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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

Editorial Staff, Editors

Editorial Staff, Editors, Editorial Staff

The Scot Scoop editorial staff strives to maintain reliable reporting while covering the hard-hitting topics that interest our community. Content on Scot Scoop is managed, reviewed, and maintained by the editorial staff using a variety of tools and methods to produce, edit, and publish content daily.

Editorial Staff Members are Elle Horst, Leanna Gower, Jack Hansen, Julia Roseborough, Elise Hsu, Kaylene Lin, Maya Kornyeyeva, Lindsay Augustine, Hudson Fox, Andrew Tolu, Marrisa Chow, Soleil Dam, and Sophie Gurdus.

All content by Editorial Staff, Editors
Americans consistently let reprehensible behavior for their own partys politicians slide. This needs to stop.

Editorial: Americans need to start holding their own party’s politicians accountable

November 15, 2021

Chants of “I’m with her,” “Love Trumps hate,” and “P-ssy grabs back” rang out across the country as millions of people took to the streets in bright pink beanies in protest of the inauguration...

Prominent news organizations are straying further and further from fair, neutral reporting. Many news organizations are coloring their coverage of events with political biases.

Editorial: Objectivity is dying in journalism

November 8, 2021

Go on The New York Post's website and scroll through the headlines. Click on a few articles and read through them. Then do the same for MSNBC. For coverage of the same events, the content produced is drastically...

People experiencing an undiagnosed common cold or flu should not attend school if there is a potential of a COVID-19 illness. For the safety of others, students must be able to complete school work from home.

Editorial: Carlmont staff needs to accommodate student sickness

November 1, 2021

A year and a half of virtual school may not seem that long, but it will be a time that is never forgotten for too many high school students. Carlmont High School is now back in person! Shouldn't students...

A Christmas-themed display sits in a local Target during October.

Editorial: Premature marketing for holidays encourages overconsumption

October 28, 2021

It might seem fun to start your holiday shopping months in advance, but there are downsides to this activity. When businesses display holiday-related goods early, consumers are likely to buy more goods...

With the growing usage of social media platforms, being conscious of your digital footprint is important.

Editorial: Being conscious of your digital footprint is more important than ever

October 19, 2021

Our digital footprints are becoming more important now than ever, and many people, especially adolescents, are refusing to heed the warnings. The recent demise of Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden...

The land in this photo is part of the traditional territory of the Ramaytush Ohlone people.

Editorial: Learn the history of the land you stand on

October 11, 2021

The land we stand on is stolen land. It was never ours to begin with. It was stolen from the Indigenous peoples that had lived on it for centuries before European explorers arrived and forcibly displaced...

Allies unite and protest in solidarity with the black community fighting police brutality. This is an example of meaningful action.

Editorial: We must be mindful of our activism

October 3, 2021

Giving a voice to the unheard sounds great on paper but fails to be as black and white when put to the test. Oftentimes when those coming from privileged positions act on behalf of marginalized communities,...

Throughout the course of the 2021 California recall election, the state has become a battleground for Republicans and Democrats to clash political views.

Editorial: Two party system leads to propaganda

September 29, 2021

Whether you were closely following the California recall election that ended Sept. 14 or not, you likely saw at least one advertisement for it while using your streaming services.  Throughout California,...

Many students suffer from mental health issues that can be exacerbated by triggers.

Editorial: Trigger warnings should be added to school content

September 22, 2021

Content warning: this editorial discusses topics that may be triggering to certain readers.  Messages with warnings about subject matter within posts, movies, shows, and more have been popping up on...

Protestors in Texas rally together to stand against the passage of the anti-abortion and voting restriction laws HB2 and SB1.

Editorial: America is regressing

September 12, 2021

Vigorous attacks on affordable healthcare and environmental protections. Justifications and sympathy for white supremacy by our nation's former leader. A riot at the capitol building. The list goes on....

Social media has allowed widespread thought and discussion on current issues, but it’s essential to make your own opinion instead of adopting someone else’s.

