Trump Defunds Sanctuary Cities, Including Seattle

By Annika Bhananker


Five days after the 2017 inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order to defund sanctuary cities across the nation. The ongoing battle between local authorities and the Trump administration is still continuing despite several federal rulings against the order, forcing sanctuary cities such as Seattle to comply with the proposed immigration laws or risk losing a significant portion of federal funding.= Continue reading “Trump Defunds Sanctuary Cities, Including Seattle”

Commotion in the Classroom: The story behind the threat in Room 312

By Ellie Gottesman and Isabel Funk


Two days before winter break, students were eagerly packing their bags as the school day drew to a close. The past two weeks had left students feeling restless and ready for a break from the strained school environment, created by the multiple student-initiated threats. The students in room 312, Kit McCormick’s class, felt the tension just the same. Continue reading “Commotion in the Classroom: The story behind the threat in Room 312”

Threats to MIHS: The Definitive Timeline

By Lucille Shield, Dylan Notturno and Grady Short


Throughout December, MIHS students, staff and the surrounding Mercer Island community experienced a multitude of “jokes” taken too far. In a short period of time, students made violent threats against the high school on three separate occasions, causing a mix of emotions among the student body: fear, anxiety, frustration, naïveté and bravery. Continue reading “Threats to MIHS: The Definitive Timeline”

IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE: Controversial signs posted on campus

By Islander Staff


This morning upon their arrival at school, MIHS staff and students were greeted by a number of signs posted outdoors on campus reading “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE.” This slogan has been used frequently by white nationalist groups and sympathizers as a means of preserving a racial identity that they feel has come under attack.

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Why Trolling NextDoor is So Easy…And How I Got Banned

By Spencer Klein


The widely-used app NextDoor features lively discussions about issues pertinent to Mercer Island, such as former city council candidate Joy Langley’s qualifications, bad traffic and the scavenger hunt. However, NextDoor embodies something more dangerous to our community than the free firewood would make it seem.

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“Save Mercerdale Park” Rally Pushes Back Against Planned Arts Center

By Grady Short


Passersby at Mercerdale Park this morning were greeted by red balloons, plastic caution tape wrapped around trees, a country music trio playing protest songs, and a small yet vocal group of red-shirted protesters marching against the controversial location of the planned Mercer Island Center for the Arts (commonly referred to as MICA). Continue reading ““Save Mercerdale Park” Rally Pushes Back Against Planned Arts Center”

Bomb threat evacuates Mercer Island JCC: What now?

On Monday, February 27, 2017, the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island received bomb threats around 4:45pm, causing all in the building, as well as the neighboring French American School, to evacuate. Children and adults were ushered by JCC employees across the street to the Herzel-Ner Tamid synagogue. Continue reading “Bomb threat evacuates Mercer Island JCC: What now?”