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
Skyline
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.

Reflection — The Beat has been a great ride

July 8, 2014

My first impression of The Beat came from Iman Baghai. He did not inspire confidence.

For those who may not know him, Iman is a great guy, a loud, friendly goofball with a sneeze that sounds like a distressed piglet. At first glance, though, he doesn’t seem like he would make a good editor of a news page; he seems disorganized and scatterbrained, and as a freshman listening to his recruitment talk, I remember being very skeptical about the kind of page this guy would run.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah
High School

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Reflection — The Beat helped me grow

July 8, 2014

Taking a look at the past year, I find myself looking at The Beat as one of the best decisions I have made.

The Beat helped me grow as a writer, and brought me closer to my school since I always had to stay updated on school events.

Azan Sarosh Liberty         High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty
High School

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Reflection — Thanks to everyone for support

July 8, 2014

It’s hard to believe my first year on The Beat is coming to an end.

I have had the privilege of meeting and working with talented, determined and dedicated young writers who have inspired and taught me so much. As the youngest member of the team, I’ve enjoyed my quiet niche as I learned the ropes from my seniors.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

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