Editorial: We need to form our own opinions

September 7, 2021

In an age where each like, comment, and repost is public, people feel more and more pressure to assimilate into the majority. At the same time, the issues we contemplate are simultaneously being reduced...

High school is more about the academics, but also the social skills you learn along the way.

Editorial: An ode to high school

May 25, 2021

As AP testing nears its final weeks and graduation is just around the corner, it’s impossible not to reflect on what high school truly means. There’s, of course, the dictionary definition: a period...

Accounts that share political information and activism have become increasingly popular. Many of these accounts, however, lack completely accurate information.

Editorial: Check for yourself

May 4, 2021

“On October of 2019, Daunte Wright, who was a child, smoked a single joint of weed and was given a ticket for it. It was a petty misdemeanor […] if anybody tells you ‘he had warrants,’ this is...

People prepare care kits for the homeless community members of the Bay Area.

Editorial: Volunteers are essential during the pandemic

April 27, 2021

Amidst the pandemic, people are told to put their lives on hold, stay home, and take care of themselves. For many in the Bay Area, this idea has been logical; however, some continue to struggle, as they...

Millions of students across the country may process information differently because of learning disabilities.

Editorial: Destigmatizing learning disabilities is crucial

April 11, 2021

Go to school. Get a job. Be successful. “Good morning!” It’s the Monday back from Spring Break for a classroom of kindergarteners. The teacher greets all of the students as they enter the...

Discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has increased in recent years, but it has been around for centuries.

Editorial: The AAPI community deserves better

March 18, 2021

On March 17, 2020, CBS correspondent Weijia Jiang tweeted that a White House official discussing COVID-19 called it the “Kung-Flu,” a derogatory term mocking the virus’s inception in China. While...

Some teachers have been using their positions as influential figures to persuade students to remain at home rather than return to in-person learning.

Editorial: Teachers shouldn’t use their power to influence students regarding reopening

March 15, 2021

“It’s putting my life in danger.” “This should never have happened.” “No one should want to go back.” The reopening of schools amidst the pandemic has been a source of discord among...

Virtual learning has exposed the gaps in the patchwork curriculums teachers have had to cobble together to adapt to distance learning; with the system in place for nearly a year, it is long past time for students to be able to give input back on how this curriculum has been working.

Editorial: Students should be able to evaluate teachers

March 8, 2021

As we approach a full year into distance learning, the current situation has exacerbated the barely-hidden problems with the schooling system. According to EdSource, a Californian education non-profit,...

Although numerous obstacles stand in their way, student journalists continue to report on issues that matter to their communities.

Editorial: Student journalists persist against the odds

February 25, 2021

The third annual Student Press Freedom Day is on Feb. 26. Its theme, “Journalism Against the Odds,” is quite fitting when applied to current events in the world of student journalism. Recently,...

Therapy can be beneficial to everyone, even if they dont have a mental illness.

Editorial: Normalize regular mental health checkups

February 9, 2021

People schedule regular doctor appointments, even if they aren’t sick. People go to the dentist regularly, even if they don’t have cavities. People schedule regular optometry appointments, even if...

Linguistic diversity is threatened by the lack of support for minority languages.

Editorial: Linguistic minorities deserve more recognition

January 25, 2021

People speak over 7,000 distinct languages globally, but at least a third of these are considered endangered because of their decreasing numbers of native speakers. A minority language is any language...

Indifference has been the cause of rising white supremacy throughout history.

Editorial: Yes, this is the America we know

January 10, 2021

When rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday to overturn the results of the 2020 election, there was an outpouring of shock, anger, and sadness. Many accurately noted that while the police employed...

Due to COVID-19, quad games like this one from 2019 likely will not happen this year. If student-athletes are to play, guidance from the California Department of Public Health is necessary.

Editorial: More guidance is needed for high school sports

December 13, 2020

With California’s COVID-19 cases only rising, the state is left with the decision of how to ensure its high school student-athletes get to play. Although full practices were scheduled to start for Season...

