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The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Nora Richards
Nora Richards
Assistant Editor

Nora Richards is a junior here at Athens Drive. This is her third year being a part of Athens Oracle. She enjoys swimming, making jewelry, and hanging out with friends.

James Crumpler
James Crumpler
Photography Editor

James Crumpler (Far right) is a senior at Athens Drive and is in his second semester writing for the Athens Oracle. He likes eating Korean barbecue with his friends, playing games, and cooking. His favorite...

Brady Jones
Brady Jones
Assistant News Editor

Brady Jones is a Senior at Athens Drive and is in his second semester with the Athens Oracle. After school, he is an involved member of the Athens Drive theatre department, handling the technical components...

What causes school fights?


While school fights have become more normalized, the cause isn’t discussed. Approximately 46% of high schools have school fights and violence in the United States, according to WRAL. So what’s the reason students fight? There are a lot of factors that go into why students are constantly getting into fights. Exposure to violence, home life and mental health issues are just a few of the causes that could lead students to choose violence in schools. 

“The main issue is conflict resolution, your ability to communicate often comes from their home life, if they see certain behavior at home they may mimic,” said Coach Ray, ISS teacher.

Someone’s ability to communicate and solve disagreements is a direct result of their home life. Home life is a common reason to fight, someone’s home life may be toxic and students may take that toxicity to school. Parents and elders at home behaving in a certain way could be mimicked by youth. Poor parenting plays a big part in this, if parents are solving disagreements by using physical or emotional violence, students won’t know any other way to solve their disagreements at school.

“I felt like I had to so people could know my true worth. I searched for adrenaline because it distracted me from all the other stuff going on in my life,” said an Anonymous student.

16% of students throughout the U.S. suffer from depression, and when dealing with depression, impulsive behavior is very common. Other symptoms such as irritability, outbursts, and frustration. More than one-third of students in the United States have anxiety, according to the NIH, anxiety has very similar symptoms to depression which include excessive aggression and violence. When the brain is in constant fight or flight mode, bad decisions can be made, like fighting.

“Fighting and violence is derived from home life, like minded people hang with each other. The skippers hang out with the skippers, the fighters hang out with the fighters, you have to remove yourself from the environment that causes these bad decisions,” said Donti Coats, assistant principal. 

With the technology that is now developed, kids will be exposed to violence at a younger age. What does that mean for their behavioral problems in the future? When exposed to violence at a young age people begin to imitate these actions, Michigan State University reported in 2015 that observational learning is very common in children. By observation bad habits can be picked up, this can mean a movie or video game showing violence.

Talking to an adult or even a friend before making a decision that could hurt you and others could help save you trouble in the future. stop and think whether this choice will benefit you. If you or someone you know is having home problems, mental health problems, or issues with violence, help them reach out for help.

Places that offer help:

Hopeline of North Carolina Teen Talk Line: (919) 231-3626

ReachOut (800 448-3000) 

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