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February publication of the NHP Chariot Newspaper

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  • Guarding Against Gunsby Christopher Pak In the past few months, school shootings have been major areas of concern for thousands of people across the United States. The most recent and devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementa-ry School has made that fact even more eminent. These incidents have caused many educational administrators to reconsider their policy on whether schools should implement school guards with concealed firearms to counter any possible future shootings. According to the National Center for Educa-tion Statistics, approximately 68% of all public high schools in the U.S. have armed security staff on campus. This per-centage is currently growing in light of recent events. Due to recent events, many are under the notion that gun policies

    can have strict boundaries over-night. Despite the voices of many who are against the utilization of guns, such as the Coalition for Gun Control, there are also those who immensely support the freedom to bear arms, such as the National Rifle Association. As a result of the clash of distinct viewpoints and perspectives, many Americans agree they, as a nation, have yet to actually come to an effective solution. One side of the gun issue consists of activists who support the implementation of school guards with concealed firearms. I understand why some people would support school guards hav-ing firearms. These people want to make schools a safe place for us

    students, said Nithin Sunilkumar. On the contrary, there are those other activists who are against the idea of having school guards carry concealed firearms. Many people with this perspective believe that there is not really a need for a school to have firearm protection. Why would we even need guns in the first place? In our neighborhood, there has never been anything that is even close to a shooting, said junior Anson Varughese. However, the number of

    people who support arms in school outweighs the number of people who are against the idea. Thus, Americans rising desire for defensive arms in schools places a further burden on security guards, many of whom are not trained in the use of firearms. If we suddenly have guards with guns in the building, what would most likely happen is confusion and anxiety which is not needed. This may inhibit the productivity of the school environment instead of improving it, said junior Dhaval Shah. Furthermore, the costs of firearms is unrealistic with our constant budget cuts. Our budgets are already being slashed. Honestly, we do not even have the

    proper funding for some of our clubs, and at this time, it seems highly unlikely that there would be enough financial support for this kind of policy. said senior Diane Choi. Statistics also show that edu-cational facilities that had armed guards still had shootings. Lets look at the two major shootings in the past, Virginia Tech and Columbine High School. Both schools had armed security guards who were unable to protect the school, which showed that armed

    guards arent always a guarantee of safety, said senior Josh Johnikutty. Because there are no standards for a perfect solution to this gun conflict, many people say that this issue will always remain volatile. They also argue that the United States should quickly reach an agreement to reconcile the dis-

    parity of two opposing arguments, and increase the protection of our school to some extent. If we had actually more minor weapons such as tasers, then I would feel much more comfortable than if there were people with guns in the building, said Math teacher Ms. Kurian. Others believe that arming security guards is an unneeded and unnecessary safety risk. Many security guards dont even have training in firearms. Arming them places the responsibility of school safety entirely on their backs, which is a dangerous situation to be in. And as Columbine and Vir-ginia Tech have shown us, it is not always an effective solution to arm guards, said senior Aakash Japi.

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  • In This Issue

    ................... .............. ............. .......... ................. ...............................Staff

    Editors-in-Chiefs:Diane Choi, Abin Thannickal

    Web/Layout Designer:Tomasz Pietruszka

    Copy Editors:Josh Johnikutty, Aakash Japi

    News: Harvinder Bassi, Michael Lopez,

    Haley Spielberg

    Features:Christina Lorper, Rebecca Lewis,

    Ryan Maharaj

    Sports:Tim Foley, Qusai Thanawala

    Entertainment:Renjini Antony, Zayneb Almiggabber,

    Teresa Lo

    Student Life: Allison Bauer, Fabiha Khalid,

    Nithin Sunilkumar

    Business Managers: Teena Thomas, Sabrina Mammen

    Staff Photographers:Disha Mirchandani, Eamonn Lennon

    Publicity Coordinators:Cinita Cyriac, Jane Thomas

    Columnist:Andrew Valentin

    Cartoonist:Priyanka Algu

    Advisor:Mr. Stencel

    Reporters:

