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They See Me Rollin’, They Hatin’: The Dangerous Situations Teenage Drivers Get Into

They See Me Rollin’, They Hatin’: The Dangerous Situations Teenage Drivers Get Into

 

It’s midnight on a Friday. A siren goes off. The flash of red and blue lights in your rearview mirror catches your attention. Your heart rate increases. You almost lose your grip on the steering wheel because of your sweaty and trembling hands. You pull over to the far right lane and catch your breath. You pull down the window as a police officer walks over.

You’ve just been pulled over by the cops.

“I only had my permit over February break, but I wanted to go to my friends in New York. So, I told my dad I was going to an all-day ‘Harry Potter’ marathon,” Seth Eugley ’14 said. “I took the car without him noticing and drove to New York. I’d never been on the highway before, so merging was pretty intense, but I figured it out.”

It’s in the movies. An apparent “thug” speeds away as the police come from all sides. 10 police cars and four helicopters surround her gold 1970 Cadillac DeVille. As she steps out of the car, several policemen point their guns at her.

Yes, you did see the speed limit sign, not the police.

Reality hits that you are teenager who just got your license and are driving late at night. The chances of a ticket are higher.

A typical 16th birthday for Staples students is waiting at the DMV to receive their one-way ticket to freedom and independence: the permit.

However, for most rebellious teens, getting their permit means the following: blasting any kind of rap in the car (possibly 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky or Jay-Z), driving with a few friends and no parent, or speeding on the highway like there aren’t any other cars.

Then there’s snow, one of the most deadliest things for a new driver.

If you’re a new driver, you definitely should not be trying to go anywhere when it’s snowing. Take advantage of having no school and stay home.

Stop thinking your four-wheel drive makes you invincible.

“During a storm, I was driving back home at night and couldn’t see a thing. So, I had to pull onto a side road and have my parents pick me up,” said Jessica Felton ’13. “And then, they couldn’t see while driving either. So, I drove to my friend’s house around the corner and stayed there.”

If your eyes are not on the road for a time as short as a second, anything can go wrong. Sneezing is an issue of paranoia for a  new driver.

“Sneezing while driving is terrifying! I always think something bad is going to happen in that split second while I close my eyes,” said August Laska ’13.

Advice: don’t forget to take Claritin before you drive.

Most importantly, always remember: You’re a high school student, not a NASCAR driver.

 

 

 

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Amina Abdul-Kareem, Staff Writer
The brutal capture and murder of James Foley shook America, but it has not dissuaded journalists or budding activists from the concept of traveling to unstable countries, especially not Amina Abdul-Kareem. “Danger excites me,” she puts simply, “I think the best reporting can be done when you’re actually at the scene yourself.”  Even at the age of ten, Amina ignored danger to find out if a rumor of cannibalism around her estate in Kenya was really true.  “My uncle told us we weren’t allowed to play outside, but me being me, I snuck out and found out what was really happening for myself.” Amina, a daring and curious senior at Staples High School, was born in Dubai and moved to America when she was a year old.  Even though she had family from many different parts of the world in addition to Kenya, Amina did not always feel very connected to her ethnicity “Growing up, I kinda felt lost, I didn’t have any connection to my Somali roots.”  On the pursuit of finding herself, Amina has taken the Staples African Studies class and dedicated herself to fully appreciating her culture. In an effort to do exactly that, next summer, Amina and her cousin will be traveling around the Horn of Africa to Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to fully immerse themselves in their African backgrounds.  “We’re both in the middle of an identity crisis,” she says of her and her cousin, “that’s what we call it.” Amina may be in the middle of a cultural “crisis”, but she is very confident in her future career path.  “I want to pursue a job in the medical field so I can go back to Somalia and help the people who are suffering from famine and poverty.”  A very laudable ambition; Amina is set on getting her medical degree in nursing after graduating from Staples in 2015. Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world, but Amina’s passion for helping others is stronger than the fear of risking her life.  The real threat of being kidnapped in unstable third world countries does not cause Amina to falter, even considering the circumstances of Tom Foley’s demise.  As Veronica Roth might say, fear doesn’t shut Amina down; it wakes her up.

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