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The lead news story discussed changes to Grady's security procedures in the wake of the self-inflicted accidental shooting on Feb. 28. Joe Lavine implores the Grady community to address the fundamental cultural divisions that exist within the student body. The centerspread feature considers "the high school dropout dilemma," its causes and possible solutions. Former S'ner managing editor Matt Westmoreland launches a bid to replace Cecily Harsch Kinnane on the school board, and Kinnane announces that she will not seek re-election. Our back sports page gives you a primer on what spring athletes you should watch this season.


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    Miles Barreto is a member of a group of freshmen who bike to school each day. For them, biking is more than just a mode of transportationits a lifestyle.

    The Grady Gearbox Gangstaz, known as G3, competed in the 2013 FIRST Palmetto Regional competition and received accolades and awards.

    Seventeen APS-owned buildings, each valued at millions of dollars, sit unused, creating an eyesore for those in their surrounding communities.

    Ponce de Leon dessert hot spot HoneyBubble appeals to Grady students and the Poncey-Highland community alike with bubble tea.

    By Troy KleBer

    Last May, Grady alum Nally Kinnane sat among her graduat-ing class anxiously anticipating the conclusion of the cere-mony. Before she could leave, however, Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, her mother and APS board member for Gradys district, had to formally certify the graduation of her class. Harsch-Kinnane was already crying when she arrived at the podium.

    Harsch-Kinnane said her emotions resulted partly because her daughter was graduating but more so because its hard to see a class graduate, always.

    Its an unbelievably emotional thing, Harsch-Kinnane said. I know its supposed to be an exciting thing and a happy thing, but to me its a very sad goodbye to a group of people who are very important to me.

    For the last eight years, Harsch-Kinnane has been serving APS students as the board member for District 3, which contains Grady and Alonzo Crim High School as well as all their feeder schools. Soon, however, it will be time for APS to say goodbye to Harsch-Kinnane since she has announced her intention not to run for a third term. Her last day on the job will be Dec. 31.

    After spending two terms of four years each on the board, Harsch-Kinnane sees it as the right time to step down. Dur-ing her tenure, she worked through projects such as the transformation of high schools into small learning com-munities, the dismissals of APS employees after an investi-gation into standardized test erasures, the hiring of a new superintendent, the resolution of conflict between board members, the reinstatement of full accreditation to APS

    see HARSCH-KINNANE, page 7

    After two terms, board member declines re-election

    CHANGES FOLLOWING GUN SCAREBy J.D. CapelouTo anD Quinn MulhollanD

    Every morning, a long line of students extends from the entrance of the caf-eteria as students funnel through metal detectors, and their bags are checked before be-ginning the school day. This process is all part of the modified security procedure at Grady that has been implemented following the two recent school shootings within the district.

    Senior Jenny Moody, however, never takes part in this measure when she enters school.

    Moody arrives at Grady late every day be-cause she dual enrolls during first period. Since she arrives during a transition phase, Moody merges with the large crowds of students mov-ing to their second-period classes.

    I usually just walk up to the entrance near the courtyard, Moody said. I never have to go through the cafeteria or the metal detectors.

    Currently, students such as Moody who arrive late do not go through security checks when entering the school.

    At a community meeting at Grady on Feb. 28, APS director of security Marquenta Sands

    identified this ability for students to circum-vent the security process as a serious issue since it allows students to enter campus un-monitored, one factor that contributed to the incident on Feb. 27 in which a Grady senior brought a gun onto campus.

    Because of the issues highlighted by this inci-dent, Sands and Grady principal Vincent Mur-ray both said policy changes are in the works for Grady. They are not yet certain, however, how exactly the change will occur.

    Sands and Murray have identified two major gaps in the security procedures that allow students to bypass security: tardy stu-dents and students who, because of the loca-tion of their first-period classes, do not en-ter school through the cafeteria. Sands and Murray both said they are looking into ways to fix these gaps.


    Currently, teachers perform the morning bag checks and work the metal detectors.

