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Carstarphen dismissal surprises, remains vague

Carstarphen dismissal surprises, remains vague

September 18, 2019

The Atlanta Board of Education’s decision not to extend Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen’s contract came as a surprise to many in the Grady com...

Security concerns surface after student brings gun

Editorial Board

September 18, 2019

A student brought a gun to school on Sept. 5, the second occurrence since 2013, raising concerns about security. The school identified the student after he arrived on a late bus according to an administrator. A student’s tip motivated administration to search the accused’s backpack, but otherwise the student may have carried the gun into school undetected. When stud...

Georgia’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’ threatens women’s health

Editorial Board

May 24, 2019

After controversial discussions over the act’s constitutionality, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Heartbeat Bill into law on May 7. Starting Jan. 1, the legislation bans abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as soon as six weeks in some pregnancies. The law will undo current standards that allow women in Georgia access to abortions up to...

School should offer service-learning time

Editorial Board

May 3, 2019

Students are required to complete 75 hours of community service before graduation from any Atlanta Public School. However, do graduating seniors actually work in the community for 75 hours, or are they taking advantage of the relaxed requirements? Flyers from various clubs advertising charity drives for service hours are on the back of the bathroom stalls. Donating cans...

News media needs more facts before covering Grady

News media needs more facts before covering Grady

Editorial Board

February 11, 2019

In light of recent events concerning girl's varsity cheerleading team at Grady, several outside news organizations hastily took the lead and published th...

Sexual assault education necessary in schools

editorial board

December 19, 2018

The culture surrounding sexual harassment is often less forgiving to the victim than to the accused. Teenagers are disproportionately affected by sexual abuse and harassment, which has lasting impacts on their lives, yet high schools, including Grady, often lack sufficient education and protocol to keep students safe. Earlier this spring, the Georgia’s Senate passed Senate Bil...

Voting age should be lowered, politically active teens need voice

Voting age should be lowered, politically active teens need voice

November 28, 2018

The national voting age in the U.S. is currently 18 years old, but the Southerner Editorial board thinks the voting age should be lowered to 16  year...

Tardy process is flawed and needs change

Tardy process is flawed and needs change

Editorial Board

October 1, 2018

The tardy process in schools is designed to run efficiently and quickly to allow students to get to class in a timely manner. However, at Grady, our tardy pr...

The Southerner’s response to attacks on the news media

The Southerner’s response to attacks on the news media

August 15, 2018

In accordance with the Boston Globe’s proposal, the Southerner is taking part in a coordinated editorial response to the ongoing attacks on the press by President Donald Trump. A cognizant nation ca...

Federal voting age should be 16

May 2, 2018

Following the shooting at Santa Fe High School in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, a crime which took 10 invaluable lives on May 18, the school’s other students, faculty, and parents were left to mourn the deaths of their friends and loved ones.  The shooting was only one instance of the multiple school shootings which have occurred in the United States since Columbin...

Media center lunch access should not be limited

April 20, 2018

Silent and rigid are words historically synonymous with a library, and in an attempt to keep it that way, the Grady library is limiting the number of students allowed in during the lunch periods to 50. Students seek the library during lunch for a space to study or take a mental check-out from their undoubtedly packed schedule. The 37 minutes allotted for lunch is the only br...

Grady community must remain strong after tragedy

February 12, 2018

The Grady community was heavily impacted by the loss of fellow student, teammate and friend Theo Weimar. Though his death was unspeakably tragic, the school’s response demonstrated the immense strength of our community. We must continue to support one another and educate ourselves on mental illness.  Most students found out about the loss of Theo through Dr. Betsy Bockman’s ...

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