To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowHero

For more info on how to use Twitter, click here.


Do Now

What are the real issues in your community that could use a superhero’s help? In collaboration with a superhero team like the Justice League, what kind of action could you take to help your neighbors and classmates, or improve your local landscape?

Introduction

In modern popular fiction, a superhero is a type of hero character possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena or superhuman powers and dedicated to protecting the public.

Some characters do not possess actual superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes, like Batman or Green Arrow, and are commonly called costumed crime fighters or masked vigilantes. They have been referred to as “mystery men” to distinguish them from characters with superpowers.

Superheroes usually use their powers to counter day-to-day crime while also combating threats against humanity.

In a project written for SFMOMA’s Open Studio series, artist Amy Fraceschini proposes an action: create a superhero identity, costume and symbol. Next, interview people in your school or community about the issues they face. Collaborate with your fellow superheros to get into character and perform a task that addresses this issue or creates a dialogue about it. The parameters of this project are loose, but the main point is to develop an idea or create a collaborative action for the common good that brings a solution or awareness to a community issue. For inspiration, watch this animation of Amy Franceschini and then tell us what you could do to save the day like a true superhero.

Franceschini works collaboratively with her fellow “Futurefarmers,” a group of international artists, bakers, architects and other builders. Together, they learn new things and make art that encourages dialogue and exchange. Her practice spans drawing, sculpture, design, net art, public art, and gardening. She is concerned with notions of community, sustainable environment, and the relations between humans and nature.

Resource

VIDEO: Make Your Own Superhero with Amy Franceschini (KQED Art School)
Hit the streets as your own, custom-made Superhero and work for the common good of your city! Artist Amy Franceschini has fashioned an inspiring lesson that will help guide you through the entire process from brainstorming logos, mottos and costumes to ensuring that your Superhero works to help solve a community’s needs.


To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDedspace and end it with #DoNowShape

For more info on how to use Twitter, click here.

We encourage students to reply to other people’s tweets to foster more of a conversation. Also, if students tweet their personal opinions, ask them to support their ideas with links to interesting/credible articles online (adding a nice research component) or retweet other people’s ideas that they agree/disagree/find amusing. We also value student-produced media linked to their tweets. You can visit our video tutorials that showcase how to use several web-based production tools. Of course, do as you can… and any contribution is most welcomed.


More Resources

VIDEO: Collaborative Art with Amy Franceschini (KQED Art School)
Amy Franceschini is a San Francisco based artist whose practice spans drawing, sculpture, design, net art, public art, and gardening. She is concerned with notions of community, sustainable environment, and the relations between humans and nature.

LESSON: Superhero (SFMOMA)
This assignment uses the structure of the superhero teams Justice League and Super Friends to create individual superheroes who will work together to achieve a common good.

RESOURCE: Futurefarmers website (Futurefarmers)
Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us.

VIDEO: Elements of Art: Form (KQED Art School)
Study up on the different ways visual artists create Form in the third installment of our Elements of Art series. Through the eye-fooling genre of Trompe L’oeil, we look at techniques artists use to transform shapes into form.

VIDEO: Amy Franceschini (KQED Spark)
In this video, Franceschini discusses a project where a scanner takes an image of a participant’s print, which is then modeled into a virtual, three-dimensional maze and projected onto a wall. The participant can then enter into the labyrinth of his or her own fingerprint as though it were a topiary maze.


What Could a Superhero Do in Your Community? 8 March,2017Kristin Farr

  • draco zhao

    Some issues in my community that could use a superhero’s help is being environmentally friendly. In collaboration with a superhero team we could educate people on how to save water, electricity, and other resources they may be unconsciously wasting.

    • Rachelb_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree that education about enviormental conservation is essential, but I also think in order to save the enviorment we need to take it a step further and take action by making policy and inacting policy within our local goverment

    • SahilP_PattersonAPHG

      I totally agree with the issues prevalent in your community. The Earth is our home, and therefore we should treat it respectfully and with care so that future generations can call this planet home also. However, the manner in which we waste the resources generously provided for us, is a grave problem. To quote an article from the Scientific American, “The US uses one-third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the world’s oil, 23 percent of the coal, 27 percent of the aluminum, and 19 percent of the copper”, “with less than 5 percent of world population” (Tilford). This statistic underlines the carelessness in which our country wastes Earth’s precious resources, not just your community. And by doing this we are not only hurting the planet, but also the less fortunate people in developing countries who do not have access to these resources as a result of us consuming them for ourselves.

    • JustinC_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that resources are being wasted, not only in your community, but in many priveliged communities over the world, including mine. We only have one Earth, and we are trashing it at an alarming rate. According to a CO2 levels in the atmosphere projector, it is expected that at this rate, the atmosphere will contain triple the amount of carbon dioxide that it already has now. Subsequently, the temperature will also rise 8 degrees fahrenheit or 4.5 degrees celsius as a result. This needs to stop as not only will the environment be dangerous to us, it will also wipe out many species. If this continues to happen, then we are setting ourselves up for disaster.

    • GracieB_PattersonAPHG

      I completely agree with you. Not only do we need to educate
      people on how to save water, electricity, etc, we need to take a bigger step in
      establishing some kind of rules or laws that are more severe than the ones already implemented right now. Educating people would be the first step in this process. There are many ways to be conservative but we could educate kids and adults on this subject and also implement new rules while educating without wasting time. It could start in your community and could going on from there and go to state to country to worldwide. According to the United Nations we are going through what they call a “water crisis” currently. Nearly 60% of the state’s water needs are now met by groundwater now according to a report from Stanford University. We can’t just live and go off with our own lives not caring about how our kids and future generations are going to live like because of us. We need to take action now by more than educating but implementing laws.
      Sources:
      http://www.greenmountainpower.com/community/education/energy-saving-tips/
      http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/run-out-of-water.htm
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140819-groundwater-california-drought-aquifers-hidden-crisis/

    • andresm_pattersonaphug

      I agree, but also disagree. A superhero that helps us be environmentally friendly would be nice, since high levels of C02 would increase Earth’s temperature and reduce ice and snowfall, which is vital to environments in high latitude zones 9http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/future.html) At the same time, do people really need a superhero to be environmental friendly? Us as a global family are taking steps, and yet we aren’t doing enough. What makes us think that a superhero will teach people to be environmental friendly. The world has tried to tell the human race since 2000, and yet we are barely listening.

      Myself, I would encourage a superhero thatches humans to be environmentally friendly. Will the problem be resolved? That is a toss up

    • EmmaG_PattersonAPHUG

      I totally agree, the environment is a huge issue today. People waste resources subconsciously all the time. According to National Geographic, in developing countries, 70% of industrial waste is dumped into water, polluting what could’ve been a usable water supply. On a smaller scale, this is the same thing that happens in communities everywhere.

    • PriscillaC_PattersonAPHG

      Draco,

      I agree with you that a big issue
      in our community and all across America is being wasteful and environmentally
      unfriendly. But I don’t think it’s going to be that easy to fix this problem.
      If you think about it, every city has already implemented laws on water
      restrictions and for the most part it works. There are recycling bins at
      schools that the neighborhoods can take their waste to and some people recycle
      there. Even in cities with convenient personal recycling bins, not all people
      use it. As you can see, cities have tried to promote solutions to prevent
      waste. But not all the citizens are using the resources so I don’t think
      educating them would do anything.

      I do I think that there must be a
      country-wide code and laws for disposing waste. Some of the greenest countries
      include Sweden, Norway, etc. We should look at these countries as examples to
      see how we can learn from them to create a cleaner environment. Sweden has the
      highest percentge of renewable energy. We can do that in our communties, too. For
      example, Homeowners Associations should start promoting solar panels on
      household roof tops instead of voting against. Also, less than 1% of Sweden’s
      trash goes to landfills. We can start by creating waste-to-energy (WTE) plants
      that convert trash to create energy. See, this is a 2 way benefit: we eliminate
      waste and create energy! Even though a city may not be able to have its own WTE
      plant, a suggestion chould be that each county has one. We must start moving
      forward toward clean energy and there are so many other things we can learn
      from Sweden and other clean energy countries.

      Here’s more information about
      Sweden: https://sweden.se/nature/environmental-policy/

      http://www.iflscience.com/environment/less-1-swedens-trash-ends-landfills

      Greenest Countries: http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/21/top-greenest-countries-in-world/

  • dan.b

    The idea of a super hero is fictional but the idea of it and the role it plays in society and popular culture is something to study in my opinion.

  • Andy Ouyang

    Some real issues in my community littering. People tend to litter a lot and a way to stop this is to get people to pick it up and throw it away. Another issue is bullying. People are constantly bullied and helping them can be hard.

    • McKennaH_PattersonAPHUG

      These are problems my community faces too. I see many cigerette butts in the parks, and plastic bags blowing across parking lots and getting stuck in trees. I think that many people litter just because they think that oh, its just one plastic bag or one piece of gum, but the numbers start to add up and become apparent. As for the bullying, I cannot say I see it personally a lot in my town, but I do hear stories and I do not doubt there is bullying happening. Cyber bullying especially. I suppose it’s easier to be mean to someone hiding behind a screen, but that screen does nothing to soften the blow to its victim. It is said 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school in America. It is also a fact that bullying is a direct cause of violence in a persons life down the road. (http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/facts_new.html)

  • Ada Ouyang

    Some real issues in my community include littering, lack of water, pollution, and more. Some actions that I could take with the collaboration of a superhero team include find ways to make more clean water available, stop people from littering, invent ways to clean the pollution off the air, and more.

    • GeraldW_PattersonAPHG

      Littering and pollution are problems that my community faces as well. When I go to the park, I see litter scattered around places even though a trash can is literally a few feet away. The place I live in isn’t necessarily polluted by gas such as carbon dioxide but is more polluted from actual material waste. According to “Conserve-Energy-Future”, many people litter because they are too lazy to find a trash can and find it much easier to throw it on the ground. Not only is litter ruining the environment, it is also costing us. According to “Litter it Costs You”, $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up the litter. If everyone took their own part and just stopped littering, there wouldn’t be a problem at all.

      Sources:

      http://www.litteritcostsyou.org/9-interesting-facts-and-statistics-about-littering/
      http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-littering-facts.php

    • RiyaM_PattersonAPHG

      I completely agree with you. As humans, it is common for us to forget that we are not the only things on this planet. There are so many possible disasters that could devastate the planet because of the way that we are trashing it. I use the word “we” because I personally have not done anything to stop it. Although I am not personally trashing the environment, I am being a bystander and not doing anything which is just as bad.

    • AlexisB_BoydBence

      Ada,
      It seems as if littering is a problem within not only your community mine to and others. Pollution follows I think these are issues that we in fact need to put an end to. I believe a superhero would be nice in this area and also I think the idea of ways to clean pollution out of the air is a great idea.

    • MarlonS_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that litter and pollution are some common and major problems. And it’s not just a problem in our own communities. Many people around the world have put all of their effort to help keep he environments of communities clean through several means such as motivational media, passing laws that will help improve the environment, removing waste that’s contaminating environments, creating environmentally-friendly technology, etc. Despite the large amount of activity regarding keeping the environment clean, many people are still littering and polluting their environments on a global scale. About all of the methods for maintaining a clean environment are already pretty effective; it’s just that we need to persuade and get significantly more people to take part to make a global impact. The more people that are taking part, the faster the influence will be. But in some areas, that can be a challenge. If we were able to get everyone who was capable to help people in these areas out, we will be able to overcome this problem. But it’s also another challenge to get that many people who able to help to actually help. Evo Morales once said, “Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights,
      too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human
      beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without
      humans.” Earth has made itself a home for many diverse organisms including us humans. And we humans have caused significant damage to the population and survival of other organisms and the Earth itself; and we will be the ones responsible for healing the wounds. That is the message we must deliver to everyone around the world. The people who are helping restore their environment mustn’t give up their spirit. We need to strengthen their voices. And I believe that your super hero is a great start.

  • May N.

    Some issues in my community include littering, pollution, theft, hate crimes, bullying, and more. A superhero could stop people from littering, educate them to prevent pollution, and protect people from crimes such as theft.

    • VincentL_PattersonAPHG

      Hate crimes and bullying are atrocious acts that are proliferating in recent years. Many are seeing it on popular TV Shows, movies, and dramas, and thought that it will be entertaining and funny. However, for many people, these pranks cause permanent damage all the way until adulthood and beyond. According to Bullystatistics.org, over 1/2 of all students have seen some form of bullying and more than 1 out of 7 students are afraid to come to school because of it. This problems starts at a young age, as it credits 4th-8th grade as the prime time for bullying. Bullycide, suicide from bullying, is increasing at an alarming rate. It increased 50% in the past 30 years, and while instructed to ask for help, many are often too scared to do so, and keep the pressure to themselves. Hate crimes, especially due to sexual orientation, are really serious in recent days. Up to 30% of teen suicides have to do with sexual orientation, and up to 90% of LGBT have been bullied in school. Over half experienced physical assault or harassment, yet one-third of the staff fail to respond or take any action. Nonetheless, educating students and parents to be more accepting is a way to lower this rate. For bullying, schools should implement lessons about bullying, its consequence, and its causes to help the students better understand the seriousness of the issue.

    • DarianaG_BoydBence

      I agree with you May, in my community there’s a lot of bullying there should be a hero in which could help prevent bullying and educate people that what they are doing is wrong and could hurt people.

    • AlexisB_BoydBence

      May N.,
      A super hero could indeed help stop all of those issues and I personally think those are some of the greatest issues of all that do need to be stopped within not only a community but within multiple communities.

    • AnvitaK_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that bullying and hate crimes are problems in any community, but I think the root cause of it all, especially in Coppell, is ignorance. Most people stick to their own social groups, which are usually made up of people who look, act, and dress similar to themselves. This causes people to create stereotypes against other people or groups who don’t fit into a person’s image of how someone should look, act, or dress. The people doing this don’t take into consideration the backgrounds of the people they’re typecasting, and that is the problem. As stated in an article about teenage bullying and stereotyping, “Some won’t even bother to venture outside of their group of friends to meet new people.” People, especially young people, need to learn about different cultures, and learn to accept all types of people for their personality, not what stereotype they seem to fulfill.

  • Preston Chu

    Some issues in the Bay Area community would be littering, vandalism of property, and theft. Heroes can protect people from vandalism and theft, while littering could just be cleaning things up in the community.

    • VincentL_PattersonAPHG

      While vandalism and theft is harder to prevent on an individual basis, I believe that littering could be easily avoided. According to Cure Litter, Live Stronger, 3/4 of the people admitted into littering, 50% of which are cigarette butts. This costs the US government 11.5 billion dollars each year, but 250 million pounds of trash are still generated. A good and easy way for the community to stop littering is to start a local recycling center or a recycling program, teaching others why and how to recycle. Another way is to ask the city hall to install new trash cans in public areas (sidewalks, parks, libraries, ponds), so people will not be as tempted to throw the trash randomly on the ground. In many ways, teaching the people to be more cautious of how they treat the environment only benefits humans in the long run.

    • JordanW_PattersonAPHG

      I have been to the bay area my self and I feel like what you are saying, I agree with. Littering is a very big problem, about 1.9 BILLION yes I said BILLION TONS of litter ends up in our oceans. Being in such close proximity to the oceans. Litter clean up would be helpful in many different ways. Vandalism is also very important. in Phoenix, Arizona, they spend approximately 6 Million dollars a years cleaning up graffiti. That money could be used for much better purposes such as public transportation, parks, and even building new schools. There are many problems out there, but little by little we can help our own communities to better ourselves and the people we live by. Like I said earlier I could not agree more. A super hero who would just clean things up would be Awesome! But like Bill Bryson said “I see litter as part of a long continuum of anti-social behavior”.

      Thank You ,
      Jordan Whiteley

    • MichaelG PattersonAPHG

      Vandalism is prominent in many parts of america, yet it is harder to prevent than littering. This problem is also very prevalent to schools. According to Keep America Beautiful, 52% of public high schools and 47% of middle schools report incidents of vandalism, with little difference between cities, and rural areas. 36% of students also saw hate-related grafitti in high schools. In order to prevent vandalism, the youth of our country should be taught of the victims of vandalism and security on schools should be upgraded to catch violates and punish them, setting an example to others. Heroes that fight vandalism discourage this problem. This may be just a student telling another that it isn’t cool. Schools should also teach the new generation respect for property.

  • Ezra Quianzon

    An issue in my community is bullying. Educating people on the effects of bullying and making people feel bad could be a solution. A superhero can watch over the community and protect the victims from the bullies.

    • alishaha_boydbence

      Ezra, I agree with you. I believe bullying is an issue in every community. Bullying is a horribly thing, and everyone should be aware of the consequences of it. “Parkland Health and Hospital System experts note that bullying is a serious issue for many children and one that can lead to a number of problems, including substance abuse, suicide and both psychological and physical health issues.” http://starlocalmedia.com/celinarecord/news/school-bullying-can-cause-anxiety-in-children-families/article_e044524e-2949-11e4-b807-0019bb2963f4.html If there was a superhero to prevent these problems, I believe the community would become a more friendly, worth-going place as the community would be growing.

    • ChristieH_PattersonAPHG

      Bullying is definitely an issue that some people do not even recognize anymore. It has almost revolutionized. Sarcastic comments are very common now and they are sometimes meant to be comical, but they can easily hurt other’s feelings. Technology is improving every day and makes it easier for people to bully through cyberbullying. Cyber bullying is now more prominent than ‘traditional’ bullying – verbal and physical abuse. According to Bullying Statistics, “more than fifty percent of teens have been bullied and about the same amount has initiated cyber bullying”. As much as children don’t want pestering parents to get involved, “over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs” and that is a huge amount (Bullying Statistics). However, the American Justice Department bullying statistics show that 25% of kids will be bullied sometime throughout their teen years. Bullying can really take a toll on a teen’s life, whether it’s through technology or in person. It can lead the victim to feeling alone and hurt, and even lead to depression and/or suicide. Although the superhero can prevent bullying from happening, I believe the superhero can become a role model and portray how to to treat others. This will lead teens and children, and maybe even adults, to exercise better behavior.

      “Bullying Statistics.” Bullying Statistics. Bullying Statistics, 2013. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. .

    • DarianaG_BoydBence

      Ezra, I agree with you we should educate people on the effects of bullying many people in my community are bullies or have been bullies her is a link there you will find the stories of the people who have been bullied in my community. http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/

    • KathyM_BoydBence

      Ezra, I agree with you but I also disagree with you.
      Letting people become more aware of bullying is a great way to change the community. Nevertheless making people feel bad is what causes bullying in the first place. Bullying has been a big issue for several years.
      It seems like no matter what way it’s communicated that bullying is unacceptable, bullies still conquer. According to Dosomething.org,
      Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
      https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying
      Bullying is a horrible act and we should all contribute to change that. If we did have a real superhero to watch over bullying that would help out several victims in all communities.

    • sarahw_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that this superhero would be a good idea, but educating kids to make people feel bad is not necessarily the correct position to take. Many kids do not listen to these seminars and many do not realize that they are the bullies. Making kids feel bad just causes them sadness, but it won’t usually cause them to take action. Nobullying.com shows that 40% of bullying situations go unreported. The also state that, “the older a person gets, the less likely they are to report their abuses.”

  • We need a superhero’s help, rabbits are taking over! The issue in my neighborhood, while it may seem silly, is a real nuisance, and that is we are overrun by rabbits. My neighborhood community is in Flower Mound, TX. and this suburb does have the normal strip malls and its fair share of Walmart stores, we do have a lot of large acre properties, especially where I live.

    The natural predators are not present to keep the rabbits in check because of the human environmental interaction, however the rabbits are loving the area and are multiplying very fast! They burrow in our yards, eat the flowers and plants that are bought and planted for landscaping and have their babies in the most peculiar places. They are cute, don’t get me wrong and I haven’t tried to get rid of them myself, yet. However we have had many people in our neighborhood starting to talk about how we need to control their numbers.

    We have had a few bobcats come into the neighborhood and that caused a panic because they will also attack small dogs and small children. So I thought my “superhero” would be predatory in nature and control this menace in our neighborhood. With her cat like eyesight and steel weapons, my superhero could easily take on those cute little bunnies. The logo I chose is a predatory bird symbol which represents the purpose of my hero, “The Poacher”. While the term poaching refers to the illegal killing of animals my superhero would have to operate outside of the laws because city restrictions won’t let us shot or kill the rabbits ourselves, which is understandable since we are in the city limits. The city won’t send out any animal control services either because we are “in danger” either.

    I thought it would fun to create my superhero online instead of making a costume like Amy Franschini made in the KQEDEDspace video for #DoNowHero. I used the Marvel website below to create my image of what I think a “superhero” might look like from the Justice League if they were to help us control the rabbit population. http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero

    However in reality this is a problem that we need to have real solutions for our neighborhood community landscape and we plan to tackle first organically and humanely. I have a small spring trap that I bought at home depot and I think that we will try relocation first, along with organic sprays which the rabbits don’t like and so they will burrow somewhere else. In the spring we are also going to plant pepper plants around our flower beds which will be an organic deterrent. I have gone online and there are many adoption agencies for rabbits but not for the wild breed we have, only for those more domesticated ones that are bred as pets.

    This will probably be an on going process until we see the numbers decline. Hopefully we won’t have to call upon the skills of a hero like “The Poacher”. 😉

    • NiharT_PattersonAPHUG

      I totally agree Danae that rodents eating up your flowerbeds and causing panic to young children is a problem but I do think verbal abuse between the youth worldwide is another cause that’s worth the presence of a superhero. About 77 percent of all students are bullied verbally. This could be about race, nationality, their beliefs, it doesn’t matter. This is a tree we have to cut down from the bottom and protect our future by creating stronger, and nicer relationships.

      Source used: http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/school-bullying-statistics.html

    • ConnieF_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you that this is a problem that needs to be addressed. While your problem may seem a bit odd at first, the unbalancing of an ecosystem due to humans’ interaction with wildlife (in this case driving off most of the natural predators of rabbits) is a serious issue. However, I believe that an even larger environmental problem that needs to be focused on is littering. While rabbits may ruin a garden, littering can kill wildlife and ruin entire ecosystems and food chains. 9 billion tons of litter end up in the oceans every year, and many animals die because of this. Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, and end up choking on them or dying from the sheer amount of plastic they accidentally eat. Other sea animals can get stuck in the plastic of soda six packs and end up getting strangled. Many birds and fish accidentally consume many small particles of styrofoam and plastic and end up sick or dead. While you make a fair point about the issue you face in your neighborhood, littering impacts the entire world and presents a much more pressing problem.

      Source: http://www.litteritcostsyou.org/9-interesting-facts-and-statistics-about-littering/

    • AnnaH_pattersonAPHG

      I agree that this problem needs to be adressed. With the overpopulation of a certain species may cause problems, it is still important to keep in mind how the decrease of that certain species may effect the echosystem. I do believe this is a serious situation, however I also believe that bullying students with disabilities is also a problem that we need to be aware of. Statistics show that students with disbilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied then their peers who don’t have disabilities. Bullying can affect the student’s grades and the desire to go to learn or go to school. This increases drop out rates for students with disabilities also. Little things like this can effect a person’s whole future. They can have the most happy and successful life, but with on action can change their future. It is important to inform people about these things so they will be able to make a difference in a person’s life.

