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People with invisible disabilities are often questioned about the legitimacy of their condition.

Busting Bliss: Invisible Disabilities

By Julia Poppa, North Allegheny Senior High School April 20, 2021

They say it’s easier to speak from experience — to talk about situations that pertain to you -- and sometimes they say that’s all you should do. 2020, and even these few months of 2021 have shown...

Each member of our journalism staff has approached the pandemic in their own way, sometimes together and sometimes separate. Hear the voices of our program and experience how we overcame the unknown of 2020.

Growing up ahead of the curve: Gen Z on living through a global pandemic

By Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, Emily Tan, and Alysa Suleiman April 20, 2021

On March 12, 2020, Head of School Brian Yager announced through the speakers that the upper school would be closing due to the public health threat of COVID-19. Though we celebrated in the hallways and...

Flowers were laid out in silent protest of violence against women and in tribute to Sarah Everard.

It is time to end violence against women

By Jenna Ali, Athens Drive High School April 20, 2021

Sarah Everard was a 33-year-old marketing executive and ray of sunshine for the people in her life. She was walking home from a friend's house March 3, 2021. She followed all the rules: taking well-lit...

The Weight of Gender in Eating Disorders

By Amaya Turner, Abington High School April 19, 2021

As a mental illness, an eating disorder does not discriminate. They can affect anyone of any body. Yet, in television shows, therapy booklets, even some health curriculums, eating disorders are presented...

After President Trump dubbed Covid-19 the 'Chinese virus' last year, The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council announced that more than 673 cases of discrimination against Asian-Americans were reported in one week.

The Anxiety of Being Asian-American

By Lana Lagman, Beachwood High School April 19, 2021

The eyes express what the tongue cannot; they are intricate organs that allow us to see the world's beauty and into other people's souls.  And yet the external appearance of our eyes can also create...

White people must continue to fight the comfort of their silence.

Call Ed: White people, you’ve had your rest

By TKC Staff, Kirkwood High School April 19, 2021

The dangerous power of white fatigue in the fight for racial justice, specifically through the fluctuating use of social media, goes beyond a yes or no question, and we wanted our process and editorial...

Many people have accused the French government of Islamophobia and sexism after the French senate voted to ban those under 18 from wearing the hijab.

Sharp: France’s hijab ban is yet another example of not-so-thinly veiled sexism and Islamophobia

By Chloe Sharp, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science April 16, 2021

On Mar. 30, 2021, the French Senate declared a war on Islam by passing a bill banning women under the age of 18 from wearing hijabs in public places and mothers from wearing hijabs on school field trips. ...

Over 20% of the American population is comprised of minorities. Yet, many minorities who grew up in America feel a lack of belonging due to their different physical appearances.

Opinion: There is a proper way to ask for someone’s ethnicity

By Amber Chia, Carlmont High School April 16, 2021

When I was in the fourth grade, I vividly remember a classmate asking me, "Where are you from?" Before I could respond with San Francisco, they proceeded to play the guessing game of various races and...

The recent shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado only prove that gun violence is still a pertinent issue in the United States, and that reforms to gun control regulations are necessary.

Opinion: Gun Violence Never Left the United States

By Mason Lau and Ryan Jiang April 16, 2021

On March 16, 2021, Robert Long shot and murdered eight victims just hours after purchasing a handgun in Georgia. That same day, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa entered a Colorado gun shop and bought an assault-style...

Tik Tok Creators have created videos reminding their viewers that social media is fake by showing their natural features.

Your Daily Reminder

By Anna Parsons, North Allegheny Senior High School April 15, 2021

The natural human body and all the different shapes it comes in has become the source of constant harassment in modern society. Instead of embracing the quirks of the human body that are completely normal,...

Only recently has anti-Asian hate and violence been in the media. For years, Asian families have had to suffer that xenophobia in isolation.

I experienced anti-Asian racism in internal isolation

By Hilary Nguyen, Carnegie Vanguard High School April 14, 2021

On the evening of March 18, my parents sat me and my siblings down and told us that we need to be even more careful when going out now and that we are no longer in the clear. We had a similar talk around...

We are living through history, an unprecedented time which we must all be cognizant of.

Living through history: How the United States can move forward as a nation

By Aleydis Barnes, Walt Whitman High School April 14, 2021

This is not America.  America shouldn’t have rioters brandishing hateful messages, beating police officers into the ground and weaponizing the pole end of the same flag we recite the Pledge of Allegiance...

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil discusses the importance of incorporating women’s history into regular lesson plans as opposed to just waiting for the designated month.

Women’s History Month draws attention to year-round educational deficit

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School April 14, 2021

For women, March was a month of being neglected, harassed, dismissed and killed. It was a month filled with events, policies and remarks counteracting each step of progress women were able to make. In...

