CCSC students attend Black Lives Matter protests

written by De’Airel Baker

Sophomore Skye Howe attends one of the many Black Lives Matter protests in Louisville. photos from Skye Howe

When the civil rights movements were going on in the 1960s, there was a considerably smaller number of people participating than there is now. Then, there were only hundreds and thousands of people, today there are millions. Black Lives Matter protests have been happening throughout the United States. They began popping up as more and more people wanted to stop police brutality and all racially motivated violence that has been directed towards black people. When the protests first started they were peaceful, but some began to evolve into riots. As time passed, these demands for justice and equality have grown and become a familiar topic on all social media platforms. 

“It felt empowering to protest with all the other people for a good cause, but it was kind of sad to think about the fact that we had to protest in the first place,” said junior Selena Maldonado.“It felt like I needed to protest because I need to use my privilege to stand up for people without it. Yes, I was scared to go to a BLM protest because of what I saw on social media cause I didn’t want anything to happen to me.”

BLM has been the largest movement in U.S. history, 3.5 percent of the population has participated in these protests. The first BLM march was for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. He was walking home from the store and was fatally shot by a man that was patrolling the streets who said “I shot him because I wanted to.” Every race protested in more than 100 U.S. cities. 

“We started at the corner in Louisville and were standing around across the street from all of the national guard and police. We walked a few blocks chanting and stopped to kneel when traffic let us through. When I left, the police blocked everyone off and started to tear gas everyone.” said Maldonado. 

Protests have continued for several weeks across the country, fueled by the demand for structural changes for defunding the police departments. Clarksville, Indiana had their own peaceful protest. 

“It felt so amazing for protesting for my race and all the wrong things that have been going on in this world, During the protest, all we did was walk 3 miles, they gave us popsicles, water, and the Clarksville Police Department escorted us the whole 3 miles,” said junior Michael Nash. “I wanted to protest because I felt like that was the right thing to do and also our voices needed to be heard, I was not scared of what would happen if the protest went wrong or what I’ve been seeing over social media and all the other protest because I knew that the protest would not get out of hand.”

On June 20, 4 months ago in Jeffersonville, IN there was a group of protesters that marched through the streets all the way to a certain spot, and a man was killed at by the ISP. This march started with them having a prayer at a church. They wanted to send a message and that message was that everyone in the community needs to come together and that they are all Americans and that black lives do matter.

“It felt good to be out there protesting, it felt very empowering knowing that all these different races and ages from different backgrounds could come together and fight for what was right,” said sophomore Skye Howe. “During the protest, the media didn’t show what happened, but the cops used excessive force against us and had no reason to. We were down there peacefully protesting and the media made it seem like we were the ones being violent but it was the offices.”

There have been around 26,000,000 participants that have been in the BLM protests. There have been 14,000 arrests in all 49 cities since protests began. There was almost about $1.4 billion in damage from the protests that turned into riots. Over 40 businesses have been damaged. The difference between a protest and a riot is a protest is when there are people who are peacefully protesting and they want their voices to be heard, a riot is when people take that right and use it as another extent and they do damage to property or to people. Between the 24 of may and the 22 of August, there have been over 10,600 BLM events across the US. Over 10,100 of that BLM where peaceful protest and the 500 were riots. Some protests were peaceful but the news made it seem like they were rioting because of what the police would do when all they are trying to do is have their voice be heard.

“I went to a protest because it was the right thing to do. If there’s a group of people who need help everyone should come together and help them. I was not afraid to go and protest, the first I was nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect but not once was I scared because of the people around me protesting. The only thing I was worried about was what the cops might do to us.” said Howe.

Going to a BLM protest is a way to get everyone’s voice heard. To some people BLM is important. Although it may not be to all, someone has to speak up. In the protests, they say “we must stay woke” meaning we must know what is happening to us, daily. Knowing this will help keep us safe in this world from what is going outside our door and in our daily lives. During these protests, the people protesting for what is right need to play smarter not harder, and try to avoid these deathly situations that change our lives and the lives of others in a blink of an eye. How others see African Americans must be changed because it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is, everyone’s the same, no one needs to be treated differently than others because of their skin color. We are in 2020 and it is time for things to change. 

Editorial: Post fall break virtual plan

written by Kelsey Pease

Similar to last year, this year there will only be one week of fall break. Traditionally, fall break consists of travel, family gatherings and hanging out with friends. These plans are not likely to change for some families, even in the middle of a pandemic. At this point in time, it is far too late to extend this small vacation. However, it is not too late to adopt a two-week virtual learning plan for after fall break. 

With people traveling, seeing family and going out and about more than usual there will undoubtedly be more cases of the Coronavirus. It just isn’t something the administration can control. Something that is in their control is the precautions they choose to take to keep themselves, their loved ones and their students safe. Having a two-week virtual period can help limit exposure and prevent a large outbreak of the virus, which in time, will cause the schools to shut down anyways. 

In addition, these two weeks can offer some time for students to settle back in at home and ease their way back into school. It can be chaotic coming home from vacation and having to get up the next morning and go to school. This virtual time will help that transition. Also, it will give students more time to relax and enable them to spend more time at home with their families, pets and themselves.  

