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Grady community must remain strong after tragedy

February 12, 2018


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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. ...

School district rezoning: not enough notice, not fair

December 18, 2017


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The recent Atlanta Public Schools’ proposed rezoning of areas currently part of Grady’s attendance zone to the North Atlanta High School zone led dozens of parents to question the school board’s transparency regarding the plan. Additionally, problems have arisen with the distance of the zones in...

Students disrespecting authority in school gatherings creates discord

November 7, 2017


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For a school to run successfully, it is necessary for respect between students and faculty to be ingrained in its culture. If either party breaks this contract of mutual courtesy, disciplinary action has to be taken to ensure that any disruptions do not dissipate into larger conflicts. However, neither...

Trump’s DACA plan full of unanswered questions

October 6, 2017


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Children of undocumented immigrants now face strengthened barriers to achieving the American Dream. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that the Trump administration is rescinding protection provided to the group (nicknamed “Dreamers”) by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

Trump’s tepid response sets unpresidential precedent

September 8, 2017


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The Charlottesville, Va. violent protest and deadly car attack on Aug. 12 was nauseating. It was appalling, deplorable and everything the United States has never stood for and never should stand for. We at The Southerner refuse to ignore the alt-right group, a group that, in its own words, reject...

Georgia campus carry bill puts state’s university students at risk

The Southerner

June 1, 2017


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Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed House Bill 280, better known as the “Campus Carry Bill,” into law. This bill makes it legal for licensed gun owners over the age of 21 to carry concealed weapons on public campuses in Georgia. A similar bill was passed last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Deal. In...

Betsy DeVos should not be confirmed as secretary of education

Alex Durham

February 16, 2017


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President Donald Trump began the process of appointing members of his cabinet soon after he won the November election. One of his most controversial nominations is Republican education activist and billionaire Betsy DeVos, whom Trump chose for Secretary of Education. Soon after the nomination, there w...

Clinton would lead country to equality

November 4, 2016


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Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, has spent this election season fending off attacks from political insiders, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives and political outsiders, including Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Despite these attacks on her character, fitness to be...

Bockman puts district policies into action

The Southerner

October 8, 2016


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Most of our parents have always stressed the idea that first impressions are extremely important. As we get older, this advice manifests into telling us how to dress for interviews, properly shake hands and make sure our manners are up to par. However, first impressions go far beyond these basic...

School needs more inclusive namesake

The Southerner

February 5, 2016


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Henry Woodfin Grady was a white supremacist. This school, however, still gives him the honor of representing an educational environment. Grady was a prominent journalist who believed in a “new south.” Most of his ideas revolved around new economic policies. Unfortunately, he also strongly believed that...

Guns kill 90 people a day; U.S. should care

The Southerner

January 6, 2016


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We write to you today in the wake of the 352nd American mass shooting of the year. Undoubtably, by the time this article gets into your hands, there will have been another. In the three days it takes to print and return The Southerner to our school, approximately 180 people in the U.S. will likely have been...

Useless fight policy

Jenni Rogan

December 14, 2014


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After a week with three fights on three consecutive days and a riot in the Grady parking lot Friday, Grady administration announced on Sept. 29 that fights will not be tolerated in the future. Under the new policy, students caught watching fights will be punished along with the students fighting. Although...

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