Women are taught how to defend themselves against a male attacker. Meanwhile, men are rarely taught about the dangers women face. This creates an unsafe space for women to come forward with their traumatic experiences, leading to a general lack of discussion regarding sexual assault. In order to fight the increasing assault statistics, we need to hold men accountable for their actions and educate them on the dangers women face.

Opinion: Instead of criticizing women, we must educate men

By Rachel Laposka, Starr's Mill High School April 14, 2021

Content warning: This story contains themes of sexual assault Every woman I know shares one common fear -- seeing a man out after dark, especially when alone. There have been far too many cases in which...

WE ARE NOT A VIRUS: America’s youth speaks up during a Stop Asian Hate protest organized by Melanated Youth.

Asian hate crimes must be eliminated

By Rhea Gupta, Northwood High School April 14, 2021

Anti-Asian hate crimes have recently spiked across our country, taking the lives of many including Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan and Yong Ae Yue, who were killed in...

Everyone who receives the vaccine, no matter when, is making a difference.

In Defiance of Guilt

By Lucie Flagg, North Allegheny Senior High School April 13, 2021

I am COVID-19 vaccinated. That sentence has taken me well over a month to admit. I received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in early March and my second just a few weeks ago. For me, the process...

Black Lives Matter. Over the summer of 2020, a student from South Forsyth participates in a Black Lives Matter protest near the Forsyth County Courthouse. They advocated for freedom, and a revision in America's justice system. Throughout the protest, a large gathering of diverse individuals, congregated in Cumming.

The Reality of Racial Inequality Towards the Black Community

By Carmel Yonas, South Forsyth High School April 13, 2021

I can still vividly remember my mom turning on the news to the last seen footage of George Floyd. As I locked eyes with the CNN correspondent, I couldn't help but feel beyond enraged. There aren't enough...

On March 16, a series of mass shootings took place at three spas in Atlanta, in which eight people were killed, six of which were Asian women. These recent events have put a spotlight on discrimination towards the Asian community.

Opinion: Atlanta spa shooting brings to light intersection between race, gender, class

By Sapna Amin, Coppell High School April 13, 2021

Xiaojie Tan. Delaina Yaun. Paul Andre Michels. Daoyou Feng. Yong Ae Yue. Hyun Jung Grant. Soon Chung Park. Suncha Kim.  On March 16, the heart-shattering Atlanta spa shootings transpired at Youngs...

WSPN's Emily Roberge discusses the nation's recent wave of mass shootings and her opinion on the urgent need for gun control.

Opinion: Lawmakers need to act now to stop senseless shooting deaths

By Emily Roberge, Wayland High School April 13, 2021

If you have tuned into the news in the past week, then you’ve probably heard about the recent mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado at a King Soopers grocery store close to the University of Colorado. Ten...

Oftentimes, Asian-Americans are blamed for causing the Coronavirus outbreak, an outbreak that started in Wuhan, China.

A Deconstruction of Asian-American Racism and what Asian-Americans can do to combat it

By Enoch Kim, Neuqua Valley High School April 13, 2021

When I was 12 years old and in eighth grade, I gained a better understanding of how the world works. I was biking alongside my friend at Naperville Crossings. That summer we were experiencing a first taste...

In the latest installment of Politipress, WSPN's Atharva Weling discusses the new restrictive voting law in Georgia and what it reveals about the need for continued vigilance in the fight for social equality.

Politipress: The pendulum swings back in Georgia

By Atharva Weling, Wayland High School April 13, 2021

We all know the story. Last November, the state of Georgia broke with 28 years of tradition and voted for the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Despite...

Sophomore Paola Zapata and her dad share a happy moment. Zapata's father was deported in 2019.

Abolishing ICE

By Paola Zapata , Harding Charter Preparatory High School April 13, 2021

My Story behind a Deported Parent  On May 7, 2019, I was sitting in the St. Anthony’s Hospital Mental Health Unit. It was finally the day I was going to get discharged after being there for 2 weeks....

A necklace that bears the religious image of a cross is dangling, ready to drop. Letting go of something that was once so personal is very difficult no matter the circumstances; however, with religion there's a little more. The massive stigma around this act only accentuates these feelings.

Trapped in Religion

By Faith Beckmann, Francis Howell Central High School April 13, 2021

Religion is something that is very personal to a lot of people. It starts as a seed implemented into the minds of infants by their loving family. Then it blossoms into the core of human existence. From...

A safe space for unveiling any emotions: my pillow, has become a dangerous suppressor.

An overwatered pillowcase

By Adyson Sand, Lincoln High School April 13, 2021

The blend of satin fibers that encase my pillowcase are top grade in the sense that they soak up the sorrows of last night and dry by the morning. There lives no remnant of the precipitation that soaked...

Delivery worker Zeqiang Chen was found beaten and near death in the parking lot of Hong Kong Takeout.

