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― Mohandas Ghandi
― Mohandas Ghandi
Student Attempts Suicide in School Stairwell
by Jocelyn Sung '1`9
Warning: This story contains sensitive information regarding an attempted suicide. Reader’s discretion is advised.
As Kevin was heading to school the morning of Thursday, November 30th, he could tell something terrible had happened. Police cars raced past him on the street, their sirens disturbing the morning quiet as they sped through the traffic lights. It wasn’t until Glenda Dawson High School came into view that he realized the source of the commotion was centered there.
The entire front of the sprawling building was lined with police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks. The cobalt blue and crimson red lights illuminated the brick exterior, and both student and parent gawked at the scene with perplexed expressions. Kevin and his mom were no exception.
They drove around to the back of the school, where he was dropped off. He crossed the threshold of the door, unknowingly entering the hallway where it had happened: the attempted suicide of a student.
The PA system crackled to life. All that was asked was for the students to converge in the cafeteria. Kevin entered to a flurry of whispers as rumors circulated among the confused students. It was then that he first heard about what happened from one of his classmates: someone had tried hanging themselves from the stairwell.
The student was discovered by a passing faculty member. They immediately called for help, and two gym teachers rushed over. Working together, the both of them managed to lift the student from the noose. They performed CPR on them, and phoned the police. The paramedics arrived, and the student was then airlifted to a hospital in Houston.
After the student was flown away, the others resumed their classes. It wasn’t until sixth period that the principal made an announcement over the PA system. Kevin and his peers were told that the student had arrived in Houston, was alive, but remained in critical condition.
Until then, the school had believed they died.
Although it’s impossible to say exactly why the student had decided to attempt suicide, Kevin believes that a possible reason was because of “family situations and academic factors.” Glenda Dawson High School is an incredibly academically competitive school. Its students often rank themselves based on their accumulative GPA, and Kevin himself has often stressed over his 4.6 GPA “not being good enough.”
Whatever the reason, we are truly hoping for the physical, mental, and emotional recovery of the student, as for anyone else who might be experiencing the same feelings as they are.
If you feel alone, lost, or hurt, this is true: you will not stand by yourself, you will be found, and your pain will heal. If you need advice, or for someone to simply listen, please contact either the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the GHS’s So Be It! advice column at https://ghsambush.weebly.com/bengal-community. You are loved, and we will do our best to provide you with the help you need.
Reduction of Bears Ears Monument
by Christina Maldonado '19
President Barack Obama made Bears Ears a monument by using the a century old law known as the Antiquities Act; it grants presidents the authority to set aside landmarks and “other objects or scientific interest.” President Trump wants to reduce the size of Bears Ears, but there has been no word on what the land will be used for. In an interview on December first, Antonio Ramirez, SR. Public Information Officer shared the significance of Bears Ears and it’s connection with the five native tribes.
Christina Maldonado: Could you explain how the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument will affect the Navajo Nation?
Ramirez: Currently the Navajo Nation are a part of an inter-tribal coalition to manage the land. The designation President Obama gave the rights to manage all of Bears Ears with other groups. It is very important to us because there are sacred sites, traditional sites that are valuable to Navajos, Hopis, Zunis, and the two Ute tribes. With the reduction, it will take it down 80% to 85% of reduction, so we will have less say over our sacred land we’ve been fighting years to protect.
Maldonado: President Russell Begaye referred Bears Ears as a place where the people gather herbs, plants, and a place of sacredness, so would these actions still function when the size is reduced?
Ramirez: That depends on what happens to land, because we are not managing it, it’s not going to be up to the Navajo Nation to say yes or no. It’s going to be up to the state of Utah to decide and they could open it up to oil,different kinds of drilling, or they could just leave it how it is, but that’s not clear on what they plan to do with it. With us, if we manage the land we will continue to allow it to be used for sacred sites and to protect it. There have been areas that have been desecrated by people who live there, or people in general because it was not been protected.
Maldonado: How does the reduction of Bears Ears affects you personally?
Ramirez: I think it is something that we’ve really fought for and that it is important to the tribe as a whole. I don’t live in Utah, but I also don’t live in the former Better Freeze Arearea or the Checkerboard Region, but when we make improvements to those regions and strength are ties and are culture there. I think it benefits Navajo as a whole, going forward and we want to build a Navajo Nation that’s going to last for a long time. We say we’re building a nation to last for a millennia and to do that, we need to continue to work towards improving the Navajo Nation, whether if it affects each individual directly or indirectly, and I think that is why it's important to me.
President Trump dramatically reduced the size of national monument, Bears Ears by eighty-five percent in Utah on December fourth. The reduction of Bears Ears may set off a legal battle that could put other existing monuments at risk, because they could possibly be used for mining, logging, gas and oil extraction. Republican lawmakers, fossil fuel companies and other perceive President Trump's decision as a victory. Utah’s leading politicians have long pushed for more local control. Two-thirds of the land is controlled by the federal government. This action was not an unexpected surprise, but it is something to be aware of and be alert of what might happen next.
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