      Source: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/

    • RebeccaF_PattersonAPHUG

      I do agree with the rabbit problem in your city. The wildlife is hard to control and the lack of available land is forcing the animals to come out and hunt for food on the streets. I believe we should stop the cutting down of wooded areas, encouraging the animals to stay in the wooded areas. It is safer for the animals and it is safer for us!

    • AdityaB_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree, however in Coppell its not only rabbits but also squirrels. Squirrels have ticked a lot of people off in my neighborhood because they try to eat out of the local bird feeders. Many have been killed because of this reason. But in a way this is sort of our fault. Because Coppell is a growing community and we are cutting a lot of trees down in order to make new areas for homes. But at the same time we don’t want wildlife in our backyards even though we are living on opp of their own homes. I propose making houses for wild life, that way we can help them out instead of them ending up dead by the hands of ordinary people or roadkill.

    • YashR_PattersonAPHG

      Danae, I totally agree that having small, but slightly hazardous creatures such as rabbits can have a big effect on your neighborhood and your community. However, I believe that there are some other issues in communities worldwide that are also extremely important to be aware of. Personally, I think that bullying is the main issue that needs a powerful and courageous superhero. Most importantly, victims of cyber bullying need a hero. Cyber bullying is when someone is harassed, embarrassed, or threatened through the use of digital technology. Many think cyber bullying is worse than physical or verbal because it is usually on the internet for EVERYONE to see. Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number of them have cyber bullied someone else. More than 1 in 3 young people have been part of cyber threats. Also, over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through technology. The number of cyber bullying victims is increasing day by day, so cyber bullying indubitably needs a hero.

    • RishikaK_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I agree with how the overpopulation of rabbits or any species overall can cause issues such as a lack of resources and even causes panic within people in the neighboring community. As much as I agree with your idea for you specific Flower mound community, I believe a superhero should be created for a more common and bigger issue affecting teenagers world-wide. In many communities, including Coppell (my community) cyber bullying has caused stress and depressions within teenagers and parents. The outburst of bunnies causing issues may only apply to specific areas, but superheroes should mostly be for the more extensive problems. Over 25 percent of teens have been bullied electronically. Also, approximately half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying. These statistics can not be ignored and the public need to realize the real issue causing fright within many innocent teenagers.

      Source:
      “Cyber Bullying Statistics.” Bullying Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2015.

      “What Is Cyberbullying.” StopBullying.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

    • JeffreyY_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,
      I completely agree with your problem! Overpopulation of certain animals in my neighborhood have become widespread as well. It is obviously very likely that this small problem could massively snowball into much bigger issues such as lack of resources. But I believe a superhero is needed for an even more widespread issue. In many neighborhoods, bullying is becoming a ubiquitous problem that is affecting more and more individuals daily. Bullying causes anxiety and stress on many students during and after school. This stress is hindering the students’ education and it is preventing them to succeed. The main issue is that in 85% of bullying cases, there is no intervention or effort made by a teacher or administration to stop the bullying to take place. This is a massive issue that only a superhero could fix!
      Source:
      http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/school-bullying-statistics.html

    • AliceD_PattersonAPHUG

      Danae,

      I agree with your problem. Over population of rabbits could have a devastating effect on people’s gardens. But I believe that a superhero is needed to stop deforestation. Deforestation is a problem. This is a problem due to people not buying eco friendly products, such as toilet paper. According to http://www.texasvox.org/tag/deforestation/ if people would buy the 100% recycled paper instead of the normal brand, we could save 423,900 trees.

    • ZachB._PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I agree with the problem that you are stating, even in coppell there are many rabbits just roaming around especially at night is when I see the most. how ever I do not think that we would need to control the number of rabbits in the way that you are thinking. I say that we should just separate like half of the rabbits and move them to either another location or maybe like a zoo or somewhere where they will be safe. I realize that you have tried many ways to get rid of them but maybe they are there in those amounts for a reason.

      • EricC_PattersonAPHG

        Danae,

        I agree with the issue that you are saying. There are a lot of loose rabbits just roaming around coppell and it doesn’t really help our society as a whole so I do think we could adjust the situation. I also do think that they shouldn’t be killed altogether. I believe putting them in an animal shelter is probably the best way to conserve the population of rabbits. They won’t die, they’ll get proper attention, maybe someone would adopt them. But in animal shelters, I do know they affect the animals in a positive way rather then killing them.

    • RoopeR_PattersonAPHUG

      Danae,

      I personally agree with your issue, but I feel that I have a better way to solve this than having to kill the animals. The USDA stated that over 2 million rabbits die each year, so why increase the number? I believe your super hero should be a hero that captures all of the bunnies, and take them to safety in a large field, where they can graze, and live freely. Another issue that I have come upon which needs a super hero(named Techno Sharer) to fix is unequal learning opportunities due to lack of technology. You live in Flower Mound, which is near me (Coppell), and we are both fortunate to have great technology to learn. I believe we need a superhero to convince the school districts to create a partner system, where 1 iPad is assigned for 2 people, so then Techno Sharer can distribute over 1,600 iPads form my school alone to less fortunate areas. If all of us fortunate districts teamed up, we could help the unfortunate people fight their poverty situations, and create equality among learners.

      “Farm Animal Statistics: Slaughter Totals : The Humane Society of the United States.” RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015. .

    • ChristineJ_PattersonAPHUG

      Danae,

      I completely agree with your problem. The overpopulation of rabbits or any animal can have a devastating effect on your neighborhood and the community. But to solve this problem I believe we need to look a little deeper and figure out why rabbits are coming into neighborhoods in the first place. This is because humans are cutting down their natural habitat and this pushes the natural predators out of the area and onto the streets. This overpopulation of rabbits in one area may have a small effect now but in later years this problem could result in a lack of resources for many different animals. Despite their immense value, nearly half of the world’s forests have been lost. What’s worse, we’re cutting them down at greater rates each year to plant crops, graze cattle and generate income from timber and other forest products. I believe that we should stop cutting down forest areas and save the habitats of wild animals.

      Source: http://www.conservation.org/what/pages/forests.aspx

    • AlexW_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with your post as well. What you see in Flowermound is also very prevalent in Coppell as well. Though we have more squirrels than rabbits I would say. And as you know Coppell is “built out”, which means there is no more room left to build any buildings. This also tells us that there are no more places for animals to live anymore, especially predators for rabbits or squirrels. So those rabbits and squirrels find homes in out houses or even at our gardens, and we get annoyed by this. We try everything, even trying to put fox urine at around the house to push the squirrels off our property.
      http://dallas.crittercontrol.com/services/coppell/squirrel-control.html
      Its become a problem now, there are just so many little critters trying to survive. And they have adapted to their environment by living in our homes. Thus balance of nature is completely off now because of Coppell destroying their homes. We completely killed off the predators who were actually helping us to control the population, but we misunderstood and thought the predators of the squirrels were our enemies. Like you said, we often panic when we see a bobcat. But all they are trying to do is just survive. I think your hero would greatly help all of Dallas, not just one county.

    • ChristineY_PattersonAPHG

      Although the population of wildlife may grow rapidly at face paces when not controlled properly. I believe that you should create a petition along with others to convince your city to look onto this situation instead of just letting them ignore it. I agree with you completely that overpopulation of wildlife may be a big conflict due to the attraction of more dangerous predators like you said, bob cats, as well as the spread of disease such as rabies can be a big caution in rabbits especially with the large amounts of the bunnies that you have described. It is important that we keep control of wildlife in the most moral and safe as well as environmental friendly as possible, but I also believe that we as humans must be careful about how we handle the situation as well. There are a lot of diseases from animals that may affect us and cause multiple sicknesses in town. Also in order to handle the situation of bob cats quickly to avoid any further attacks on dogs and small children it is best that according to desertusa.com, “Should you encounter a bobcat, you should keep as much distance between you and the animal as possible” it is also encouraged that you immediately call animal control. As you said before that you can create traps to trap the rabbits and then later on set them free, one person can not just do this alone. You and others need to create a petition to help create a whole city act to decrease the population of the rabbits and pose a smaller risk of attracting any dangerous predators. Be safe!

      Source: http://www.desertusa.com/animals/bobcat-control.html

    • HudsonB_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree that the overpopulation is a problem in your community but killing them would not be the solution. I believe that you should contact the people in the business in the link below and ask them about their idea of Immunocontraception.

      http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/wildlife_overpopulation/

      Their idea is to take the animals and carefully without harming them make sure they cannot become pregnant. immunocontraception means to control animal populations where it’s necessary and appropriate. This method safely uses the body’s immune response to prevent pregnancy without harming the animal or the population as a whole. This should control the population in a better way than killing the poor animals and it will keep the bobcats away from small children and dogs.

    • ZakariaC_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I completely agree that overpopulation of rabbits in your neighbor hood is a problem, but I believe that you should go about solving this problem differently. Rather than letting your superhero kill the rabbits make him/her do the same thing that you are doing. I like the idea of using organic deterrents as well, but I do believe that you need to make this more widespread, because if only you do this, then you will not exactly solve the problem. Try having a meeting, starting a club, or putting out flyers so that you can make the use of organic deterrents widespread. You can also teach others to make organic deterrent for rabbits using:
      empty milk jug, water
      5 garlic cloves
      1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
      1 gallon water
      1 tablespoon dish soap

      (mix in jug and let it sit in the sun for 2 days then pour on plants)

      Remember that “Rabbits typically don’t carry diseases…” (Washingtonpost.com) so do not be afraid of them, but do remember “The rabbit renaissance won’t last because it creates a sumptuous buffet for local predators such as foxes, hawks and owls.” (Washingtonpost.com). So be sure that the things you are putting in place is temporary and does not harm the environment. I also cannot stress enough how much you need to make this public, as that is the only way to solve this problem for your community as a whole.

      Washington post information: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/rabbit-population-explodes-in-washington-area-neighborhoods/2013/08/03/e911ac44-fbac-11e2-a369-d1954abcb7e3_story.html

    • ChetanI_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I completely agree with your problem, although I do not agree with your ways of controlling it. I agree that your superhero may seem a bit intimidating as “the poacher”, but if he/she can hunt and regulate the populations lawfully, they are actually doing the right thing. Although this seems like only a small issue which can be regulated with organic materials and relocation, according to the National Invasive Species Council, “Invasive species compete for food and space with other species and interfere with their growth, reproduction, and development. Invasive species place other species at increased risk of extinction”. Even though the rabbit species in your area may not be by definition invasive or non-native, there are definitely other species who will lose populations as a result of the recent rabbit species growth. This can simply be understood as nature at its work, or a result of an ecosystem trying to maintain homeostasis. Examples include the local grass species, local plant species, local insect species (rabbits who eat insects), etc. who all will eventually go down in populations and ultimately contribute to bigger factors affecting humans. Your best option is to raise awareness in your local community by starting a petition, organizing an event, or meeting with authorities. After this step has occured, field scientists should come and study the area to know exactly how many rabbits to put down. Finally, safe lawful hunters should come and put down exactly the number of rabbits predicted by the scientists. The quicker this issue can be solved, fewer rabbits will have to be put down and more study for future ways to naturally control the rabbit populations without coyotes will be conducted.

    • RohinB_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I understand your concerns regarding the amount of rabbits that exists in your but one needs to recognize that it was the rabbits land first and we should respect that. The best way to go about this is to make the issue known not only to ur neighborhood but also the city, rabbits, while annoying, are a natural resident and should be treated with some respect!

      here is a website to help you with your issue

      http://gardening.about.com/od/deerrodents/a/Controlling-And-Deterring-Rabbits-In-The-Garden.htm

      One way to counteract this is to fence in the yard

      A coated metal is easy to work with and lasts longer than non-galvanized fencing, which will rust.

      A height of 2 – 3 feet will deter them.

    • AlliF_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that overpopulation of these animals is an issue and so is infestation of any kind. Although I agree that this is an issue, i do not agree with the solution. Poaching these animals illegally wouldn’t be the proper way to get rid of the overpopulation problem. If you did resort to killing the animals, a license or company that handles infestation would be more useful. If someone had a license, the right equipment, and the knowledge of what not to use (poisons, unlicensed weapons, traps), then this would be the proper way to dispose of the animals. People have gotten in serious trouble for killing neighborhood animals such as rabbits, squirrels, and bobcats. The consequences for poaching are getting licenses confiscated, paying large fines, and 1-5 years in prison in some states. http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/hunting/traditional-methods/poaching3.htm You would need to find someone/a company that has the right licenses and proper methods of killing, or capturing these animals.

    • LekhithaA_PattersonAPHG

      This is one of those situations where I would say “Deal with it” but it is indeed a problem. But you must consider, rabbits are life too. We can’t kick them out of the habitats they live in. In fact they were there first, so if anything, its us humans who are the invaders. The poor animals are only trying to survive. There are alternative solutions.

      as privided by the website below:

      “A well-constructed fence is the most effective way to protect plants. Two-foot high chicken wire supported by posts every six to eight feet is strong enough to keep rabbits out. Stake the bottom securely to the ground to prevent rabbits from pushing underneath it.”

      (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/rabbits/tips/solving_problems_rabbits.html)

    • ArchiB_PattersonAPHG

      I see your point about rabbits overpopulating your area. I feel that the main problem with the rabbits, are their huge rate of reproduction, according to http://www.quickspay.com/article_bunny.html , a rabbit and it’s offspring can make over 50,653 new rabbits. That’s a huge number and that will continue to grow exponentially. That is why I feel you are tackling this problem the wrong way. Poaching the animals won’t be enough to stop them. No one, not even a Superhero can poach animals quickly enough so they don’t reproduce. I like how you personally went out and traps and are planting plants to deter the animals, but thats not enough. It needs to be a community effort to reduce this overpopulation menace. This article, http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Rabbits , tells you some ways you can eliminate rabbits.

    • AustinR_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I agree with you completely. I believe that the superhero would do you very good. Rabbits, in excess, can cause many problems. Many people are saying that you should not kill the rabbits because it is not right. The fact of the matter is that rabbits are meant to be preyed upon in nature, and with no natural predator, they will become extremely overpopulated. Even if you prevent them from coming in your yard, that will not stop them from reproducing elsewhere. The poacher, will keep the rabbit population in “check” and help everyone. If the poacher, or a natural predator wasn’t there, there would be many, many rabbits because I imagine water and their food, grass, is not hard to find. I believe the poacher will be extremely beneficial to the community.

      http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange1/current/lectures/predation/predation.html

    • SamC_PattersonAPHG

      Denae,

      Although your problem
      with the rabbit overpopulation might be getting a little annoying and tedious,
      I believe that there are a lot bigger problems that should catch your
      attention. In the United States, since 2008 food prices have increased by 9%, 33% of families have to choose between buying food and paying their utility bill, and 47% of families have to choose between paying for medicine and food. (http://www.gleantexas.org/hungerfacts.html) From these statistics, you should see that families have to make the difficult decision between two essentials in everyday life that a person could not live without. Also, hunger is a problem that affects people across the nation while rabbit overpopulation might affect a small majority of America’s population. Sometimes we have to look and see what is better for those around us rather than focusing on our own minor issues.

    • BrettH_PattersonAPHG

      I understand your problem. Rabbits are all over the place in my neighborhood in Coppell as well. Every time I walk home from school I see at least four scurry away as I walk by. I can’t even walk my dog since he’ll just try to chase after the rabbits the whole time. For a month or two my family had a personal experience with a rabbit in my backyard. She would sneak in and eat some of my mom’s plants and we’d shoo her away, but she would always come back, so eventually we gave up and let her stay. One day my dog went berserk and we found that she had given birth to six baby bunnies. Although there are way too many rabbits in our neighborhood than there should be, I don’t find that they are two big of a problem if you deal with them like my family did, which is low fencing around the plants. According to the website below there are plently of ways to prevent the rabbits from doing any harm, such as fencing, traps, setting predator urine and fungicide sprays. I believe fencing to be the most effective in stopping the rabbits.
      http://www.wildlifeanimalcontrol.com/rabbits.html

      • BrettH_PattersonAPHG

        There was a burglary recently in my neighborhood. It was during the day, while no one was home, the owner’s alarm was not set and no one noticed anything unusual. My Hero’s name is “Captain Crimewatch” and he will protect the neighborhood and community by reminding to set home alarms and watching over our neighbors.

    • AbhiM_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I understand your complaints regarding the impact those pesky little rabbits are having on your community, and I completely recognize your frustration about the trouble they are causing. But, I believe that your methods towards eliminating these creatures are not on the correct path that should be taken, but rather an alternate route. The rabbits, although troublesome, need some place to get their materials from, and your community is surely not the correct location. For this reason, you must use your superhero to not eliminate them, but to help relocate them to another location. The rabbits will bring overpopulation, which thus, results in predators, such as bobcats, arriving and breaking the peace. Your superhero, “The Poacher” should consider methods from this informational resource, http://www.wildlifeanimalcontrol.com/rabbits.html , which will help you with your task. Like the site states, “Fencing is probably the most effective and humane way to get rid of your rabbits.” If it is absolutely necessary, then you can consider laying traps, but this method should be the last resort. Hope your hero can save the day!

      • AbhiM_PattersonAPHG

        In the city of Coppell, there is a horrendous disease spreading rapidly: discrimination. This injustice is plaguing the town as it disrupts the peace and equilibrium the community has spent so long building up upon. In order to combat and eliminate discrimination once and for all, a new hero known as “The Uniter” has recently emerged. Although his true identity has not been confirmed, rumor has spread that The Uniter is no one other than AP HUG teacher Andrew Patterson. Discrimination may only be fought if the various ethnic groups and cultures of Coppell set aside their differences and look towards their similarities. As Mattie Stepanek once stated, “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” The Uniter is widely known for having the ability to instantly stop fights with his magical “Torch of Justice.” With the Torch, The Uniter is able to instill a sense of unity in even the most ignorant person, and by doing so, is able to create a stable and flourishing city of Coppell. Also, with his bright armor, he will serve as the figure who citizens will look up to and recognize; he will be the one who attracts all of the “attention” and will be able to teach the people the meaning of unity. Also, with his ying-yang sign on his chest, he is able to represent one who truly understands peace. The Uniter may just be the one who can truly eliminate discrimination once and for all in Coppell.

    • AshwinK_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I agree with your statement that the overpopulation of Rabbits is a problem to environmental conditions. The grazing and burrowing by rabbits can cause serious erosion problem, reduce recruitment and survival of native plants, and modify entire landscapes. In addition, rabbits also threaten the survival of a number of native animal species by altering habitat, reducing native food sources, displacing small animals from burrows. According to Austrailian agriculture, it loses more than 115 million dollars a year because of overgrazing by rabbits. However, though they might be a creature that is irksome, there are different methods of eradication rather than the murder of them through your superhero. For example, the clover is a delicacy of rabbits and so you might like to personally relocate the rabbits by using the clover as bait. This method prevents the murder of rabbits; however, it does induce external strain on your superhero, but it will ensure the prosperity of the rabbit species. This method will be friendlier than using a trap commercially bought. In addition, rabbits are prey
      animals, so having a dog or cat will make the rabbit less likely to enter your
      garden. Ensure that you have proper fencing for you do so he/she doesn’t get in
      any danger outside of the yard. Also, install a fence around the perimeter of
      your property. You should bury this slightly in the ground because rabbits can
      quite easily dig under fences.

      http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/pestsweeds/RabbitFactsheet.htm

      http://www.doityourself.com/stry/tips-for-getting-rid-of-wild-rabbits-in-your-yard

      • Guest

        Our society is rapidly growing in technological advances for the greater good of mankind. However, some of these of advances are often the bane of certain individuals. Issues such as cyber bullying, which is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, usually
        by threating that individual, occurs through the means of social media, which has been a contributor to around 4,500 deaths and suicides a year. Even Aldous Huxley said that, “Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.“ However, my superhero the, “Filter,” is a computer software tool that prevents harmful posts to social media even before they are posted. The software checks any posts using rigorous word choice testing and if it is not approved through, the “Filter,” then the post will not be submitted. In addition, if any post manages to pass the filter check, but is mean, then any user can check the filter button on the social media tool and, “Filter” will delete any post or copies of it on the web. The picture is meant to visually represent the software, by showing the toughness of it and how it will hunt you down if anything crosses its path.

    • DheemantD_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I think that this is a real problem that needs be addressed. I too have many rabbits in my yard. I think that an effective way to get rid of the rabbits without killing them would be to trap them and relocate them to a different area, a plain, that is far away. I think it is wrong to kill the rabbits as a human because we don’t even eat them. Its killing because we don’t like them. By trapping them and realizing them somewhere else where they can live, we won’t have to worry about the problem without having to kill a rabbit.

      Source: http://www.wildlifeanimalcontrol.com/rabbits.html

    • AmeliaV_PattersonAPHG

      Danae,

      I see you are struggling with the rabbit population quite a bit, and I understand your want to get rid of them. However, could animal control be correct? The rabbits are not causing you any real harm, so is it really necessary for you to harm them? I think that even though you are annoyed with the rabbits, it will be best to leave them alone. I get that It may be a problem with your gardens, but remember that you might be considered a problem by the rabbits (That seems funny, I know) But you have to keep in mind that we do share this planet, and we do not get free pass to all land! We have already done so much harm by building so many cities all over the world (see http://www.anapsid.org/animalshumans.html for the basic details) Also, with the bobcats, unless you have a very small dog that is outside of a restricted area without supervision a lot of the time then your dogs have no need to fear! And if you aren’t leaving a small child out unsupervised for long periods of time then your family should not be concerned. Bobcats do not want to interact with groups of people, or anything larger than it, nor are they looking at young children and dogs as their source of food- they are there for the rabbits. If you do want to get rid of the rabbits maybe the best way to do so would be to try and catch them and drive them to a nature park outside of your town.

    • SriP_PattersonAPHG

      I understand your dilemma with the influx of rabbits in your neighborhood. In my community there has been on going construction and deforestation of the areas around the north lake. Many of the critters have been pushed out of their environment into the neighboring communities. Our neighborhood had been experiencing visits from some of the critters from simple rabbits to the occasional snake. This is a ongoing issue that needs to be addressed. If you really want to understand why there are so many rabbits coming in to your area, you must find a possible source. Just like my problem, yours could derive from a man made issue such as habitat destruction. If you find the source, it may help you into fixing your issue.

      http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/what-is-habitat-destruction-effects-definition-causes.html

  • j.jones

    a super hero that i would like in my community is a mentor. there’s a lot of students at my school that isn’t doing well or skip classes and i think they need someone to tell/show them why they should care. i would like to see them go somewhere in life and succeed.

    • MariaB_BoydBence

      J.Jones, I agree with you. If students are constantly skipping class or failing classes, then action needs to be taken. Having a quality education is key to succeeding. It was stated that, “Education is a must for a promising and secure future and a stable life.” (http://listovative.com/top-15-reasons-why-education-is-important/) In order to receive an education, you have to go to school. If those in your community are not doing that, then having a mentor can change lives. They can encourage the kids to do well in school and show them that someone cares about them. The mentors need to show them how imperative going to school is. Another solution for the kids that are failing classes could be hiring more tutors so that the students can have some one on one attention so they can grow. In conclusion, everyone needs the proper education so that they can succeed.