It’s a hate crime. This is why it matters.

By Allison Wong, Fayetteville-Manlius High School April 13, 2021

1640 Erie Boulevard, East Syracuse. For some, it’s the parking lot of Hong Kong Takeout, a symbol of our country’s love of Chinese food. For others, it’s across the street from Asian Food Market,...

Protestors attend a rally to stop Asian hate at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C. on March 21st.

Unapologetically Asian: Not your model minority

By Hannah Li, Fayetteville-Manlius High School April 12, 2021

According to a study done by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes against Asian Americans increased 150% in 2020. Merriam-Webster defines, “Hate crime” as “a crime, usually...

After five years, my battle with family court is finally coming to an end, and just in time for me to move on to what's next in my life.

Finally finished: free of family court

By Natalie Grinder, Portage Northern High School April 12, 2021

Divorce is a hard thing to have happen to your parents as a child, but for some, the process that comes before the divorce is even worse. This has been my reality for the last five years, and I’m still...

Every disabled person, as human beings, deserve respect, we need to learn to respect autistic people regardless of how useful and convenient they are to us personally.

The conversation around autism needs to focus on acceptance, not compensation

By Ursula Sturgeon, Metea Valley High School April 12, 2021

There is this common idea that “disability” is a dirty word. I remember many episodes in middle school, particularly where counselors would take me into their quaint, stale offices and ask me about...

Protests for women's equality help to bring light to the issues women face.

“NotAllMen”: A Rebuttal from a Man

By Tyler Vargo, North Allegheny Senior High School April 12, 2021

In light of International Women’s Month last month, recent statistics regarding harassment and violent acts toward women have taken many aback. Most commonly seen on social media is the claim that 97%...

VIEWPOINTS: Now that it’s been a year since the pandemic arrived, we asked one student from each grade to share how this time has changed their lives.

OPINION: Four views of a (Covid) year

By Samson Taxon, Bayley Sandler, Avi Litvak, and Shira Elyaszadeh April 8, 2021

In a few decades, numbers and data might be the main vehicles through which people look back on the Covid-19 pandemic -- numbers of deaths, jobs lost and school on Zoom.  But there’s something else...

While

How America’s ‘fear culture’ disrupts the transition into adulthood

By Jules Pung, St. Stephen's Episcopal School April 8, 2021

I could still hear the distant boom of fireworks long after my parents had gone to bed. Despite the tensions surrounding the pandemic, my family’s New Year’s celebration was still filled with copious...

The fight for gender equality is never-ending, so protecting and empowering women regardless of their backgrounds is core to the movement.

Opinion: Intersectionality is key to modern feminism

By Isabelle Nunes, Carlmont High School April 7, 2021

The battle for women's justice is the battle for economic justice, LGBTQ+ justice, and racial justice, all intertwined. While being a feminist may mean something different to everyone, it always has...

Black women face the majority of backlash brought by featurism.

Featurism: Appreciate the unique features of all cultures and races

By Jackson Collins, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 7, 2021

Toxic beauty standards affect people of all races, but they can be especially prevalent in Black and brown communities. The concept of featurism is nothing new, but is recently gaining attention on social...

A recent study shows that 97% of UK women aged 18-24 have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime. Social media users are using this statistic irresponsibly and invalidating victims.

97% invalidated

By Skyler Glenn, Hagerty High School April 7, 2021

It’s like buying clothes from Brandy Melville. Their clothes are popular, and everyone has some. Even if the clothes don’t fit well, people will still try to wear them. Sounds like the 97%, right?  ...

An illustration of the pink Power Ranger from the children's television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

“Not like other girls”

By Kripa Mayureshwar, Monta Vista High School April 7, 2021

“Who is your favorite Power Ranger?” As a six year old at the time, this wasn’t something I had really thought about. A friend asked this question as we huddled together on a hot summer day, talking...

While still a divisive political topic, the problem of climate change is one more and more people are willing to tackle once presented with the evidence.

The weather up there

By Gabriella Herrera, Hagerty High School April 6, 2021

29 million without boiling water. 4 million without power. Over 70 dead.  The winter weather that crippled Texas in early February was not just a local story, but part of a disturbing trend of weather...

Chinese teacher Mrs. Zhang teaches both Mandarin and Chinese culture to students. Zhang also sponsors the Asian Culture Club, in which they discussed the recent attacks on the Asian-American community.

When I have a bad day

By Zoey Young, Hagerty High School April 6, 2021

When I have a bad day, I drive home in silence. When I have a bad day, I go straight to bed and stare at my phone for hours. When I have a bad day, I rant to my friends, imagining myself as Keira Knightley...

