The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


We May Have Seen the Last of Championship Parades

Tragic Events Could Affect the Future of Public Gatherings

If your team won a championship next year would you be afraid to go to the parade?

This question is one that sports fans may need to consider after what transpired on February 14 during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl championship parade. At that parade, a mother of 2 was killed and more than 20 people were injured when two gunmen, according to David Propper of the New York Post, fired at some other individuals with whom they were arguing.

While shootings at victory celebrations such as this are not common, a handful of incidents have occurred over the years that make one wonder whether the possibility of violence at public events such as this has just become too high. Another example is the shooting at Highland Park, Illinois in 2022, also a parade. According to Selina Guevera of NBC News, about 15 minutes after the Independence Day parade began, Robert Eugene Crimo, III opened fire from a rooftop killing 7 and injuring 48. This event was unrelated to any team celebration, but it does represent the same type of public event.

Unfortunately, in public settings, mass shootings are not uncommon in the U.S. According to, “In the eight years between 2015 and 2022, over 19,000 people were shot and killed or wounded in the United States in a mass shooting.”

Of these, the most deadly took place at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on October 2, 2017, which killed 60 and injured more than 850. According to the Homeland Digital Security Library, “A lone gunman opened fire into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino” during this attack.

Other mass shooting incidents have occurred at a variety of places including schools, clubs, and restaurants. Whether or not this makes people afraid to attend events depends on the individual. Multiple teachers at PB say that this type of violence won’t stop them from attending events

One of these people is PB Biology teacher Mrs. Hollis. She says that these tragic events won’t affect her going to public places or happenings such as parades because she doesn’t “expect people to harm a big group of people.” She also believes that it isn’t good to live your life in fear.

PB History teacher Mr. Julian says, “You don’t expect things like that to happen in your day-to-day life but when I go out I stay aware. I’m not gonna be afraid.”

PB Spanish teacher Mrs. Ellis notes “The shooting does not affect me because you won’t be able to experience life if you’re always living in fear and won’t do things.”

After asking a group of PB students their thoughts on this issue, it’s clear that they feel similar to the teachers in that this event won’t affect how they view going out to public events. In fact, one of them noted that it happened in Kansas City, not this area so he’s not worried.

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Raheim Briddell, Staff Writter
Have you ever been asked what your school is like or how would you describe it? You know, a time when your friends who don’t go to the same school as you ask how you really feel about the place. How would you describe it?   When asked what it is like to be a student at Paint Branch, freshman Raheim Briddell describes it as “easy, a lot, and freedom.” He says  it is “a lot” because it’s not hard, but it's a lot to take in since it’s a bigger school than his middle school and a new environment. Raheim says school is “easy, because it’s not really hard.” He notes “freedom ”because as a freshman he feels like there's a good amount of freedom at PB. One example of this freedom he notes is, “We get to leave for lunch.” Raheim likes to experience new things and likes to travel. In the future he says that he wants to leave the DMV, the area he was born and raised in, because, “I don’t want to be here for the rest of my life.” He adds, “I want to experience new things and travel the world.” He also says  that when he has the chance he wants to go to Niagara Falls to see the waterfalls.  In terms of what Raheim likes and his personality, he is an active guy who plays football and likes to hang out with friends. He likes the summer because he doesn’t have to worry about school  and hangs out a lot. As for food, he loves a quarter pounder from McDonalds and answers that if he was stuck on an island and had to eat one food everyday he would choose a burger. He loves music and says  his favorite artist is Never Broke Again Youngboy and his favorite song from him is “Solar eclipse.” He also likes Baby Jamo and said, “Rap like Baby Jamo would get me in a good mood if I’m like sad or something happened.” He also said the GOAT rapper is Jay-Z.  Raheim likes sports a lot and his favorite sports are football and basketball. His favorite team in football is the Baltimore Ravens and his favorite player in football is Lamar Jackson. He also has a favorite player in basketball which is Lebron James and his favorite team is the Lakers because of Lebron.  Another interesting fact about Raheim is that he says that,“I want to be remembered as a nice person and a hard worker.” This is an interesting fact about him because some people might say the best basketball or football player in the world but he just wants to be remembered as a nice person who always tried his best. He also likes the color blue and he always loved that color since he was a kid.    By: Naher Ghebru

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