    • MorganS_BoydBence

      J.Jones, I completely agree with you. When students begin to skip class, they also fail. Maybe rather than sticking an adult on their case though, maybe you or some of your friends should try to become one of their peers and pin down the reason for their newly found academic issues. In order for success in most cases, you need eduction… and you have to go to school to receive an education.

    • AdithyaH_PattersonAPHG

      J.Jones, you are definitely right. According to a study done by John Hopkins University, 90% of students that skip class link their frequent absences with low grades, and eventually dropping out of high school. This happens in all places, so if I could pick a superhero, I agree with you and would like a mentor to guide the students into the right thing.

      Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/education/up-to-15-percent-of-students-chronically-skip-school-johns-hopkins-finds.html?_r=0

    • SunnyS_PattersonAPHG

      I also agree with you J.Jones, someone like a mentor for many students could be very helpful for students to become more successful in school and at life in general. Most of the actions we take, we have learned from our leaders and environment. If we have someone that it a good influence then we will tend to take up their habits as well. As Nelson Mandel said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”, education is a force that can shape the world and if more students have leaders to help them get that tool then they will be able to change their life and the lives of others after them.

    • MustafaA_BoydBence

      A super hero could be anybody, but you are right, a super hero can be a mentor. A super hero does what he believes is right and that is helping the students in your school be better in there classes so they can be successful in life.

    • sarahw_PattersonAPHG

      This is a great idea! Kids need a mentor no matter who it is. Mentors are very important in growing up and shaping your opinions. Most successful people grew up with mentors. Oprah Winfrey’s mentor was Maya Angelou. She got the chance to meet her mentor when her T.V. show went off. This is a wonderful idea that a lot of people probably would not think of.

    • EmilyE_BoydBence

      j.jones I totally agree with you. Some people don’t think they need school so they don’t do there work or the never go. These people don’t just need there parents constantly on there case they need some one like a friend to come in and tell them that school will affect your whole future. You need school in your life.

    • DarianaG_BoydBence

      J.Jones I completely agree with you. Some communities do need a mentor in which they could count on to give them advice. Many kids skip school or decide to quit I believe that if they have a mentor they will have a successful life in the future.

    • AriannaT_BoydBence

      I agree with you, J,Jones. Teenagers especially need guiding to where they are headed in life. If they want a good future, education is a priority. A good mentor will steer the kid in the right mind set. If there isn’t an adult, be the person that will guide them, and show them that education is important. There are jobs that don’t require a college degree, but to make enough to save and spend, receiving an education is crucial.

    • AlexisB_BoydBence

      J.jones I agree with you,
      Many children feel like that they are unable to learn newt things or feel the need to attend school for an education if they know or think that they would not be able to succeed in life. I think a super hero mentor is a great Idea and something that would very well be needed indeed.

    • Erica Liang

      I agree with your opinion. A lot of students are not motivated enough to stay in school because no one seems to care whether they do or not. If a teacher, counselor, or even a janitor showed that they cared about the students’ education, they would be more motivated to learn and succeed.

    • Ezra Quianzon

      I agree, the true super heroes are the ones that guide people into doing good rather than punish for being bad.

    • Darren H.

      I agree with you. I definetely think that a mentor would be good for the community especially with some people that are looking for guidance. Also it helps to have someone that cares.

    • SivamP_BoydBence

      I agree with you j jones. Skipping school is a big problem that can affect the futures of many young people. “7 million kids miss a month or more of school each year” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865562079/Big-consequences-for-skipping-school.html?pg=all These are many students who should be getting and education and learning. They should be preparing for college to someday go out into the real world and make a living. Instead, they are throwing that away. “Kids who miss more than 10 days of school in one academic year are less likely to graduate from high school” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865562079/Big-consequences-for-skipping-school.html?pg=all These are bright, young minds who I believe just need to be put back on the right track to success. They are still young and don’t know what to do. They need someone like a superhero who can be a mentor and steer them back onto the right road to success. This may encourage them to study a lot and someday become very successful.

    • Alecb_BoydBence

      Agreed. A mentor is nothing “super” at all and is what is needed. A person with great knowledge who can keep you on track and do all the right things. That mentor can also give you great advice and will prevent anything that is currently happening before it even happened.

    • KendallC_BoydBence

      I agree j.jones. People need mentors to help them. Not only do they need mentors for school, but they need people to help them find out what they are passionate about. Many people grow up to do things they don’t want to do. If there were was a hero who could be with you every step of the journey to happiness, people will discover what they truly want to do and they can be more passionate about school and other academics.

  • MariaB_BoydBence

    In my community of Coppell, we face many issues. Though they range anywhere from bullying, wasting water, or littering. I think the most prominent issue is how we choose to use our technology. The reality is, many times through social media or through text, people create gossip accounts or friends say things behind others backs or rumors get started that all then get spread. We might not see it at times, but this is cyber bullying. Whether it is at school or at work, there is no doubt that this world is being overrun with technology. It is just a part our daily life’s. In a professional survey, it was stated “70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.” (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying) The problem with this is not that we have access to it, but what is being done with that power. Reflecting on my community, I have seen accounts that are used to hurt others feelings. For example, there was a “Gossip Girl” account where you could send information in that wasn’t even true at times and it was still posted. It is wrong to target people and hurt them. This is why action needs to get taken so that cyber bullying can be prevented.

    It is really easy to hide behind a screen and not get caught. This needs to change, and many actions can be taken to put a stop to cyber bullying. Instead of having accounts or saying things that target members of our community, we can take a stand. We can do this by not sending tips in, not gossiping about others through text, or creating compliment accounts that brighten people’s day. Another idea would be to add bullying classes at all of our schools so we can see the effects of it. If we can start teaching the young ones at an early age, they can apply what they learn to stop this issue. Also, more rules can be set in place so that abusing technology has serious consequences. Just by doing taking these simple actions, the morale and spirit of Coppell would increase. Hopefully, it won’t be necessary to call in Libby Lively! She would be disappointed to hear about what has been going on. She is summoned when she feels a community is in deep trouble. With her bright smile and vibrant shades of clothing, she would brighten up Coppell in a heartbeat. She has a shield that prevents negativity and rude comments penetrate into a specific area. There is a star on her shield because her attitude is as bright as any star. Her logo is the “X” on her belt because she has absolutely no tolerance for any type of bullying. In conclusion, we need to take a stand and do everything to end bullying, especially cyber bullying.

    • LiliL_PattersonAPHG

      Cyber bullying is definitely a problem because people find it easier to say bad things to other people when they are not face to face. This used to not be a problem since there were no cell phones and portable devices and it definitely needs to stop. It started with our generation and it needs to end there now. But what about regular bullying? I have never actually seen some one get physically abused by a bully like you would see in movies but I do see teasing. This can be playful some times like among friends but sometimes it gets out of hand. An article at http://nobullying.com/interesting-verbal-bullying-facts/ says that 160,000 kids skip school each day in fear of being verbally abused and it is the little things we do or say that can help stop this.

    • FarahM_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you, the use of technology is dominating and many people don’t even know how to talk to people anymore. Bullying is an important problem even now. Sure there aren’t fights like you would see in 80’s movies, but this has become worse. People are hiding behind screens and using fake usernames or creating accounts just to insult people. Cyber bullying is a problem that needs to be stopped and no matter how many adults at your school say that no one does anything. There will be a lecture, the kids will pretend to listen and take interest, and then when it’s done, it will go back to the way it was with the teasing and harassing.
      “Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.” says http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

      No ones is going to solve this problem unless we decide to step up and solve it because we are the next generation.

    • VarshaK_PattersonAPHUG

      Cyber Bullying in todays word is indeed a problem, because of technology being everywhere around us, like work and school. When someone is cyberbullying “they are often motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Sometimes they do it for entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands and too many tech toys available to them.” says http://stopcyberbullying.org/why_do_kids_cyberbully_each_other.html. This does not make cyber bullying something that is right thing to do, just because of the person bullying has problems that are inducing them to act this certain way. I do agree with you that cyberbullying is a problem that needs to be fixed somehow, and that little kids need to be taught at a young age, to see that cyberbullying is a bad thing. Because if they don’t then it’s just going to create another generation of people not understanding the importance of cyberbullying.

    • AdiC_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with this issue, as we are becoming more and more modern we are also bringing old practices into the technological world. What used to be face to face bullying is now cyber and this can be argued to be worse because it is on the internet for everyone to see. People who wouldn’t bully in real life can now anonymously harm others through multiple social media apps and websites. The National Crime Prevention Council writes that “Cyber bullying may be an even bigger threat than normal face to face bullying because it happens in the child’s home, it is harsher because people say things online they wouldn’t say in person, and its inescapable because the only way to avoid it i to stay offline.” This shows that technology, as good as it is, allows for a new, harsher, and more modern form of bullying which harms children. For these reasons I feel like you are correct when you say cyber bullying is a problem in our community not only in Coppell but across our nation.

      Source: “What Is Cyberbullying?” — National Crime Prevention Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

      http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying

    • SolH_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you. Not only is cyber bullying a problem in Coppell, but throughout the nation. And since we are in the 21st century, the era of technology, we are frequently using the internet or social media to do school work or just for enjoyment. Cyber bullying itself is very dangerous but there could be other consequences that follow it. “When teens were asked why they think others cyberbully, 81 percent said that cyberbullies think it’s funny. Other teens believe that youth who cyberbully, don’t think it’s a big deal, don’t think about the consequences, are encouraged by friends, think everybody cyberbullies, or think they won’t get caught.” This is a serious problem and I totally agree with you that we should take a stand.
      http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying/cyberbullying-faq-for-teens

    • AshleyB_PattersonAPHG

      I totally agree with you, that cyber bullying is a huge problem. Cyber bullying is a problem in Coppell, and also throughout the nation. When people cyber-bully, they are behind a screen, not making real contact with the person they’re targeting, thus making it easier to say hurtful things. Today, we are in the 21st century, where nowadays everybody is always on their phone, where it might be for fun, work, school etc. When a survey was taken by http://www.dosomething.org, it was found that, “81% of young people think that bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person”. “70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online”. One of the scariest things about cyber bullying is that it can take on so many forms, which makes it so hard to control. Text messages, hate emails and campaigns, posting rumors and threats, all start off small, but can grow over time to uncontrollable levels. The mental harm done by just one text or post can last for years, which explains why more people need to take a stand and spread awareness. Due to these reasons people need to spread awareness not only in Coppell about cyber bullying, but in other parts of the nation as well.

      https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying

    • AlwinW_PattersonAPHG

      I highly agree with you on the situation that cyber bullying is becoming a major problem. With the increased amount of emphasis that schools are placing on replacing everyday things with technology, it opens up the door for others to bully online. Cyber bullying is much easier for people to do, and they can hide behind a computer instead of having to say it to the person’s face. 68% of teens agree that this is a major issue, however despite this, according to DoSomething, nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online 1 in 4 students have had it happen to them more than one. We need to stop this and prevent it from happening to students, so that they are able to roam online freely without fear of being cyberbullied. https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying

    • AfifahM_PattersonAPHG

      I totally agree with you cyber bullying is a major problem. Especially with the quickly increasing amount of technology that is used. Also because people think that cyber bullying is not as bad or because they have less guilt bullying online because they can’t actually see the person who they are bullying. As Charlie Chaplin once said “My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.”

    • EthanH_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a problem. With there being more access to technology at schools and at homes, to makes it much easier (and safer) to bully people through technology, and it lets the whole world see it to. This is a big problem, and it needs to stop. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it instead of reporting it. This is a problem, because if people aren’t going to do anything to stop cyber bullying then it will not stop. Only 1 out of 10 victims report the bullying to a trusted adult. And it doesn’t necessarily end there. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.

      http://nobullying.com/cyber-bullying-facts/

    • VikramM_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a major issue. The sudden surplus of new technology and gadgets is making people more susceptible to cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is a form of bullying is an easier way of bullying where the bully doesn’t need to see to bully his victims directly. This is major problem because only 10% of all kids who are cyber bullied report it to an adult or ask for help. 22% of victims are more likely to consider the choice of committing suicide.
      http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/
      http://www.saferinternet.org/online-issues/parents-and-carers/cyberbullying

      • VikramM_PattersonAPHG

        The main issue in my community is speeding. People commonly avoid the stop signs set up in my neighborhood and speed causing danger themselves and others around them. I will solve this issue by talking to the city council about enforcing stop sign rules and regulations. I will also ask for additional cops to patrol the neighborhoods around my area to cause people to stop speeding. This may not stop it but it will at least decrease the amount of lives that are at risk of causing an accident.
        http://www.fox4news.com/story/27676974/deadly-high-speed-crash-in-duncanville

        This is my super hero stop and drop.

    • SakethG_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree with you a 100% on the issue of how people abuse technology which is very widespread throughout the world. This problem has emerged as one of the most controversial because still to today there are not laws preventing this from happening. People are making steps towards this yet still there are no solid laws. More than 43% of kids have been bullied online and the number is stilling rising and no one is stopping it. The reason this is, is because technology has been integrated into society so seamlessly that society cannot function without technology. This then makes it very easy to get your hands and many people use that as a opportunity to abuse others. The main reason people do this is because people know they can get away with it on websites that allow you to be anonymous. This isn’t just teasing this could be fatal, on article online it shows that people who experiences cyber bullying are 2-9 times likely for committing suicide. Please stop the cycle

      https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying

    • SanishJ_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a problem but the reason people do it is because it is easier to do it becasue you don’t have to talk to someone face to face so then people who don’t have the courage to do so when you are there they could easily do it online and because more and more people are getting access to the internet it is becoming harder and harder to deal with it.which makes it hard on the people who are trying to stop it. Now days about 25% of people get cyber bullied and it is getting worse day by day due to the change in society.
      http://cyberbullying.us/summary-of-our-research/
      http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying

    • SruthiB_PattersonAPHG

      I strongly agree with you. Cyber bullying is an increasing issue across the country, not just in Coppell. Since technology is used every day, it makes it easier for people to bully others online through social media. Also, because its online, it’s easier for people to get away with, since bullies can hide behind anonymous usernames or accounts. In fact, 81% of teenagers think cyber bullying is easier to get away with than just regular bullying. Many people do not realize that cyber bullying has the same effect on the victim as regular bullying does. Victims of cyber bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to commit suicide. Cyber bullying is a serious issue that many teens face daily and we must end it soon.

      http://nobullying.com/facts-about-cyber-bullying/

    • ClaudiaW_PattersonAPHG

      I agree, bullying is a very pressing issue in today’s world. Suicide is the third leading cause for teen deaths (adlibbing.org). Interestingly, both victims of bullying and bullies are more likely to attempt, commit, or think of suicide (stopbullying.gov). Bullying should be easy enough to stop, 90% of 3rd-5th graders said they felt bad for victims of bullying (stopbullying.gov), but in 85% of bullying cases there isn’t any intervention (graphs.net).

    • PrayushaP_PattersonAPHG

      I agree strongly with you, cyber bullying is a huge issue in not only Coppell, but all around the world today. Use of technology through many different social medias has made it very easy for an individual to bully others. A lot of different types of social medias has made it where now people can post things anonymously, which makes it easier for the bullies to get away. Many parents are not getting involved with this issue. Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyber bullying, even though 33% of teenagers have been victims of cyber bullying. (http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm) Cyber bullying is a huge issue, that not many people think is serious just because it’s not physically. However, it can mentally damage a person, leading them to suicide. Victims of cyber bullying are 1.9 times more likely to commit suicide than non-victims. (http://www.stoptechnobullying.org/statistics.php) A lot of parents do not know that their child has been cyber bullied. 1 in 6 parents know their child has been bullied via social networking sites. (http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm) In order to stop this problem, more teachers, parents, and even peers should be involved.

    • DhakshinS_PattersonAPHG

      I strongly agree with you, as we are becoming more and more modern and as the world is getting older, we are also bringing old practices into the technological world and they are not good practices. What used to be face to face bullying is now cyber and this can be argued to be worse because it is on the internet for everyone to see but it does not mean that bullying face to face is not bad this is just saying that cyber bullying is worse. People who wouldn’t bully in real life can now anonymously harm others through multiple social media apps and websites. The National Crime Prevention Council writes that “Cyber bullying may be an even bigger threat than normal face to face bullying because it happens in the child’s home, it is harsher because people say things online they wouldn’t say in person reason being is that the victim has no idea who made fun of them and so the bullies say even harsher things because the victim has no way of getting back at them, and its inescapable because the only way to avoid it i to stay offline.” This shows that technology, as good as it is, allows for a new, harsher, and more modern form of bullying which harms children of all ages. For these reasons I feel like you are correct when you say cyber bullying is a problem in our community not only in Coppell but across our nation. We need to fix this as fast we can so it doesn’t happen for generations to come.

      http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying

    • RaynaM_PattersonAPHG

      In today’s society it has become second nature to talk behind someone’s back and start rumors about them. Many of the people involved in this, don’t even understand how much they are hurting a person by doing this. “Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying. Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.” (http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html). We can also help the bullies understand that what they are doing is wrong and let the victims know that they are not alone. By raising awareness and letting adults know the signs of cyber bullying, it will be easier to prevent suicides from happening and stop the bullies from striking again.

    • RamN_PattersonAPHG

      I completely agree that cyber bullying is a problem that should be addressed. The increased usage of technology these days makes cyber bullying more common and easier to do. What makes it even more important to prevent is that more than half of victims of cyber bullying don’t tell their parents. In fact, only 1 in 10 victims do so. The number of victims who report to the police is low as well (less than 1 in 5). In the end, 20% of students have experienced cyber bullying at one point in their lives and 8% of victims have even considered suicide. Considering these statistics, it is important to end cyber bullying.

      http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html
      http://www.puresight.com/Cyberbullying/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

    • BlakeA_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a major issue. The sudden surplus of new technology and gadgets is making people more susceptible to cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is a form of bullying is an easier way of bullying where the bully doesn’t need to see to bully his victims directly. This is major problem because only 10% of all kids who are cyber bullied report it to an adult or ask for help. 22% of victims are more likely to consider the choice of committing suicide.
      http://www.stopbullying.gov/cy

      • BlakeA_PattersonAPHG

        Here is rat boy

    • MayankR_pattersonAPHG

      I have to agree that cyber bullying is a huge issue. Nowadays everybody takes behind each other’s backs. The increased usage of technology these days makes cyber bullying more common and easier to do.People who wouldn’t bully in real life can now anonymously harm others through multiple social media apps and websites. Some things start off as a small joke but turn dangerous and can even lead to suicede. http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html
      This shows that technology, as good as it is, allows for a new, harsher, and more modern form of bullying which harms children of all ages. Many people get hurt and nobody benefits

    • PranjalJ_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a very serious issue in our society that needs to
      be addressed as soon as possible. The increase in technology has not only
      benefited people but has also hurt them. Cyber bullying is absolutely terrible and wrong. However, many teens don’t understand the consequences of their actions. They get online and say hurtful comments about other students. A medical new article states, “Cyber bullying is more strongly related to suicidal
      thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying”. This clearly shows that the abuse of technology is not something to be taken lightly. However, there is one way to stop cyber bullying and for it to happen, we must change ourselves. We are the ones who cyber bully and we are the only ones who can stop it.

      Sources:
      http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/273788.php

    • Eduardom_pattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a huge issue in today’s community,that must be addressed and fixed as soon as possible. Every year, new technologies are added to the population. Although many look at this as a good thing, there are many people who view this as an increase to cyber-bullying. The more access the world has to the internet and social media platforms, the more opportunities “bullies” will have to harass and emotionally destroy their victims.

      It was stated that, “Our increasingly connected world has created another platform for bullies to harass their victims.” (http://nobullying.com/cyber-bullying-statistics-2014/)

      I believe that the only way to truly eliminate this major problem, is to worry about yourself, and make sure that YOU are not committing cyber-bullying, while also making sure that none of your friends are committing the act themselves. If everyone does this and takes care of themselves, than the society will at last be purged of this terrible problem.

    • MauryaA_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you when we are getting more
      technologically advanced bullying isn’t stopping. What used to be face to face
      bullying is now cyber and this can be worse because it is on the internet for
      everyone to see but it does not mean that bullying face to face is not bad this
      is just saying that cyber bullying is worse. People who wouldn’t bully in real
      life can now anonymously harm others through multiple social media apps and
      websites. The National Crime Prevention Council writes that “Cyber
      bullying may be an even bigger threat than normal face to face bullying because
      it happens in the child’s home, it is harsher because people say things online
      they wouldn’t say in person reason being is that the victim has no idea who
      made fun of them and so the bullies say even harsher things because the victim
      has no way of getting back at them, and its inescapable because the only way to
      avoid it i to stay offline.” For these reasons I feel like you are correct
      when you say cyber bullying is a problem in our community not only in Coppell
      but across our nation. We need to fix this as fast we can so it doesn’t happen
      for generations to come.

    • JananeT_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you, since now we do have more kids who are committing suicide at a much earlier age, and a lot more technology. A lot of schools just recommend talking to someone to make it all better, but behind a screen, everyone sees it. Even with all these foundations, most kids getting bullied online or “witnesses” , are too scared to report it to the teacher fearing themselves will get in trouble also. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN2fuKPDzHA . I feel like if others, ill just say something about witnessing cyberbullyin we could possibly reduce suicides.
      Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.

    • Varshinis_PattersonAPHUG

      Yes, I agree 100%, as
      cyber bullying and abuse of technology affects teens, more than it affects kids
      or adults. Availability of technology makes it easier for teens to bully others,
      thinking they are invincible and would never be traced down. Today, many states
      have laws especially framed for teens who bully online. Acts of cyber bulling
      results up-to 180 days in jail or up-to $2000 in fines.

      We all
      remember cyber bulling on Facebook, where a group of kids bullied Rebecca
      Sedgwick for an year and she ended up committing suicide on September 2013.
      Constant hatred and embarrassment pushed her to this extreme decision. And the
      same happened to 18 years old, Tyler Clementine in 2010. He committed suicide after
      his roommate uploaded an embarrassing video of Tyler with another guy in his
      dorm room.

      Teens are susceptible to
      cyber bulling, as they are very sensitive to what other think about them. There
      may only be a few fatalities, but there are hundreds and thousands of long term
      damages has been done all over the world.

      Using
      technology is like walking on a tight rope, one need to be really careful about
      not getting hurt or hurting others. Teens need to think twice before uploading thinks
      that they may later regret. Any kind of insult, rumor, threat, or image
      that is put online stays online forever, even if it is deleted.

      Being
      responsible teens, we all need to follow the golden rule – “Treat others
      the way you want to be treated”. Before bullying, teens need to remember
      this simple rule which they are taught right from Kindergarten. Great attitude
      takes us to greater altitudes.

    • RyeG_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you saying that the world today is being overtaken with technology, and that the technology has made many more opportunities for bullying and has made it so much easier to do. But as technology improves and social media updates cyber bullying will be even easier to come by and as a community we will have to work to prevent and know that cyber bullying and bullying overall is wrong in ever aspect. http://www.iroc2.org/uploaded/files/Bully.pdf

    • AkhilD_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a big problem in our society today. Often bullying is easy to do on our social media, as we are behind a screen. This makes everybody susceptible to bullying, as it is being done online. Especially in a community where technology is becoming more and more integrated in our society, we are making ourselves more vulnerable to cyber bullies. Often people do not consider cyber bullying a big problem, as you can merely disconnect from the social media, but this is not so simple. Though you may be disconnected from something, you still know that comments are being made, and you are still being humiliated on such a wide platform. 38% of people being cyber bullied reported suicidal thoughts or reported attempting suicide. Though we may not understand how our actions affect others, what we say behind a screen can affect someone deeply.

      http://stopcyberbullying.org/prevention/

      Unless we have a superhero like “Libby Lively”, solely one person cannot get rid of cyber bullying. We need to work together as a community to stop cyber bullying. Everybody needs to take a part in stopping cyber bullying. The school, parents, and even bystanders online need to take part in attempting to stop bullying.

