Robertson’s Reportings: Return to Full In-Person School, Northern Ireland Unrest

Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to Robertson’s Reportings! This week, Guilford County Schools announced that middle and high school students could return to full time in-person learning beginning on April 19. Students who do not want to return to school for five days a week can choose to go completely online, but students who were online for the two days a week schedule cannot opt to go back for in-person school. Health screenings and temperature checks before returning to the building will not be required either, but the mask mandate is still in place. Currently, only 42% of schools across the nation are open for full time learning.

Five were killed in a shooting in South Carolina on Wednesday. A prominent doctor in York County, his wife, two of his grandchildren, and a worker for the family were the victims. A sixth person was injured but not killed and is currently being treated at a hospital in Charlotte. The shooter who has been unofficially identified as NFL football player Phillip Adams shot and killed himself shortly after midnight on Thursday morning. However, a statement from the York County sheriff said, “Out of respect for families involved, please don’t share rumors. Share facts from reliable sources.” Since the investigation is ongoing, the public is unsure if Adams was involved or if his death was unrelated. Another major question waiting to be answered is what was the shooter’s motive?

Northern Ireland has faced troubles this past week as protestors release their frustration of “post-Brexit [the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union] trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom,” wrote a New York Post writer regarding the riots. The political balance in Northern Ireland was disturbed, as some citizens want to remain a part of the United Kingdom while others hope to unify with the Republic of Ireland, a member of the European Union. Over the past four nights, 55 officers have been injured as a result of violent protests. 

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