The banning of books limits students’ knowledge about history

By Michel Baez-Vargas, Clarion Staff Reporter The banning of books has always been a controversial topic, and recently with the well known graphic novel, Maus, by Art Spiegelman.  Maus, first published in 1980, is a nonfiction story set during the Holocaust with Jews depicted as mice and Nazis as cats.  According to McMinn’s County Board of Education Meeting on January 10th, 2022, in Tennessee this … Continue reading The banning of books limits students’ knowledge about history

Opinion: Split lunch equals split school

By Gerardo Lopez, Clarion Staff Reporter In 2019, John F Kennedy High School introduced two separate lunches due to an excessive amount of fights at that time. While the separate lunches seem to have reduced fights and given everyone a chance at getting lunch by shortening the lunch lines, they also caused problems such as separating students from their friends, disrupting club schedules and causing … Continue reading Opinion: Split lunch equals split school

Human trafficking in Sacramento

By Lily Rusk, Clarion Editor in Chief and Nikole Farina, Clarion Staff Reporter Human trafficking is not an otherworldly term to us teenagers, yet teens aged 11-14 are at a higher risk to be sexually exploited and are not educated nearly enough. From a young age, we are taught about the dangers of the outside world.  We are told about “stranger danger”, and to be … Continue reading Human trafficking in Sacramento

The problem with vigilantism

By Lily Rusk, Clarion Co-Editor in Chief Vigilantism is a prevalent concept dominating pop culture. Vigilantes are typically depicted as “heroes” doing what is necessary when a bureaucratic system fails to get things done. It is not difficult to perpetuate this story line when much of the nation is dissatisfied with the government. However, it is important to look at this concept as a whole … Continue reading The problem with vigilantism

Restrictions on websites in SCUSD

By Gerardo Lopez, Clarion Staff Reporter The Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and other districts around the nation have programs such as GoGuardian, Cisco Umbrella and Lightspeed Relay Systems to keep students safe from harmful websites. You can see all of these programs on your extensions at the top right of your browser window. These programs are meant to prevent things like phishing, malware … Continue reading Restrictions on websites in SCUSD

Opinion: Senioritis is present, and more than laziness

By Lailah Gladney, Clarion Managing Editor As this time-paradox of a school year is somehow quickly and slowly coming to an end, there’s an undeniable shift in my mind, as a senior. I’ve committed to my college, am nearing my AP exams, and have ordered my cap and gown. The future is at the forefront of my mind more than ever, while the present (school … Continue reading Opinion: Senioritis is present, and more than laziness

Should JFK have off-campus lunch?

By JonPaul Yee, Clarion Staff Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch from home, however, many students find themselves asking the school, “Why can’t we go home for lunch?” or “Why can’t I go to the nearest food place and bring it back to school for lunch?”  This raises the question whether John F Kennedy should allow their students to have off-campus lunch/outside food. … Continue reading Should JFK have off-campus lunch?

Opinion: Guns need to be harder to obtain

By Lily Rusk, Clarion Editor in Chief  Recent events, including the mass shooting on April 3 in downtown Sacramento, raise the question of what policies are best to deal with gun violence in the U.S. Warring ideas on how to cope with gun violence give way to organizations that perpetuate widespread misinformation to achieve a certain agenda. After the recent shooting tragedy in the capital … Continue reading Opinion: Guns need to be harder to obtain

Kennedy Students and Teachers Opinions on the Pledge of Allegiance

By Emma Bailey, Clarion Staff Reporter  Students have recited the Pledge of Allegiance in schools across the country since it was first written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, and it has had multiple revisions since. At Kennedy High School in recent years, fewer numbers of students have been standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.        Kelsey Riley, a Molecular Biology and AP Biology teacher at Kennedy, … Continue reading Kennedy Students and Teachers Opinions on the Pledge of Allegiance