    • AditiJ_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber bullying is a big issue, especially since we are advancing with technology and technology is becoming a big part of our lives. It’s a lot easier to bully somebody from far away than it is to bully them face-to-face. Somebody named Anon says, “Cyber bullying is bullying. Hiding behind a pretty screen doesn’t make it less hateful, written words have power.” Any form of bulling is horrible and should be stopped. The best way to stop cyber bullying is to teach people how to escape it and emphasize on being safe online. Cyber bullying is different from regular bullying because cyber bullying can be escaped by just not using the same social media site or ignoring something and avoided by not posting anything regrettable on social media or not being on social media at all. Everybody should be taught how to overcome cyber bullying so that bullies don’t feel like bullying anymore.
      http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/index.html
      http://nobullying.com/cyber-bullying-quotes/

    • DavidT_PattersonAPHUG

      I completely agree that cyber bullying is one of the most prominent issues in communities today. This is because of the deluge of technology in our everyday lives and there is no choice but to use technology. Teens can be caught in the cyber bullying web through big social media sites such as Facebook or small chat rooms. Cyber bullying can cause hatred, depression and even suicide in extreme cases and has to be ended.
      Personally I think your idea of giving kids classes in school to inform them of this situation is a great idea because they will be knowledgeable on how to react to every circumstance and know what to do. In a recent study, cyber bullying has been shown to been growing in terms of number of cases. This means that the slower these classes start or the awareness spreads, the more the problem grows and the harder it is to deal with.

    • SarahL_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyber-bullying, is, in fact, the abuse of technology. Technology is defined as inventions that are created in order to ease our everyday problems in our lives. However, expressing hatred of harmful actions against another individual is definitely not helpful to the victim, and is also plain malicious. According to the Harford County Examiner, 1 in 10 teens have admitted that embarrassing photos of themselves have been taken without permission; if that’s not abuse of technology, then I don’t know what is.

    • YessicaC_PattersonAPHG

      As our world is changing everyday due to technology, I agree cyber bullying is making bad use of what we should take for granted. Internet and social networks continue to grow and so does cyber bullying. It attempts to get the victim to feel bad about oneself through electronic communication.
      Technology devices were made for the ease of our daily lives, not to ruin the daily lives of someone. Taking advantage of something is wrong. 68 percent of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem yet there is no change online. What we tell others to not do, we do it. If someone is being bullied, we are just a bystander. 80 percent of teenagers use cell phones making it the most common medium for cyber bullying. It would be great if we had a superhero that could brighten up the lives up people who currently are not. That would make everybody’s lives easier and happier.

    • VaishnaviD_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that cyberbullying is a big issue in the community. Many people are abusing their privileges with the technology and using it to do horrible things. According to http://www.dosomething.org, 43% of kids have been cyberbullied and 1 in 4 kids have had it done for than once to them. Many people are getting more technology today because of the advancements. If more technology is available, cyberbullying will be easier to do. 81% of teenagers say it’s easier to bully online than face-to-face with the victim, http://www.dosomething.org. Cyberbullying could be writing harmful things about the person, or even posting something embarrassing about them. In many schools and places, it is not allowed to take pictures or videos of people without their permission. Due to technological advancements, this is happening more often.

      • hannahg

        more schools need that rule. and it really needs to be taken seriously because now a days many people are getting hurt everyday from cyber bullying and it needs to stop.

  • MorganS_BoydBence

    With living in Coppell, I notice many issues throughout our community. They differentiate from small things like not recycling, to mass problems such as bullying. The most prominent issue that I witness in my day to day life is suicidal thoughts within our small high school community. Throughout the past few years, the tragedy of youth suicide has become a series of frequent news headlines and a topic of discussion for every family. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in people ages 15-19 says… (http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/stats_at-a_glance/lcd_15-19.html). Not only is this a problem for teens in America, but children also. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in children/teens ages 10-14. In recent years, news coverage has reported that children as young as seven attempting suicide. Statistics show that round about 25 percent of children and adolescents have thought about suicide. This needs to change.

    There are many actions that can be taken to put an end to the creation of suicidal thoughts. First, we need to find the base of the problem in every suicidal teen and do our best to end it. Whether it may be that they’re being bullied at school or over the internet, maybe problems at home, a broken romance or friendship, or etc. Second, we need to raise awareness to the issue in itself. I say this meaning that people tend to dodge the issue of youth suicide because many of them tend to want to pretend it’s not as big of a problem as it really is. Also, once someone has admitted to being suicidal, we need to make sure that they get help from a professional. Someone wanting to take their own life is a huge issue that needs to be taken seriously and not dodged. By doing these simple actions, the community of Coppell would be much happier.

    If worse comes to worse, I guess we would just have to call Vivvy-Vivacious! She would be very disappointed to hear that there are young beautiful souls that want to end their own lives. She is summoned when she fears that one has become a danger to themselves. With her caring and loving personality, bright smile, striking colored clothing, she could cheer up anyone in a heartbeat. She always carries her magical guitar which plays songs with rhythms so smooth, anyone would be hypnotized after hearing her sweet melodies. She wears a signature cape with the infamous yellow ribbon that symbolizes suicide awareness. Never forget her trusty sidekick Vera. The goldendoodle pup is always full of energy and soft enough to make anyone fall in love. To conclude, Vivvy is always on the look out for anyone who is need of a friend. If you’re in need of her help, just call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

    • PrathikT_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you about the major issue of suicidal thoughts. I believe it is a very important issue and that many people have gone through this, mostly schools. In schools, kids feel stressed out and have many problems going through, which can lead to depression and ultimately suicidal. Not only kids in schools go through but adults. According to Psychcentral, adults go through thoughts abput suicide to. “Recent findings highlight a staggering rate of suicidal thoughts among adults with Asperger’s syndrome.” (Psych central) With people like your superhero, suicidal will soon be a deceased problem not only in our communities, but the whole world.

      Sources used: http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/10/13/suicidal-thoughts-10-times-more-likely-in-adults-with-aspergers/76016.html

  • Erica Liang

    In my community, a hero is someone who is willing to stand up for what they believe in, and is not afraid to speak their mind. For example, the protesters in France represent the country’s strength and resilience after the terrorist attack. People are idolized for voicing their opinions, and that usually impacts the entire community to do the same.

    • KyleB_Boydbence

      I completely agree with you, a hero can do many things, but it takes a special one to stand up for what is right and what they believe in. Standing up for what is right is a terrific characteristic that one could have. I believe that if everyone stood for what they believe in, then this worked would be a much nicer place. If a group of people were to do what they thought was right, I bet they could change the minds and lives of many.

    • Derek G_BoydBence

      I agree with you, Erica. A hero is someone who stands up for what is right in their community and around the world. The french protesters are a very good example. They are able to stand up and have their voice heard. I also love how you stated that they don’t only speak out, they impact others to do the same.

    • ChrisD_boydbence

      You are right. I absolutely agree with you. In my community, there are some issues that are going on that i believe a superhero would be the help for it. In my community in Springfield Massachusetts, there is issue of there being a lot of homeless people. I think in my community that i could help improve the shelter home. Instead of serving soup the majority of the time, we can serve them something thats better. Provide clothes for them. That would be my wa of improving the community.

    • TannerS_BoydBence

      I agree with you Eric. In most communities people try and cover up their true selves to try to be or act “cool”. It would be great if people would stand for what they believe in just like the protestors, they are showing what they beleive in just like many others who have greatly impacted the world. Like Martin Luther King Jr. who has a whole day completely to himself because he spoke on what he believed in.

    • sarahm_BoydBence

      Erica, I agree with you! I believe in my community that many people are afraid to stand up and be the hero, but I think that if we had more heroes that our community would be so much better. I love your example, the people in France are a very strong community and I hope many take after them. There are many different opinions and I feel like people are afraid to express it. If people stood up for their opinions the community would be more diverse, but with that diversity we would have to accept others and their opinions.

    • CharlieW_BoydBence

      I agree with you Erica, we all have a voice and it must be heard even if its not that powerful. Rebel against what people tell you what to do and not what to do, making the choices independently is a big task for one but we can all accomplish that task and make it happen. Protesting can rise communities but at the same time tear them apart, you need to think before you act out otherwise things will possibly go wrong and backfire.

    • May N.

      I agree, there are some people who don’t have the courage to speak their opinions whereas some people don’t convey their message properly. For example, the protests in Ferguson. They were fighting for a good issue but they weren’t putting themselves in a good light by being violent.

    • AidanC_BoydBence

      I agree Erica, they impact everyone including me reminding me that I have a voice, and I’m able to stand up against something as bad as terrorism and could make a difference. You defined what a hero is which is a “someone who is willing to stand up for what they believe in and it not afraid to speak their mind.” It’s good to say that because now it’s really good to remind us and tell us what is a hero and his/her role.

    • DarianG_BoydBence

      Erica, I completely agree with you their should be someone who takes charge and do what they believe is right. They’re a lot of people who don’t stand up because they’re scared of what people will say of them or what will happen after they do but with on act of courage of doing the right thing it could change the whole community. We could influence our community with just one act.

  • Rachelb_PattersonAPHUG

    In my community I would like to be a voice for women who have found themselves in a regrettable situation, that need to find a way out. I support a women’s right to choose, and I feel very strongly in the equality of men and women. In my community I educate my peers about gender inequality and when I get older I hope to be in a position of power to influence the fight for a women’s right to choose

    • rebeccac_boydbence

      I agree Rachel. Gender inequality is a large issue facing my community as well as the national community. One of the people I interviewed on the topic stated that, “Gender inequality is not just a women’s issue – it’s a human issue. When a half of our population is treated as lesser beings simply because of variables outside of their control, we do an extreme disservice to ourselves and severely limit the potential we possess as the human race.” I respect you in your efforts to educate your peers about the issue and I think that’s a very important first step in the process to close the gap between men and women. I also strongly believe in gender equality and hope to influence or be a part of the change in our communities.

  • ConnieF_PattersonAPHG

    An issue I see a lot in my community is litter. Along roads, in grassy areas, residential areas and especially in lakes, rivers, or parks next to residential areas–though not overbearingly prevalent, litter seems almost to be a part of the landscape. My neighbors, classmates, and I could and should work to fix this, cleaning at least a small area each of the trash most don’t care to pick up and throw away.

    • Brett C_BoydBence

      I agree ConnieF, litter is an important problem that a super hero can solve. Where I live trash is littered in empty fields in my town. Their probably not as much trash in my town as their is in your, but it still a problem. A community can easily get rid of the trash in the area and stop it from happening again. It my not be a major thing compared to what other people are doing, but it is a problem that can be stopped by a super hero.

    • Ada Ouyang

      I also agree that littering is a major problem because it not only makes a community look dirty but will also endanger marine life.

  • ArdiS_PattersonAPGH

    In my community I believe that a problem a superhero could solve is judgment of sexuality because people can be harsh in a church going community in the south. A superhero could open people’s eyes to see that all sexualities are okay and we should not be judged on who we share a romantic relationship.

  • BrookeS_BoydBence

    After talking to several people in my community, traffic was a major issue that kept recurring in my conversations with the people of the DFW area. Even though we live in Coppell, many adults that live here have to drive to Dallas on a daily basis for their jobs. AS one community member states, “Our roadways aren’t designed well enough or correctly in order to handle the amount of traffic.” Other members seem to agree with this statement, saying that “The population has grown too fast for the road system to support it, but it takes time and money to build new roads and to maintain the ones we have. We don’t want to pay higher taxes to pay for it and we are extremely inconvenienced by the time it take to build new roads.”If you’ve experienced five o’clock traffic in Dallas when construction is occurring, you know exactly what these people are talking about! A superhero could most definitely help with these inconveniences! Though the hero may not be as flamboyant as Iron Man or Superman, he would certainly aid our community and make the live of all that live here easier and less stressful. If we the community members were to collaborate with this superhero, we could help with the road work that goes on (I can think of two different roads in Coppell alone that are currently under construction, so it’s definitely a possibility) or we could “adopt a road”. I see these adopt a road signs everywhere, and basically what you do is you give back to the community by keeping the roads clean and safe for drivers to use. If we could work together with this superhero and keep our roads maintained and efficient, the problem of traffic would vanish almost instantly, improving our community.

    • CamrinW_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree with you as well Brooke S. In the city of Coppell, many parents have a job they have to drive to on an everyday basis and the work shift of some parents have to convene with the school schedules which causes extra adversity to those having to get to school on time for students and work on time for adults. Additional roads would greatly help our community as people would be able to get to where they need to be when they need to. This isn’t the biggest issues on our hands, but it could lead to a growing issue as more and more people are getting their licenses which cause more cars and more traffic. More roads and maintaining the ones we already have, would help our community become more efficient.

    • AbigailA_PattersonAPHG

      I agree! I think it would be wise to do things like carpooling, taking the train, etc. Although some may say it takes too much time or effort, it will help in the long run. It will cut out a lot of traffic, and with less traffic, less pollution. Instead of building new roads, maybe we could add more sidewalks and bike roads to promote ways of transportation that create NO pollution. Of course, we can’t take out cars entirely, but we should stop being so dependant on them. Plus, it’s less expensive to carpool, as it might reduce how much money you use on gas and stuff by nearly 50% or more! A win/win for everyone.

      Source: http://www.protection.uottawa.ca/en/Carpool_benefits.html

  • NiharT_PattersonAPHUG

    In my community, a problem I would say is evident and in need of a super hero’s help is the unseen conflicts in hallways between people debating who’s “cooler” for what activities they participate in. I say unseen conflicts due to the fact that not many people step up for others when these situations occur. I see this personally, upperclassmen who participate in football or basketball like to mess around with kids who don’t participate in sports and make fun of them for being highly obsessed with their studies. As an athlete myself, I like to consider the fact that all different people have different talents yet the verbal bullying is an issue that I see on a weekly basis and in fact nearly a third of U.S youth aged 12-17 have experienced two or more cases of verbal abuse that affected their physical and mental health. We need to put a stop to this now before we hurt the fundamental societal structure in the future.

    Source used:
    http://acestoohigh.com/2013/05/13/nearly-35-million-u-s-children-have-experienced-one-or-more-types-of-childhood-trauma/

    • AlexisB_BoydBence

      I agree NiharT,
      Bully is something that people like to do to make them selves feel superior or as you said “cool”. Some people bully because of there problem they face such as things that happen at home,school, or even academic failure and they feel the need they need someone to feel what they feel or in other words take it out to make them selves feel better. And yes we do need a super hero to help and stop bullying world wide. It can be stopped !

  • AdithyaH_PattersonAPHG

    Though Coppell is a wonderful city, there are many bad sides to it as well. One of the recent issues that have popped up in Coppell is the litter problem. In streets, in parks, in very established city facilities, we are seeing a lot of litter being just thrown on the ground. The bigger problem is that people are seeing it but not doing anything about it. If superheroes came to our cities, then I would like for them to give some inspiration to the people of my city. Inspiration that could lead to the people being able to do the right thing and pick up the litter.

  • SamahK_PattersonAPHG

    The issues in the city of Coppell vary from numerous problems like crime to lack of affordable housing but one of the biggest problems in the community is littering and pollution. About a third of Texas residents still admit to have littered in the past month. We need to encourage our future leaders to prevent littering, protect our roadways, and keep our communities beautiful. The community should be aware and prevent the threat of littering and pollution to keep the city clean. It does not take a superhero to take care of your city. Friends and classmates should be motivated to properly dispose of their trash. Even if it’s not your trash pick it up so its damaging effects does not negatively impact your community. Learn to get out of the habit of throwing things out of your car and get involved in community clean up programs. The process to end littering is stop littering, pick up litter, and report if you find someone littering illegally.

    • EvaF_BoydBence

      Samah, I agree! We shouldn’t depend on one superhero to take care of our city, we must all contribute on making the environment a cleaner place. From http://www.litteritcostsyou.org/9-interesting-facts-and-statistics-about-littering/, “75% of people admitted that they littered in the past 5 years.” Littering is a bad habit that most of us have, and like you said, we need to get motivated to properly dispose of our trash.

  • GeraldW_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell, there has been a major issue with litter. There has been trash thrown astray in the parks even though there are trash cans literally a few steps away. Even in well established buildings such as Town Center there has been the tendency for littering. The main problem doesn’t come from just the littering itself, but the fact that people litter in the first place even when a trash can is nearby. If a superhero were to solve this problem, he/she would need to start at the very roots of the problem by teaching citizens the importance of having a clean city. According to “Conserve-Energy-Future”, littering is prohibited by law. This should be heavily enforced in Coppell by monitoring litter. Placing a few more trash cans around the city can help reduce litter as well because (according to the same source) over 40% of litterers say that there isn’t a nearby trash can to throw away their trash. Also, if people see litter, they should pick it up and throw it away no matter how disgusting it may seem. This may influence and inspire others to do the same. Pretty soon, there wouldn’t be a littering problem in Coppell.

    Source: http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-littering-facts.php

    • AlexisB_BoydBence

      I agree Geraldw
      litter is becoming a big on going problem it seems as if everyones favorite hobby is littering. People joke around trying to aim things/trash in the trash can and they quickly rebound it if they miss. But in public when they miss the trash they just leave it and as soon as they do that others feel like they have the right to also. Littering is an ongoing issue and yes it should be stopped.

  • JasonM_BoydBence

    Depression is a huge deal in Coppell. I think the people with depression should get help from people that went through there struggle should help them find ways to handle there depression, other than self harm sad to say but thats the honest truth.

  • JasonM_BoydBence

    I think we can come together and figure out what brings them down and help out from there. I mean I would rather them hate me then them “topping themselves off” so if we can come together and help them become happy then bullying or excluding them from the crowd or “clique” we can show them love.

  • Jaylenkinnon

    In my community of valley ranch, theft is one of our largest problems. We have other issues in my community, but the amount of theft in my community is ridiculous. People in my community have reported many different things missing from their homes, cars, and even their front yard. My neighbors had all four tired removed from their car in the middle of the night, my skateboard was stolen from the porch of my home, and my brothers basketball was stolen at our local park.

    Not only have i had things stolen from me, but i have been watching it happen to others in the community since i moved here. A popular method of stealing things in my area has always been taking packages from someones porch. The thieves are often teenagers, or young adults who are bold enough to steal from someones front door and not care. I think its a rather pointless thing to do, for all you know soap could be the only thing in the box. It is mind blowing to me how people are willing to commit random crimes in broad daylight knowing that they could be caught and/or arrested.

    We need a superhero for all of the crime in valley ranch, theft just happens to be the biggest problem. We don’t need just any superhero though, we need someone who can protect all of the people of valley ranch without destroying it. Often times a superhero helps people, but destroy the town in the process. Even though they are typically fighting 20 foot monsters in the movies, the same damage could be done.

    We need a superhero who can be the eyes of town. Police in my area are slow and unreliable. I don’t depend on them. Valley ranch needs a her who will be available at all times to help our citizens. We need a hero who is strong, athletic, fast, and most importantly, smart. We don’t need a 21 year old hero who is not reliable and who doesn’t take the job seriously. We need someone who is going to do whatever it takes to protect everyone. Someone who is willing to take the responsibility of the Irving police and make Valley ranch a better place.

    Personally i would take the action of doing my best to prevent the theft i see. Advising my neighbors to track their packages online so they know when to expect them. And advising them to park their cars in their garage or have an active alarm on the car that will scare away any thieves.

    Hopefully, with the superhero keeping an eye on things, and me spreading the word around, and advising people to be smart about where they leave their items, Valley Ranch could become a safer community.

    • PierceM_PattersonAPHG

      That superhero is a great idea. I have seen theft where I am from and it can be devastating to people big or small. The sad thing is that the thieves that roam the streets don’t care about the details of what the owners of the object did to obtain it and that is sad. A hero with that dedication to his job could definitely make a large impact every where.

    • Please update your username Jaylen to include _boydbence
      Thanks,
      Boyd

    • Jaylenkinnon

      This is my hero. He is a 37 year old man named. OG crime watcher. He is indestructible and has the power to fly, shoot lasers from his eyes, jump over 1 million kilometers. He also has super strength, he can lift anything in the world no matter size or mass. He can become invisible which will help him sneak up on criminals. And he is the fastest being on earth. That helps him stop criminals anywhere, anytime without even breaking a sweat.

  • PritP_PattersonAPHUG

    In Coppell, a huge issue is racism and segregation. Everyday, someone is getting called a racial term. Society has changed now, which means so have people. Some one everyday gets bullied and a group of those people are racially bullied and segregated. We need to make a change and stand up for those people who are being racially assaulted and treated like animals. We are all the same, no matter if some of us like it or not. We need super heroes in our community to step up and make a chance because this is not going to stop, no matter how hard people try to make it stop. We need to make posters or simply go door to door, explaining people that we shouldn’t try to help so they spread the word. The world would be such a better place if people stood up to the challenge and solved it as a team. As super heroes.

    • MichaelM_BoydBence

      I agree Prit Patel. Racial slurs are circulating like air. Whether they are intentionally used for hurting one another, or joking around, it is unacceptable either way. But we, as a community, can spread awareness of the negativity of the word, and put a stop to it.

  • SunnyS_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell, a transcending issue is racism and stereotypes against minorities, which could be resolved with the help of a superhero capable of reading minds. There are large amounts of Asians settled in Coppell this leads most other races to segregate themselves during school and in the rest of the community. Most Asians have chain migrated to certain parts of the Coppell area and maintained most of their culture and traditions which can easily be confused with stereotypes leading to racist actions against them. Coppell with 73% of its population being White, the majority, and a large amount of 16% being Asian, who face racism from other racial groups.

    With the help of a superhero, this could all change. The ability to read minds would allow the superhero to understand everyone’s point of view and desires to help two contradicting people come to an agreement and compromise. With a team full of superheroes, the change could be to a whole different scale. These superheroes and I will take actions that can help us realize the differences between us, but not to hate each other for them, but teach us how to accept them, and in the end they will show us our greatest similarity. We are all Human.

    • Josiah Delagarza

      I agree with you sunny, I believe that racism and stereotypes are both major problems in our community. Its also because of how many different people who are foreigners, that are often criticized for there different colored skin and different looking from what we think is normal. And having a hero around would change that, in a positive way.

  • PierceM_PattersonAPHG

    A problem that I have seen prevalent in Coppell is alcohol and drug abuse. Many teens don’t actually know the effects drugs so they assume that they are okay or they make them cool. A super hero named drug buster is exactly what Coppell needs. Drug Buster would have the supernatural ability to sense when any drugs were being used illegally in the whole area of the city. When he senses them he would fly to confiscate the drugs then turn them in to custody for burning. In his free time, Drug Buster will inform teens about the effects of drugs and what they do to you.

    If a superhero like drug buster patrolled the streets of Coppell it would become a much better community. All the things that drugs destroy in teens would vanish. Teens would be more outgoing and happy. If Drug Buster was working with the Justice League, they would be unstoppable and Coppell would be the friendliest living environment in the nation.