Take a break from the screen and make time to relax this season.

Editorial: Give yourselves a break

December 6, 2020

Carlmont students can feel the pressure weighing down on them. Between finals season, college applications for seniors, and pandemic isolation, the end of 2020 isn’t going to be easy. However, it’s...

People continuously become less aware of the  worth of simple social interaction.

Editorial: The youth of the Bay Area have lost the meaning of human interaction

November 29, 2020

"There's nothing to do here." "I'm bored of doing the same things." These statements represent quotidian thoughts in the lives of most teenagers and young adults from the Bay Area. Common places...

During the COVID-19 pandemic, internet access is more vital than ever to communicate with others. The internet is essential to share and receive ideas in the modern world and people should have the right to access it.

Editorial: Internet access is a human right

November 23, 2020

The internet provides a vast amount of information and gives many a way to connect with people worldwide. Over 4.5 billion people, or about 59% of the world’s population, are active internet users. Open...

In many classes, such as choir, students feel pressured to submit their best work due to modifications made to adapt to an online environment.

Editorial: Online education perpetuates perfectionism

November 19, 2020

The transition to distance learning forced teachers to adjust their teaching styles to suit an online environment. Many of them adapted by trading classwork for graded assignments and increasing the number...

A student holds a sign to protest centuries of Native American oppression.

Editorial: Native people deserve more than an apology

November 10, 2020

Over 20 million dead. Over 1.5 billion acres of land taken. Less than 7 million left nationwide. Propelled by racist sentiments and the glorious ideals of "liberty, freedom, and equality," Native Americans...

The wardrobe of many American consumers is composed of clothes made in blatantly unjust conditions.

Editorial: Fast fashion fuels consumerism

November 5, 2020

Adidas, Victoria’s Secret, Disney, UNIQLO, Forever 21, GAP, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Ralph Lauren, Target, Billabong, Lorna Jane, Top Shop. If you wear clothes from any of these brands, there’s...

Students often struggle to balance different aspects of life and school during distance learning.

Editorial: Students shouldn’t be held to the same standards amidst a pandemic

October 25, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the lives of many. It’s devastated the economy, cost thousands of lives and led to an overall sense of unrest in the world.  Perhaps one of the most drastic changes caused by...

Students often measure their academic ability through standardized and subject-specific test scores; however, this pattern of thought is detrimental for students.

Editorial: Being bad at school doesn’t mean you aren’t smart

October 22, 2020

When our daily lives revolve around education, one of the most prized traits is "smartness." Getting high grades, doing well on tests, and grasping the material quickly is paramount to being a good student....

Hyper-partisanship is on the rise, further separating the citizens of the U.S., most of which are Democratic or Republican.

Editorial: The presidential debate heightened extreme partisanship

October 15, 2020

Chaotic. Child-like. Pain-inducing. Those are just a few of the myriad words one could use to describe the first presidential debate of 2020 on Sept. 29. Behind the bickering were political stances...

When an artist creates art, they use their personal views to influence it; this makes it so no one can separate them from their art.

Editorial: Artists cannot be separated from their work

October 5, 2020

It can be frustrating to learn that an influential person in society has become a bad example for others to follow. However, as people are discovering that some of their role models have said or done inexcusable...

A teenager scrolls through his Instagram feed.

Editorial: We need to be more aware of the damaging nature of social media

September 30, 2020

 In a society where social media is so prevalent, it's surprising that many are unaware of the mentally devastating impacts it can have on teens. If we wish to fix this, we need to further educate ourselves...

Queer coding villains is often used to create fear by playing off unconscious bias.

Editorial: Diversity isn’t what queer people should want

September 20, 2020

Villains can be some of the most memorable characters in the media that we consume. Done right, they can evoke a blend of fear, anger, and awe from an audience member. But too often, writers and producers...

