Let’s Talk About It — What causes school shootings?

November 26, 2014

For decades, school shootings have plagued our country.

Zoe Buchli Beat reporter

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High Schoo

In fact, since 1980, there have been more than 100 college and high school shootings recorded in the United States. There are a plethora of theories as to why they occur so frequently, but is there a single, definitive reason for these shootings or do they result from a complex combination of things?

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The Mind Matters at Liberty

November 26, 2014

Monday, Nov. 3, was the first meeting of Mind Matters, a club at Liberty High School founded by seniors Jenna Purkis and Lily Dunlap.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

The club’s focus is educating the student body and cultivating the school’s awareness of the impact mental illnesses have on teenagers.

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New emergency policy aims to help protect students

November 26, 2014

Students and staff of the Issaquah School District have a new way to react to emergency situations.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

Based on its relationship with local law enforcement (like the school resource officers), district officials have implemented a more fluid procedure, called “Run-Hide-Fight” to deal with on-campus threats as effectively as possible.

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Mental health services offered at schools

November 26, 2014

The Oct. 24 school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has raised awareness of the importance of mental health services offered at schools.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
High School

“While school shootings are rare, we do have to prepare for the possibility,” Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wrote in an email to parents.

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Girls fight bullies, Find Kind in club

November 26, 2014

Four years ago, Eastside Catholic High School welcomed guest speakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson to talk about their campaign and film — “Finding Kind” — that discussed the cause and effects of girl-on-girl bullying.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

The idea caught fire: Shortly after Parsekian and Thompson’s visit, EC created its own club under the same name, where middle-school and high-school girls could meet up once a week and discuss bullying prevention.

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Hot List

November 26, 2014

Movie: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

Beat HotListMovie 20141100In the first installation of the final ‘Hunger Games’ chapter directed by Francis Lawrence, heroine Katniss Everdeen continues to fight against the totalitarian Capitol. After destroying the arena of the previous games, Katniss finds herself in the elusive District 13 — without Peeta, who is being held prisoner and tortured in the Capitol. With the help of President Coin and other rebels, Katniss becomes the symbol of a nationwide rebellion.

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Photo of the Month

November 26, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles  surrounding the  branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

By Pratik Vaidya
Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles
surrounding the
branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

Medical emergency causes traffic backup near Issaquah Valley Elementary School

November 24, 2014

NEW — 8:19 p.m. Nov. 24, 2014

A medical incident on a middle school bus passing by Issaquah Valley Elementary School caused a minor traffic backup on Newport Way Northwest at about 3 p.m. Nov. 24.

“The bus pulled into our lot in order to care for the student,” Principal Denise Waters wrote in an email to parents. “The middle school students were calm and quickly disembarked from the bus while the other student was cared for by medics.

“Another district bus promptly arrived to take the middle school students home,” she added. “Our IVE staff and the district transportation team along with Issaquah first responders were able to attend to the situation quickly and safely.”

Traffic was directed around the buses by Issaquah police officer Nathan Lane.

Donate now to Clothes for a Cause fundraiser at Issaquah High School

November 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2014

The Issaquah High School Booster Club and the Associated Student Body are holding a Clothes for a Cause fundraiser through Nov. 22.

Items that will be accepted: clothing of any kind/condition, shoes of any kind/condition, towels, rags, sheets, blankets, quilts, bedspreads, belts, purses, gloves, hats, curtains, drapery, throw rugs, bath mats, outdoor rugs, table cloths, placemats and stuffed animals.

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High school girls invited to attend Fight the Fear

November 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 12, 2014

Singer Brandi Carlile will join two Issaquah educators at a special event aimed at teaching high school girls self-defense and self-empowerment Nov. 13.

Empowering girls is a passion for the event organizers, Meggan Atkins, a Maywood Middle School teacher, and Karin Walen, an Issaquah High School teacher. The two offer self-defense classes at Issaquah and Liberty high schools.

They were inspired after attending Carlile’s Fight the Fear campaign kickoff in 2010. The program provides training in basic self-defense skills and offers resources to survivors of violence or abuse. Carlile’s goal is to make self-defense available to as many people as possible.

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