    • Chrisc_boydbence

      I agree Pierce a hero like that would be good in our community. It will show people not only the harms of drugs, but also other ways of dealing with problems or the reason they are doing drugs or consuming alcohol. Showing other ways of being cool or popular

  • McKennaH_PattersonAPHUG

    My place of residence is in a small community outside of Dallas TX, called Coppell. I’m very lucky to be living in such a place. The crime rates are pretty much non existent, the education system is superb, the quality of people is nice, for the most part, and it is a safe and secure place to live happily. In fact, I feel a little guilty writing about the very few problems we have in Coppell, while elsewhere people are going hungry and living on the street, facing crime and poverty, live and death, day in and day out. That being said, Coppell is far from perfect and like everything in life, the bad always finds a way in. One of the problems we face is littering. If I would count the number of cigarettes I see daily, just lying on the ground outside, the number would probably be around twenty or thirty. Once at a local park, I saw a child, probably two or three years old, pick up a cigarette butt and attempt to eat it. Luckily, the mother saw and stopped the child, but it still deeply saddens me how this trash can find it’s way into the most innocent of places. A children’s playground should be a place for fun and adventure, not a place where people put there used nicotine filled, cancer causing, death trap cigarettes. 50% of all the liter in Texas is cigarette butts. I suppose many people think its because they are so small it won’t do anything or that it will probably disintegrate in a few days. Those people are wrong. Cigarette butts are actually made of cellulose acetate which could take more than 10 years to disintegrate.(http://www.litteritcostsyou.org/9-interesting-facts-and-statistics-about-littering/). And if it’s not bad enough that these people are ruining the environment for their peers, they are also ruining their body. Over 20% of Americans deaths are caused from smoking. About 1 person dies from smoking every six seconds. One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississippi, five Mississippi, six Mississippi. A person most likely died from smoking just then. A friend, neighbor, loved one, father, son, teacher, student. And it is not only the smokers who are killed. There are many chemicals in second-hand smoke that are just as dangerous. More than 600,000 non-smokers die 1/3 of which are children. Smoking is at an all time high with 1.1 billion users across the world. Although I suppose those who do smoke do it on their own accord, so more power to them, however I for one do not want to live in a place ruined by their habit. A way to help stymie the liter and health problems associated with smoking in my community would be to stop selling cigarettes in and around Coppell, or maybe just putting very high prices to them, discouraging the buying of so many packs. I know many people would say, the economy relies on it, the cigarette companies would go out of business, blah blah blah. But the tobacco industry revenue was $665 billion in 2010, so I think they are doing just fine, making money off of the people of America. Besides, taking away cigarettes from three or four gas stations in a small town isn’t going to hurt anything. In fact it would do just the opposite. ( http://ash.org/resources/tobacco-statistics-facts/)

  • CamrinW_PattersonAPHUG

    In the community of Coppell, an on-going issue for teenagers is bullying and those conversations which teachers don’t notice in the halls. In the U.S., about 1 out of 3 kids have been bullied before whether it is physical or verbal. Bullying usually starts when someone doesn’t “fit” in with a certain crowd or is seen as “different” just because their background, clothes, etc, but in reality, we were all created equal so why don’t we treat each other that way? A super hero’s help would greatly reduce this issue as it goes on throughout the world, not just in Coppell. They could help inspire those who just witness the bullying to take action and stand up for the victim. Along with superheroes, we are able to take a stand for those in need whether they are getting physically or verbally bullied, but most people don’t. People need to be inspired to be the one helping the victim, not the one walking past the issue. We need a league of heroes who stand up for the victims of bullying, and we can fulfill those roles, even if we don’t have capes.

  • Guest

    In the community that I currently live in, there are a lot of things that superheros could do. Some of the obvious things are things such as crime, which almost all superheroes in movies try and combat with. Whether its as small as taking a bike, to as big as robbing a bank, superheros can help with almost anything. Recently in my community, and specifically my neighborhood, there has been graffiti that has been marked, and yet the police don’t do everything. That would be a good place for superheros to come in

    But crime isn’t the only way superhero can help. There is an abundant of other things superheros can help with. Ranging from a cat in a tree, to putting out fires, to helping out kids with their problems. Something I’m experiencing first hand. For example, this is my brothers first year in middle school, and just yesterday he was sad because he was trying to make friends, and they ignored him. That caused him to just be down for the day, and its something I’m very worried. In an article from (http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/depression-middle-school-children-8206.html), it quotes “..depression affects 2 percent of school-age children and the likelihood of developing depression increases once a child reaches puberty. Incidents of depression are about equal for middle school boys and girls until they reach puberty. Once they hit puberty, girls are twice as likely as boys to develop depression. ”

    I dont want my brother, or ANYONE to go through that, and that is a way a superhero could help in something other then crime. I, and for that matter everyone, have grown up with superheros, and them beating off the bad guys. But they are also useful for other things.

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  • JawadK_PattersonAPHUG

    Our world today is facing extreme problems. You may not realize it but their are problems occurring every where around you, even right this moment. Smoking tobacco is harsh problem which is occurring. This problem needs to abandoned as soon as possible, before extreme plights occur. Tobacco kills millions of people, but it also causes poverty, contributes to world hunger by using land suited for agriculture to grow tobacco, and it damages the environment. In the United States it is estimated that 45 million people smoke tobacco which is around 20 percent. This means every one person out of five people smoke.
    Young people smoking is another problem in HighSchool twenty five percent of then have tries a cigarette. This is one out of every 4 people! Tobacco does so much damage yet many people smoke it. During 1965 about 45 percent of the population smoked, but people like us who wanted change decreased it. Now it is our job to end it.

  • PrathikT_PattersonAPHG

    As a resident in the community Coppell, TX, we do not face as many issues as other communities, but there are some problems a superhero can be used to help. Some of these problems are like crime, sewer problems, bullying, and depression. Not many of these problems are serious, but they are not perfect. A superhero can be used to help a lot with bullying and sewer problems. Bullying is a major thing that has happened in Coppell, especially in schools. A superhero can be used to help and reduce bullying in schools. Even though teachers and parents tell kids to report, kids might be scared or be pure pressured because of this. “Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employees” (http://www.coppellisd.com/Page/861). With a superhero that can stop bullying, there will be less gossip and less people feeling pure pressured in school.
    An action I can do to help my neighbors and classmates with problems is spread awareness. For something like bullying, I can put up flyers and tell my neighbors and classmates the effect bullying has on some kids. Some bullies do not understand what they are doing and how it affects other people and I can help by helping them understand what they are doing. Spreading awareness is not the only thing I can do but it is one of the best ways of helping a cause that is seriously deep.

  • sarahw_PattersonAPHG

    In my community, the white people no each other while the asians no each other. Web need a superhero who brings EVERYONE together and tear down the racial barriers. In the 1960s this segregation was very strong between whites and blacks. They had two separate bathrooms and even had separate seating areas on buses. These problems build up on hatred and bad things that happen. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.” This hero can have the power to break these barriers.

  • VincentL_PattersonAPHG

    The people living in Coppell are in a invisible bubble and unaware of how the outside world, but it can be solved by actually enduring these commonplace suffering, those that people living in the poorer areas, or in impoverished nations go through every day. Movoto Real Estate ranked Coppell as the #1 snobbiest city in Texas, due to high amount of college graduates and expensive homes. However, it was shocking that many of these people have never actually experienced the suffering others outside of the privileged environment go through on a daily basis. Many family have to use food stamps and cannot feed themselves before bed at night. Others have parents who have to work day and night, often not spending enough time with their kids. With almost 1/5 of the people in Dallas living below the poverty line, lots of Coppellians have not physically endured this type of travail. One way to help is by participating in the 30 Hour Famine, a program in where students will be locked into the school for 30 hours without food as a way of fundraising for the African children that are provided with meager food. This experience can teach people to be thankful for the food and to be grateful for the fact that there is food on the table, instead of throwing it in the trash carelessly. In addition, with this event, the morale of the school can be easily brought up and people will be blessed by what they have instead of wanting new things.

  • Fortunate enough to live in such a free-flowing and loose community, I don’t see many flaws in the city of Coppell. Of course outside of this small town, problems erupt everywhere. From poverty and hunger to child abuse and fist fights, these aren’t many traits that are obvious in my town. Bullying, however, happens all the time anywhere. Very subtle to recognize, but happens everywhere, even in Coppell. This can be verbal, online, or, less-likely to happen, physical. Discrimination of ethnicity, beliefs, and appearance all pop up in events of bullying. Discrimination, an unjust treatment of different categories of people or things especially on the grounds of age, race, and gender, is an action, not a thought. Why everyone has opposing thoughts on others. It is only bullying when the thought actually leaves the brain and travels elsewhere. It can be hurtful to or unwanted by the victim. It creates hatred besides the one of the bully, but also of the victim. Hatred spreads so easily. Someone can be verbally making fun of another individual and the habit picks up on the bullied individual. Gossip and rumor or bad events start to become a popular trend. It’s all people would talk about. Yeah, sure, it’s entertaining, but it can be very hurtful for the person the gossip was aimed at. But with everyone talking about their hatred for other people and other things, all the conversations are filled with bitterness…
    Okay, I’m not good at explaining things, but I already wrote this far so I’m not going to delete anything I previously wrote…
    I think the worst problem in my town is that everyone is always loathing about something (also because Coppell doesn’t have any major problems like hunger or child abuse, but I don’t know much about child abuse because maybe some children are secretly abused. I don’t know much about that in Coppell, but there might be…)
    Well, back on track…
    Even with child abuse, the parent is all filled with bitterness (or maybe just drunk) and the child is all filled with fear.
    I think that without these troubled characteristics showing, everyone is much happier off. Deep inside the dark black soul can be evil thoughts lurking, but wouldn’t it be easier without all the haste of getting the evil thought out and dealing with its consequences? There’s no need to express thoughts unwanted by other people because other people are just going to try harder to push them away.
    Ok, I don’t think I’m getting near my point.
    It’s late at night and I cannot think straight…
    Forget everything I just said and typed up above.
    The biggest problem in Coppell is that people do not smile at each other enough.
    It’s true! Everybody seems to be glaring at each other all the time.
    Even though they aren’t, the seem to be because there’s no friendliness in their eyes. People would take this to be an offense, assume that there’s some hatred going on in between. “Charles Darwin first posed the idea that emotional responses influence our feelings in 1872. “The free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensi­fies it,” he wrote. The esteemed 19th-cen­tury psychologist William James went so far as to assert that if a person does not express an emotion, he has not felt it at all. Although few scientists would agree with such a statement today, there is evidence that emotions in­volve more than just the brain. The face, in particular, appears to play a big role.” (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smile-it-could-make-you-happier/) All in all, many acts of hatred and abuse come as a result of not enough shown love. A smile is such a small act, yet it is such a loving one. “In 1989, a psychologist named Robert Zajonc published one of the most significant studies on the emotional effect of producing a smile… In the study involving the mirror, subjects who watched themselves smile saw an even more pronounced change in mood than those who smiled without the mirror, and the subjects who merely looked at pictures didn’t experience that change at all.” (http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/smiling-happy1.htm)
    I don’t think a harsh lesson to learn the morale is needed, I think a little smile could just brighten someone’s day. So what if the person actually hated everyone; thoughts don’t always need to be expressed. It makes the mood so dark and depressing… Does my paragraph make sense?… I’ll write the better one later…

    • JulietteS_BoydBence

      Jazzy,
      I completely agree with your input to this topic. Coppell may seem like rainbow and smiles but there is more to Coppell than it seems. I know countless amount of people in Coppell that are facing bullying. Bullying of all types as such as, verbal, cyber, and physical bullying. I myself being asian have heard multiple insults, jokes, and comments about my culture. I almost have been faced with each type of bullying. I know how it feels like to face problems like these. The problems of feeling alone, scared, worried, and cold. Therefore I feel like people should start listening to the campaigns, lectures, and guest speakers to stop and stand up for those who are being bullied and friend them.

  • AidanC_BoydBence

    In my eyes and what batman and my own custom superhero represent is that Batman or who ever could be anybody, that was the entire point. He and my superhero represented that anyone can make a difference. Doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Mexican, Chinese you can become a hero, even a male or female can become one. In my school and my town I think some issues that could be fixed are not really life or death issues. More of getting a hero like Batman in our community to motivate people to stand up for what they believe in, do the right thing even if it means turning against your friends, small things like helping someone pick up her books in the hallway while everyone passes by and watch, or doing charity events when it might not seem like the cool thing to do. It might not be the most important but it will defiantly help the characteristics of all of us grow into better brighter people. Those things then lead to a domino affect and lead and motivate others to go and do good things. Batman is there to prove that you can do good things or acts of justice and prove just that one man can make a difference in his or your city/town. Then his actions motivate others by thinking “if he can make a difference then I can too.” He is there to inspire others into doing what’s right, and that is one of the fastest ways of eraticating evil. After all isn’t that what superheroes are supposed to do destroy evil? With a team like the Justice leauge (then again you only need batman) they really could set an example that it is possible to act good and to do good things and it being cool. Really we could use their help by cleaning up the problem like discrimination against the 27% non White races(not saying that white people are the problem just that we need a fair balance of ethnicity’s that might stop a little racism), but mainly bullying with 70% people saying they see bullying happen. “People need dramatic examples to shake them out of empathy.” With a group of heroes here that could prove through a big event or meaning that tells people… “no bullying is not okay and we are all equal.” That would stop bullying and discrimination and tell all who live in Coppell that we are all equal. With my hero that I made she… yes it’s a female because generally all superheroes you see are males and my proves that a hero can be anyone. Her costume is made up of two main colors black and white. Meaning that superhero could be any cool, it could be any gender, and that a hero could be anyone. If my hero and the Justice league came together we could stop bullying and show what bullying is and how evil and disgusting it is. The heroes play a important role and either help guide us, show us the way, or help us to being a good person and that people can make a difference.

  • AbigailA_PattersonAPHG

    As someone who lives in Coppell, many things get handed to us on a silver platter, and we don’t think about the consequences. Its nice to be able to live in a stable home where you can eat, sleep, and use energy freely. But as time grows on, it’s becoming a problem. We’re using a lot of energy and oil and all that good stuff the world needs. We here are always taking, and never giving back. Things like littering just feel more and more to this problem. The worst part is, 75% percent of americans have admitted to littering in the last 5 years. Thats more than half! Instead of ruining our home, we need to be giving back to it. Many people are just too lazy or don’t care enough about this issue, and just stay in their little bubble. Even if you claim that you never litter, it is still wise to make up for other people’s actions and pick up any litter you see. But back to using energy, its still a matter of ignorance to how little we have. People just turn a blind eye and pretend like nothing’s wrong because they personally haven’t had any trouble. The scary thing is, if we don’t making a change, we will run out of fuel and energy soon. It is predicted that the coal deposits we know will only last us until 2088, and the oil/gas deposits will last till about 2052-2060. That’s in this generation’s lifespan! The effects of our carelessness will eventually come back to nip us in the butt, so we need to stop wasting what we have and start using things to give back.
    A super hero could help pick up trash and clean the mess we’ve made. The superhero could also use his or her powers to create renewable energy so we can stop using our limited sources. Or maybe, they would be good at building, and could build solar panels and wind turbines, and stuff. I know that many people choose not to use things like that because it would “take too much effort” but if a super hero shows up at your door with a solar pannel, then maybe you might reconsider.

    Sources
    http://www.greenecoservices.com/littering-facts-and-statistics/
    https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/our-green-energy/energy-independence/the-end-of-fossil-fuels

    • BrookeS_BoydBence

      I completely agree Abigail! If we as the new generation of the world continue to sit back and do nothing, the world will be picked to nothingness. All of Earth’s resources will run dry, and what will we do then? If we stop being lazy and ignorant, we can make a stand and change the world right before our eyes. Like you said, it all leads back to littering and small bad habits like that. A superhero would definitely make a change in our community. If the superhero were to create renewable energy or build solar panels, maybe it would topple the first domino and everyone would start helping this cause. Instead of a single hero, maybe the whole community would all become “mystery men”, ”characters do not possess actual superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes.” http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/01/13/what-could-a-superhero-do-in-your-community/ Anyone can be a superhero if we just take a stand and make a difference.

    • HannahN_BoydBence

      I totally agree, Abigail. Pretty soon, all of our non-renewable resources are going to run out and we’re going to left with nothing. We need to stop littering, like seriously, are you to lazy to walk to a trash bin, so you just throw it on the ground for others to pick up? This issue really needs a hero to help. They could have the powers to build the solar panels by hand or the power to destroy all the trash and litter on the ground that we have left. http://blogs.kqed.org/educatio… If we needed a superhero, this would be the one.

  • ChristieH_PattersonAPHG

    Although Coppell is known to be a very wealthy suburban area, there is more to it than what people see. We are all human and experience troubles personally, that others may not be aware of. Some real issues in Coppell is the lack of knowledge on how many people experience poverty, hunger, and depression. I will discuss a little bit about poverty and hunger. There is a correlation between these two topics. It may not seem prevalent because Coppell is known to have huge houses that are sold at high prices. However, lots of families live in apartment complexes or rent their houses for less than $2,000 each month. In order to alleviate the problem, there is a free and reduced lunch program in place for schools. To be part of the “reduced lunch program with a family of four, you must have a family annual income of $44,125” (“Income Eligibility Guidelines”). That is the median salary for many people just starting their career. Families who have children enrolled in this program are also sent flyers that will have the city assist them with putting food on the table during the holiday. However, not many are aware of this because it doesn’t appear as an issue. Although it seems like those in poverty are receiving a lot of assistance, it isn’t enough. These families struggle every day, not just on holidays. As part of a project in AP Environmental Science, my group is trying to implement a plan that will assist those who are experiencing hunger. Our plan of action is to spread awareness, collect donations and canned food. Spreading awareness is essential, whether it’s through videos or posters. People don’t participate if they don’t understand why it is important to prevent from happening. Once the targeted audience has received knowledge on the topic, we are able to host a donation box and canned food drive. The collected canned food will be sent to families part of the free or reduced lunch program throughout the year. They will have a continuous supply. A bigger but more prominent issue is depression. Again, we are all human. We experience things we never wish to experience. Depression affects “approximately 18.8 million Americans and at some time in their life, everyone experiences depression” (Murray and Fortinberry). Although it may seem easy to just start getting help, “80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment” (Murray and Fortinberry). Many can believe that they will get over it in time or just having a rough day. It isn’t easy to receive help because many may believe being solitary will be better or don’t know how to receive assistance in overcoming depression. This is a huge problem because it is detrimental. It affects how people view things and the person socially. Depression can lead to suicide or anxiety disorders. Again, spreading awareness is very important in making this issue known. We cannot pinpoint those with depression but we can create a group for them to meet together or to meet one-on-one with someone to help them. We can spread the word about these opportunities through a flyer. Talking about the feelings you experience can really be beneficial and open you up. Groups can make you feel less lonely and as if you’re going on a journey with other people. However, the one-on-one sessions are beneficial for those who don’t do well with big social gatherings.

    “Income Eligibility Guidelines.” The Lancet 120.3085 (1882): 630-36. USDA Food and Nutrition Service. United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, 5 Mar. 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. .

    Murray, Bob, and Alicia Fortinberry. “Depression Fact Sheet: Depression Statistics and Depression Causes.” Depression Fact Sheet: Depression Statistics and Depression Causes. Uplift Program, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. .

    • ChristieH_PattersonAPHG

      A real issue in Coppell, as stated before, is depression, which takes a toll and is detrimental to people’s lives. The superhero I created is named Pain Killer. Pain Killer has the ability to kill the pain (depression). Like his logo portrays, he wants to cross out depression. He doesn’t provide painkillers. It has been shown that “talking with a trained therapist is one of the best treatments” (“Treatments for Depression). He is a superhero who is willing to talk with those with depression. “Interpersonal, problem-solving, and cognitive therapy gives those with depression different ways of talking to help alleviate their problem of depression (“Treatments for Depression”).

      “Treatments for Depression.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2015. .

  • RoopeR_PattersonAPHUG

    I am very fortunate to be able to live in the city of Coppell, where our parents supply us with everything and anything we need. Our schooling is great, and everyone has a permanent home to live under with a supply of food and water. I mean come on that’s anyone could ask for right?

    Even though we have all these good things in life, I feel that we ourselves as a Coppell school district are wasting our money, and not using it to support the world, and support the people in life who are not as fortunate as the people in Coppell.

    Almost one fifth of the Texas population(18.5%) live below poverty standards. As a school district, we supply every person with an iPad in highschool, and recently have even began supplying the middle school students with iPads. I don’t believe that middle schoolers need iPads, because I was in middle school last year, and we did not need much technology. For the highschool standpoint, I have a way we can change the world, while keeping our own education levels up!

    Coppell should assign every person a partner in their grade, who has the same courses as them, and the exact same schedule. This pairing gets one iPad share. Thus, we would have around 1,600 iPads left. We could give these iPads to school districts who don’t live in such a good area as us. Every kid should be given an equal opportunity to learn, and this is just one of the ways that we could help the people around us. We need to stand up, and not just give ourselves the finest new technologies, when there is people out there who need it more
    Source:”Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.” Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2015. .

    • RoopeR_PattersonAPHUG

      Not a big issue for us in Coppell, but outside our bubble, poverty and unequal learning opportunities effect many people daily lives for the worse. The super hero I created to solve this issue was Techno Sharer. His super power is convincing the people who are lucky enough to have everything top notch, to donate and help less fortunate people. He often does this to better people’s educations, and always has a plan to make his idea come through. He has been thinking about convincing Coppell ISD to create a partner system, which would make everybody have a “partner”, who they share schedules with, and share an iPad. He figured out that most of the time we use our iPads, we are in groups, and don’t always use every iPad. His plan seeks to donate over 1,600 left over iPads, since we cut the usage in half, and donate them to poorer school districts in Texas who aren’t given the same opportunity for education as us.

      ” Poor and minority students are concentrated in the less well
      funded schools, most of them located in central cities and funded at
      levels substantially below those of neighboring suburban districts. In
      addition, policies associated with school funding, resource allocations,
      and tracking leave minority students with fewer and lower-quality
      books, curriculum materials, laboratories, and computers; significantly larger class sizes; less qualified and experienced teachers; and less access
      to high-quality curriculum.”-Linda Darling Hammond

      Source(Quote): N.p.: n.p., n.d. Web. .

  • AkhilD_PattersonAPHG

    Our society faces many problems with bullying today. Preventing bullying is very hard for students because they do not want to come out of the situation being the “tattle tale” and they turn the blind eye and ignore the situation. We often think that bullying is inevitable, and that stopping bullying will never happen. But, all we need is a super hero. A super hero, by the name of Laser Eye Carl. Carl can find any bad situation quickly, and eradicate the trouble. Carl quickly acts in the trouble. Carl is the perfect person for having a sly eye to stop trouble at its root.

    But, Carl isn’t special. You can be like Carl. All you have to do is to pay attention to the common signs of bullying. Team up with your friends, and you can easily find the evil signs of bullying.

    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/10/15/how-to-spot-and-stop-bullying-2

    With this article, you and your friends will be equipped with the tools to stop bullying. You can quickly spot people who are being victimized and you can easily get rid of the bullying by contacting a teacher or a parent.

