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Kirkwood High School student newspaper

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The Kirkwood Call

Johnson attended the Riverview Gardens School District (RGSD) kindergarten through 9th grade, and transferred to KSD his sophomore year of high school. 

The blessing of bussing

Anna Dalziel, features writer October 12, 2022

Aiming his spotlight toward the stage, Rory Johnson observes the velvety-red curtains slide open. Music begins to play, echoing through the theater. Johnson smiles as he watches his friends prance onto...

Currently, 11.7% of the kids in KSD are Black, 5.8% are multiracial and 76.3% are white.

The road to diversity

Kylie Madden, features + in-depth editor October 11, 2022

Fifty years ago, Minnie Liddell and four other parents of Black St. Louis city school students went to federal court, alleging that their schools were inferior to those in white neighborhoods. This was...

The term sex discrimination in Missouri was updated in 2019.

In-depth: Expanding the definition

Lydia Drake, features writer April 1, 2022

Harold Lampley has helped change what the term “sex discrimination” means in Missouri. In 2019, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that employers can no longer discriminate against employees who do not...

“[Fashion is] a means to express myself,” Ezra Birman, senior, said. “I can’t imagine a world where I didn’t dress like this.”
Art by Ally Hudson

In-depth: Clothing ≠ gender

Kailey Shirrell, social media editor March 30, 2022

In the 10th century Persian men used to wear high heels to keep their shoes in their stirrups, and in the 1920s pink was the perfect color for boys, as a softer version of the masculine color red. Harry...

In-depth: Pink is for girls

Kylie Madden, features writer March 30, 2022

Girls like pink. Girls should play with dolls. Girls are not interested in STEM. Girls are emotional. Girls should be thin and beautiful.  All of these descriptions are female stereotypes, according...

In-depth: Blue is for boys

Bella Ruzicka, features writer March 30, 2022

Boys like blue. Boys should play with trucks and roughhouse. Boys shouldn’t wear dresses. Boys don’t cry. Boys should be aggressive to prove their manliness.  These are items listed by the Gender...

The U.S. is eighth out of 64 developed nations for homicides by guns, two American territories take the first and second place, according to Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

In-depth: Gun violence: an American story

Elizabeth Niedringhaus, features writer February 15, 2022

More than 39,000 people are killed every year due to gun violence in America. The U.S. is a world leader in military and economic power, but has more gun violence than other developed nations, according...

After Justice Johnsons death in 2019, the KHS community continues to grapple with the ongoing issue of gun violence.

In-depth: The weight of a bullet

Emma Patt, features writer February 11, 2022

Fifteen thousand meters per second: the speed a bullet takes to hit its target after being fired. This speed can be the deciding factor between life or death. The KHS community experienced this tragedy...

There were 188 homicide victims in St. Louis during 2015, the highest yearly toll the city had seen in two decades, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department records. Since then, St. Louis homicide rates have yet to dip below that of 2015, reaching the highest rate of 87.2 per 100,000 people in 2020, or 263 homicides in total.

In-depth: The gateway to gun violence

Nathan Sweeney, features + in-depth editor February 11, 2022

A school resource officer escorts her toward her mother’s car, where her family sits in silence. A few minutes ago, she was in band class. Now, she watches her mother’s tear-soaked eyes and somber...

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