In the latest issue of The Amplifier student magazine, students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Blake and Einstein High Schools tackled problems facing Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The magazine aims to amplify voices of high school students within MCPS. Topics in this issue include recent racist incidents, student violence, school resource officers, social media and mental health.
The first spread, titled “CSI: MCPS,” explores a web of violence and hate-related incidents, like an October incident in which a Walt Whitman High School male student assaulted a female student at Churchill High School and brandished a knife at others, and an incident just this month involving racist and derogatory comments during a girls’ basketball game between Sherwood and Einstein high schools.
Students involved with the project hope the magazine fosters discussion and helps school officials realize what students are going through as they transition between in-person and virtual learning while witnessing school violence and other concerning incidents.
MyMCM spoke with B-CC students and magazine editors-in-chief Kate FitzGerald, Mimi Danzis and Nikki Mirala about the latest publication.