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Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online


Many brands put an eye-catching color or design onto their products, such as bags, to make people stop and look at the cheap things to buy. They make each product trendy so it can catch on to other people feeling influenced to buy from them.

EDITORIAL: Consumerism’s Contributions

Allison Mayhew, Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2023

Gallons of water, miles of transportation, hours of labor and a variety of materials exhausted to manufacture one simple product– just to repeat the process all over again, creating an endless loop....

A student holds a board stating 0 days since a mass shooting. According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of April 19, the number of mass shootings in America exceeded 140 for the year of 2023.

EDITORIAL: Mass Shootings, Massive Failures

Natasha Torkzaban April 28, 2023

Firearm deaths occur five times more than drownings. Instead of teaching your child how to swim, you might consider firearm defense training and school shooter drills.  According to CNN, there have...

Student poses with a transgender flag during a student-organized walkout. Students from across the district walked out from class on March 28 to voice their opinions on the introduction of anti-trans bills in Kansas. ““[Trans] rights should be like anybody else’s rights: being protected, and being valued, because they are human rights, obviously,” event organizer junior Adriana Cazares said.

EDITORIAL: Talk around Trans Bills

Lilly Wall March 31, 2023

For many students, school sports are a central source of stability and a safe space to feel valued among peers. On April 5, Kansas legislature voted to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of House Bill...

Senior Evan White edits news spread on Adobe InDesign while looking at newspaper planning website.

EDITORIAL: iPads: An Equity Issue

Allison Mayhew, Editor-in-Chief February 19, 2023

Although the recent decision by the USD 497 school board to switch from MacBooks to iPads is estimated to save $4 million in capital outlay funds and $600,000-$750,000 in general fund repair costs over...

EDITORIAL: Top G Behind Bars

EDITORIAL: Top G Behind Bars

Natasha Torkzaban February 17, 2023

11 days after I wrote my “Top G No More” editorial, internet personality Andrew Tate was detained in Romania for a human trafficking and rape investigation.  Tate was originally banned from...

EDITORIAL: Andrew Tates Social Media Influence

EDITORIAL: Andrew Tate’s Social Media Influence

Natasha Torkzaban December 18, 2022

“Why would you be with a woman who’s not a virgin anyway? She is used goods. Second hand.” —Andrew Tate, in a interview from Love 2 Fight Magazine  You could argue that people like Andrew Tate...

Although it may seem unimportant, this conversation between two teenagers is sometimes a relatively casual approach for them to initiate a hookup.

OPINION: The Problem with Hookup Culture

Cici Hunter October 31, 2022

Within the past couple of decades, a trend has developed. As the current generation becomes more permissive and progressive, so do their ideals on sex. Hook up culture has taken hold of the current generations...

Political signs are prominently displayed in local neighborhoods for community members to show their support for their candidate of choice. This was a particularly divisive election with Clinton winning the popular vote but Trump winning the presidency.

Journalism staff stresses using political voice

Darby Gililand , Online Editor November 17, 2016

As members of our staff reach the age of voter eligibility, we ask ourselves a question that young people throughout the nation have been asking themselves this year: Do our votes matter? In Lawrence,...

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