    Murray said two weeks before the incident, teachers were re-trained with respect to searching students bags for weapons and using the metal detectors. Even so, Latin teacher Scott Allen said he does not feel comfortable doing the security checks since the recent training was the first time he was taught how to perform metal-detector duty.

    I was trained to be a teacher; I dont know anything about being a security guard, Al-len said. I wouldnt feel adequately trained until I did metal-detector duty for a couple of days with an officer there to show me ex-actly what I am supposed to do.

    Junior Marie Godiers does not think teachers should be the ones checking bags.

    There are a lot of duties and qualifica-tions involved in securing our school, and teachers just arent trained to do that, Godi-ers said. If we are really concerned about security then we should invest in people that actually know what theyre doing.

    see COMMUNITY, page 6


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    Food group aids poor Georgians, farmers marketsBy Darriea ClarK

    What if you could help local farmers prosper and fight urban poverty at the same time?

    Thats exactly what Wholesome Wave Georgia is all about. Since 2009, Wholesome Wave Georgia has been offering food stamp recipients double the value of their benefits when used at select farmers markets.

    Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit organization, strives to build a connection between local, sustainable agriculture and communities that suffer from poverty. Their goal is a more vibrant and equitable food system for all people.

    Judith Winfrey and Gina Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch brought this idea to Georgia.

    Georgias Wholesome Wave is different than the Wholesome Wave programs in other states because in most states, Wholesome Wave is not a statewide campaign. In other states, individ-ual markets chose to partner with Wholesome Wave. Georgia organizers created Wholesome Wave Georgia and formed a network of mar-kets ranging from Rock Spring to Bluffton to Tifton to Savannah.

    Wholesome Wave Georgia relies entirely on private funding, beginning with donations from the Ellis Hotel in 2009. They also col-lect donations from individuals, families and through fundraising at events. The funding is then distributed to farmers markets.

    When a food stamp card is swiped at the market information booth, the market manag-er or volunteer exchanges the food stamp card swipe for twice the value in wooden tokens. The tokens are used as if they were cash.

    In 2012, there were about 115,000 swipes. The average swipe was valued to be $18.50.

    see PROGRAM, page 16

    STUNNED STUDENTS: Kids walk to class after the shooting. The gun was recovered from the grass area near the practice gym.

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    Editor-in-Chief: Isabelle TaftManaging Editors: Sammi Dean, Troy KleberAssociate Managing Editor: Diana PowersDesign Editors: Lauren Ogg, Gracie WhiteNews Editors: Olivia Kleinman, Olivia VeiraComment Editors: Rachel Citrin, Alex Stearns-BernhartDouble-truck Editor: Carson Shadwell Lifestyle Editors: Jolie Jones, Hunter RustA+E Editors: Grace Power, Megan Prendergast

    Marks, Rebecca Martin, Caroline Morris, Quinn Mulholland, Axel Olson, Allison Rapoport, Ben Searles, Ryan Switzer, Olivia Volkert, Josh Weinstock, Alex WolfeAdvisers: Kate Carter, Dave WinterThe Southerner, a member of GSPA, SIPA, CSPA and NSPA, is a monthly student publication of: Henry W. Grady High School 929 Charles Allen Drive NE,Atlanta, GA 30309

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    The incident that occurred on Feb. 27 was one that no one ever thought would happen. The good thing that came out of it, however, was the response of our overly criticized administration. While ru-mors were flying, they responded diligently in an orderly fashion. Not only were they able to assure that all students were safely locked in their classrooms, but they also were able to respond gracefully to the concerns of frantic parents, media and the APD.

    Given the circumstances, our administration did the best job they could to calm students and deal with the incident effectively. A lot of parents have come forth criticizing the administration for what they believe is a lack of security. Given the scarce resources and the open architecture of Grady it is almost impossible to eliminate the risk of a student bringing a weapon to schoolunless we want to detract from education by implementing an unrealistic security standard.

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