A day to end bullying
By Lillian Kiehner
For most, bullying is a touchy subject. Many try not to think about it, or think that it even happens at the high school. For those that are being bullied, they have no choice but to think and live with it.
“People think, ‘It’s 2019, there’s no bullying going on,’” Junior Falon Smith said. “Bullying is still relevant.”
The GLSEN website describes the purpose of the day “GLSEN’s Day of Silence, on April 12th 2019, is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.”
GSA club members have set up and planned the Day of Silence for participating students at the high school. Sign ups went around the last club period in hopes of getting as many people to join.
Before Apr. 12, students will receive a badge and a paper explaining what they are participating in and what it means. Those participating will be silent all day on Apr. 12 until the breaking of the silence that occurs in period 8.
The purpose of being silent focuses on those that have already taken their lives and brings light to those that have thought or attempted and what it would sound like without them.
The goal of this event it to show support for LGBTQ community members and to show the diversity in the community. They want to bring light to the harassment and bullying that is happening to many students, not just in this school, but across the world.
“Last year people would rip down the posters, crumple them up, and then keep them. I don’t know if this happened to anyone else, but I know they would throw the crumpled poster at me.” Kaydie Dellinger, a sophomore, said. “I would be like ‘Oh, that was a poster I worked on and hung up.’”
“This year, I’m not saying it’s better, but it’s definitely not worse.” Jamie Bredlinger, a sophomore, said about their posters being ripped down. “And people are putting them back up.”
Those participating aren’t all just LGBTQ, it’s many supporters and straight allies. People that support the community have every right to join the mission to bring an end to the bullying.
“It wasn’t just GSA posters people were tearing down, they would also take down color guard posters and The Leonid bake sale posters,” said Falon. “They only seem to be torn down once the Day of Silence comes around.”
When the club went around asking people to sign up, people would sign up as jokes or immediately laugh at them. Most sign ups came from three different clubs that were Anime, Aevidum, and NAHS.
“Sign up, even if you’re the only one,” Smith said.
GSA members opened up their club Instagram as a safe space for those that need it. Follow them @rlash_gsa.
Administration takes action against bathroom vandalism
By Brandon Bosely
Administration is facing problems with the boys bathrooms at the high school. From trash being thrown all over the place and things being ripped off the walls, to stalls being destroyed and issues with kids vaping.
Principals at Red Lion are well aware of what is going on in the bathrooms, but what isn’t as clear cut is the solution.
“There isn’t a clear solution, but to try to get the students to stand up to it.” said Principal Mark Shue.
Administration wants students to take pride in their school and stand up to these disrespectful outbursts. But administration is facing issues with the “snitch” mentality.
Mr. Shue stated that this isn’t the only time they have had issues with this type of behavior, but it comes and goes. He also added that the vandalism has been spread out and is never consistent in one bathroom.
Male students asked about the bathroom vandalism were rather angry but others had no idea it was even happening, those that did, were not amused.
“There are vulgar things written on the wall, kids throwing food around and just straight up destroying the place,” said senior Nick Krystofiak.
Some students said that they are nervous sometimes to even go to the bathroom because they don’t know who will be in there and what they might be doing. Freshman, Jase Adomanis said that in one bathroom an entire wall has been ripped off of a stall.
In addition stall doors have been removed by students and even mirrors ripped off of the wall. All of this misbehavior has caused administration to make some changes.
There are now changes to the schools bathroom policies. Teachers now must always have a sign out sheet and the student must sign out. Teachers also need to see who is going before they can go, and only one person at the bathroom at a time.
These acts have also caused some bathrooms to be closed around the school. It started with the bathroom in the lunchroom which was closed for a day, now administration has completely closed the bathroom in the language hall due to vandalism and misbehavior.
During its peak, school resources officer Marc Greenly stated that they would find something new being done to a bathroom two to three times a week. Since the policies have been changed and closings have been made there has been a major decrease in vandalism counts.
In comparison to the boys bathroom, every girl that was interviewed stated that there is little to no vandalism in the girls bathroom, and they find it unfair that they are being punished for the boys actions in the bathrooms.
School officials are taking a lot of action but they also ask that students step up, support, and take pride in their school to stop the vandalism and misbehavior.
Computers change the way students learn
By Kaitlyn Resline
Red Lion Area High School made a new addition to its education system: one-on-one personal Chromebooks.
Mr. Timothy Smith, the Supervisor of Instructional Practice and Technology Integration for the school district, explained that the district had been considering giving students devices for about four or five years in order to limit computer availability problems for use in and out of the classroom.
Last year, the devices were given to Red Lion Area Junior High School students and they were introduced to the high school this fall for the 2018-2019 school year.
“I’d say it’s affected my learning by allowing me to work on things whenever,” said sophomore student, Allison LeGore. “I like being able to make up snow days at home, work in the car or bus, and use the laptop in study halls.”
LeGore talked about the flexibility computers provide in her learning, letting her make up snow days at home and complete more work outside of school.
Ms. Allyson Ayres, the school media specialist, also noted some general benefits the devices bring, like their ability to save class time with quick logins and online homework assignments.
The computers are also teaching students to become versatile in using computer programs.
