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Trump’s DACA plan full of unanswered questions

October 6, 2017

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 (DACA) program. Trump insisted throughout his campaign that he would “make...

Trump’s tepid response sets unpresidential precedent

September 8, 2017

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, rejects multiculturalism, immigration, feminism and political correctness. This i...

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

The Southerner

June 1, 2017

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 a public statement last year, Deal said, “From the early days of our nation...

Betsy DeVos should not be confirmed as secretary of education

Alex Durham

February 16, 2017

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 was a rush to examine her experience in education, and in the end she ha...

Clinton would lead country to equality

November 4, 2016

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 president and actions as Secretary of State, Clinton has shown the Am...

Bockman puts district policies into action

The Southerner

October 8, 2016

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 societal customs. At the beginning of the school year, students can immediately...

School needs more inclusive namesake

The Southerner

February 5, 2016

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 the same “new south” depended on the social supremacy of whites ove...

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

The Southerner

January 6, 2016

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 killed with a gun, based on past data. It seems no where in this co...

Useless fight policy

Jenni Rogan

December 14, 2014

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 the message of this announcement is good, the execution was poor. First,...

Sprawl shares blame

Olivia Volkert

March 7, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. will go down in history as the day that two inches of snow completely shut down Atlanta, the 11th-largest metropolitan region in America. But what became known as “SnowJam 2014” showed us more about Atlanta than the obvious facts that the city needs to update its emergency weather alert apparatus. It also revealed the latent consequences of the...

Thoroughly excessive

Ryan Switzer

February 21, 2014

Ten dollars. With 42 percent of our school dependent upon free or reduced lunch, we still charge $10 to see a Grady theater production. Grady's theater program aims to encourage everyone to come enjoy its musicals and plays, but the reality is that many students can't afford to pay so much to see a performance. Three-fourths of our editorial board were involved with...

Give options a shot

The Southerner

December 13, 2013

The holidays are the time of year to be thankful for what we have, and what we all have in common and should be thankful for is our school. With its longstanding reputation for excellence in many areas, Grady is a cultural melting pot that offers each student numerous opportunities for advancement and enrichment. Unfortunately, we often do not take advantage of the educational...

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