    • BrennaM_boydbence

      Akhil, I completely agree with you! Bullying is a big
      problem that many people ignore on a daily biases. Bullying has many after
      affects every single day. Kids don’t want to come to school and get an
      education because of a bully at school. Bullying isn’t just at school though it
      is everywhere. Our community needs a “super hero” that can stop bullying.
      Bullying has and will continue causing kids pain and heartache. Everyone can be
      a part of changing our world around us and end bullying. I made a survey asking
      questions about bullying in our community and if we as Coppell citizens can
      make a change and 100% of the people said something like “yes we have bullying
      problems” and “yes we can fix this problem”.

    • RebekahP_BoydBence

      Akhil, I definitely agree with you on this topic. Many people that are bullied in Coppell and around the world don’t tell anyone about the bully because they are afraid that it might get worse. Sometimes they don’t tell anyone and it continues to happen. It can also have some negative impacts not only on your emotions but your education. “Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn.” (http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/at-school/) Bullying needs to stop before it gets any worse than it already is.

    • TravisS_boydbence

      Akhil, I most definitely agree with your statement. Bullying isn’t such a problem at New Tech but it is in Coppell as a whole. I wrote my post about self harm. I believe that many teens who suffer from self harm are afraid of their stature changing and afraid that they will be degraded by others for cutting, burning, starving etc… With your superhero powers he can find situations where someone is in trouble or feeling unsafe about their issue. I do agree that we need to pay more attention to the signs of bullying. I stated this in my post as well! We need to realize that bullying does not make you stronger it makes you look worse in the eyes of others. But, if people take a stand to be like Laser Eye Carl then the major issue of bullying in Coppell will most definitely reduce.

  • HaneeshK_PattersonAPHG

    In my community there are many crimes that happen without us even knowing. Where as some crimes that happen in our community we know about yet we still don’t take action. So why is it that we don’t take action when we see something going on? The reason is because it is just extra work because it is easier to just stand and watch or just walk by. Those crimes are what we should be able to prevent are but we are just to lazy to do it. I got all this information from a viable source here is the link to it if you want to see more

    http://www.kidpower.org/library/article/prevent-bullying/?gclid=CKWDvpu4pcMCFZKDaQodRioA6g. Some crimes can even happen from there home such as cyber bullying. So to answer the question of “what a superhero could do in our community?” I would ask him to stop all sources of bulling and even help prevent crimes that happen in our communities without us even knowing.

  • alyssar_boydbence

    Living in my community for almost 4 years, I have noticed that a big problem is depression. Coppell is an overall wealthy suburb, ranked #32 in the top 50 best places to live and the median family income being $116,722 http://time.com/money/2791446/32-coppell-tx-2/ which is a lot compared to the $51,939 median income of people in the US http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MEHOINUSA672N Many parents sacrifice a lot for their childrens to go to the schools here, which causes a lot of stress. Stress over getting the best grades, being the best at your sport, wearing the best clothes, and your social status. All the things that cause stress are what can cause depression. A lot of people get depressed when their parents get mad at them, and when they aren’t the best in anything. http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/causes-depression I know many people who are depressed, and the main problem is not fitting in socially. There are many “cliques” here, and some people aren’t particular to any, which makes them feel like they are weird and different. Another cause of depression is bullying. Bullying is harder to find here, because it is usually bullying such as shutting out someone from your friends, or treating someone like you are superior to them, because of your clothes, the way you act, your grades, etc.

    The super hero I created was Jane Joy. She wears calming clothes and helps you feel better. Her Yin Yang helps you understand the balance between good and bad. She has wings that fly you away to a better place. Depression is a big problem in the world that a lot of people have and that we should help fix. The world will be a better place with happier and motivated people.

    • EllaH_benceboyd

      I agree with you completely, I have a couple friends who have been/are really depressed. A superhero like that would make this world such a better place, too many suicides happened last year in Coppell. A good friend of my brother killed himself, due to family problems and a bad break up. No ones life should be so bad that they end it.

  • AlexD_BoydBence

    Coppell is a well known city, it is beautiful and has great education, on one side. but on the other side it is different. “Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009, Coppell: 3.2%” I know this percentage is not a huge one, but Coppell was named the braggiest city in Texas, which puts up a front that we are all rich. The rich people in Coppell are extremely wealthy, but what about the people who live pay check to pay check. There is a dividing line in the community. Those who have houses the size of a school, and those who as I said earlier, live pay check to pay check.

    The social circles in Coppell are huge, and not in a good way. We have a distinct line throughout our community. The super hero I created (see picture down below) called the convergenizer. She helps people come together as a community. That would help my city very much. People usually call us “snobby” or “annoying”. But if we all came together as a community, we could not focus on our wealth and focus on being a person.

    • AlexD_BoydBence

      and here is my super hero!

  • alishaha_boydbence

    In Coppell, we have a variety of issues. An issue in Coppell that I believe should
    be resolved is bullying. Most people who bully don’t realize the consequences
    of what they’re doing. “Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnesses
    a bullying crime take place while at school. A reported 15 percent of all
    students who don’t show up for school report it to being out of fear of being
    bullied while at school. There are about 71 percent of students that report
    bullying as an on-going problem. Along that same vein, about one out of every
    10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying. One out
    of every 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school. Some of the top
    years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were
    reported as victims of some kind of bullying. Other recent bullying statistics
    reveal that 54 percent of students reported that witnessing physical abuse at
    home could lead to violence in school. Among students of all ages,
    homicide perpetrators were found to be twice as likely as homicide victims to
    have been bullied previously by their peers. There are about 282,000 students
    that are reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the nation each month.”
    http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-statistics-2010.html Spreading awareness by posting on social media, and doing assemblies talking about what bullying does. In collaboration with a superhero, such as Anti-Bully Arthur, he could create an organization and make social media of the organization. By spreading awareness this could help end bullying. For example, Ty Smalley the founder of Stand for the Silent, came to talk to us about bullying. I believe his words had an impact on us and if every school could hear his speech then I’d really think it’d make a difference. If Anti-Bully Arthur started these assemblies then he’d be my favorite hero.

  • CharlieW_BoydBence

    1. What are the real issues in your community that could use a superhero’s help?

    The issues are some not to over react with but to deal with a little at a time. Things like minimum wage is one of many issues that are happening in my community. People that are living a long time on minimum wage are miracle workers. People look at minimum wage as an issue or a problem, but the thing is that sometimes the reason why people are in minimum wage because its their choice of the way they live. The only way we could help them is by finding a hero that can make the topic of minimum wage a positive one to talk about. That won’t stop the fact that minimum wage has been a problem for many years even before I was born and that was a while ago but thats not the point. The point is that minimum wage will soon hit your family if we don’t start now, we can as a community can change the income to prevent minimum wage. “if we could just wave our wand and they would earn higher wages” http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/03/22/minimum-wage/

    We don’t need a justice league but we do need justice for all.

    We could spread the word and make people care again, about the people that are barely living on minimum wage. The community I live in is a one not to be hyped up or aggravated about something or someone. Spread the word to the town hall, to the protestors, and to your friends, we need all the help we can get. Lets make our voices heard and the changes made. This will happen not now, not tomorrow but someday, someday these ideas, and changes will happen, wait no not will must. In the end we need a protector to save us from the life taking low wages, can you help and make a difference. He does not have a name or home but he is bound to help prevent minimum wage. His wings make him fly to places no one else has been. His fire surrounds him, some say that fire burns the brightest when he helps many. His eye patch lets him see through peoples lies, and his sword cuts the prices for the families that are struggling with minimum wage.

  • Brett C_BoydBence

    In my community I think a problem that a superhero can solve is the traffic problems. At the schools there are many accidents that happen because there is only one or two was to drive in. When I went to my middle school almost every week there was a accident and traffic was a huge amount of traffic. Even my mom agreed with me that there was a huge amount of traffic near the schools. My mom has done many car pools and experienced what has happened when she picks me up from school. This is a problem that a superhero can solve.

    I think that my community can come together like the “Justice League” in order to stop the problem. If people were more diligent when they drive and there were more people directing the traffic this problem could be solved. It may not be a major problem, but I think it is an important problem in my community.

    I create a superhero to fight this problem. I used the Marvel superhero creator site and photoshop in order to create him. I call him The Crossing Guard. He stops traffic in the city with his super strength and speed. He also uses a stop sign as a tool. His weakness is that he can only have his powers between 6:00am to 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. He fights traffic and stops accidents.

    • AbbieH_PattersonAPHG

      I think this is a very large issue that a lot of people don’t pay enough attention to. There are kids walking home from school all the time while drivers are being very reckless. Cars are large machines that can easily hurt you and drivers can be easily distracted or negligent. An average pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 8 minutes ( http://www.takomapark.info/pd/posts/archives/001704.html ) and we have even had some recent instances of this in Coppell. And near the high school, at the end of the day, there are a lot of kids walking around and really heavy traffic from the parent loop and I have personally seen multiple instances where kids just step in front of moving traffic. It’s a wonder there aren’t more injuries than we have now. Pedestrians are the second largest category for vehicle deaths. I think maybe there needs to be awareness spread on both sides.

      • AoifeK_BoydBence

        Abbie, reading this issue really made me interested and fearful that this a recurring issue. I’ve found that on the news there have been a lot of pedestrians caught in hit and runs. “Police say Perez was crossing Preston at Alpha Road when she was hit by a driver heading north. Officer Melinda Gutierrez, a Dallas police spokesperson, says she was pronounced dead at the scene.” http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/category/hit_and_run/ Besides this incident in Dallas, recently a middle schooler that attended Middle School North was leaning down to pick up her phone which she dropped in the road when she was struck by a car that didn’t stop. I totally agree with you that the awareness of this needs to spread.

  • alyssar_boydbence

    Living in my community for almost 4 years, I have noticed that a big problem is depression. Coppell is an overall wealthy suburb, ranked #32 in the top 50 best places to live and the median family income being $116,722 http://time.com/money/2791446/32-coppell-tx-2/ which is a lot compared to the $51,939 median income of people in the US http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MEHOINUSA672N Many parents sacrifice a lot for their childrens to go to the schools here, which causes a lot of stress. Stress over getting the best grades, being the best at your sport, wearing the best clothes, and your social status. All the things that cause stress are what can cause depression. A lot of people get depressed when their parents get mad at them, and when they aren’t the best in anything. http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/causes-depression I know many people who are depressed, and the main problem is not fitting in socially. There are many “cliques” here, and some people aren’t particular to any, which makes them feel like they are weird and different. Another cause of depression is bullying. Bullying is harder to find here, because it is usually bullying such as shutting out someone from your friends, or treating someone like you are superior to them, because of your clothes, the way you act, your grades, etc.

    I have talked to some people who I know who were previously depressed, and one of them said that they think it was because didn’t fit in socially, and they weren’t motivated to get good grades, because there wasn’t any point to be the best anyway.

    The super hero I created was Jane Joy. She wears calming clothes and helps you feel better. Her Yin Yang helps you understand the balance between good and bad. She has wings that fly you away to a better place. Depression is a big problem in the world that a lot of people have and that we should help fix. The world will be a better place with happier and motivated people.

  • DarianaG_BoydBence

    Coppell has many issues, but one issue that I believe is the
    biggest is bullying. I believe bullying should be resolved in Coppell because
    not many people in my community see the damage they are doing to people. http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/
    This is a link in which people express some how they have
    been bullied in Coppell.
    “Students who are bullies by age 8 are three times more
    likely to be convicted of a crime by age 30. They are less likely to
    attend college or to acquire a good job. By the age of 23, 35-40%
    of male bullies had three or more convictions. On the other side, students who
    are bullied are found to be more depressed & to have lower
    self-esteem. They are also more likely to commit suicide if they receive
    no outside help. Victims of bullies are also likely to build up
    resentment toward others that may result in violent retaliation later.
    One of the key findings by the Secret Service Report investigating the various
    school shootings is that many of the attackers in those incidents felt bullied,
    persecuted, or injured by others prior to the attach. Given these findings, it
    is crucial that we develop a plan to combat bullying behavior so that all
    students can feel safe & secure in their learning environment.
    (Olweus, 1993). 30% of all students are bullies at some point. 60% of all high
    school students are targets of cyber bullying.”
    http://coppellgifted.org/2009/01/30/who-does-bullying-hurt-everyone/
    Spreading awareness by posting in social media and have people talk to schools about bullying such as Stand For The Silent organization. Ty Smalley the founder of stand for the silent came and talked to my school I believe he had such a huge impact in my school if he could got to other schools and talk to them I think it will help a lot of
    people and stop bullying. Bully Free Blair could help raise awareness about
    bullying she could also create an organization. She would be a great hero for
    my community.

  • Brett C_BoydBence

    In my community I think a problem that a superhero can solve are the traffic problems. At the schools there are many accidents that happen because there is only one or two was to drive in. When I went to my middle school almost every week there was a accident and traffic was a huge amount of traffic. Even my mom agreed with me that there was a huge amount of traffic near the schools. My mom has done many car pools and experienced what has happened when she picks me up from school. This is a problem that a superhero can solve.

    I think that my community can come together like the “Justice League” in order to stop the problem. If people were more diligent when they drive and there were more people directing the traffic this problem could be solved. It may not be a major problem, but I think it is an important problem in my community.

    I create a superhero to fight this problem. I used the Marvel superhero creator site and Photoshop in order to create him. I call him The Crossing Guard. He stops traffic in the city with his super strength and speed. He also uses a stop sign as a tool. His weakness is that he can only have his powers between 6:00am to 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. He fights traffic and stops accidents.

  • alyssar_boydbence

    Living in my community for almost 4 years, I have noticed that a big problem is depression. Coppell is an overall wealthy suburb, ranked #32 in the top 50 best places to live and the median family income being $116,722 http://time.com/money/2791446/32-coppell-tx-2/ which is a lot compared to the $51,939 median income of people in the US http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MEHOINUSA672N Many parents sacrifice a lot for their childrens to go to the schools here, which causes a lot of stress. Stress over getting the best grades, being the best at your sport, wearing the best clothes, and your social status. All the things that cause stress are what can cause depression. A lot of people get depressed when their parents get mad at them, and when they aren’t the best in anything. http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/causes-depression I know many people who are depressed, and the main problem is not fitting in socially. There are many “cliques” here, and some people aren’t particular to any, which makes them feel like they are weird and different. Another cause of depression is bullying. Bullying is harder to find here, because it is usually bullying such as shutting out someone from your friends, or treating someone like you are superior to them, because of your clothes, the way you act, your grades, etc.

    I have talked to some people who I know who were previously depressed, and one of them said that they think it was because didn’t fit in socially, and they weren’t motivated to get good grades, because there wasn’t any point to be the best anyway.

    The super hero I created was Jane Joy. She wears calming clothes and helps you feel better. Her Yin Yang helps you understand the balance between good and bad. She has wings that fly you away to a better place. Depression is a big problem in the world that a lot of people have and that we should help fix. The world will be a better place with happier and motivated people. A good way to fix this is to just be a better person to people, make everyone feel special, because even someone who appears really happy can be depressed.

  • alyssar_boydbence

    Living in my community for almost 4 years, I have noticed that a big problem is depression. Coppell is an overall wealthy suburb, ranked #32 in the top 50 best places to live and the median family income being $116,722 http://time.com/money/2791446/32-coppell-tx-2/ which is a lot compared to the $51,939 median income of people in the US http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MEHOINUSA672N Many parents sacrifice a lot for their childrens to go to the schools here, which causes a lot of stress. Stress over getting the best grades, being the best at your sport, wearing the best clothes, and your social status. All the things that cause stress are what can cause depression. A lot of people get depressed when their parents get mad at them, and when they aren’t the best in anything. http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/causes-depression I know many people who are depressed, and the main problem is not fitting in socially. There are many “cliques” here, and some people aren’t particular to any, which makes them feel like they are weird and different. Another cause of depression is bullying. Bullying is harder to find here, because it is usually bullying such as shutting out someone from your friends, or treating someone like you are superior to them, because of your clothes, the way you act, your grades, etc.

    I have talked to some people who I know who were previously depressed, and one of them said that they think it was because didn’t fit in socially, and they weren’t motivated to get good grades, because there wasn’t any point to be the best anyway.

    The super hero I created was Jane Joy. She wears calming clothes and helps you feel better. Her Yin Yang helps you understand the balance between good and bad. She has wings that fly you away to a better place. She uses her power of equality to make everyone equal to each other, so no one feels like they are lower on the totem pole for any subject. She helps you understand how special you are and how useful to the world you are. Depression is a big problem in the world that a lot of people have and that we should help fix. The world will be a better place with happier and motivated people. A good way to fix this is to just be a better person to people, make everyone feel special, because even someone who appears really happy can be depressed.

  • EmilyE_BoydBence

    I live in a city named
    Coppell. It has issues just like any other community. I have gone and talked to
    people about what they think is an issue in Coppell.
    In my community there
    are many issues. The one I chose that I thought was one of the most important
    was the self-harm and Suicide in Coppell. Through out the year of 2014 there were
    too many suicides. I feel if there were a super hero to help this situation
    they would spread their love around and make sure people feel like there is
    someone who loves them, and who cares about them.
    For me to help people
    in my community I just need to be like the super hero. I need to spread my love
    to everyone. Be nice to everyone because you don’t know what he or she is going
    through. If I wanted to do something even bigger I could open and a group where
    anyone can come talk, hang out and make friends. It’s a place where no one will
    be alone.
    All you really need to do is be the super hero your community needs.

    • EmilyE_BoydBence

      This is Life saver she is the hero for Coppell. She spreads her love through out of Coppell to make sure people know they are loved and that they dont need to take there own life. That they have a purpose here.

  • EmilyE_BoydBence

    The super hero I created name is Life Saver. She spreads her love around to make people feel like they have someone and they are not alone.

  • EvaF_BoydBence

    An issue that is present in Coppell is depression.

    Many people don’t think they have any self-worth and it is hard for them to reach out to others to express how they feel. In Texas, we are on the top 10 states who have the highest percentage of people that are depressed and suicidal. (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-11-28-depression-suicide-numbers_N.htm ) We need a superhero that brings people out of their depression, and show them how great and unique of a person they are.

    Depression makes it hard for people, especially in school, to enjoy their lives and make friends. “Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, or men in particular may even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.” It’s hard to overcome depression, and it interferes with everything in your daily activities. (http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-signs-and-symptoms.htm)

    To reduce the large amount of depressed individuals, we can help prevent this by just simply going up to someone who you normally wouldn’t go to and be friends with them. More people are depressed than you think. You can’t always figure out who’s depressed, because most hide it. Still, we all need to do good to others, which can lead to a great result. We need to make others feel important, and let them know that they are someone.

    This is why I created the superhero, Ann T. Social. We need someone to do what is right, because sometimes what is right is not ‘socially acceptable’. Ann T. Social does not want to fit in, she wants to stick out to what is right: reaching out to others who we normally wouldn’t speak to, and to do good to them.

    Ann T. Social is a woman who wants to lead others and mentor those who are depressed. With her logo that symbolizes hope and a crown of strength, she is able to help anyone feeling depressed. She has a torch that burns the negative thoughts away and will show you the path out of depression.

    • SimranJ_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you. Many kids in Coppell lose their self-esteem and feel alone. It is difficult to recognize who those people are but they have a difficult time at school and feel out of place. This can cause many teens to do bad in school and lose their sleep and appetite. 20% of teens experience depression before they reach their adult years. All these people need to get out of their loneliness is a friend or someone they can talk to, making them feel a lot better!

  • MichaelM_BoydBence

    One of the biggest issues that we face today in my community is drug and alcohol abuse. Many students that attend high school don’t realize the danger and stupidity of drugs and/or alcohol. Their grades will drop, and they’ll find themselves dropping out of high school, an increasing problem today. Every day, 8,300 students will drop out of high school.( http://www.statisticbrain.com/high-school-dropout-statistics/) Not all of these are drug-related, but I’m sure some of them are. Other than that, I think littering is a problem, because I see litter in the parks and the streets. Right now, I don’t think our community does a great job in enforcing no littering.

    The hero is created is known simply as “Demon.” This faceless hero can train delinquents the importance of staying clean. He also specializes in cleaning up litter and inducing others to do the same, be it peacefully or forcefully.

    Of course, it isn’t one person’s responsibility to solve all of the problems in the community. It’s everyone’s responsibility to do their part. As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

    • AfifahM_PattersonAPHG

      I think that is a really nice idea! Also I totally agree that it is more than one persons job so maybe your super hero can have a team or a league. ( but in reality I think that if people really do this then the world can become a better place)

  • AoifeK_BoydBence

    In the city which I live in, Coppell, there are many problems that are faced each and everyday. One of the more prominent issues that is viewed is the lack of discretion that adolescents have. Abuse of drugs and alcohol, bullying, and much more. “If you have a teenager at home, you know that its pretty normal for them to have all the answers in the world and yet virtually no logic or reasoning. Regardless of what you say to them, they have an answer or idea that is the absolute truth. They are never wrong, adults are never right and the idea of instilling any sort of logic into their lives is virtually impossible.” http://blogs.psychcentral.com/balanced-life/2014/07/ever-wonder-why-adolescents-make-such-bad-decisions/ Due to the fact the teenagers aren’t as cooperative and rational as most adults, issues begin to occur. Myself included in this problem, I and many others tend to only do things that I think are right (whether they really are or not). Those that really struggle with identity and discretion tend to cross a line of bad decisions.

    My super hero that I created fights off bad decision making, hence the name “Ms. Rational”. She comes quick with good advice to help you steer away from nonsensical problems.

    • Rachelb_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree with you on the point that teenagers can be irrational and argumentative, which can lead to complications and mistakes in their teenage lives, which can lead to struggles into adulthood. But where we differ in opinion is that I think that a young adults lack of “rationality” can be an amazing thing and not something we neccisarily need to fight, when a natural sense of rebellion is re-directed from a negative form of rebellion to a positive form of rebellion (positive forms of rebellion can include new ideas, the kick starting of movements that can affect positive change) by a role model or the teenager themselves, it can amount to amazing things, just look at this example of teens in history speaking out in a rebellious manner against injustices http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/01/20/teens-behaving-historically-the-civil-rights-movement-in-ya-literature/ this is only one example of the amazing things teens can do when their rebellious tendencies are embraced instead of snuffed out.

  • Kabramson_boydbence

    Safety first,or at least it should be that way.In my neighborhood there is a two lane road that allows each car just enough space to drive by safely.A major dilemma is occuring, people are parking their cars outside of their garage and on the side of the road, this makes it very difficult to drive, causing unexpected drivers to merge since there is a car taking up the other lane.

    Not only does this cause car accidents but also creates road rage between drivers, not to mention not being able to see if there is anyone crossing or in the road and that should not be what our community is about.Two weeks ago someone hit a kid in the middle of the road because the driver could not see past the car that was parked in the road, blocking their vision.People leave their cars on the side,because they are to lazy to park it in their garage or driveway.It is understandable that a few households may own three or four cars, but that is not to say for more than half of the houses parking on the side of the road.I have alerted the HOA and the police and whenever the police arrive all the cars seem to disappear.With that being said, a fixable solution is to have cops patrol the roads all day so that our safety is guaranteed.