Overall, even just one virtual week after fall break can help students, staff and their families tremendously.  It will help limit exposure, preventing a large outbreak of COVID-19. Also, it can help decrease stress and improve overall mental health, which can be all over the place in the middle of a pandemic. 

Cross Country update

written by Ethan Neal

Juniors Alex Titus, Brandon Lilly, and Ashton Lilly talking before a race. photo by Kelly Short.

Cross country started off its season at Borden. All three members of last year’s team returned this season. Junior Alex Titus finished the race 34 out of 64 runners. The team, while not making a top finish, still had a positive performance. 

“I feel our team has improved a lot since last year. We all have had personal records this season and plan to continue and improve,” Titus said. The team feels they have grown stronger both at running, and at coming together since last season. 

“I was really hoping we would have some new members join the team this year,” coach Amanda Carmichael said. While disappointed by the turnout, she said, “I am confident that we will continue to become more competitive and lower our times overall. We would really like to have more team members so that we would be able to compete as a team and not just individuals. These kids have put in a lot of work and deserve that for their senior season.”

The team, while down on numbers, has continued to better their times. Junior Ashton Lily improved his time by 5 minutes since last year, a large improvement for just under a year. He said, “I improved since last season a whole bunch. Last season, I be taking last and this season I am finishing really well.” 

This is something Carmichael specifically commented on, saying, “Everyone on the team has improved their times significantly from last season. We have definitely shown large amounts of improvement.”

The team is hoping to finish the season strong as they approach sectional. The teams sectional is on October 10 at Eastern Pekin. They will be matched up against Borden, Christian Academy of Indiana, Corydon Central, North Harrison, Crawford County, Floyd Central, New Albany, Lanesville, Providence, South Central, and Paoli.  

The Babysitter: Killer Queen review

written by McKenzie Murdoch

The Babysitter: Killer Queen came out on September 10th. It is a sequel to The Babysitter which came out in 2017. The Babysitter is about Cole, played by Judah Lewis, who is a twelve year old boy with a babysitter, which he is often bullied for. One night his parents go out of town and hire Cole’s regular babysitter, Bee, who is played by Samara Weaving. Cole’s friend Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) convinces him to stay up past his bedtime to see if she brings any boys over, but to his surprise, she brings over a group of people. What is unusual is that they aren’t just a normal group of friends, they are a cult. 

Bee’s fellow cult members are all in this for personal gain to grant one of their wishes. To get their wishes they have to complete a ritual where they have to sacrifice someone and mix their blood with the blood of an innocent, which is Cole. Obviously, Cole isn’t okay with being murdered, so he tried to call for help which ultimately fails. He spends the rest of the night trying to escape Bee’s friends, which results in their deaths.

When Cole tries to tell someone about the events that happened that night, no one believes him and thinks he is crazy. The sequel to The Babysitter picks up years later with Cole in high school and everyone still not believing what happened that night because no bodies were found. His parents think he is crazy and try to send him to a school for the mentally ill, but he doesn’t want to go, so he flees with Melanie and a group of her friends to a lake party. 

Him, his friend Melanie, and her friends are all together on a boat when the ghosts of the cult return in attempts to redeem themselves and fulfill their wishes. Which means that Cole, once again, has to survive the night and escape a murderous, satanic cult.

In the sequel movie, we are introduced to a new character, Phoebe, played by Jenna Ortega. I really liked the mystery behind her character. She was a good addition to the movie and a great friend towards Cole. I like how she wasn’t like any of the other characters. She was interesting and eye catching, and probably one of the best things that came out of the sequel. 

On the other hand, one of our returning characters, Melanie was an absolute and utter disappointment. She had so much potential. The way she is written in the second movie is a majorly upsetting. Her actions in the movie were probably the main factor of why it wasn’t as good as it could have been. They built her up in the first movie, only for her to be a let down in the second.  

In the first Babysitter movie, Melanie gets dragged into that night as Cole flee’s to her house momentarily. Her and Cole even shared a kiss, which was actually a well-written build-up for some potential romance. which could have led to an interesting love story in the most previous film. Unfortunately, the romance in the second movie felt rushed. I get that they were on a clock since they only had twenty four hours, but it was a bit unrealistic to me. In some essence it made sense because with Cole’s previous crush, they waited and it didn’t work out, for more reasons than one. 

I did like the consistency with graphics in each movie, even though there were times when you could see some of the stuff was fake. I liked that they kept the same vibe of the graphics. For example, the same type of font. And there was an even balance between the gory and funny, with a good soundtrack to go with each movie. 

The best thing in the movie was definitely how they tied it all together. I thought how the writers wrote the connection between Phoebe and Cole was very well thought out and actually interesting. Although the route they took wasn’t the best path, it was still good. Also, we finally got answers to the original cult’s past along with Bee’s past. It was a good redeeming factor for the sequel.

Overall while this movie had its flaws, it is still a good movie. On the topic of The Babysitter duo having a third movie, no information has been released. There is a possibility of it, but I doubt it since all our questions were answered in the sequel. So, for another movie to happen, it would be a whole different plot and honestly, it wouldn’t make sense because wouldn’t it mean basically the same idea? To me a third movie would be a waste of time and money.

