Let ter From the Edi tor
The Januar y issue of The Salute provides impor tant information on common activities teens pr actice. This issue includes actual data collected from CHS students and strong research points. This issue includes lar ge topics such as E- Cigarettes, Sexual Health, and Violent Intr uder s. We would like to thank all of the businesses that continue to adver tise in The Salute and The Cresco Shopper for their continuous suppor t. Happy New Year !
Gina Hayek (12)
Tr ish Har tman, CHS counselor, shared the school?s per spective on teenager s vaping. ?They contain nicotine. Just like tobacco products, they are not allowed on school grounds,? Mr s. Har tman added. Students are expected not to use vapes. If students are caught using one on school grounds, they could receive a good conduct violation and law enforcement could be involved. ?Because it contains nicotine, it is not allowed on school grounds at anytime,?Mr s. Har tman stated. If students see vaping on or off school grounds, students should repor t it to an adult. Mr s. Har tman added, ?If a student repor ts other students to me, I would direct the user to the resources such as Quitline Iowa, their doctor, or any other outside resources they need to help them with their addiction.? Written by HayleeHolten (11)
Mr s. Tr ish Har tman
K i l l er Cl ouds Written by Kayla Birdd (11)
Vaping has been a common controver sial topic in recent news. The CDC recently announced that Vitamin E acetate appear s to be associated with many vaping illnesses. E- cigarettes for youth are never safe to use. A freshman student from CHS states that ? Juuling in the school is still a thing but not as major as it has been in the past. People aren?t as peer- pressured because they know more facts on how it can affect you now than what they knew before.? The website Yale Medicine , states that facts have shown that side effects can be r anging from cough, chest pain, and shor tness of breath, in the ar ticle ?Teen Vaping Linked to More Health Risk?. Peer pressure from other students can be hard to resist. The freshman said, ?Yes, I?ve been peer pressured myself to do it but I don?t think it?s cool so I didn?t.? The incidents of vaping dur ing school have not been as prevalent as in the past. The freshman stated that they?ve seen it before, but they didn?t repor t it because they felt that the issue with the student had already been addressed.
In a sur vey of 60 CHS students conducted by The Salute staff about nicotene usage, only 8.3% admitted to Juuling or vaping.
A sophomore student from CHS feels the same way about Juuling: ?I don?t think it?s smar t for students to be doing it because their br ains are still growing and it could affect their br ain health.? This student has never been offered or felt pressured to Juul before, but knows people who gave into peer pressure. The adolescent br ain is ver y sensitive to nicotine and could have a ver y big impact on br ain growth. In a sur vey of 60 CHS students conducted by The Salute staff about nicotene usage, only 11.7% felt pressured to use e- cigarettes. A Juul is a popular vaping device among teenager s and young adults. I f i n need of hel p, cal l the Smok ers Hot l i ne 1-800-363-5864.
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Insur i ng Sex ual Saf ety and Good Heal th Written by Kyleigh Foster (10)
Sexual health is an impor tant par t of our physical and emotional well- being. It is a state of mental and social well- being. Having good sexual health means teens are informed, careful, and respectful of themselves and other s. There is a lot of information about sexual health online. However, a lot of people lear n through parents, siblings, teacher s, or mentor s. Ter yn Lukes, a freshman, stated ?Lear ning about sexual health in school is impor tant because you can lear n more about it and know how to be precautious and safe.? The National Conference of State Legislatures shared that 24 states and the Distr ict of Columbia require public schools to teach sex education. A CHS 11th gr ade student explained, ?Providing students with education about sexual health can help students realize what can happen.?On a nationwide sur vey, researcher s found that 70% of parents believe that sexual health education and pregnancy prevention should be covered in education progr ams.
The Salute staff sur veyed 60 CHS students about sexual health. 20% of respondents did not feel they were well- educated on STDs and STIs.
