Robertson’s Reportings: 9/18 – 9/24

Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to Robertson’s Reportings! Have masks and the government’s authority over people gone too far? In the United Kingdoms, those who do not self-solate after testing positive or being traced as a close contact to someone who tested positive can be fined up to $13,000. This is in response to cases continuing to rise and hospitalizations doubling almost every week. Even so, the United Kingdom’s schools opened fully in the beginning of September. In the United States, a woman was tased and then arrested in front of her family at a school track meet for not wearing a mask, despite being safely distanced from others. Ironically, the footage shows a second officer assisting the officer who arrested the woman, and guess what she is not wearing?

All eyes were on the Guilford County School Board yesterday because there was a meeting at 3:00 to decide what will happen for GCS students once the nine weeks of distance learning come to a close. They decided that high school students will be returning the latest of all grade levels, on January 20, for two days a week of in-person learning. The school day, to allow for bus transportation, will be from 9:35 to 4:25. 

In addition, next Monday is a teacher workday, so students will go to their first through third periods on Tuesday and Wednesday. This means that Thursday is the only day students will have fourth through seventh periods.

At the age of 87, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Less than an hour after this was announced, the political debate began: will President Trump decide her replacement, or will the next president, the president that will be officially announced in less than seven weeks, decide? Reports claim that Ginsburg told her granddaughter, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” likely due to the fact that Ginsburg was very progressive in relation to issues including immigration, health care, and abortion.

On a more positive note, the oldest living marine, 107 year old Sergeant Dot Cole, celebrated her birthday on September 19. She was born in 1913 and enlisted into the marines after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Cole joined the male-dominated field and served in World War II. Even now, less than ten percent of people in the Marine Corps are women. Dot said that “everyone was doing something,” so she chose to join the force. Currently, she is very healthy, especially for her age, and lives at her North Carolina home. 

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