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Nationwide walkouts spark controversy

By MaKai Adkins, News Writer

Recently there have been multiple school shootings. During one in particular on February 14, student Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15. He then pulled the fire alarm, and while the students were rushing out of the building, Cruz began shooting, killing 17 students and injuring 17 more. According to CNN, Cruz then began to act like he was one of the students and ran with them. Police Continue reading “Nationwide walkouts spark controversy”

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Keenan practices school safety drills

By Imani Osborne, News writer

Keenan practiced a series of school safety drills on various days. Administration held these drills for emergency reasons, so students know what to do in case something occurs.

The first drill was on March 26, the school shooter drill. On March 27 was the bus evacuation drill. The last drill was the fire drill, which was held on March 28.

Some people believe the drills are important; others take the drills to play with and think they Continue reading “Keenan practices school safety drills”

Nikolas Cruz goes on shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

By Kayla Wright, News Writer

Nikolas Jacob Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, murdered 17 people in a shooting rampage, and injured 14 others on February 14, marking this the 18th shooting of the year, according to the New York Times.

Cruz, who had been expelled from the school, began his shooting rampage, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15, outside of MSD High School in a suburban neighborhood around 2:40 Continue reading “Nikolas Cruz goes on shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School”

Kelley’s impact on Sutherland Springs

By Sabria Henderson, News Writer

On November 5, 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley shot up a church, killing victims from ages five to 72 at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, not long after 11 A.M. Sunday morning service began.

According to The New York Times, Kelley was armed with a Ruger military-style rifle when he fired upon First Baptist Church, which led to multiple people dying and others wounded. Among Continue reading “Kelley’s impact on Sutherland Springs”

Tom Sizemore accused of sexual assaulting little girl on set in 2003

Kayla Wright, News Writer

On November 13, 2017, actor Tom Sizemore was accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old actress on set in 2003.

Sizemore, who was 42 at the time, apparently sexually assaulted the actress, who is now 26.

Sizemore has a rap sheet that includes multiple drug and domestic abuse charges, and convictions for assault and battery against actor Heidi Fleiss, his ex-girlfriend, the exact month Continue reading “Tom Sizemore accused of sexual assaulting little girl on set in 2003”

Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar

By Janyah Kelly, News Writer

Twenty-three year old Aly Raisman, American gymnast and two time Olympian medalist, is the latest gymnast to accuse Olympian doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Raisman was just sixteen when Nassar abused her.

Months before the abuse, Raisman was in Melbourne, Australia, practicing for a competition. A representative with the USA Gymnastics team saw Raisman wincing through practice and Continue reading “Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar”

Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen

The Keenan kitchen staff works hard to prepare food for students.

Story and Photo by A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Doris Capers, cafeteria worker, works at the school Satellite Kitchen.

Satellite kitchens, located at individual schools, are where food is transported to for service to customers.

“I enjoy serving the children,” Capers said.

It takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes to prepare the food. Depending on the menu, it Continue reading “Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen”

Keenan helps the LLS

By Salena Webb, News Writer

Keenan students, faculty and staff came together this past February to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The LLS is the largest voluntary health organization to dedicate their time to finding cures, research and getting access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

During February, homeroom classes donated, while competing with each other, for the cause. Continue reading “Keenan helps the LLS”

Keenan Blood Drive saves lives

By A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Sahara White, National Honors Society advisor, is in charge of the blood drive that happened on November 22, 2016. Forty-five people at Keenan donated blood this year, one pint each being given.

“It takes approximately 10-12 minutes to give blood,” White said.

There is a shortage of O positive in the world, so once someone has it, it’s important to give it. Continue reading “Keenan Blood Drive saves lives”

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