The Californian

Why are we still at school?

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

March 12, 2020

The San Ramon Unified School District announced the cancellation or postponement of out of school events on Wednesday because of the growing concerns associated with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  This brings up the question: Why are the district’s 32,000-plus students still in class? Despite...

Coronavirus can be China’s Chernobyl

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

February 11, 2020

The first case of the coronavirus, a highly contagious virus that can lead to lethal respiratory infections in humans, was first confirmed  in Wuhan, China in December 2019.  Today, the virus is circulating among people through contact, spreading rapidly to 28 countries and infecting more...

Political media distorts the truth

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

February 11, 2020

When news sources that we see as reliable become mouthpieces for those with an abundance of political power and wealth, it’s difficult for the average citizen to know the truth. An example of this is the Democratic primary debate hosted by CNN that featured a confrontation between Elizabeth Warren...

Sex trafficking is a growing epidemic

December 18, 2019

In such a developed country as the United States, human trafficking shouldn’t be as big of a problem as it is. But the U.S. is known to be one of the most prevalent countries for forced sex labor, and California sits atop the list with the highest demand in this industry. Sex trafficking isn’t...

Younger students exposed to threats

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

December 18, 2019

The true number of school shooting victims extends far beyond the already substantial list of the dead.  School shootings are at the root of tragedies such as teen suicides and PTSD, psychological factors with long-term effects. Unfortunately, gun violence continues to impact even our youngest...

Racism doesn’t belong at Cal

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

November 19, 2019

There is a crisis at Cal High. From prejudicial rhetoric used in everyday conversation to hateful remarks scribbled on bathroom stalls, a pattern of racism has surfaced on Cal’s campus in the past few years. After last week’s incident in which a student modified his Halloween costume he wore...

Muslim prejudice is intolerable

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

November 19, 2019

About 40 percent of Muslim students in California report that they have been targets of bullying because of their religion, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. This figure is twice as high as the national average. In addition to that, bystanders are present in 88 percent of bullying...

First vaping deaths mark an epidemic

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

October 10, 2019

America’s vaping epidemic has recently taken a dark turn, with 17 deaths from vape-related illnesses as of Oct. 2. This is only the beginning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported a total of 805 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses as of Sept. 27. Common symptoms include sho...

Seniors are still not responsible adults

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

October 10, 2019

Many Cal High seniors exhale with relief as they walk to their cars, thankful that they don’t have to take a sixth class. Just as students approach their cars, a campus supervisor steps between them and their freedom. The guard briefly interrogates the students before finally conceding. How annoyin...

In this climate, school threats are not a joke

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

May 29, 2019

We frequently see Cal High on the news, and often it’s for all the wrong reasons.   Recently, we had multiple school shooting threats, the most recent involving detailed graffiti of a shooting on May 9.  This is not a problem with just one student, as administrators found the threats came from...