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The 10 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting leaves many Americans reflecting on the insignificant growth that has been made in regards to gun control over the last decade.

10 year anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting allows Americans to reflect

Julia Leitner ’23, Assistant Business Director December 23, 2022

While many anniversaries are a call for celebration, this one in particular is not. The 10 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting took place on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The decade that...

The large community of TikTok that discusses and recommends books is commonly called “BookTok.” The hashtag “#BookTok” has over 93 billion views across the app.

BookTok praises few books, proves dangerous for most authors

Alex Gaines ’25, Paper Arts Editor December 13, 2022

In English class earlier this year, my teacher asked that we all bring in as an independent reading book to read during our free time in class. The next day, when he asked us all to share which books we...

Within the last few months, swatting cases have increased countrywide, heightening concern among school communities.

Connecticut swatting incident highlights growing national problem

“Lockdown procedures activated. Lockdown procedures activated. An emergency has been reported. Please follow the building lockdown procedures.”  Snapping out of their early morning stupor, students...

Annam Olasewere ’25 participated in the USA Swimming National Select Camp in order to improve her mindset both in and out of the pool.

Annam Olasewere makes a splash at USA Swimming National Select Camp

Lily Klau ’23, Creative Director November 26, 2022

With her Staples girls’ Swim and Dive backpack draped over her shoulders, Annam Olasewere ’25 strolled into the Colorado Olympic and Paralympic Training Center to participate in the USA Swimming National...

On Oct. 3, a Board of Education meeting was held regarding the status of several books containing LGBTQIA+ and sexual content. These books were debated on by several members of the Westport community.

Staples library display incites community response at BOE meeting

Lilly Weisz '23, Creative Director October 20, 2022

Nine Westport residents spoke on the controversy surrounding Staples High School (SHS) Library’s Banned Books Week display during the public comment section of the Westport Board of Education (BOE) meeting...

Despite the high levels of economic discrepancy between neighboring towns, no action has been taken to bridge the gap in access to sports resources.

Report highlights impact of wealth inequality on state championships in Connecticut

Talia Moskowitz ’24, Web Sports Editor October 19, 2022

In every inspirational sports movie, the coach sits the losing team down at half time in the locker room and delivers one message: with enough hard work and perseverance, the underdogs can still win the...

Investigative journalism is an indispensable component of functioning democracy and the strongest way to hold authorities, institutions and one another accountable for our actions. At Staples and in Westport, Inklings reporters are not afraid to use their training to inquire, conduct research, fact-find and write articles to increase transparency on local issues. They should be recognized and applauded for their work, not overlooked or belittled.

Gatekeepers of justice, accountability: Investigative journalists deserve recognition, respect

Allie Gillman '23, Business Manager October 11, 2022

A few weeks ago, I asked a friend to accompany me to dinner to take photos for an article I was writing. Though I offered to drive and pay for dinner, when they heard I would be taking photos for Inklings,...

Working out at the gym has developed an unwarranted masculine connotation.

Sexism at gym perpetuates modern-day misogyny

Lily Klau ’23, Creative Director September 19, 2022

Why is it that women are so belittled when talking about the gym?  I recently went out to dinner with seven friends, and as we walked, the four boys engaged in a debate as they discussed and compared...

Teachers and schools face extreme hardships as a result of the pandemic and its implications on youth.

Staples struggles to maintain staff amid national teacher shortage

Staples has experienced increasing resignations and hiring demands as the national teacher shortage affects schools across the country. Amid a shrinking pool of candidates and many resignations, Westport...

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