After the shooting at a Florida high school, students from all accords the United States have decided that they are going to band together and walk out of class on March 14th. But with principals threatening suspensions, some students are worried about how their activism may hinder their academic success. The ACLU put together a livestream video to reassure students of their rights, and what is equal punishment versus excessive punishment, and what you can do to assert your rights.
Many people believe that laws exist in society in order to keep its citizens safe. When a person commits a crime, they should be penalized accordingly. However, there are some that are questioning if punishment is the appropriate way to keep people safe. After all, if the punishment cripples a person’s ability to return to being a productive citizen, is it really the best option?
According to the Los Angeles Times, community reinvestment is the key to reducing crime and violence. Instead of locking up the people who break the law, they are assigned projects or summer jobs to improve their community.
“Indeed, there is now sufficient evidence to support an entirely new model for countering violence — one driven by investment,” said Professor Patrick Sharkley, the writer of the article Community investment, not punishment, is key to reducing violence.
In Sacramento, organizations such as the California Endowment encourage restorative actions rather than punishment. One reason to choose reinvestment is the much lower cost. According to the New York Times, the average cost of locking up one inmate annually is $168,000, The prison population of California in 2015 was 112,300 people. According to the Orange County Register, California could save half a billion dollars by introducing new rehabilitation programs for inmates and ex-convicts.
In the Sacramento City Unified School District, there are some educators who hold similar views. Often, the teachers and school administrators have to strike the balance between restorative programs and punishment.
“I definitely think that the balance should tip in the favor of, restorative, reinvestment, supportive, as opposed to punishment,” said David Van Natten, Principal of John F. Kennedy High School. “Particularly in the context of school, sometimes a consequence is appropriate but that it’s a much better learning experience and it’s more likely result in long-term change if there is a restorative component.”
The American prison system has become one of the largest in the world. It is up to the people to decide what happens next.
American high school-aged teens engagement in risky behaviors are reportedly on the decline in recent years. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and reported by the International Business Times, within the last decade the rate of high school teens having sex has gone down dramatically. Sex among students has dropped from 46.8 percent to 41.2 percent. The decline is steady and prominent even in younger students such as in middle school.
According to another study report by IBT, there are many reasons why teens are not having sex as early. One of the main reasons for female students not participating in intercourse is that “I am proud I can say no and mean it.” For males, it is “my current partner (or last) is (was) not willing.” This reasoning shows that female students are more empowered to say no and male students are more respectful to their wishes.
“Student [now] are under a lot more stressed than the previous generations,” said Sophia O’neal, a senior from John F. Kennedy High School. “They don’t have a lot of time to think about those kind of thing like sex and drugs. School is something that is important for me and I focus on it a lot.”
One thing to keep in mind is how much riskier the behaviors that teens participate in have increased. It comes down to quantity versus quality. Teens may be using less drugs now than the previous generation, but according to the San Diego Union Tribune, drugs like methamphetamine have gotten purer and deadlier in recent years.
This year for me has been accomplishing and exciting as I am approaching graduation and my time with Access Sacramento has come to an end. My time with Access Sacramento being a Neighborhood News Correspondent was amazing. Coming into this new experience I did, in fact, have some previous knowledge working in broadcasting from internships, and production assistant jobs. But my time as News Correspondent allowed me to gain hands-on experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else. As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you
As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you weave to be honest and truthful. The stories I have been able to tell throughout the city of Sacramento have been unbelievable. I underestimated the love and eagerness for engagement of the community people had for Sacramento. Every community event, free health clinic, or protest all demonstrated the unity and beauty of the people who live in these communities.
There have been many assignments that stood out for me throughout my eight months with Access Sacramento. However, there were two in particular that I will remember the most because they have turned out to be some of my best packages I have made. One of my first few assignments was an Oak Park Free Healthy Clinic. That day I watched hundreds of people show up in get support in getting free glasses, dental work, and medication. While I was there I interviewed so many people from attendees and staff. What surprised me the most was that people all over the world would volunteer to come help the people of the Sacramento area. It was a humbling experience and my job was to tell a story that highlighted this wonderful event. The second story I believe challenged my reporting skills due to the fact it was such a shocking story. My job was to cover a hate crime that took place on two local black businesses in the heart of Sacramento neighborhoods. The crime itself was shocking but, how the community responded touched my heart. The next day after the crime was committed local neighbors and businesses gathered in support of the victims by protesting and buying food in support of small black-owned businesses and demonstrating that this behavior won’t be tolerated.
With the guidance of the editor at Access Sacramento, I have learned so much about how to craft enticing social media chatter and how to be a better journalist. Going from a college intern to a respected Neighborhood News Correspondent was quite a leap, and I have found that publishing my work on a local platform is more rewarding than I could have guessed. I’m thankful for time and skill’s that I have gained at Access Sacramento. This program that Isaac Gonzalez runs is a rare platform for youth. This program allows young people the support hands-ons on skills that are needed to not only be successful within the broadcasting field but to also be a contributing member in society. As I move on to the next chapter in my life; I am confident in my skills and ability to conquer adversity thanks to the help of the Neighborhood News Correspondent position.
There are thousands and thousands of students within the Sacramento Unified School District. Thousand of voice calling for different things- but how are they make sure they being heard?
Many people say that the youth are the future of the nation. America has been known to place value on the education on young adults. However, many young people still do not exercise their right to vote, and some do not have interests in engaging the political climate of the country. That is probably one of the reasons why local high school students held an open mock debate at the Historic Sacramento City Hall recently. The event was hosted by the YMCA organization. The subjects they discussed were wide ranging from campaign finance to the health care system. The YMCA hopes that these debates will get the students into politics and participate in American democracy.