    My character is a bionic policeman that can tow cars back into there driveway and shoot tickets out to each car parked in the road.He will be stationed in the neighborhood so that no suspicious activity occurs and that we are ready for the road.His name is Dan the cop and when you yell his name he will arrive on the spot.

    • Kabramson_boydbence

      Dan the cop is designed to keep the neighborhood in check for road safety by using his bionic hand to force the car back into the driveway and control when cars stop and go so that pedestrians are safe

      • ShrutiV_PattersonAPHG

        I totally agree with you. The safety of the pedestrians is a very big issue and something needs to be done about it. Everyone should feel safe in their community and drivers need to be more careful when driving. But I think that air pollution is a bigger problem. Air pollution affects people worldwide, not just in my community of Coppell. Air pollution kills more than 2 million people worldwide every year. I definitely think that this is an issue for a superhero to solve.

    • GiancarloV_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree with you, although i’m starting on learning how to drive i’ve seen how narrow the streets can be and how much of a hazard it causes for two land driving. Not only that, but because they are in neighborhoods, children tend to play in and out of these cars. If a ball goes out on the street, the driver might not see them in time to avoid a tragic accident (as you mentioned). 50 children each week are effected by these resulting on 2 deaths. Some blind spots on vehicles can fit up to 62 kids without the driver noticing (kidsandcars.org) . It’s an unfortunate fact however, I believe in the cause. It great to have cops, but it’s a valuable resource and can’t be placed on every neighborhood. Instead, the community should be educated and have the “crime stoppers” program modified to include pedestrian safety to avoid the issue all together. if necessary, they should also be educated on how to quickly and effectively report problems to the authorities (non-emergency). Otherwise, it’s a great issue that should be fixed, because instead of kids playing video games inside, they can safely play together outside.

  • NiharT_PattersonAPHUG

    In collaboration with a superhero team like Justice League, my superhero Carlos the Complimenter and his crew will take take the action of socializing with random civilians in the welcoming hallways of schools everywhere. This normal interaction with youth all around show Carl’s true powers and helping nature because a general greeting may brighten someone’s day and make people feel good that they can have someone to talk to and appreciate for themselves. This will help our classmates have better experiences at school and protect the future by issuing more optimistic moods and natures. Check my tweet to see a picture of Carlos the Complimenter! @NiharT_PattersonAPHUG

    • jacka_BoydBence

      Hey, Nihar. I agree with you, Coppell has many depressed and lonely people. Remember Jonah Blackwell? We could have been maybe changed if some people were nicer to him. Everybody just wants to be accepted.

    • Preston Chu

      This idea of a hero sounds nice because some people aren’t exactly good with opening up with anyone unless someone goes up to them and talks to them directly. Without someone to interact with first, some people are just shut off from the world and don’t really have the support of someone else when they face a problem. Getting a simple hello could possibly change some people to start talking to other people and interacting with more people.

      • Jkinnon_boydbence

        I agree with You. I think a hero should get to know the people who he protects.

    • EthanB_PattersonAPHG

      Nihar, I agree with you 100% on the actions
      that you are taking. There are too many kids these days who are depressed, or
      just simply having a bad day. Complimenting them can cheer the up more that a
      lot of people think. Interacting with someone feeling bad or thinking about
      committing suicide can make them change their mind. We should keep up the
      spirit, and compliment random people. This will make the world a better place.

    • RickyB_boydbence

      I agree Nihar, now a days people especially students are on technology so much that they don’t get time to interact with different people which is not very beneficial to them. Thus having hero who can help stop this problem would be great.

      Several studies report fewer colds, lower blood pressure and lower heart rates in participants with strong social ties. (http://www.valueoptions.com/april06_newsletter/benefits_of_social_interactions.htm) As explained here people need to have the time to socialize, get some time to socialize. That will definitely make the world a better place to be in and also much more enjoyable.

  • AfifahM_PattersonAPHG

    In the city of Coppell there are many problems but my superhero will be one who stands for those who don’t stand up for themselves. My super hero will be called Supporting Sandy and she will go around Coppell with her positive attitude and stop bullying, cheer people up, spread smile through out the community with her lift-up league.

    • JordanW_PattersonAPHG

      I agree, I feel like someone who is going to go around just raising the spirits of others would be fantastic. Many people suffer from depression in fact 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from depression. It would be great to turn those frowns up-side-down!

    • AndreA_BoydBence

      Afifah, I agree that bullying is a big problem and there should be someone cheering people up and doing what’s right.

    • Jharna.S_boydbence

      Afifah, I agree with you! I think that many kids today face self-confidence issues, and therefore don’t feel the need to protect themselves from harm. Even kids who aren’t bullied, have self-confidence issues to. For example, if a kid with low confidence sees someone else getting bullied, he will not stand up for that person, because he doesn’t believe that he can, or that he is strong enough to. I think that spreading a positive vibe throughout the community will definitely help create a healthy environment for kids to thrive in.

      Some ways to create that positive vibe, is to get kids involved in activities such as sports, art, music, or academic activities, will help boost their confidence.

      Also having trust worthy adults around to communicate with is very important, for the child to feel safe.

      http://bullying.about.com/od/Responses/a/How-Building-Self-Esteem-Can-Prevent-Bullying.htm

  • KyleB_Boydbence

    A problem that I see happening in my community/neighborhood is that many teenagers and even a lot of children are careless to look across the streets before crossing. I see this occurring every single day, and have seen some very close calls, I am surprised I’ve never actually seen an incident with this. It is very dangerous that the youth here are unaware of the danger of crossing the street with little to no attention. There are around 4,500 deaths a year in the U.S from “J walking” alone. I think we could use a superhero to help everyone in the community to safely cross the roads. This would help prevent any J walking accidents in the community and the youth would be in a safer place.

    There are several things that we as a community can do to help the community about this issue. The first step that can be taken is to have a team of super safe crossers to visit all of the school here in Coppell. What they would do is that they would present a slideshow to the students showing all of the hard that J walking can cause. They would play videos of families that have gone through a rough time due to a death in the family caused by crossing the streets. Hopefully they would understand that it is very dangerous to J walk and would want to start being more careful. Another step we could take to insure the safety of our youth when it comes to crossing the streets is to install cross walks at every intersection in Coppell, this would encourage the use of a safe way to cross the streets.

    I made a superhero called the “Safe Walker”, he uses his stick to help direct traffic and to for stopping kids from walking across the street without looking!

    • AbbieH_PattersonAPHG

      I think this is a very large issue that a lot of people don’t pay enough attention to. There are kids going up and down my street and when you’re in the car it’s pretty scary because kids are being very reckless. Cars are large machines that can easily hurt you and drivers can be easily distracted or negligent. An average pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 8 minutes ( http://www.takomapark.info/pd/posts/archives/001704.html ) and we have even had some recent instances of this in Coppell. And near the high school, at the end of the day, there are a lot of kids walking around and really have traffic from the parent loop and I have personally seen multiple instances where kids just step in front of moving traffic. It’s a wonder there aren’t more injuries than we have now. Pedestrians are the second largest category for vehicle deaths. Awareness is crucial, I’m so glad you recognized this issue.

  • JordanW_PattersonAPHG

    In my community in Valley Ranch, Texas. I would say the major problem is littering. This could definantly use some help. Sometimes I even find trash in my front yard.
    With the help of superfolk alike we can help stop the problem.

    About Litter, On Average it cost about 11.5 billion US Dollars a year to pick up litter. Also as much as 1.9 billion tons of litter ends up in our oceans.
    Most of the litter commonly seen are cigarettes, this can become serious. A cigarette that hasnt been burned out can possibly cause fires.
    Men are more likely to litter than women and 75% of people in the United States claim to littering in the past 5 years.

    In a collaboration with the new superhero Waste Warrior and his trusted weapon the Trash Grabber. Together we can help reduce litter flow and also help clean the area in and around our community.
    First we would start by putting up posters making people become aware about the problem. Next we would start to clean up trash and help put it where it belongs.
    Third and finally we would have gatherings where we get people from each area of the community to gather a subgroup and clean in there area. Over all with the help of the Waste Warrior, we
    can help clean the community.

    Citations (where I got my facts from): “9 Interesting Facts and Statistics about Littering – Litter. It Costs You.” Litter It Costs You. N.p., 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2015.
    .

    • TylerW_BoydBence

      Jordan,
      I completely agree with you that the littering problem not only in our respective communities are substantial, but also in the greater United States. The amount of money it costs to pick it all up is a ridiculous amount of money being wasted when you think about how hard is it really to throw your trash in a garbage can? I think that your idea for your superhero is very good and well thought out. “The estimated cost of litter pickup is 30 cents per piece of litter. One mile of highway contains approximately 16,000 pieces of litter.” If we could just take care of our country and our planet for that matter it would save everyone time and money.

      https://www.nccrimecontrol.org/Index2.cfm?a=000001,002895,002903

  • jacka_BoydBence

    Coppell, Texas is a city with a family- oriented feel to it. Everything is about family, community, and citizenship. The children of this community grow up and become older and receive more privileges and responsibilities. Amongst these milestones is the privilege to drive. As teenagers with the ability to drive participate in drinking and then driving, only bad things can come out of it. Not only are we focusing on young adults here, but everybody who has a drivers license. People under 21 will still drink alcohol, it is just bound to happen. How can we, as a community, prevent this from happening? Obviously we would have to revoke at least one of the factors of this problem; the car or the alcohol. As a community, along with the fictional help of a superhero, we could put an end to this epidemic of drinking and driving by using the superheroes powers and promoting a designated driver. My superhero, aka “Jack Attack”, would use his powers of super vision to see into the livers of drivers and see if they have consumed alcohol. So together, and with my superhero, lets end drunk driving.

    http://www.coppelltx.gov/online-services/news-releases/1752-dwi-enforcement.html

  • RiyaM_PattersonAPHG

    In my town of Coppell, I feel as if we live in an isolated bubble. In comparison with the lives of people in other towns, our lives are pretty simple. The problem with towns like mine is the pressure to be perfect. There are all of these expectations that you set for yourself and that others have set for you. Because of this situation, many students feel overwhelmed and often suffer from depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts.

    Let’s take for example a typical Coppell girl. Let’s call her Cindy.

    Cindy is a junior at CHS. She is on the varsity volleyball team, sings in the school choir, and takes five AP classes. Cindy starts having mental breakdowns from all the stress that is balling up inside of her. But, she doesn’t stop overachieving. Soon, Cindy is getting a total of seven hours of sleep during the school week. She wants to get help, she wants to live a stress free life, and get a therapist…but she cannot. This is because of the social standards in Coppell. There is this idea that everything has to be perfect, and if you are not perfect, then you are doing something wrong. This social prison that we have been placed into must be broken, then only all teens can be free to live their lives.

    Things that I can do to help fix this problem would be to talk to people. The problem with this generation is that we are so attached to our cellular devices that we don’t even realize the beautiful things in life anymore. Staying off of your phone, and instead talking to someone makes them feel like they are actually worth something.

    • lupenyg_boydbence

      I agree with you Riya. Coppell does have this specific and high social standard that most people try to reach while tearing themselves to be perfect. http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/ says that people get bullied for not meeting these standards and looking perfect.

    • SeanH_BoydBence

      I agree Riya, in Coppell we have a lot of richer people so we feel the need to “look the part” even if we don’t have the money to do so.

    • audreyf_boydbence

      I agree with you. In Coppell so many suffer from depression and anxiety. 1 in 5 teens will struggle with depression through the course of being a teen. I also agree that if we kept off of our phones more it would help. There would be less pressure to be like everyone else.

    • Dagim_boydbence

      Riya M, I totally agree with you. Coppell has a high standard where everyone is expected to be perfect. Most people in Coppell are rich and think that everyone needs to act that way and be “perfect”. This need to be perfect in Coppell has led people to become depressed.
      (http://mindyourmind.ca/expression/blog/10-things-may-cause-teenage-depression) On this site are 10 things that can cause teenage depression. A couple of them are academic stress and peer pressure are things that Coppell kids suffer from.

    • Jharna.S_boydbence

      Riya, you make and excellent point! I feel like face to face communication has a huge impact on others. For example, when your teacher, coach or parent, texts you the words “I love you”, you may smile a little and then turn your phone off. But you feel it much more when they look you in the eye and say that to you in person. Sometimes, that’s really all someone needs… the physical presence of someone who shows that they care.

    • BakhtawarY_BoydBence

      Riya, I completely agree with you! All of us judge each other and set an unwritten standard for everyone, and if you don’t fit that you are known as an “outcast” and “not normal” and talked about. This is a form of bullying, and people have become so immune to that this is an issue, but then they will do the same thing later. All of us are aware of what is going on, but we are not using the power we have to change everything. People wanting to fit in to standards, will forget who they really are and loose the person they were suppose to become. I would consider this emotional bullying. Bullying doesn’t have to be to a certain person, or in one direct way. Judging others into making them want to change, or not get the emotional help they need is bullying. This is emotional bullying, and this is the most PREVENTABLE kind of bullying. ( http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/school-bullying.html ) Coppell can stop judging, Coppell can remember we don’t see what a person is going through outside of school or in their minds, and Coppell can make a change if we learn to only look after ourselves and not others. It was very easy to treat other with respect and not treat others as if they don’t matter, but yet our community still don’t do it.

  • JakeB_BoydBence

    We all know that no communityBullying is an issue that we’ve in the DFW area have faced for a while. It’s a good source of depression and suicides in the area. The problem is most of these don’t tell and the bullies never get caught. It’s sad what’s been happening in the DFW area and it must be stopped; but who? Who can take on a responsibility so great?How, how? I’ll tell you who, Hashashin.
    Hashashin was the name of Assassin’s from 1000-1200 CE. He conducts his assassinations in broad daylight to full-view of the public. Now I know what you’re thinking, Whoa Whoa you can’t assassinate kids, but that’s not true. Hashashin is assassinating the concept of bullying. He works in the shadows and his dark colors works perfect for it.

  • TylerW_BoydBence

    In my neighborhood of Coppell, Texas, we have been having some problems with people stealing packages fromother people’s front porches. We need a superhero that would be able to dedicate themselves to hunting out these people who wait for the delivery trucks to drop their packages and move in to steal the contents.

    When people order products online, the companies then select one of the national delivery companies to deliver your product. It usually takes a couple of days before it gets on a delivery truck, but once loaded, as long as it is under a certain dollar amount, it will be left on your porch if you are not home. These certain people then target
    these trucks by following them and picking up the package after the driver had
    driven away. Then they take it to their homes and you don’t ever get your package.

    The police officers are not able to dedicate themselves to just follow around the delivery trucks all day. There are much more important things for them to be doing. The robbers can also come a while after. The police also cannot sit at every home that gets a delivery all day until the receiver gets home to collect their package. This is why I think that the superhero that I have created to add to the Justice League would
    be and excellent fit into enforcing in my neighborhood. His name is “Captain
    Courier” and he would use his radar to track all package deliveries and be able
    to monitor when the owner takes them in or when it is on the move to another
    destination to be able to hunt down the robber with his bow and arrow. He would
    not only stop those who feel the need to steal what rightfully belongs to the
    receiver of the package, but also hopefully deter others from committing the
    crime because they know that he will hunt them down.

    I decided to use the Marvel Superhero maker tool to design my superhero, “Captain Courier”, so that I could make him look and be equipped to take on the robbers of packages on peoples properties for #DoNowHero.

    http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero

    In reality though, if we are personally having a problem with this we can have the
    delivery company hold our package at their facility and we can go pick it up.
    Or we can get surveillance cameras to watch our porches to catch anyone who
    tries to steal packages. Hopefully it will never get bad enough to need to the
    services of “Captain Courier”.

  • MustafaA_BoydBence

    Some real issues are bad food/food contamination and many different violations. This sometimes happens in different restaurants. Some of these restaurants are Which Wich, Taco Naan, and the Yucatan Stand. There are many other food sources that have these type of problems. http://www.coppelltx.gov/component/search/?searchword=problems&searchphrase=all&Itemid=1 There is a way to keep the food from being poisoned. There can be daily food inspections, and there is a person who can do this with ease. His name is the inspector. With his special powers he can make sure that all the food is free from bacteria and poisons. his special powers are slicing food with his sword, cutting stakes with his laser eyes, and taking temperatures with his special forces.

  • RebekahP_BoydBence

    There are many issues in my town of Coppell when it comes to people my age. I’ve been going to school in Coppell for my whole life and I have seen a lot of issues happening. Racial inequality in my community is a strong issue that causes a lot of animosity. People of different colors don’t see each other equally. It is an issue that has existed for a while. One of the main problems related to racial inequality is opportunity to get an equal right
    to education. Black students in America are not given the same rights as White students. Many teachers give black students harder discipline and don’t offer them the highest level of education. When it comes to education “Black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/us/school-data-finds-pattern-of-inequality-along-racial-lines.html?_r=0). As my generation as grown up, we have seen other people treating people of different color with greed. We have been taught to not see them as equally as we see ourselves. This is an issue that will get worse if it continues to happen.

    Racial inequality needs to stop. We need to call in “The Enlightener” to help us! Her most important purpose as a hero is to enlighten people on the right way to treat people of different colors. She always holds a special light pole that shows people the truth. She tells people that they need to change their personality and be a better person. She has an all black costume with a gray belt and gloves that lets people know its okay to be
    different colors. The lightning strike on her chest describes on she strikes the light through people’s personality and changes their perspective. Hopefully she can help people realize that the way we treat other people is not right and it should be changed.

    • RebekahP_BoydBence

      Refer to the second paragraph for information on the different features of this superhero.

    • NiviM_PattersonAPHG

      I agree Rebekah but sadly not only do the students of most schools racially discriminate and demean these kids but teachers and administrators do as well. Minorities are being given teachers without experience in teaching as opposed to effective learning with hands on activities that are crucial to a proper understanding of topics and lessons. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/minority-students-worse-teachers_n_5135153.html
      Children are being deprived of a proper education because of their skin color. These children come to the US from all over the world for a better education but are given nothing but unjust treatment and depravity from those that are around them.

  • TravisS_boydbence

    In the community I live in, Coppell Tx, self harm is a major issue. Its not these teens who use self harm need someone to show them that it gets better because many know it does. That does not matter. They need someone to show them the good in the now. An average person, thats all they need. Someone to counsel them and someone to look up to and be comfortable with. This is why the super hero I created does not look like your average super hero. He is, some what, an average joe. That is what teens who use self harm need.

  • lupenyg_boydbence

    In my community there are a lot of issues with mental health such as depression, anxiety, thought of suicide or homicide, mood regulation issues, etc. Coppell is a place were the first priority is your social standard. You have to have the right clothes, have be athletic, have to be well known, have to get exceptional grades which all of this can lead to depression or anxiety. An anonymous sophomore that goes to Coppell High School said, “I’m openly gay and in Coppell I guess it just isn’t a cool thing to be who you are if you aren’t going with the grain. Whenever I am bullied I feel worthless and stupid.” (I got this information from http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/ ) “In Coppell all that matters is what you wear, who your friends are, and if you get good grades.” said an anonymous student in Coppell. All of these things result to stress and lead to anxiety.

    If there were a superhero in Coppell to help prevent all these mental issues the superhero would give confidence and love to everyone so they know that its ok to not be like everyone else, and to be your own person. Something that I could do to be like a superhero is to not be a bystander and speak of for people and to show people that I am proud to ignore the social standards. This is my superhero.

    • SamahK_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you lupenyg_boydbence. Coppell tends to undervalue people who are not the same. The social standards in Coppell do make people feel insecure about themselves. We shouldn’t make people feel like they don’t fit in if they don’t play a sport or don’t wear the right clothes. You are right that making people feel bad about themselves leads to mental health problems. A freshman at the school said “I feel I am bullied by students in my class because I am different than them so I feel like they don’t value what I say”. Coppell needs to accept people who are not the same. We need to become more open minded and not have such high standards.

      • NimishaJ_BoydBence

        Samah, I agree with you. Bullying is a problem in Coppell, especially because Coppell is a conservative community that has many social standards set by the society. An anonymous transgender student in the Coppell ISD school district said, “I feel insecure about myself and don’t like myself, because a lot of my classmates have hateful and rude things to say about my appearance and how it doesn’t match my gender.” It’s never right to hurt someone just because their beliefs are different than yours. There needs to be done something to stop bullying.

    • DeviaJ_PattersonAPHG

      I definitely agree with you. I think that these issues of social standards are global, as well as in Coppell. In a place where with people who have more money than others, someone less fortunate may feel very awkward and excluded. Small communities like Coppell tend to have issues like rumors spreading very fast and this can cause serious psychological problems for the victims. One of my friends at my school said that she felt “excluded and ignored” in some of her classes because the other students would “congregate and not let anyone outside of their clique be a part of their conversation”. This is an issue that my friend has to deal with daily and can take a tole on her self esteem, and mental health. We all need to try to be kind and helpful to others to prevent this from happening.

    • ByronP_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that there are a lot of mental health issues in our neighborhood. I believe that any kind of bullying that can cause stress or mental health issues are unacceptable. People should never be judged because of their sexual orientation, religion, or anything similar. Lucy Stone said that, “The idea of equal rights was in the air” I totally agree. I believe that equality is coming around to the world, however it isn’t here yet. And I think it is important that we try to not judge people for their ideas and character.

    • PrachiK_PattersonAPHUG

      lupenyg_boydbence,
      I Agree with everything you have said. Even though Coppell is a diverse city, people are still not excepting to many people, which is quite sad. There have been a few people that have committed suicide at Coppell High because many people feel like they are out of place. People think that social standard, clothes, grades, and looks is everything. People can be who ever they want to be and they don’t need to be told how they need to be. People say Copell is ranked number 1 in snobbyniss. Well even if that is not right many people act that way. People make fun of people who are different in race, social standards, color and etc. Many people have came to me with issues regarding all this and it upsets me that people can be so cruel.. A girl that had just moved here came to me and told me,” Everyone always gives me looks and I have became insecure and I always walk through the hallways looking at the ground.” We all show how much we care when the person is actually gone, instead of doing that we should care about them now!

  • ChrisD_boydbence

    Some issues in my community of coppell that are causing some issues that could use a hero help is that there is still a lot of environmental issues going on in the community. People are loitering in a lot of places. Places like, Grapevine TX, Irving TX, etc. Over the years in Texas, there has been a lot of trash and wasteful products all over the coppell area. Considering that people there are supposed to keep Texas beautiful I think what http://www.ktb.org/display.aspx?catid=24&pageid=1708 I can do to solve this issue like a superhero is that i could make my own community that would solve a solution to help with the issue of loitering. I think that would be a good idea because, I think that would help with a lot of the causes in coppell. I also just want to say that, if everybody were too stop loitering and pick up there trash and disposing of it, none of this would be going on.

  • AndreA_BoydBence

    A major issue in the community of Coppell, TX and around would be bullying and the issues that come from and with it. There aren’t enough people to talk to individuals at their own specific problems and their own needed specific answers. Even with a well said and effective speech to an entire classroom, school, etc, etc, etc, can help every single person out there with this global issue. Maybe a single person or even a group or people can’t help, maybe they need someone they look up to to tell them what they need to know. Collaborating with a team of people can help because the more people, the more victims that can be helped with their individual issues. Maybe a big superhero can’t always help with this issue, even if they are talked to about their specific issues. There can always be someone who can help. It doesn’t always have to be someone really special, it can be any regular average person. This being why the “superhero” I made is just that, average.