    Jerryl Abraham, Shawn Abraham, Ancy Alex-ander, Stacy Chirayath, Samip Dehliwala,

    Charlie Hinz, Divia Joseph, Eve Kaczmarcyk, Sheikh Muizz, Chris Pak, Marissa Pino, Paige Senk, Nicholas Sieban, Sudeep Sureshbabu, Mathews Thankachan, Jenny Thomas, Shannon

    Thomas, Teena Thomas

    1-5 7 8-9 10 11-13 14-16 18-20

    News Editorials Student Life Inquiring Minds Features Entertainment Sports

    PRESIDENTS LETTERMy fellow gladiators, I hope everyone is having a great year so far and I hope that you are starting the New Year off with high expectations. I hope that the remainder of the school year continues to be a memorable experience for all. Winter Sports are coming to a close and signups for spring sports are already beginning. I hope that all of our winter athletes had great seasons and I know that you have all represented New Hyde Park with the utmost respect and pride while playing your sport. Id like to wish all of the lacrosse, baseball, track, tennis and all other athletic teams playing in the spring good luck! On Wednesday February 27th, make sure to come to Carey High School and support your New Hyde Park Gladiators while they compete in District Sports Night! Your support is crucial to our victory. I would like to thank those of you who participated in the District music festival. It show-cased the brilliant talent that gladi-ators can display. It was a shining moment for the school and a memorable moment for all. In early January, the student council held a student congress meeting, where we discussed the problems the school faces and how we can solve them. Topics such as the time the lights go on outside, school lunch and the heat were brought up. Along with the track, sports fields and issues with the bathroom and gym. We also had a speaker who was from Island Har-vest, she discussed the problems many people on Long Island faced. We collected money to support their causes across the state. Later that week the Student Council along with the Presidents of the clubs and grades had a meeting with the superintendent. During this meeting we learned that by the end of the school year, our school will have wifi through-out the building and during

    the summer, the school track is scheduled to be refurbished. These changes will hopefully please both the students and the staff. If you have any suggestions for the school or see any problems you can write it on a piece of paper and put it in the suggestion box in room 150 or mention it to any members of the student coun-cil. We are happy to listen to your concerns and will try to a great extent to make it happen. Senior year has been fantas-tic and we have all grown closer together, however we still have an entire semester before graduation. We also still have many great things left to do in school, like trips and prom. These last five months together will go by fast, so lets enjoy the time we have left to-gether at this great school. I hope that these last few months will be the most memorable of your lives. Senior week truly showed the creativity of the senior class. With so many diverse costumes, a day of seeing double, a day of rest, and teacher day, it was a truly memorable experience that I hope all the seniors will carry with them as they prepare for college. It is these memories that will keep us together no matter what path in life we may take. Upcoming events that I hope all students participate in include the ICC night, in March. During ICC night, the Red Cross Club will be holding a bone marrow drive. Participants must be 18 or older. It is a perfect opportunity to give back while enjoying a night of culture. The Spring blood drive is approaching quickly as well, so please come out to support the school. The blood drive will go to benefit local blood banks and hospitals. On a final note, I hope that you all have a great winter break. We are halfway to the end of the school year. Keep up the great work!

    Your President,

    Jonathan Chambers

  • by Rebecca LewisI was afraid going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict ban-ning all girls from attending schools. Malala Yousafzai If the Taliban had told you that you were banned from attending school because of your race or gender, what would you do? Would you stand and fight for your education, putting your life on the line, or would you just let things be? 15 year old Malala Yousafzai chose to fight, and risked her life in the process. Malala is a schoolgirl and activist in Mingora, a town in the Swat District of Pakistan, a region that is largely controlled by the Taliban and home to much vio-lence. In 2008, the Taliban banned girls in Swat from attending school. While many dropped out in fear or moved, Malala stayed because she believ