A student’s opinion on the CCR schedule change

written by Sara Vaughn

In the 2019-2020 school year, CCR was a class scheduled every day of the week. Students would either have it before or after lunch. Now that the new school year has arrived, CCR is  being scheduled once a week on Fridays during alternating periods. 

 I personally feel like this change could be far more beneficial to students than the old way. CCR is a class that is supposed to prepare you for college or a career, but in my previous years I was never really helped with any of that or taught any of the important information I would need. My CCR would have all of us fill out our grades once a quarter and write down our goals for the new school year. We wouldn’t really do anything else the rest of the year and I felt like it was a huge waste of potential the class had to prepare students for their future. I believe CCR should be used to help individual students find colleges and scholarships. This can also include giving information about standardized testing and the most affordable options. Teachers could also talk about the amount of money that can be made in certain fields so that students get into a career that ensures them success. These options can help both older and younger students. 

Having the class only once a week may give staff more time to plan lessons easier and find new ways to help the students rather than giving kids busy work every other day. I feel like this new change can also give students some variety in their tedious week. Having the same classes every single day can be very boring. With CCR alternating every week, it can add something interesting to everyone’s schedule. 

Although, the one issue that could arise with this new schedule is that students won’t have as much time to use it as a study hall period. Since my class never did a lot of work there, the time spent was used to catch up on other classes. Now that the time is limited for many students, especially for prosser, grades could suffer. The class is .5 credits a semester, so if students miss too much of the class their G.P.A. could drop as welI.

Overall, I believe the rotation can either give teachers more time to help students with subjects like career readiness or will end up making students do busywork and make it harder to complete this work because of how less CCR will be taken. This is a problem especially for seniors who are going to graduate soon and don’t have the proper guidance they need. Hopefully, CCR can manage and do their best to help students adjust properly. With many worries in place it’s important for CCR to step up and become the college and career readiness class it was always supposed to be. 

School-wide response to return of in-person learning

written by Kelsey Pease

CCSC students returned to in-person school on Aug. 24 after doing remote learning for two weeks. That previous Wednesday, Aug. 19, it was officially announced to guardians and learners that they would be returning. This came as a shock to many and created lots of controversy before that first day back. 

“It makes me nervous, but I also understand that kids need to be in school,” responded math teacher Philip Dysart. 

In a poll sent to all RA and CHS students and staff and even a few parents/guardians, 83 responses were submitted. 51.8% of responders were in support of this decision to re-open. Meanwhile, the other 48.2% were in disagreement. 

“I think that this is the best thing that can happen right now. Since being in quarantine and social distancing, we really haven’t had the chance to spend time with other people like we are used to. I feel like going back to school full time will help people’s mental state and lift their moods,” responded sophomore Emma Winsor. 

For those who were in agreement, many were ready for some normalcy. They expressed their desire for reconnection with students and teachers after several months of being out of school and several months without much human interaction. Others discussed how remote learning had been hard on them. It made it difficult for teachers to plan thorough lessons and aid students who were not good with online learning. It made retaining knowledge and full-understandment of lessons a struggle for those who favor hands-on learning. Although, this was not the same situation for others. 

“I am prefacing this with my previous belief that no matter how odd or backwards a decision by our school board has been, I have always believed that there has been at-least one positive that caused the decision to be made. I used to believe that until now. I see no point in the re-opening of schools as we know that they will be shut down. It will cause more kids to get sick. It will not only worry the students, but also their families of the possibility of catching COVID, and the best case scenario is that somehow nobody catches it from school despite the unthinkably low chances that this happens,” said junior Alex Tubman. 

Those who disagreed with the re-opening were filled with worry about their own families and the increased possibility of spreading it to those who may be more at-risk than others. This horrifying reality is what kept so many in shock that going back to school was even being considered. They also worried about themselves. For some, doing the online academy that was recently added to the CCSC district seemed like the safest choice. They wouldn’t have to go back to in-person school and could continue their learning from their own homes, but this option was not available to any senior or others who wanted to take dual-credit courses. This was a big frustration as many felt like they were being forced to choose between their safety and education. 

“I think that the safety measures that the school is taking are good, except for lunch. I believe that lunch is an absolute mess safety wise and there is little to no protection from Covid at all during lunch,” said Tubman referring to the lines of students who struggle with keeping a safe distance from one another. 

Expectedly, the opening of school did cause a lot of controversy. Although, administration put many safety precautions in place. Now, after every class teachers go around and sanitize each desk and all supplies or equipment that might’ve been touched by a student. All students must wear a mask unless eating at lunch, which has expanded from two to three different lunches to limit the number of students in the cafeteria, and students must sit in their assigned seats both at lunch and in-class. As of right now, several students are out for COVID-19 related reasons, which includes showing any signs from a headache to a runny nose or actually being diagnosed. The school has not reached the 20% absentee cut-off set by the health department which states that if 20% of students or more are out for Coronavirus related reasons, the school must close down.