“Ninety-six percent of program alumni are registered to vote compared to only 60% of the general population,” says Amanda McCarthy, Executive Director of the Sacramento Central YMCA. With that data, it is not hard to see why the YMCA is doing this kind of mock debate for high school students. It provides an open door for students to engage in political issues and policy by taking nonpartisan stands in the debate. Many debaters have to prepare for both sides of the argument in case they were to call to promote or defend it. Highly crafted arguments were made by both sides of the debate to demonstrate the students skills and mastery in politics and understanding of complex legislations. They spent months researching and refining their talents for this presentation.
There were many audiences ranging from parents to interested people. They mass a crowd of over thirties to listen and be their audiences. Those adult take regular participation in the debate as to keep the student on their toes. The room was fully engaged each time a student come to speak on the subject. The program hopes that once the time comes, these students will exercise their political right.
The black plague has killed more than fifty million people. By conservative estimate, that would be one out of every ten American dead. But that was over six hundred years ago in Europe. Today is the modern world and many people have access to quality health care. America has abundances in food, so much so that people are dying from overeating. The scale of which can be considered unprecedented, very much like the black death.
Many organizations have called obesity an “epidemic” because a staggering one-third of American adult are obese. In a published study by RAND Health, obesity can be considered worse than smoking or poverty due to the magnitude of health problem it causes. People with obesity is linked to more chronic disease such as heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer. About three hundred thousand people died directly from obesity each year. That would be around thirty-four people dying every one hour. More death than influenza, pneumonia, and Alzheimer’s combined.
Many adults see obesity as a single problem with one consequence and one solution. You’re overweight because you’re eating too much. By being overweight, you’re not healthy and you can stop being overweight by eating healthier. This can be considered true to some extent, however, many experts agree that prevention is key. That is why more organization such as letsmove.gov , run by First Lady Michelle Obama, is teaching kid to eat healthier. In a recent interview with ASSET program manager at John F Kennedy high school, Chandler Cooper says “ We have a strict guideline to which we serve snacks to student”. Also, JFK high school cafeteria manager, Mrs. Frances say “The food we serve to kids are low fats, low sugars and contain certain things that they need. We can’t just cook whatever we want.”
Prevention at a young age is proven to be an effective tool to stop diseases as well as certain behavior. One such example would be the truth anti-smoking campaign which shows the danger of smoking as they really are. If the same thing can be applied to obesity, it could lead to less American dying from their own weight.
Hiram Johnson High School’s cafeteria supervisor Suzie Holquin has been disrespected before and she thinks it’s unfair and wants none of it.
“I want zero tolerance on it. We provide healthy meals for them and they get out of context,” Holquin said.
When students disrespect Holquin she responds calmly.
“I take it in calmly and listen to what the students say but if they don’t listen we call campus safety which has had to happen before.”
Holquin doesn’t like her coworkers feeling unsafe because of students showing disrespect towards her and her workers.
“I don’t want my ladies to be scared to serve students. I do have one lady who was scared for her life. I don’t find that fair when we serve students.”
There have been incidents where she actually had to call campus safety because of the student’s behavior.
“We had to call campus safety to pinpoint the students, they were spoken to and made to apologize,” Holquin says. “The student didn’t realize how bad he scared my employee.”
Holquin said students usually show disrespect towards them when the service is running slow. “If we’re not fast enough or if one of my employees can’t understand what the student is saying and have to continue to asking.”
Holquin wants students to know the lunch ladies try their best to serve them and they deserve respect.
“I feel like the student should treat us like their parents, and if my children acted that way I wouldn’t permit it, I don’t condone their disrespect whatsoever,” said Holquin.
By Nick Driscoll
Many high school baseball players dream about playing in college, but some aren’t able to do so without going to a junior college first. Some people may think that the junior college level isn’t as competitive as a four year college would be, but those people are wrong. The Solano Falcons baseball team at Solano Community College is one of the top programs around and a leading school for transferring athletes.
Being a full time athlete as well as a full time student is a lot of work and can be stressful. Each player is required to attend all of their classes each and every week, practice after class and on weekends, and participate in conditioning four days a week, and weight training three days a week. Athletes schedules are packed from morning until dusk every day from the beginning of fall ball until the end of the season in May. All the hard work that student-athletes put in are for their goals of getting out and transferring on to the next level of college baseball.
In order for junior college players to be able to play at the next level they must perform not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. Grades of ‘C’ or better in classes are required as well as weekly progress reports from teachers. Being a student is a student-athletes first priority to success.
Things tend be rough on the two year journey to transferring to the higher levels of baseball because as you keep going up, so does the work and competition. Practice becomes more intense and competitive because players are fighting for that starting spot on the field. If you perform well in practice, you’ll play in games and have a higher opportunity to get scouted and moved up to the next level at a four year college.
Transferring to the next level of baseball will be rewarding with hard work. Serious players treat every baseball practice with the intent that you are still trying to make the team so you always give it one hundred and ten percent. Being a junior college student-athlete makes players work hard because they know that nothing will be given to them, what you put into it, is what you’ll get out of it.
by Doc School Students
Short film – Story of a foster family.
The Doc School is an innovative youth media program for high school students in Sacramento, California. Each year, Doc School students develop, produce, and distribute more than twenty short documentaries which make a tremendous impact in our community. For more information go to www.DocumentaryFoundation.org