September 20, 2017

WHS keeps current security policy

by Megan Provost, Asst. Focus Editor WHS has not made any drastic changes in security since the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “There haven’t really been any changes since the shootings. Everything is the same: we just need to be alert and pay attention,” Annette Ambrus, security guard, said. Current security procedures include the Identisys program, used when visitors enter the building. “Visitors need a state I.D. with a picture that we put through a scanner, which uses Identysis to check if the person is a sex offender or has any other offences,” Judy “Mama”  Kraus, security guard, said….

WHS takes action by cancelling annual winter assembly

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief The annual winter holiday assembly was canceled this year due to the recent scare of the Sandy Hook shooting and student rumors of weapon threats on Twitter. “It was because of the context during that time. With the devastating incident in Newtown, Conn.; it really had the effect of putting everyone on edge across the country,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. According to Dr. Lopez, students at WHS and neighboring schools were tweeting and creating a threat to the school. “This was not the real case, but everyone was still in a heightened sense of fear,”…

Value of school emerges through Sandy shooting

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor When many of us think of school, we think of detentions, early mornings and homework. We focus on the negative aspects of school rather than on the good. This week, our nation has been heartbroken by the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  As of press time, there have been 28 confirmed deaths, including the shooter and his mother.  Unfortunately, there were 27 innocent people who woke up hoping for another fun-filled day of school, yet they were tragically silenced. School is supposed to be a safe haven for students and…