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The Kirkwood Call

Kirkwood High School student newspaper

The Kirkwood Call

Kirkwood High School student newspaper

The Kirkwood Call

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...

TKC sat down with three different people: a high school senior, a gifted specialist and a college counselor.

In-depth: Roundtable Q&A: standardized testing

Alli Luth, features writer January 7, 2022

TKC sat down with three different people: a high school senior, a gifted specialist and a college counselor. They each shared their thoughts and experiences about standardized testing and test-optional...

After the COVID-19 pandemic affected standardized testing opportunities, a permanent future with test-optional college applications is possible.

In-depth: A test-optional future

Mya Copeland, features + in-depth editor January 6, 2022

After three hours of staring at the tiny bubbles on a Scantron sheet, even a good student can start to go cross-eyed. Taking the ACT or SAT is a time-consuming process, especially for those taking tutoring...

In 2021, our staff covered several important topics from body positivity to racial injustice.

Top five in-depth stories of 2021

TKC Staff December 29, 2021

Every year, TKC attempts to delve in-depth into relevant issues to the student body. In 2021, our staff covered several important topics from body positivity to racial injustice. Listed below are the top...

Ted Drewes has faced hiring struggles due to COVID-19 and the return to school.

In-depth: COVID, classes, concretes

Mya Copeland, features + in-depth editor December 12, 2021

The noisy line wrapped around the brightly lit yellow building is a true sign of St. Louis summer. But the staff of high school employees during the current Ted Drewes season looks different than previous...

Linc Luke, senior, is among the large group of students picking up slack at their workplace.

In-depth: Understaffed, overworked

Nathan Sweeney, features + in-depth editor November 1, 2021

With current staff shortages, some students feel extra pressure from their employers on top of schoolwork, sports, clubs and extracurriculars. For the sake of privacy, TKC will not disclose their respective...

All data is from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In-depth: Discipline disparity

Nathan Sweeney, features writer March 3, 2021

Discipline disparity is a term which refers to the trend of disproportionate disciplinary actions taken by a school against certain students due to their race or another demographic. This behavior...

Most students in the US dont have full First Amendment or press freedom rights on campus.

The road to students’ rights

Grace Marcus, features writer February 8, 2021

In 1965, in the middle of the Vietnam War, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband to school to mourn the lives lost on both sides of the war. The principal, learning of the students’ plans,...

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