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George Mason has three security guards and many other safety implementations set. "The safety of the George Mason students is a top priority," said Mr. Hills. (Photo by Gabriel Brown)

Unfortunately, there have been at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. How do school shootings affect George Mason.

On Monday, November 10, 16-year-old student Brendan Wilson was shot and murdered near Woodbridge Senior High school in Woodbridge Virginia. The shooting occurred just before 4:30 p.m. on a paved path, nicknamed "The Cut," connecting the residential neighborhood to the school.

Woodbridge was released from school on Tuesday, November 10 due to Veterans Day and had an early dismissal the next Wednesday. Woodbridge is less than half an hour away from Falls Church. How prepared are we in this small community against such a threat?

"I don't know what I'd do. I'd probably try to stay calm, maybe run... A shooting wouldn't happen here. It's a pretty safe school" said freshman D'Avionne Cushingberry Colbert.

George Mason high school has a monthly fire drill and occasional earthquake and lock-down safety drills. However, there are no drills during fourth and fifth block, the lunch period blocks. There is no definite answer where or when a gun situation could happen, but George Mason has prepared to the extent it believes is necessary.


Click on the target on each picture to learn more about each Winter Sport.

"The colder the weather gets around Falls Church and Fairfax, the more hypothermia and frostbite can hurt people without the resources to prevent it. Socks and gloves are often overlooked when donating in the winter, but they are actually among the most important articles of warm clothing--humans lose heat fastest in their hands and feet, which leads to hypothermia and frostbite," said Student Body President, Sarah Miller. From December 8-19 collection for Share the (G)LOVE will commence. Donations include gently used hats, socks and gloves for the local non-profit FACETS

When you think of the best things about the winter --- the warm images that come to mind are: a cup of cocoa, a kindled fire, and of course, your favorite mittens. From December 8-19, the George Mason Community Outreach Committee invites all of Mason to share this warmth and participate in the second annual Share the (G)LOVE drive. Students are encouraged to donate gently used hats, socks, mittens and scarves to collection bags in designated block three classes.


Mason's chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) conducted its annual induction ceremony to welcome yet another group of new members. This year's ceremony was held in the auditorium, and as the evening progressed, 50 students officially became a part of NHS; adding to the 38 active members.

"I thought the ceremony ran smoothly and we were able to keep it short and to the point," said NHS Secretary and senior, Abby Langan. "It didn't last as long as last year's ceremony."

The Society admits a new batch of juniors and seniors every year, and the characteristics and qualifications to become a part of NHS stay constant.



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