Nationwide statistics, gathered by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in a New York Times article, show that teens are engaging in less sex and using more protection, resulting in the lowest pregnancy rate ever recorded in the U.S. The trend is in part due to efforts like MCPS' recently approved pilot program pushed for by a Blair teacher.
At least five different area commercial businesses were vandalized in thearly hours of Feb. 22, apparently in an effort to discourage the spread ofchain stores, according to a Feb. 25 police press release.
The "recent economic downturn” has been identified as the cause for the tough job market which may continue to worsen for young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24, according to a recent study.
After Blair organizations lost more than $4,200 last year due to a lack of interest in school dances, ideas for new attractions are being developed to raise more money, according to special education teacher and dance sponsor James Short.
A Blair sophomore was arrested on Mar 26 and charged as an adult with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery for his involvement in a series of armed robberies in the Wheaton area. He is currently being held in jail pending bail.
Fewer than 15 percent of Blair students recommended for expulsion in the last three years were actually expelled, according to MCPS investigative officer Jevoner Adams. The low expulsion rate has caused concern among administrators and parents that the return of referred students may threaten school safety.
Faulty construction and recent weather conditions have caused numerous leaks at Blair and the collapse of many ceiling tiles, according to Principal Phillip Gainous, who blamed the Shapiro and Duncan Corporation, Blair's mechanical contractor, for structural defects.
Blair's administration and the SGA have drafted a letter forbidding freak dancing at school dances. The new policy will take effect for the Valentine's Day dance.
Measures to limit or ban freak dancing at Blair dances will be debated at the Jan 7 Leadership Conference sponsored by the SGA.
Junior Sally Haskell feels spit spray on her as her bully nears just inches from her face. The bully, standing in the middle of Blair Blvd soon after second period, is furiously accusing Haskell of giving her a bad reputation and lying. Haskell struggles to keep from crying as a crowd forms, but she breaks down as she turns away to go to class.