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Spread the word to end the word

Spread the word to end the word

By Elise Goodvin and Payton Evans

March 30, 2015

Stupid. Incompetent. Inferior. These words have come to be used interchangeably with the word “retard,” a word now commonly used to describe the mentally disabled. The word dates back to 1426, stemming from the Latin verb “retardare,” meaning to hinder or make slow. "Retard" was not used to...

Teachers have power to lift students up

Teachers have power to lift students up

By Speaking Eagle editorial staff

March 23, 2015

The age-old discussion about bullying—emotional, physical, and for those living in the 21st century, cyber—seems to have moved past the stereotypical targeting from friends, classmates, and sometimes family members. Most do not think their teachers would ever become the culprits, but some students...

Three hours of anonymity show unflattering mirror

Three hours of anonymity show unflattering mirror

By Boiling Point editorial board

March 23, 2015

Shalhevet students are supposed to be different from other high school students -- after all, not many other schools teach moral development from the first day of freshman year. But behind a cloak of anonymity, it turned out this week that Shalhevet students can be just as abominable as any other teenagers. Using...

A new app to stop cyberbullying

A new app to stop cyberbullying

By Kathryn Harter

March 12, 2015

Scared to speak against bullies online or in real life? In Indiana, there is now a solution. The app BullyBøx allows students to submit pictures or screenshots directly to administrators of their school anonymously. This free app was created by 17-year-old Brandon Boynton, a victim of bullying, in...

Face to face conversations shouldn’t be a thing of the past

Face to face conversations shouldn’t be a thing of the past

By Emily Pietrantone

February 16, 2015

The amount of friends you have online means nothing. The amount of times I hear the statement "it isn’t the 1950s anymore" every day is somewhat repulsive. I am glad to live in a world that is no longer separated by the color of your skin, religious beliefs and inhuman standards and stereotypes...

Technology takeover: Yik-Yak app makes cyberbullying easier

Technology takeover: Yik-Yak app makes cyberbullying easier

By Courtney Kurtz, Tyrone Area High School

January 7, 2015

High school should be the ideal time and place to discover and create who you are. However, with high school comes the inevitable negatives--rumors and drama. In small towns like Tyrone, PA, rumors have always spread like wildfire. But technology that allows information to be passed along within seconds...