McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Police tape hangs from a sign post outside Richneck Elementary School following a shooting on Jan. 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. A 6-year-old student was taken into custody after reportedly shooting a teacher during an altercation in a classroom at Richneck Elementary School on Friday. The teacher, a woman in her 30s, suffered “life-threatening” injuries and remains in critical condition.

Opinion: When will enough be enough?

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor January 25, 2023

Not even a week into the new year, the United States hit a new low where six-year-olds are now threats in school settings. In Virginia, Richneck Elementary teacher Abigail Zwerner had been teaching...

A school sign wishing students a Happy New Year is seen outside Richneck Elementary School on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. A 6-year-old student was taken into custody after reportedly shooting a teacher during an altercation in a classroom at Richneck Elementary School on Friday.

First grade student injures teacher in Virginia school shooting

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer January 24, 2023

A 6-year-old boy brought a handgun to school and shot his teacher in the middle of a lesson at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia on Jan. 6. The Virginia teacher was critically injured but is already...

Family members of Susan Kanantz left items and messages as part of a makeshift memorial after she was killed in a mass shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina last month.

Opinion: The United States needs stricter gun control laws

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director November 11, 2022

On October 13, Susan Karnatz sat at the kitchen table, talking with her family. They planned on going to a new restaurant for dinner before Karnatz put her hair up, tied her shoes, and headed out for her...

Dan Brady, who is running for Illinois Secretary of State, has been a Republicaion state representative in Springfield since 2001.

Meet Dan Brady, the Republican running for Illinois Secretary of State

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor October 28, 2022

State representative Dan Brady is a Republican running for Illinois Secretary of State against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias to fill current retiring secretary of state Jesse White. Dan Brady has been...

Brad Schneider, who represents the 10th District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a Democrat running for re-election in in this falls midterm.

Meet Brad Schneider, the Democrat running to represent Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor October 25, 2022

Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10) will be up for reelection against Joe Severino (R-10) in the Nov. 8 midterm election. He has represented Illinois’ 10th District, which includes Wonder Lake, in...

A woman chalks a message at a makeshift memorial outside of Tops market on May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. A gunman opened fire at the store yesterday killing ten people and wounding another three.

Editorial: Mass shootings are preventable

Editorial Board May 23, 2022

Generation Z has been hearing about mass shootings on a daily basis their whole lives. Whether they grew up in a large city like New York or in the suburbs like McHenry, it is a fear that many people have...

A woman leaves a stuffed animal at a memorial at an entrance to Oxford High School on Dec. 1, following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School that left four students dead and multiple others with injuries.

Parents of Michigan shooter face involuntary manslaughter charges

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer December 7, 2021

OAKLAND COUNTY, MICH. — On Dec. 4, James and Jennifer Crumbley were detained by the Oakland County Sheriff’s office following a manhunt throughout Detroit, Michigan. This was after they failed to act...

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