Decatur High School students walk home after a day under a system-wide lockdown. Photo by Zidia Gibson

Entire district locked down

December 14, 2018

This story will be updated with information about the lockdown at individual schools. All nine of De...

Photo By Lucas Schaefer

New addition to school safety

March 14, 2018

Following the construction of the new courtyard in Decatur High School, administrators have installed a new security system: a blue emergency phone. The emergency phones have been very successful in mitigating crime due to its easy use and bright lights discouraging any would be perpetrators.

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SONG Atlanta promotes diverse activism

September 28, 2017

Southerners on New Ground, also known as SONG, is a southern organization of a different kind.

'Know Your Legal Rights'

‘Know Your Legal Rights’

August 27, 2017

All around the country, police brutality is a major issue. The Beacon Hill chapter of the NAACP hosted a workshop and panel discussion to help teens be knowledgeable of their rights in their encounters with police.

Kalief Browder was falsely accused of stealing a backpack one night while walking home from a party in Bronx, New York. For the crime, he spent 3 years in Rikers Island

Hell on Earth

March 27, 2017

Kalief Browder describes Rikers Island, New York City’s largest and main jail complex, as “hell on earth.”

Officer Copeland and Officer Santiago play basketball with teenagers after the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ross

Decatur police step up community outreach

March 26, 2017

For many teenagers, the police are enemies. Stories of police brutality, encounters at house parties, and limited positive interactions have created a stereotype of the police, and it’s one that many officers find unfair.

In December 2015, the Decatur Police Department bought second generation cameras. The body cameras mount inside a vest worn over the uniform shirt. The phones’ cameras record through a port in the vest.

Avondale jumps on body camera bandwagon

March 30, 2016

The Avondale Estates City Council approved the purchase of body cameras for the police department this ...

Activist Nat Soul rallies at #ShutdownA14, an April 14 protest in Atlanta.  “Being together in this kind of environment empowers [people] to make a change,” she said.

Decatur joins nation to protest brutality

June 2, 2015

A cop car was following him, but he didn’t notice until he saw the flashing lights. At 11 p.m. on...

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