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Unresolved Lockdown Distresses Students

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Since the code yellow lockdown, students have been struggling with fear and anxiety. The investigation into the threat for a school shooting was handed from the Sonoma Police to the FBI, who have yet to issue a resolution to the case publically as of December 14.

Although students were rattled during the lockdown, teachers worked their hardest to support their students throughout the 6-hour code yellow. Teachers occupied students by watching movies and playing games to distract them the unprecedented circumstances. Mr. Saldana, social studies teacher, explained that he took his “usual low key approach.” He claimed, “I just chatted with them and gave them crafts and a film to watch!” 

Teachers noticed some changes in student behavior following the lockdown. The return to school “felt weird” according to Mr. Steinberg, social studies teacher, who stated that he was grateful for his classes’ resilience and patience. After the lockdown, Steinberg felt more bonded with his fourth period. 

During the lockdown, students had differing reactions. Belen Vargas, senior, claimed that she “wasn’t really worried because we had gone through the same thing before” regarding several instances where alarms had gone off, disrupting class. Christopher Fonseca, junior, states “I wasn’t scared because alarms go off a lot at our school.” However, the lockdown spooked others such as Briana Zenon, senior, who stated that she had “a lot of anxiety” as the reality of the situation set in. 

Additionally, Isla Tudiseo, freshman, shared that she “was just really confused and unsure of everything.” Many students are worried that another threat could arise. While students did recover from the scare, many are unsure how to cope. Mrs. Diaz,  school psychologist, advises that “everybody copes differently” recommending students to address “their own personal coping skills in order to help.”

Returning to school, the Wellness Center brought in more therapists and counselors for students, while the Sonoma County Office of Education was prepared to offer more support if needed. A month after the lockdown, the status of the case is unknown to most students and staff.



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Emma Griffiths, Photo Editor
Good day Dragons! My name is Emma Griffith, this is my second year in the newspaper, and I will be the new editor for photography and art!! It still never gets old for me. Seeing the new information emerging with our school has always been interesting for me to report on and try my best to understand. I am on the girls' lacrosse team for the third year. Art is also my passion, taking AP 3d Design. Last year I made the Dragon's Tale logo, while this year's goal is to update the artwork to show my improvement. 
Ingrid Derby, Writer
Hey Dragons - I am president of the Psych Club and a senior at SVHS. This will be my first year on the Dragon's Tale and I am very excited to capture moments around campus. My hobbies include spending time with friends and meditating!
dylan saavedra, Writer
Hi, I’m Dylan Saavedra a senior, and I enjoy taking photos and writing for the Dragon’s Tale! I've previously taken a class focused on photography and enjoyed doing so. 

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