In the latest issue of Amplifier student magazine, students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Blake, and Einstein High Schools addressed issues facing Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The magazine aims to amplify the voices of high school students within MCPS. Topics covered in this issue include recent racist incidents, student violence, school resource officers, social media and mental health.

The first broadcast, titled “CSI: MCPS,” explores a web of incidents of violence and hate, such as an October incident in which a student at Walt Whitman High School assaulted a student at Churchill High School and brandished a knife at others, and an incident this month involving racist and derogatory comments during a girls’ basketball game between Sherwood and Einstein High Schools.

Students involved in the project hope the magazine will foster discussion and help school officials understand what students are going through as they transition from in-person to virtual learning while witnessing violence at school and other concerning incidents.

MyMCM spoke with B-CC students and magazine editors Kate FitzGerald, Mimi Danzis and Nikki Mirala about the latest release.