The Beachcomber

A Marxist Reading of TikTok

What does the proletariat stand to gain or lose as TikTok becomes the heart of culture?

Peter Soprunov, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

In 2016, Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd. released, a lip sync video-sharing platform today most remembered for giving the world Jacob Sartorius and other faux riche preteen garbage celebrities.  In 2018, however, a triumph of rebranding transformed the app into a central pillar of mod...

Teen Mental Health Issues Increasing Nationwide

Image by Gan Khoon Lay via the noun project

Amelia Port and Nakita Reidenbach

January 24, 2018

The incidence of anxiety and depression in high school and college students has increased dramatically in recent years. Researchers found a 37% increase in major depressive episodes among teens from 2005-2014. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, these incidents have been more t...

Social Media Made Matters Worse in Shaker Heights Incident

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Beachcomber Staff

December 15, 2016

After national media coverage, a letter from the ACLU, and a student-orchestrated blackout, on Nov. 15, the Shaker Heights administration finally decided to nullify the suspensions of students Elena Weingard and Myahh Husamadeen for tweeting out photos of an iMessage in which another student expressed...

Beachwood Students Respond to Shaker Heights Incident

Beachwood Students Respond to Shaker Heights Incident

JInle Zhu and Additional reporting by Alex Cala

December 5, 2016

“No, because they don’t work for it and as a culture they are scary, violent, rude and needy. They expect to be catered to.” These were the words used in a text message sent by a Shaker Heights student the day after the election. It was a racist tirade, directed at African Americans. Shortly...

Kicking Off With Team Building

AP Government and AP Microeconomics students took part in a one-legged relay for team building. Photo by Ben Connor

Justin Dubin, Staff Writer

August 29, 2016

Social studies teachers Pam Ogilvy and Greg Deegan have found a new way to welcome students back into their classrooms this year. “Mr. Deegan and I decided to do some team building for our students,” social studies teacher Pam Ogilvy said.  “We had them participate in different activities and...

We Asked BHS Students About Their Social Media Habits

Beachcomber archives

Grace Warner and Additional reporting by Beachcomber Staff

February 23, 2016

Here's What We Found

Beachwood Schools Increase Efforts to Prevent Sexting

Beachwood Schools Increase Efforts to Prevent Sexting

Cameron Godfrey, Staff Writer

April 28, 2014

The prevalence of “sexting,” the act of sending inappropriate messages or nude pictures, has increased significantly in recent years. Well-publicized incidents in area schools involving the sharing of inappropriate content have prompted parental concern. Both BHS and BMS have increased efforts...

Social Media Takes a Seat in Modern Classrooms

Social Media Takes a Seat in Modern Classrooms

Christina Phelps, Editor-in-Chief

April 24, 2013

The personal lives of teachers have always intrigued students, and the advent of social media has only peaked this interest. “Students kept wanting to friend me on my personal Facebook account. Then they would ask in class why I wasn’t friending them,” social studies teacher Karissa P...

How Twitter Can Save Lives

How Twitter Can Save Lives

Tahreem Irshad, Staff Writer

April 15, 2012

Social media can be used in many ways, such as staying in contact with that uncle who only appears around the holidays or that long-lost friend from first grade with whom we might never otherwise reconnect. Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be used to strengthen relationships or break them....