I f i n need of hel p, cal l the Nat i onal Hot l i ne of Sex ual Heal th . 1-800-783-2287. Even though there is a lot of education about sexual health, many ignore recommendations or do not take precautionar y measures. Neglecting sexual health guidelines can result in consequences, including pregnancy, sexually tr ansmitted diseases, and chronic disease. The National Conference of State Legislator s stated that one in four girls will become pregnant before the age of 20. In addition, each year there are approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies and 368,000 teen bir ths in the U.S. Lukes stated, ?It?s their own choice. You should use it carefully and always use protection. Just don?t be under the influence, and don?t feel pressured. If you do it, it?s your own choice.? Sexual health education is impor tant before sexual contact to ensure safety and good health. In the same sur vey of 60 CHS students, 71.7% indicated they were not sexually active while 5% responded they did not pr actice safe sex.
Written by Morgan Moser (11)
Mr s. Shelly McAllister is the health teacher at Crestwood. One of the topics covered in health is sexual health, or being physically, mentally and socially well in relation to sexuality. ?Sexual education is impor tant because it?s cur rent and accur ate information that students might not be able to get anywhere else,? said Mr s. McAllister. She teaches about many different types of STDs and STIs, how they are tr ansmitted, what happens if they are left untreated, and the long term effects. Mr s. McAllister said, ?Once you get them, they are inter nally in your body so you can?t ever get r id of it. You can treat it, but you cannot get r id of it.? There are many different resources in the community that will help teens if they have questions about their sexual health. A medical doctor is a good resource. Some clinics do screenings that sometimes are free, and online resources such as mayoclinic.or g will provide information.
Mr s. Shelly McAllister
Violent intr uder s have become more prevalent in our society. According to the School Sur vey on Cr ime and Safety (SSOCS), dur ing the 2015- 2016 school year, 31 percent of schools in the U.S. repor ted having at least one incident that disturbed their activities. Roughly 10,600 of these disturbances were due to threats like unneeded fire alarms, death, bombing, or chemical threats. According to an ar ticle from Ever yTown Research, there were at least 506 incidents of gunfire on school grounds since 2013. This resulted in 187deaths deaths, including 33 Insur i ng Sex ual Saf ety and Good Heal th Written by Maddy Ollendieck (10)
suicide deaths, 386 injur ies, and 6 self harm injur ies. Amanda Lievano, a junior at CHS, stated, ?I feel somewhat decent in school. I think we can make it a lot more safer by doing more dr ills like we do for tor nadoes or fires.?Based on an ar ticle from U.S. News, 1 in 20 high school students have repor ted car r ying a weapon on school grounds. More than 7 percent of ninth through twelfth gr ader s repor ted being
Kendr ik Juelsgaard (10)
threatened or injured with a weapon on school proper ty at least once in the last year. An additional 6%admitted to br inging a weapon to school for protection. If a violent intr uder comes to school, Lievano explains, ?You should notify a teacher but tr y to keep it low key. This way it will take longer for the intr uder to realize that people know they?re in the building.?
Kendr ik Juelsgaard, a sophomore at CHS, thinks we should do more tr aining on ALICE. ALICE is a procedure which helps people stay safe in case of an intr uder. Juelsgaard stated, ?We?ve had presentations over it, but I feel like we should do dr ills to get more comfor table with it, just in case it were to happen in CHS.?Mr. Aaron Kvale, CHSSpanish I and III teacher, completed an actual dr ill with his students. Juelsgaard expressed, ?After we had that dr ill, I felt a lot safer because it showed me what an actual situation like that would be like.? For more information on ALICE, go to https://www.alicetr aining.com/. Amanda Lievano (11)
The Salute staff sur veyed 60 high school students about school safety and violent intr uder s. Of the respondents, half felt safe in school while half did not. Fur thermore, 58.3%felt safer with ALICE procedures in place while 41.7%did not feel safer.
The above infogr aphic depicts the order students and staff should approach a violent intr uder if inside the school.
Written by Gina Hayek (12) ALICE is system that is used at Crestwood. ALICE is an acronym for Aler t, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. Mr. Chr is Lentz, a teacher at CHS, was one of the fir st faculty member s to introduce this plan. ?ALICE allows staff and students to have one centr al plan in the event of a violent intr uder,? he stated. Mr. Lentz and other faculty member s have received tr aining in this progr am and are well- educated. ?It is impor tant for us to be prepared in this day and age because of all the violence that is going on.? Although CHS has a solid base with ALICE, Mr. Lentz feels like the procedure can use continual improvements as society continues to evolve.
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