victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting after he wrongfully claimed the shooting was a hoax and the families were “crisis actors”. Recently, a jury ordered Jones to pay nearly $1 billion in damages. While families are still trying to heal from both … Read More

Local Education Reform is Pandering

by Matt Kauffman ‘23 A recent grassroots movement in conservative circles involves the role parents should have in shaping the education of their children. Politicians like Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin have capitalized on raising hot-button issues like critical race theory and censorship of books in order to galvanize supporters, mainly among suburban conservatives. Outside of the spotlight on Capitol Hill, … Read More

Republicans Disregarding Candidate’s Past

By Dylan Sondike ‘24 With the November 8 Midterm Elections fastly approaching, the Georgia Senate race between Republican Herschel Walker and incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock is primed to be one of the closest races. Despite the close polling between the two candidates, recent accusations against Walker regarding an abortion scandal demonstrate the hypocrisy of Republican candidates and the ignorance of … Read More

Pro vs. Con: Climate Activism

Life over Palette  by Solaiman K Hassanin ‘23 Climate activism has never been free of controversy. Prominently, climate activists have blocked streets, glued themselves to goalposts, and spray-painted the windows of stores. On its surface, climate activists seem to be confused and disorganized. Yet, as annoying as they may seem, they are not the villains.  Last October, climate activists desecrated … Read More

Dancing With Multiple Sclerosis

by Timaya Pulliam ‘23 Selma Blair broke barriers as Dancing With the Stars’ first contestant with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Multiple sclerosis can possibly disable and damage nerves. In Blair’s case, MS caused her to lose feeling in her left … Read More