“It helps and it hinders,” said Ayres. “The students that always do their homework and what they’re required to do, it helps them. The kids that maybe slack off a little bit, it probably hinders them more because I feel like teachers are assigning more things to do at home than they did in the past.”
For the most part, LeGore felt that the integration of the devices has been straightforward. However, she did note how she felt she was spending a lot of the time on the devices.
“My least favorite thing about them is that I can sometimes get headaches when I’m using it in every class and then have to go home and use it some more,” said Legore.
Smith claims that adding the devices was ultimately worthwhile. He spoke about how teachers are using the computers to go with lessons, but encourage to not let the computers take over. The computers are mixing traditional and modern learning styles together in a way that makes sense.
“More and more teachers are using them to supplement the lesson,” Smith said. “Not to replace.”
Paper shortage affecting everyone in the school differently
By Margaux Rentzel
It was a crisp day in early September and the students at Red Lion were starting to get settled into their routines for the new school year.
The school was filled with dim rooms and lit up computer screens at each student’s desk. Fewer teachers handed out papers, and more teachers told kids that their assignment was on google classroom.
There was less pencil to paper action, but more fingers to the keyboard keys, and eyes to a computer screen.
Students began to find out that supposedly, there was less paper this year than there was last year. Thus began the name, “the paper shortage”.
“I have heard many of my teachers complain about the shortage of paper and having to go online,” sophomore Randy Fizer said.
Red Lion High School principal Mr. Shue confirms that the paper budget was cut by, “About 40%” from last year to this year.”
“We were told at the end of last year,” chemistry teacher Mr. Blanteno said. “That the paper budget would be cut by about 40%.”
The question remained why the paper budget was cut in the first place.
“When you take a look at priorities then sometimes you have to make tough choices,” Shue said. “As far as where money gets allocated and where it doesn’t and what I have to do is take a look at what’s best for our programs.”
The school has to give money to programs that need it and the paper budget this year was not one of those needs.
Students and teachers are forced to conform to less paper.
“We started out at the beginning of the year to only a few assignments being online,” Fizer said. “And now it is evolving to everything being online.”
“It has forced me to find other resources for my students,” Blanteno said. “So some of the things that I would have done using paper, I choose not to and I use a digital platform instead.”
Administrators, teachers, and students have understandings of how the budget cut of paper is affecting the school.
“The way I understand it is, when students need to print they go to the library,” said Shue.
“I can still do the same things that I was doing before,” Blanteno said. “But what I have really now done is put the need for paper on the students. It has also saved me a lot of time.”
“Many subjects aren’t good to use computers for, like math,” sophomore Tyler Keener said. “And it is much easier to use paper for.”
Whether this is permanent or temporary is still up for debate.
“Let’s take the year and let’s assess,” Shue said.
When push comes to shove the reducement of paper takes some getting used to but can be accomplished.
“You can make a decision in September and people are highly critical of it,” Shue said. “But by the time May rolls around, the people that were highly critical of it in September, in May say that was a really good idea.”
Community gathers for 17th Annual Airville Fire Company Mud Sale
By Clare Mankin
The annual Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale is tomorrow March 16. This the 17th anniversary of the mud sale’s first fundraiser.
The event itself is called a “mud sale” because it occurs, usually, at the break of the cold winter weather. The first sightings of spring and warm weather are what bring so many people out from different counties to enjoy the sales. All proceeds made from the sales goes towards the local fire company and features antiques, furniture, quilts, crafts, garden and landscaping items, farm machinery, and building supplies.
These auctions go until the items are sold or until time runs out. Just about anything someone could think of or need is showcased throughout the day’s events and, of course, all types of homemade food is made available to those attending.
The sale starts at 7:30 am and ends at 4:00 pm and is located on 3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA. Come out and enjoy the start to spring while also supporting the local fire company.
Ending a Shutdown, Entering a State of Emergency
By Cora Byer
In its feeble beginning, 2019 has already seen the longest government shutdown in American history. As Congress battled it out about the federal funding bill, especially in regards to President Trump’s border wall, thousands of Americans were furloughed or working without pay.
The 35-day shutdown caused many government employees and their families a lot of anxiety. After weeks without pay, many workers were forced to obtain food from local food banks to support their families.
It is easy to assume that all of the people affected reside in the nation’s capital, and while a large majority of them do, the effects of this shutdown stretched across the country.
This includes people right here in Red Lion, Pennsylvania.
Red Lion student, Paige Griffin’s father is employed for the National Park Service and was furloughed during the recent government shutdown.
“He isn’t home very often because of his job,” said Griffin. “So, it was actually nice having him around for a few weeks, but I could tell he would rather be working.”
As part of the deal when the government reopened, furloughed employees, including Griffin’s father, received back pay to compensate for the weeks without.
This same deal, made by Congress and approved by the President, only provided a three week period to create a lasting compromise on the federal budget.
Last Friday, that three week period ended and a couple resolutions were decided on. First, a second funding deal was reached by Congress. However, President Trump also declared a state of emergency in order to obtain funding for his iconic border wall.
It will become clearer in the weeks to come how long this state of emergency will last and how efforts to obtain border wall funding will be handled, but for the moment, the government is open and business, as usual, is being carried out.