Category Archives: OMG Controversy!

My Ethical Dilemma – Privacy and its Unwritten Rules

Privacy-Rights1To what extent is a private moment private? With so many cameras and phones around, pictures and videos have become a much larger part of our lives than before. Candid photos are taken, goofy videos are recorded, and then many of them are put on the Internet, or at least shared with friends. But do you think that you should still have control over what people see and what remains private in your life? Two of my good friends are currently in a fight because of the lax rules our society has surrounding photo privacy. For the sake of privacy (ironically) we will call them Bell and Bae.

Bell is my very best friend, and she has been for several years. We are always together, think with one mind and find each other hilarious. I can’t imagine my life without Bell. She recently started dating someone and he’s a pretty okay guy. They bonded over photos and so he has seen almost all of the horrible photos she has of me on her phone. Needless to say I wasn’t very happy about this, things like bad selfies and me making weird faces aren’t really things I want shown to anyone but her. But because I dislike confrontation I tried to repress my annoyance and move on with my life, which I did. Up until now… Continue reading

When Global Warming Ruins Your Weekend


This weekend I was supposed to be skiing, but instead I am at home, angrily typing into a computer. Now you may ask: why am I not skiing with my family this weekend? Answer: because there’s no snow!!! And why is there no snow? I’m thinking it might be because of our ever thinning ozone layer and the gradual warming of the globe. This weekend I was supposed to take my best friend in the world up to a ski lodge I have been going to since I was a little kid, but I can’t.

Because skiing this weekend was canceled due to the fact that there is NO SNOW.

Did you know that 9 of the 10 hottest years on record have been in the 2000’s?  I found that out recently and it’s very distressing.  Global warming is a real problem, I know that it’s something most of us try to ignore a lot of the time, but the fact of the matter is we can’t do that any more.  This is an issue that literally will not go away.  We aren’t getting any more ozone back; it isn’t something we can rebuild. The earth isn’t going to become less polluted over time. This is a kind of problem where the only thing we can do is try to slow or stop the damage before it gets any worse.

Now I’m no scientist, and I don’t think I’m the person who’s going to solve the bigger crisis, but it’s the little things you can do. Things like unplugging chargers, walking a few more places, turning off lights, consuming less, I know these don’t seem like big things, but imagine if everyone did them!  So next time you’re hoping for a snow day, maybe remember that we might not have many of those left.

P.S. Please don’t drink bottled water.  Seriously, why would you do that?  We live in the Pacific Northwest.  Bottled water wishes it tasted as good as our water. Just stop.

An Inconvenient Truth

Bag It

–Grace, 17, Greenwood


Hunger Games: Dystopian or Current Events?

hungergames What does a popular teen dystopian novel and current events have in common? From many people’s perspective, none, because the definition of dystopian is that it is society that is rebuilt/rebuilding from disaster or chaos caused by its citizens and where the people are oppressed greatly by their government and have very limited communication with people outside of their community. But what if what is happening right now in places like the Middle East and even in our own country, is what will cause our nations to submit to a limited way of life like in the Hunger Games, Divergent, or even older dystopian novels like 1984, and Fahrenheit 451.

This is a scary thought, but it’s an interesting topic to ponder about as well. When Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, the citizens where mourning his death and were peacefully protesting before members of the SWAT team were sent over to detain them, but that backfired and created the violence that we see in the news today. Citzens with a curfew set, a no fly zone put on Ferguson, and the fact that limited coverage on this issue is on the news, how does this not look like a page in the Hunger Games?

Therese, Teen Blogger, Magnolia Branch


Editorial: Darren Wilson should be in jail

ferguson statsAugust 9,2014. Ferguson, Missouri. 18-year-old unarmed African-American Michael Brown is shot by white police officer Darren Wilson 6 times, killing him. Peaceful protests took place before police in riot gear were sent out to contain the citizens of Ferguson with rubber bullets and tear gas. Others outside of the area turned to social media to get updated on the situation, because news crew were not allowed into Ferguson, and to express their angered thoughts as well.

On November 24, 2014, about 100 days after the shooting, Darren Wilson is: declared not guilty, paid $400k, and off on a honeymoon with his wife, leaving many (including myself) who wanted Darren Wilson in jail because his decision to shoot an unarmed teenager who did not even show any brutality towards the officer, but instead put his hands up and pleaded “Dont shoot,” stunned and angered. This past weekend, Darren Willson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department because he was told that keeping his job would put many others at risk, not just himself. While I am glad that he no longer has the power of authority anymore, the fact that he is still a free man while the cells of our country are filled with indiviuals with much pettier crimes than shooting an an unarmed teenager is quite disturbing. We are a nation looked up to by many developing countries and when they see that we let police officers kill unarmed people of color like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and many more, they start to wonder whether or not they should model their nation after us.

Ferguson picMany current pictures of Ferguson are starting to look like the Civil Rights movement from the 50’s and 60’s, which makes me wonder: Are we going to repeat history?

The Difference Between Us

City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative: RSJI

–Therese, Teen Blogger, Magnolia


The Next Big War – Climate Change

polarbearice The one that most of us don’t even know is happening.

Climate change, which is also sometimes called Global Warming, is something that has been happening for generations. The warning signs have been there but a lot of us have chosen to ignore it. It’s the next big war, a monster that we, humans, have created and now must fight. So… Continue reading

Banned Books: Licton Springs K-8 at Lake City

Celebrate our freedom to read!

7th and 8th grade students from Licton Springs K-8 School will be reading aloud selections from banned and challenged books at the Lake City Branch on Monday, October 6th at 6 pm.

Book selections include excerpts from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Geography Club by Brent Hartinger, Bone by Jeff Smith, Wild Swans by Jung Chang, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, and It Gets Better by Dan Savage.

Please join us!

Doctors Shouldn’t Give You Shots!

201312 Denny_MS_flier_croppedDenny International Middle School partnered with The Seattle Public Library and other local organizations to publish student writing in the community.  This is one of the best expository essays submitted:

Doctors Shouldn’t Give You Shots

Do you hate shots?  I do.  If my mom or dad tells me it’s time to go to the doctor I won’t even get in the car.  I don’t think doctors should give you shots at all.  When I think about shots I just think about needles all around me.  They hurt, they are scary, and they have other substitutes for them!  Doctors just shouldn’t give you shots.

One reason doctors shouldn’t give you shots is because they hurt.  Specifically, it’s like they are stabbing you with a tiny knife!  I mean, no one really wants to be stabbed!  This shows that doctors shouldn’t give you a shot because they hurt.

Similar to the fact that shots hurt, they are also very scary.  What I mean is that they are piercing your flesh with a tiny knife and injecting stuff into you!  Scary, right?  And gross!  For example, I have to get surgery in January for my teeth and they are going to give me a shot in my elbow to make me pass out.  Also, I don’t understand why they call them shots.  That is literally like getting shot with a gun!  I mean that just makes it even scarier!  This proves that shots are scary and doctors shouldn’t give you them.

My final reason that doctors shouldn’t give you shots is because they have substitutes.  To illustrate, they have other things they can give you, like nasal spray.  And with all of today’s modern medicine they should be able to give you pills, right?  For example, my friend went to the doctor and he got nasal spray instead of a shot.  This proves that doctors shouldn’t give you shots and should give you nasal spray or pills.

In conclusion, doctors shouldn’t give you shots because they hurt, they are scary, and they have substitutes.  So next time you go get a shot tell your doctor about this and maybe they will stop giving you shots and start giving you a spray or a pill.

–Natalie, Southwest, Teen Blogger