For many, a simple mistake can haunt them for the rest of their life.

Editorial: Growth needs to be normalized

September 13, 2020

We will always be growing and changing as we continue our journeys through life. In the same way, we’ll still be learning new things. Everyone is ever-changing for better or for worse throughout our...

Envisioning a better future is important during this difficult time.

Editorial: Utopian fiction is needed during this dystopian time

September 8, 2020

While growing up, dystopian fiction was a large part of our childhoods, whether it was novels like "The Hunger Games," "Divergent," or "The Giver,"  or T.V. series like "The Twilight Zone" or "Stranger...

Police brutality is a nationwide dilemma, of which the Bay Area is not exempt.

Editorial: It is our responsibility to combat injustice

August 30, 2020

When Jacob Blake was shot by police officers last week, his name resonated throughout Kenosha, WI.  Blake was unarmed and trying to break-up a fight, yet he was shot seven times. And despite all odds,...

Many students are feeling an increase in stress with the obstacles presented by COVID-19.

Editorial: Students need to stop stressing about college in the midst of COVID-19

April 26, 2020

The modern school system that we take part in has put a significant emphasis on working towards one specific goal throughout our high school career: college.  As students, we are told to work hard,...

Although they are not working on the front lines of the pandemic, journalists have an equally important role in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Editorial: Ethical journalism is part of the cure for COVID-19

April 13, 2020

In times of crisis, it is more important than ever that people are well-informed in order to take the appropriate precautions and stay calm. However, the media can either be a help or a hindrance. The...

From March 16 to March 27, students will be engaging in distance learning. On April 3, families will be notified as to whether school will continue through distance learning or not.

Editorial: Don’t hate on distance learning

March 22, 2020

 It's March 16, the Monday after Carlmont's administration announced that its campus would be closed and that school will continue through distance learning. Students wake up at around 10 a.m., smiling...

Expensive colleges like USC are making improvements to their financial aid programs.

Editorial: Free college tuition is too ambiguous

March 1, 2020

When choosing which colleges to apply to, many factors come into play. For example, you may turn away from some of the U.S.'s top universities solely because of the very high and often unreasonable tuition. These...

As the presidential election nears, some high school students are preparing to vote.

Editorial: Teens need educational tools to fuel political duties

February 23, 2020

Alexander Hamilton was the first secretary of the United States Treasury. Franklin Roosevelt implemented the First New Deal of 1933. The Marshall Plan was created by Americans to rebuild Europe after World...

Teachers hang the pilot flex schedules up in their classrooms to inform students of the different Wednesday and Thursday schedules.

Editorial: Pilot no longer

February 13, 2020

By now, a majority of students and faculty know that the second semester's pilot bell schedule has run its course. Due to widespread dissatisfaction with the elimination of late start, implementation of...

Despite the numerous protests and rallies against gun violence, an alarming amount of deaths are still gun-related today.

Editorial: Gun violence is becoming too normalized

February 9, 2020

"This is a lockdown drill for an active shooter on campus. Please follow the lockdown drill procedures." As the announcement ends, students get up and barricade the classroom door with their desks....

Each Valentines Day, 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold.

Editorial: Valentine’s Day has lost its meaning

February 3, 2020

When we think of Valentine’s Day, the first things that come to mind are often boxes of chocolates, roses, cards, or even heart-shaped candies. For many, Valentine’s Day is viewed as a simple Hallmark...

With course selection right around the corner, students should take the time to think over and research the courses theyre interested in.

Editorial: Think again before course selection

January 27, 2020

Each individual student has their own interests and areas of strengths and weaknesses, but their goal tends to be similar: to graduate Carlmont with all the credits they need. The outlined requirements...

In the first week of school, most teachers gave students a presentation instructing them to download certain apps for the school year.

Editorial: Carlmont is not free to go phone-free

January 19, 2020

"Please take out your cell phones." As the minute bell echoed through the halls of Carlmont High School on the first day back to school, teachers were already asking students to have their devices on-hand....