Examining the internalized misogyny behind using “bitch” to denote empowerment

“Bitch”

By Oishee Misra and Iman Malik April 6, 2021

Well-behaved women seldom make history. This quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has materialized as stickers on laptops, posters on walls and on who knows how many Pinterest boards. Most interpret...

While Asian-Americans have always faced discrimination, hate crimes against the community have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rise in Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

By Atessa Anoshiravani, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep April 6, 2021

As the pandemic drags on but people are becoming more comfortable leaving their homes armored with masks and other PPE, blatant acts of xenophobia are on the rise. Especially in the Bay Area and other...

This graphic illustrates the disparities between wealthy white communities and low-income Black communities generated by racist mid-20th century housing policies. (Created via Canva)

Behind the numbers: history and bias in high-tech criminal justice

By Paige Matthys-Pearce, Parkway West High School April 5, 2021

As technology plays a growing role in our lives, so too does data. On the internet, virtually every click, scroll and like is tracked, often used to maximize your engagement. But as it turns out, other...

The winter storm that hit Texas from Feb. 13-17 caused a lot of damage throughout a state not prepared for such severe weather. People within the state and around the country have been empathetic towards those affected and offered shelter in order to help.

Editorial: Snow melted our hearts

By Editorial Board, Coppell High School April 5, 2021

As numerous Coppell residents huddled under layers of blankets, it was easy to focus only on the moments they were living right then. The lack of power,  risk of burst pipes, inability to travel on snow-covered...

“Autism is a spectrum,” and there are different characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Source: LifeLine Connections

World Autism Awareness Day: celebrating neurodivergence

By Cassandra Barnes, Chantilly High School April 5, 2021

Every April 2, the world celebrates Autism Awareness Day, yet so many people are unfamiliar with the characteristics of it. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that...

It can be difficult for the majority white, cisgender population to see beyond their own experience, but everyone deserves to see themselves represented, especially in the classroom.

Minority representation cannot be ignored in the classroom

By Kylie Clifton, Portage Northern High School April 5, 2021

It was 8:31 in the morning when I walked into my virtual class with the click of a button. While reflecting on my tardiness of sixty seconds and trying to orient myself to what was already happening...

Anti-Asian hate crimes have always existed but have been on a rise recently due to prejudice regarding covid-19.

Zhang: Atlanta shooting and subsequent performative activism prove that Asian Americans still aren’t taken seriously

By Amy Zhang, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science April 5, 2021

In the days after the Atlanta shooting, my parents never spoke of the hate crime with me. Instead, an uneasy silence settled at home. What more could they have possibly said? They had been warning me to...

April 2 is traditionally the day many wear blue in support of Autism Awareness. This year, consider wearing red instead for Autism Acceptance.

Awareness vs. Acceptance: Why Autism Speaks Does Not Speak For The Autistic Community

By Josh Whitman, Abington High School April 5, 2021

Every year across the world, there is a celebration on April 2 called “Light It Up Blue Day.” The campaign was established by the largest autism-based nonprofit organization Autism Speaks in 2007 to...

Community members attended a protest on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Helen Du.

Op-Ed: Stop Asian Hate, Because Hate is a Virus Too

By Helen Chu, Brimmer and May School April 2, 2021

Stop Asian Hate, Because Hate is a Virus Too Racial discrimination cannot be tolerated, and the normalization of hate crimes in the era of this pandemic is even more outrageous. Enter keywords ...

The attacks in Atlanta last week have spurred a worldwide discussion on hate-based crimes, especially in the AAPI community in the wake of the pandemic.

Recent rise in hate crimes concerns nation, communities of color

By Fartun Ahmed, Columbia Heights High School April 2, 2021

America was built on the oppression, suppression, inequity and savagery inflicted on minorities, so hate crimes are nothing new in this country. Starting with the genocide of Indigenous people to the dark...

Following the Atlanta, Georgia shooting, protesters rallied in Hing Hay Park in Seattle on March 13th, 2021.

Stop Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate

By Christine Vo, Lake Ridge High School April 1, 2021

Fear within the Asian community has heightened over the past month as new reports of hate and discrimination surface. While overall hate crimes began to decrease by 7 percent from 2019 to 2020, according...

The streets of Myanmar, once peaceful, have now erupted in violence.

The Violence in Myanmar Reflects the Decline of Democracy Everywhere

By Maddie Khaw, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School April 1, 2021

In Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country bordering China, India, and Thailand, violence has dominated the streets after a military coup on Feb. 1, as soldiers continue to clash with peaceful protesters in...

People protesting and holding up signs at Washington Square Park for the Asian March Against White Nationalism. Photo taken on February 20, 2021.

The Fight Against Asian Hate

By Elizabeth Perez and Kevin Ramirez April 1, 2021

2020 was a year for countless disasters, misfortunes, and violent cases. After countless hate being thrown at indigenous people, Asians are being attacked as well.  Major cities in the U.S. have experienced...

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