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Student Led Walkout at PLD

April 20, 2018

The National School Walkout on April 20 marks the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School, and it comes as yet another student led protest against gun violence in schools. At 10 a.m., students at thousands of schools across the country students walked out to protest gun violence in schools. At Dunbar, some student simply left the building, but others remained to hold sign...

Passage of Last Minute Pension Bill Angers Teachers

Passage of Last Minute Pension Bill Angers Teachers

March 31, 2018

Early Thursday evening, a special session was called to vote on the newest version of the proposed pension reform, Senate Bill 151. The unplanned session was met with outrage by Kentucky educators as the new revision did even less to address the state’s retirement debt than its predecessor and was attached as a rider to an unrelated sewage bill. Kentucky teachers and government workers wa...

Facebook Privacy Scandal

Facebook Privacy Scandal

March 29, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer of Facebook, was interviewed by the Senate April 10-11. He was questioned about Facebook allegedly leaking users' information in the 2016 election, and gathering users’ personal information without proper authorization. A lawsuit has been made against the company for making, “materially false and misleading statements” regarding privacy policies. Lawmakers in the House and Senate asked Mr. Zuckerberg questions regarding privacy...

Students March Across the Nation For Safer Schools

Students March Across the Nation For Safer Schools

March 24, 2018

The day after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Chelsey Morgeson received a message from a former classmate asking if she wanted to organize an activism event. She started a Facebook group and the next day, BGAA and Moms Demand Action created a placeholder event for the same cause. They joined forces and brought Fayette County students on board to plan March for Our Lives Lexington. ...

Dunbar Students Compete at State Science Fair

Dunbar Students Compete at State Science Fair

March 24, 2018

Every March, Lexmark sponsors the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) at Eastern Kentucky University for select students who advance from the regional fair. On Saturday, five special awards were awarded to Dunbar students, 14 placed in the top three for their category and junior Rachel Seevers was third overall. Seevers and senior David Ma will be advancing to the Intel International Science...

Dunbar Teachers Walk-In to Protest SB1

Dunbar Teachers Walk-In to Protest SB1

March 15, 2018

  Early March 15, public school teachers around the state gathered in freezing cold temperatures to protest ongoing issues with adequate funding for public pensions. At Dunbar, nearly 40 teachers participated, standing along the sidewalk on Man o' War Blvd in front of the school. Teachers are protesting Senate Bill 1 (SB1) concerning the retirement benefits and pensions of public servants...

Dunbar Students March for Their Lives

March 14, 2018

On March 14, schools and other organizations around the nation participated in the March for our Lives walkout to protest congressional inaction on issues of violence, particularly in schools. Dunbar’s walkout was held in the gym and organized by junior Abigail Wheatley. The event was livestreamed by WLEX 18 news. The protest began with a speech explaining the purpose of the walkout. “We w...

Increased Safety Measures in Place at Dunbar

Increased Safety Measures in Place at Dunbar

February 22, 2018

In light of recent instances of violence in schools, there has been an increased focus on school safety. Although Dunbar currently has safety measures in place, administration has initiated additional measures to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff. One of the most significant changes is the introduction of photo ID badges that all students will be required to wear.  According to P...

Teachers Not Happy with Latest Pension Reform Bill

Teachers Not Happy with Latest Pension Reform Bill

February 21, 2018

In the midst of a pension crisis, teachers in Kentucky have been fighting for their "inviolable contract" for nearly a year. A group of Dunbar teachers and students went to Frankfort on Feb. 13 to meet with legislators to discuss pension reform. "It was a great experience," said junior Abby Wheatley, who has been following the pension issue. "I care about my teachers, and I can see how this is hurting them." ...

Student Parking Frustrations

Student Parking Frustrations

February 12, 2018

It was a quiet, calm morning at Dunbar High School until an announcement was made that the school was towing cars parked in unauthorized parking or without a parking permit. The result was a surge of students, scrambling to get their cars out of the parking lot, or to buy a permit at the last minute. Even though cars that have multiple citations are at a risk for towing, many upperclassmen still...

Dunbar’s Lockdown Procedures Explained

February 6, 2018

In this segment, WPLD reporters interviewed Associate Principal, Mr. Tony Blackman, and School Resource Officers Pedroche and Blair to find out exactly what to do during a lockdown drill.

Accident Triggered Lockdown at Dunbar

Accident Triggered Lockdown at Dunbar

February 2, 2018

On Feb. 2 around 1:40 p.m. students and staff were directed into lockdown mode. Students have been directed to perform lockdown drills many times, and they know what to do: go to a designated spot in the classroom; if in the hall, go to the nearest classroom; teachers lock the doors, but leave the lights on. It can become rote and mechanical. Worse, it can become complacent. "It’s fair to say that ...