All members of society deserve to be treated as equal to one another.

Editorial: Equality can’t wait

December 2, 2019

Whether it comes to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the Equality Act, or movements such as Black Lives Matter, minority Americans will not be silenced. It’s been 96 years since the ERA was first...

Foods high in fat are a common occurrence in American society. As a result, stereotypes surrounding these types of foods are also abundant.

Editorial: Fat isn’t the villain you think it is

November 7, 2019

“Fat is bad for you.” We hear it every day. Whether we’re told by society or by our parents, it’s a never-ending cycle meant to instill fear of fat and a desire to avoid it at all costs in us....

PG&Es power outage currently affects all areas surrounding Carlmont. The pink areas of the map indicate regions whose power has been turned off.

Editorial: Carlmont needs to communicate

October 27, 2019

Less than a year ago, fires blazed through California, prompting Carlmont to shut down for safety measures due to unhealthy air quality. Once more, with yet another set of wildfires scorching through the...

Many Advanced Placement (AP) students buy books to help them review for the AP exam.

Editorial: AP classes shouldn’t have finals in June

May 14, 2019

Before the week of May 6, students in Advanced Placement (AP) classes rush to study all of the course's material in preparation for the big AP exam. AP tests assess the student's knowledge on the subject...

Editorial: Administration should be held accountable for calling out hate speech

Editorial: Administration should be held accountable for calling out hate speech

May 6, 2019

Several days ago, an Instagram account containing hate speech material towards a Carlmont staff member was discovered. Among its posts include racist and anti-semitic content. In an email to Scot Scoop,...

A preview of Brandy Melvilles lookbook showcases Brandy Girls wearing their one size fits all clothing.

Editorial: Brandy Melville couldn’t care less about the average female

April 9, 2019

In an age where young girls and women are more vocal than ever, there's an area for them to speak up once again: the clothing industry. This is nothing new. Change is already in progress due to women...

The number of students on waitlists has only increased in recent years, meaning theres even less of a chance for students to get off them.

Editorial: Waitlists bring more false hope than admission

April 5, 2019

We seniors have waited for months in anticipation of April 1. Before that, we were writing about our life stories and passions. Even before that, we were working as hard as we possibly could to set ourselves...

Malls such as this one are often filled with people trying to buy cheap items on Black Friday.

Editorial: Black Friday sales should only be on Friday

November 23, 2018

Black Friday used to be a one-day event where shoppers would rush into stores to buy as many discounted items as possible within the 24 hours. Now, most stores give shoppers the luxury to start shopping...

Vaping was essentially created to help adults smokers quit, however, the new fangled form of smoking has had dire consequences.

Editorial: Youth vaping is no less than an epidemic

November 18, 2018

“If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” This is the typical response of a parent when their child asks if they can do something because all of their friends are provoking annoyance and...

Jim Acosta reports at a campaign rally for Donald Trump on Feb. 22, 2016. Acostas press pass was recently revoked by the Trump administration after his actions toward a White House intern were deemed unacceptable, raising concerns about American democracy today.

Editorial: Our democracy is eroding

November 10, 2018

If you have ever studied any type of history, chances are that you will come across a figure named Adolf Hitler. Yes. That Adolf Hitler. And if you look a bit closer, you may find that Hitler was, as...

In syncrony with Belmonts streets, the conjoining sidewalks and their conjugate hedging are equally gyrated as to be parallel with the streets. The experience and comprehension of Belmonts swiveled streets is not rendered in Google streetview and the majority of photography depiction the city.

Editorial: Belmont’s streets are sideways

October 22, 2018

The city of Belmont is currently feeling the wrath of the physical realm. As of late, it has come to the attention of the editorial board that Belmont's streets, its symbolical winding roads and lush wildlife...

