Robertson’s Reportings: Michigan School Shooting, Chicago Gender Neutral Bathrooms


Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! In Michigan, a fatal school shooting took place on Tuesday, killing four and injuring seven. Entering the bathroom with a backpack, 15-year-old suspect Ethan Crumbley exited with a gun in his hand, a gun that his father purchased merely days before during Black Friday shopping. The victims are 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 16-year-old Tate Myre, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, and 17-year-old Justin Shilling. The shooting only lasted for about five minutes but had life-changing impacts, especially for the families of these innocent victims. There have been 28 school shootings in the United States in 2021 (fortunately, most of these shootings resulted in zero fatalities), but this is the deadliest of them all. 

Many military families living near Pearl Harbor became concerned with their health after the water system was contaminated with petroleum. Families have complained about nausea, stomach cramps, and breathing issues, and many argued that the Navy was “dismissive of families’ concerns.” The contamination was likely caused by a fuel leak that took place on November 22. While the Navy removed 14,000 gallons of the water and fuel mixture, there have still been hundreds of complaints about contaminated water. The cleaning process can take four to ten days.

On Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools put into effect a gender neutral bathroom policy. The district’s Chief Title IX Officer claimed that “all CPS students and staff will have fair and equitable access to bathroom facilities that align with their gender identity.” Gender neutral bathrooms are required in all public schools, including elementary, middle, and high school. There are countless debates over the gender neutral policy. Earlier this year when the bill had not officially been passed, Republican Representative Tim Morrison claimed that the bill “sets up the situation” for sexual predation in women’s bathrooms. In response, Democratic Representative Katie Stuart called Morrison’s views “clearly transphobic.” Now that the policy has been put into effect, controversy is beginning to resurface. 

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