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The First 12 Minutes: surviving school shootings

Safety officer and teacher in school classroom with desks barricading the door.

Elisabeth Snyder and Emmy Reitinger

March 7, 2019

For years, school shootings have dominated the news. There have been calls for bans on bump stocks, stricter background checks, and more comprehensive mental health resources. After the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, police revolutionized their response to school shootings, entering the building...

Two months since the tragedy, how much has changed?

Two months since the tragedy, how much has changed?

Laura Whitaker, Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2018

Two months ago, a wave of devastation spread from Parkland, Florida that turned into something quite unusual: power. Students all around the country gathered as one to fight against guns. This started the Never Again movement. Mason was one of 2,500 high schools across the country that participated in a 17 minute long walkout to protest violence...

Students participate in National Walk Out (3/14)

Sophomore Summer Daniels holding the microphone for junior Amanda Byrne who is reading a eulogy off for one of the Parkland shooting victims.  (Photo by Tenzin Namgyel)

Tenzin Namgyel

March 27, 2018

On March 14 at 10 a.m., exactly one month after the Parkland shooting, thousands of schools participated in a national walk-out to honor the victims and tighter gun restrictions, including George Mason. Those who decided to join made their way to the football field where a 17 minute vigil was set up by...

We should run, not hide during a lockdown

We should run, not hide during a lockdown

Evan Stegenga

March 21, 2018

“Unpopular Opinions” are exactly that. These opinions are those of the authors alone, and do not represent the opinions of The Lasso or of George Mason High School. In the event of a school shooting, anyone in the building would probably have short notice to go into lockdown procedures. Lockdown dr...

Guns do not make schools any safer

A Guns at School sign.

Melissa Boyle

March 15, 2018

The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida sparked nationwide conversations regarding gun safety in schools.To combat this ongoing issue, President Donald Trump proposed a "solution" which would end gun violence in schools: arming 20% of teachers with guns. In other words, in order to decrease gun...

Could this happen to us?

Police car outside Mason

Gabriel Brown

December 15, 2014

There have been at least 74 school shootings in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. How does this affect life at George Mason? On Monday, November 10, 16-year-old student Brendan Wilson was shot and murdered near Woodbridge Senior High school in Woodbridge Virginia. The shooting occurred...

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