Editorial: Teens jeopardize the confidentiality PSAT content by meme-ing

Editorial: Teens jeopardize the confidentiality PSAT content by meme-ing

October 13, 2018

In debates about internet content, one controversial issue has been that privacy does not exist online so any content could be traced back to the sharer for legal reasons. On the other hand, one could...

Stanford University requires the highest application fee in the nation, $90.

Editorial: College application fees should factor into students’ plans

October 3, 2018

As those grand visions of admission into college are getting nearer and nearer for expectant high school seniors, it may be a good time for a reality check. Students boldly announcing that they’re...

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many participated in candle lit vigils to honor the lives of victims.

Florida catastrophe calls for action

February 18, 2018

Florida is not the first, and it will not be the last. Not unless something changes. On Dec. 14, 2012, a 20-year-old man shot and killed 26 people, children included, at Sandy Hook Elementary School...

An assortment of High School News Papers is laid out at the National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas.
Local publications generally carry a regional bias but are the best sources for describing the impacts of nation-wide events to their native area.

Biased reporting masks real news

December 3, 2017

The journalistic writing style is defined to be informative and objective, preaching only facts upon which readers may construct an opinion, so, obviously, good journalism (in non-opinion articles) should...

Houses on Eucalyptus Street are already prepared for Christmas on Nov. 26.

Christmas comes earlier every year

November 27, 2017

After finishing Thanksgiving dinner, some think about the meal and their family. Others, however, are already plotting their Christmas and have made plans to pick up a tree the next day. It used to...

RealDoll heads, which will soon be transformed into full robots, on display in the showroom of Abyss Creations in San Marcos, California.

Sex robots encourage objectification of women

November 1, 2017

Imagine coming home to a woman that will never leave you, never turn you down for sexual desires, and never fight back against dominance. Welcome to the world of female sex robots. The sex industry...

Friends share a hug in the hallway in the midst of school stress.

Social media continues to veil effective coping

October 8, 2017

Whether news comes through emails, texts, or snapchats, we all use social media to share experiences and get information. But social media veils the truths about lives and events. “Social media...

Words have an indispensable role in our society, especially when it comes to protesting. However, we need to put more focus on constructive action instead of further divisiveness.

Support a cause with more than just a tweet

September 30, 2017

“I think climate change is a problem.” Cue a sea of heads nodding and a chorus of agreements. Replace that statement with another liberal-sounding claim and, chances are, many people in the Bay...

Poor reporting leads to false label of Carlmont

Poor reporting leads to false label of Carlmont

April 1, 2017

In spite of what news reports say, Carlmont is not anti-Semitic. The recent uproar over the chalk swastikas that were drawn by the bleachers and outside the gym, partnered with alleged derogatory comments...

Crowds gathered in the International Terminals arrival area and voiced their opinions through clever signs and posters.

Efficient implementation requires good leadership

February 2, 2017

Trump's so-called "Muslim Ban" has led to nation-wide confusion. In an executive order, put into effect on Jan. 27, President Donald Trump proclaimed that "the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into...

While some students participated in the protest,  others saw it as an easy way to get out of class because of the lenient attendance policy.

Convenient protesting changes little

November 15, 2016

"Hate is easy, love takes courage." That was one of the many catchy chants thrown out into the crowd during the so-called anti-Trump protest in the quad. Well, here's a response to the chant: Pep...

America needs to move forward together

November 11, 2016

This is one of the most controversial elections in American history, and instead of bringing us together, it’s driving us apart. Rather than openly hating on each other, we need to unite and remember...

Trump has been in the spotlight too long and it has only helped him.

Pushing Trump out of the spotlight

September 22, 2016

We thought Americans would come through. We thought Americans would be smarter than this. In order to continue being a distinguished news site that offers its audience important local and national...

Say goodbye to the blonde ferret that resides on Donald Trumps head, because this is the last time he will be featured on Scot Scoop.

Make America great again by silencing Trump

March 2, 2016

Any publicity is good publicity, and Donald Trump is by far the most publicized candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Almost every news site in the nation is constantly covering Trump's every...

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