    • CassyS_PattersonAPHG

      Andre,
      I agree with your problem. Bullying is a big issue in Coppell. Through out my time at the high school, I have witnessed bullying in the halls, and I’m sure I am not the only one. For victims of bullying, they can feel as though the world is against them, they might result to depression or even self harm. Like you stated, there needs to be more of a focus on this issue. A group of people who have undergone bullying, yet were able to overcome it would be great to help current victims. This way each victim can receive help from multiple people who have been in their shoes. It is said that by age 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will talk to their peers about bullying. (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying) With this solution you posed, we could encourage victims to speak out and talk about their bullying, and drastically increase those numbers so that a large percentage talk to others about it.

    • LibbyH_PattersonAPHG

      I totally agree! Bullying is a bug issue in Coppell. I think anybody can be a superhero just by standing up to a bully. Especially when things are very serious. I read on http://nobullying.com/interest that 160,000 kids skip school each day in fear of being verbally abused. Bullying is harmful to there emotions, education and future. I hope that everyone has the courage to stand up to any bullies they may encounter. Lets make an end to bullying in Coppell!

  • SeanH_BoydBence

    In Coppell we have a fairly large drug problem, I heard from a police officer in Coppell (http://www.coppelltx.gov/departments/departments-n-z/police.html) that the richer the community is, the more drugs that are present in that community. Coppell could use a super hero to help stop the drug issues we have. So I have created one! Her name is 420 Don’t Blaze It. She has a fire extinguisher to put out all fires for drug related uses.

    • BkO_boydbence

      Thank you sean I thought no one make a super hero like this. I completely agree with your statment drugs can mess someone life up really really fast and can also cause death. your super hero does not only make our community look better but also can save lives.

    • AdilA_PattersonAPHG

      I fully agree with what you have said here. Whatever happens in teen’s life, they just resort to something that makes them happy, which is usually drugs. According to https://www.dosomething.org/fa…, it is said that by the 8th grade, 28% have consumed alcohol, 15% have smoked a cigarette, and 16.5 have done marijuana. It also says that, 50% of the kids who have been informed about the effects of drugs, just don’t do it. This shows that the more we educate the kids, the less likely they are to do drugs, and this needs to be done at an early age.

  • Tanya Raghu

    In my community of Coppell, I feel and see that there is not a sense of acceptance to all types of people from different backgrounds and unique personalties, especially with teens. It is almost as if we are putting each teen into a box, causing them to change themselves to fit in. This causes a loss of character and personality which sometimes people cannot regain back. Making people to feel this we leads to more serious problems such as a loss self confidence and security, depression, stress, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts. All caused by the way people interpret the meaning of beauty. In this link, Mental Disorders – Teen Mental Health, there are examples of how terrible metal problems to a teens memories and health. Especially teens at a young age still discovering themselves and interests can be detrimental to their growth as a person. Helping people become appreciated and remembered can help people feel like they are appreciated for who they are. It would help so many teens if a Superhero would come talk to teens who are having these types of problems and convince them not to change themselves for someone else. Even everyday people, instead of just walking away from even their friend because they are scared to approach they about their problems they should take it upon themselves to make a change in the world.

    • MadisonP_boydbence

      Tanya I agree with you all the way. In my post I was talking about not only bullying but why and most of the time it is because of someone’s race or religion but I have personally experienced the bullying aspect of a Mentally challenged kid. Most people just don’t get that not only is it wrong but that just because mentally challenged kids are slower dosen’t make them stupid.
      http://www.webmd.com/children/intellectual-disability-mental-retardation
      I also agree that everyone should feel appreciated and loved instead of felling depressed and lonely. It would all just be better in the long run.

    • JakeB_BoydBence

      That’s terrible, how could this slip between are fingers like this. Here at New Tech I feel everyone is accepting no matter what anyone looks like. I’m sorry what going on at other schools and wish there was a way everyone was accepting. Why can’t everyone be accepted no matter what anyone looks like?

    • BriannaL_BoydBence

      I agree completely, Tanya. It’s easy to be swept up in the crowd and conform to what is expected of us without even realizing. I, too, have felt like I give no special touch to my surroundings, as if I could be lost in the background. People who are not told that they are special or unique start feeling like extras in a movie, just milling around while others are out there, saving the world. It’s so easy to lose parts of you that are not always accepted in modern culture. We must work to break down those barriers and accept our friends, family, and even strangers for what they want to be. If we keep making categories and placing ourselves in them, we will lose our unique characteristics. (This is a theme in the popular Young Adult novel called “Divergent”) We can’t look for consistency in people, because we won’t find any. (http://career-advice.monster.com/in-the-office/workplace-issues/stop-stereotyping/article.aspx) People are not statistics, they are not static that can be summed up in five adjectives. We are evolving, progressing creatures of innovation and no two people are the exact same.

    • AlexD_BoydBence

      I agree, mental disorders are awful. They are a big issue i think the biggest one on depression/self harm. 1 in 4 teenagers are depressed, so it is something that we have to change.

    • Jharna.S_boydbence

      Tanya, I completely agree with you! I think that teens haven’t been taught how to value, and respect other’s uniqueness, as well as their own. Surrounding yourself with people who think and act differently then you do gives you different ideas and insights from them. Although you might not agree with everyone, each person will always have something unique to bring to the table.

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  • audreyf_boydbence

    Bullying is a huge problem in my community because it has so many effects. To improve this problem everyone in the community could practice kindness and thinking before you speak/do. In my community many people have developed depression, anxiety, and self harm habits. Many of these are due to bullying or disrespect by classmates or friends. This is a very large and very serious issue. It isn’t something to joke about or disregard. It is a problem that needs to be solved. According to http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-in-children-and-adolescents/index.shtml major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15-44. Depression can lead to suicide which according to the same source is the third leading cause of death for ages 15-24.

    This may not seem like it’s a problem in every community. However about one in five teenagers will experience depression sometime in their teenage years according to http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=88551 Every teen experiences bullying. Some worse than others. The treatment they get from the bullies can cause depression or suicidal thoughts. If people were to practice kindness and think before they speak imagine how that would change things. If there is a change needed in a community start with small actions such as practicing kindness. It is so important to think before you speak/do and by doing that you can spare someone a whole lot of pain.

    Attached is my super hero the Peace Maker.

  • AlexisB_BoydBence

    Young adults (teens) have been intaking amounts of alcohol/drugs to deal with their health or mental problems they might have.
    Some of theses teenagers are unstable and this can be matched to anxiety or depression. These teens that need help. Often the ones that jeep the most or seek to find help are the ones who are having trouble with things such as behavioral problems and crimes. Many of these teens have been expelled or suspended from their schools. Because of there
    They use drugs or alcohol to get away from their problems and stress. The try to elevate the pain they have to face or in other words deal with on either a daily bases or something they had to deal with sometime along their lives. A big issues is depression some people feel so alone at time they just can’t bear it. Depression is the issues I see most discussed on this board and there has to be a super hero that can fight that I want to create a hero that can do one of two things.
    A super hero that can help face teens who face depression.

    A superhero could help by talking to the students letting them know they don’t have to face the pressure that they are always free to share how they feel. The super hero can appear in clones to every one who seems as if they are about to attempt drugs or if thats the last thing the feel they can turn to then the superhero can appear to let them know there situation can be handled and the teenager or student does not have to handle it on their own.

    • KameronF_BoydBence

      My hero is to help all the people in Texas that have mixed matched clothing. His power is to change someones clothing in a way so that they are looking fancy-shmancy.

      • JoshuaM_BoydBence

        10/10 Would get rescued by

    • WileyG_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree with you, many teens are having these very tough times in their life and are using drugs and alcohol to try and get away from these problems. Many people do not wonder what is going on in someone else’s social life,they could be having large problems from stress and anxiety and they assume the only way to get around these problems is by drinking or drugs. When all there is to help these people is to try and help them, talk to them, make them feel loved and wanted for. Said by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), “Alcohol use remains extremely widespread among today’s teenagers. Nearly three quarters of students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than a third (37%) have done so by eighth grade.” This is an unsettling number by how many people have consumed alcohol. Almost all of these people have done so because of tough times with stress and anxiety from school, their family or friends. With loving care and affection for these people way may help these young adults conquer their addictions. http://www.sadd.org/stats.htm

      • AbbyH_PattersonAPHUG

        I agree with you. According the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of teens that abuse alcohol and drugs are increasing every year. Many of these teens use the drugs and alcohol as a temporary escape from their depression and everyday struggles they face. Many of these young adults face problems within their families or are influenced by the wrong friend group and often don’t have a person to rely and talk to, so they either hide their sorrow in illegal substances or give into peer pressure. A late- 2014 survey showed that nearly 40% of seniors in high school have consumed alcohol in the past month. About 30% of seniors in high school have also smoked marijuana. Many of these students abusing the illegal substances have undiagnosed depression. These teens struggling with drug and alcohol abuse need someone to talk to and help them stop before alcoholism and drug addiction happens

        http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/high-school-youth-trends

        http://www.about-teen-depression.com/drugs-alcohol.html

    • CherylT_PattersonAPHG

      I totally agree with you. Many teens start using alcohol and drugs to forget about their other problems like depression, anorexia, and other symptoms. Most of these kids are the ones are the ones that are committing crimes because that is one of the behavioral changes they experience, and it is a way of asking for help. Teenagers all around the world are facing these issues while there are parents in the other room totally oblivious. We need to educate the parents about these problems their kids might be facing. According to CDC, over 14% oh high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7% have attempted it. This, to me, is completely crazy. Kids shouldn’t have to be worrying about anything that makes them believe that suicide is the only way out. As said by Phil Donahue “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” Everyone deserves happiness, and I believe that Loving Lavender would do exactly that! It’s a very well thought out idea, which has the potential to make change. The time for change is now and I believe that it starts out with your idea.

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      I fully agree with what you have said here. Whatever happens in teen’s life, they just resort to something that makes them happy, which is usually drugs. According to https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-teens-and-drug-use, it is said that by the 8th grade, 28% have consumed alcohol, 15% have smoked a cigarette, and 16.5 have done marijuana. It also says that, 50% of the kids who have been informed about the effects of drugs, just don’t do it. This shows that the more we educate the kids, the less likely they are to do drugs, and this needs to be done at an early age.

    • AlyaZ_PattersonAPHG

      I completely agree with you because this is an issue that I see myself go on in society. It doesn’t just impact them but also me to see people so sad and depressed when they can’t handle the pain. Drugs are an issue that cause dramatic problems in teenager’s health and stability. Some people take drugs for the pleasure, but there are others who do anything to lay their hands on them to ease the pain they go through. It is common that teenagers have trouble opening up to people about how they feel and what goes on in their life, which can be a major conflict when it comes to trying to help them. We have to be easy on teens sometimes to make them comfortable with opening up to us. Without doing this, they will end up hiding their emotions and taking away their pain the hard way (drugs). Teens might think they’re taking drugs to ease their pain and take away their depression, but all drugs truly do to you are bring health problems and actually increase depression. “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem.” ― Kurt Cobain

  • MadisonP_boydbence

    There are so many issues in my community I could talk about. Although Coppell, TX is a wonderful city for education it’s social level is a whole nother world. To me the real issue in Coppell is bullying. Weather that be through our over use of technology or simply spreading untrue rumors. There is bullying in every school, every job just everywhere but Coppell takes the cake.

    This state has always had it issues with “different” people. Weather it be race, religion or even what hobbies or other activities we do outside of school. So of course having the small city of Coppell be located in the state of Texas the people are the same. Even the nicest people here will question or just be straight up rude about someone’s ethnicity. This can cause depression for many teenagers. And if the bullying doesn’t stop it could soon lead to suicide. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm#understanding

    I talked to my wonderful friend Bakhtawar Y. about what her perspective is on the citizens of Coppell and the way they treat other people.

    “I feel like in Coppell, people don’t understand that there are people who are different and don’t respect that. People feel like just because you don’t wear a certain brand, go to a certain school, look a certain way that they deserve to be made fun off. I personally think it is extremely rude and unfair because they are being bullied for being themselves and that is hard for any high school student. This needs to stop, it is not hard to be nice and respect others.”

    Bullying has to stop, not tomorrow or next week but now. People do not deserve to be treated any less of themselves just because they don’t wear what you wear. No one deserves to sit at lunch alone because they are just too weird to talk to.

    This is why my super hero Gentle Girl is coming to Coppell in order to stop bullying and make this city a wonderful place to live in educationally and socially.

  • MichaelG PattersonAPHG

    Stereotyping is prominent in my community. People base opinions of others based on their first impression of them. I imagine a day when no one judged people until they actually got to know them. Right now, we are far from that. Respect is very important, and should be greed to everyone, no matter what. Saul McLeod, a blogger on the topic says that a disadvantage of stereotyping is that it makes us ignore difference between individuals and only recognize groups. This needs to be changed. Everyone needs to stop stereotyping in order to reach the goal of no more automatically judging based on physical factors.

  • BrennaM_boydbence

    A real issue in Coppell is bullying. Everyday kid after kid
    gets bullied everyday. It isn’t fair to neither the kid nor the family. Bullying
    is a problem that my community needs a superhero’s help to stop. In the website
    below I read that “Even students at Coppell feel
    threatened because of all of the bullying that occurs, and even if students
    don’t see the bullying or acknowledge it, its still happening”. Tons and tons
    of kids are scared to go to school because of these bullies’. A superhero can
    make a huge difference with bullying. http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/

    In collaboration with a superhero team like the justice
    league we could help stop bullying by showing the bully what it is like in the
    victims place. Victims often feel like they have no friends or that something
    is wrong with them but what is really wrong is the bully. The bully probably
    doesn’t know what it feels like to be alone or verbally abused. Bullies can
    feel jealous of a particular kid and that is why they pick on him or her. If
    the justice league like team helps show how much damage the bully is causing
    the victim maybe it can help stop it from happening. The bully might think he
    is cooler or better than the victim and so he thinks that he can do what he
    wants. Superhero’s can show the bully that what he is doing won’t make him feel
    better.

    I made a superhero that I think would help stop bullying. Her
    blue is for Stand For The Silent. Stand For The Silent is an organization to stop
    bullying. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power,
    nobility, luxury, and ambition.The symbol of the bird is a symbol protection from bullying.Her glasses are for her to show the bully what it is like in the victims place.

  • Chrisc_boydbence

    A big issue in my community, and most other communities is bullying. According to http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/facts_new.html 1 in every 7 students has either been or has been incountered by a bully. People in my community bully people who are different or not considered normal. Popular people make fun of people who are not in there clique or in their social group.

    A super hero coppell needs is bulliminater, he is a super hero who protects people from bullies and tells them what they are doing is wrong. Not just that but also show them how the one who they are bullying is being hurt and what they have to go through in life, hopefully changing there mind about what they are doing to them

  • EthanB_PattersonAPHG

    Bullying is a big problem that happens every day in Coppell. The impact a bully can have on the victim is huge. The victim might feel like he or she should commit suicide, drop out of school, or anything else. Bullying is a fixable problem. Any student who witnesses the bullying while it’s occurring, can step in and tell the bully to stop or get a teacher or adult to help. But the problem is not many people these days are willin got do that.

    That is why Harry the Helper is here. Harry is a super hero, who has the power to spot bullying when it happens, and correctly take care of the situation. Harry the Helper hates to see people being bullied, and wants you to help stop the bulllying too. This website: http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/at-school/ can help you figure out exactly how you should hande the situation. Anyone can stop bullying. Be the change. Be the difference in our world to make the world a happier, and better place.

    • Emilyw_boydbence

      Ethan, I agree with you! I agree that bullying is a very fixable problem. We as a community, in Coppell, need to learn how to stop bullying. It can be as simple as stepping up to someone and telling them to stop or getting an adult. Like it says in http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/at-school/ “Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn.” Whenever students are getting bullied at school, they aren’t able to focus and therefore not leaning much in school while that bully is still lurking around. So we do need a super hero in Coppell to help stop all the bullies.

    • Seth B_boydbence

      I completely agree Ethan. Bullying is a major issue that not only happens in Coppell, but everywhere. http://www.crisistextline.org/11-more-facts-about-bullying/ states that every 2-3 kids believe that their school does not help with the problem as much as they should. Kids everyday consider suicide or dropping out of school, and yet the school doesn’t listen to what the kid has to say. Considering how many kids already commit suicide each year due to bullying, imagine how many kids might still be alive if the school listened to them instead of immediately skipping to a punishment, and contacted the parent.

  • Guest

    We all know that no community is perfect and that there’s a problem in every community, but one that stands out in the DFW area is bullying. Bullying is an issue that we’ve in the DFW area have faced for a while. It’s a good source of depression and suicides in the area. The problem is most of these don’t tell and the bullies never get caught. It’s sad what’s been happening in the DFW area and it must be stopped; but who? Who can take on a responsibility so great?How, how? I’ll tell you who, Hashashin.

    Hashashin was the name of Assassin’s from 1000-1200 CE. He conducts his assassinations in broad daylight to full-view of the public. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YopcNJcQdEo .Now I know what you’re thinking, Whoa Whoa you can’t assassinate kids, but that’s not true. Hashashin is assassinating the concept of bullying. His superpower allows him to touch the bully to see what the bully’s bullying is doing to these poor kids He works in the shadows and his dark colors works perfect for it. He’s sworn to protect those in need after his tragic childhood of being bullied himself. He always thought how unfair it was that his bully would never get caught. He knew that he must put a stop this bullying leading to depression and suicide.

    Want to help on a larger scale? You can go to this link https://www.facebook.com/bullymovie on facebook and follow The Bullying Project to once and for all stop bullying in the world. Even if you’re not interested just read some of these stories and you’ll wish to be a superhero of your own. file:///Users/jbb1920/Desktop/Hashashin.pngfile:///Users/jbb1920/Desktop/Hashashin.png

  • JakeB_BoydBence

    We all know that no community is perfect and that there’s a problem in every community, but one that stands out in the DFW area is bullying. Bullying is an issue that we’ve in the DFW area have faced for a while. It’s a good source of depression and suicides in the area. The problem is most of these don’t tell and the bullies never get caught. It’s sad what’s been happening in the DFW area and it must be stopped; but who? Who can take on a responsibility so great?How, how? I’ll tell you who, Hashashin.

    Hashashin was the name of Assassin’s from 1000-1200 CE. He conducts his assassinations in broad daylight to full-view of the public .Now I know what you’re thinking, Whoa Whoa you can’t assassinate kids, but that’s not true. Hashashin is assassinating the concept of bullying. His superpower allows him to touch the bully to see what the bully’s bullying is doing to these poor kids He works in the shadows and his dark colors works perfect for it. He’s sworn to protect those in need after his tragic childhood of being bullied himself. He always thought how unfair it was that his bully would never get caught. He knew that he must put a stop this bullying leading to depression and suicide.

    Want to help on a larger scale? You can go to this link https://www.facebook.com/bullymovie on facebook and follow The Bullying Project to once and for all stop bullying in the world. Even if you’re not interested just read some of these stories and you’ll wish to be a superhero of your own. file:///Users/jbb1920/Desktop/Hashashin.png

  • ArdiS_PattersonAPGH

    Racism is a pressing problem in my community because it is bad for your health and well being. David Williams says that racism is bad for your health since your race demonstrates how long and well you will live with racial segregation occurring all over the world. Equalica will solve this issue by bring different races into a pressure situation where they have to work together and see that they can form bonds without racial barriers.

    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd-butFSi4Q

  • VincentL_PattersonAPHG

    The people living in Coppell are in a invisible bubble and unaware of how the outside world, but it can be solved by actually enduring these commonplace suffering, those that people living in the poorer areas, or in impoverished nations go through every day. Movoto Real Estate ranked Coppell as the #1 snobbiest city in Texas, due to high amount of college graduates and expensive homes. However, it was shocking that many of these people have never actually experienced the suffering others outside of the privileged environment go through on a daily basis. Many family have to use food stamps and cannot feed themselves before bed at night. Others have parents who have to work day and night, often not spending enough time with their kids. With almost 1/5 of the people in Dallas living below the poverty line, lots of Coppellians have not physically endured this type of travail. One way to help is by participating in the 30 Hour Famine, a program in where students will be locked into the school for 30 hours without food as a way of fundraising for the African children that are provided with meager food. This experience can teach people to be thankful for the food and to be grateful for the fact that there is food on the table, instead of throwing it in the trash carelessly. In addition, with this event, the morale of the school can be easily brought up and people will be blessed by what they have instead of wanting new things.

  • VincentL_PattersonAPHG

    The people living in Coppell are in a invisible bubble and unaware of how the outside world, but it can be solved by actually enduring these commonplace suffering, those that people living in the poorer areas, or in impoverished nations go through every day. Movoto Real Estate ranked Coppell as the #1 snobbiest city in Texas, due to high amount of college graduates and expensive homes. However, it was shocking that many of these people have never actually experienced the suffering others outside of the privileged environment go through on a daily basis. Many family have to use food stamps and cannot feed themselves before bed at night. Others have parents who have to work day and night, often not spending enough time with their kids. With almost 1/5 of the people in Dallas living below the poverty line, lots of Coppellians have not physically endured this type of travail.

    C.S Lewis, the author of the Narnia series once said “The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.” By enduring the suffering is the best to actually appreciate what one has and to empasize with those currently in these difficult situations.

    This is what the superhero The Revealer is striving to. He has the biggest heart of everyone on Earth and often show those that are wealthy or privileged the life filled with hardship. One way he does this is by enrolling schools for the 30 Hour Famine, a program in where students will be locked into the school for 30 hours without food as a way of fundraising for the African children that are provided with meager food. This experience can teach all people to be more grateful of what they have.

    • Jkinnon_boydbence

      I dont Agree with you. I don’t live in Coppell , but i don’t think anyone is in an invisible bubble. Coppell is not some isolated place where nothing ever happens.

    • JoshuaM_BoydBence

      Well sorry Vincent but I’m going to have to semi-disagree with you. I do live in Coppell and why yes some people are unaware of the things going on around them,they aren’t just exclusive to Coppell. People all over the world are like this from the United States,to the United Kingdom,to Canada..(etc.) Although I’m going to lie,before I came here my family was going undergoing hardships throughout my childhood a lot,and It was hard to deal with that. I have been through that and I know of a lot of stuff going on around the world,some that most people don’t even know. Of course I’m not completely agreeing with you,I’m also not completely disagreeing with you ether. I think we can leave this 50/50 don’t you agree?

  • VincentL_PattersonAPHG

    The people living in Coppell are in a invisible bubble and unaware of how the outside world, but it can be solved by actually enduring these commonplace suffering, those that people living in the poorer areas, or in impoverished nations go through every day. Movoto Real Estate ranked Coppell as the #1 snobbiest city in Texas, due to high amount of college graduates and expensive homes. However, it was shocking that many of these people have never actually experienced the suffering others outside of the privileged environment go through on a daily basis. Many family have to use food stamps and cannot feed themselves before bed at night. Others have parents who have to work day and night, often not spending enough time with their kids. With almost 1/5 of the people in Dallas living below the poverty line, lots of Coppellians have not physically endured this type of travail.

    C.S Lewis, the author of the Narnia series once said “The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.” By enduring the suffering is the best to actually appreciate what one has and to empasize with those currently in these difficult situations.

    This is what the superhero The Revealer is striving to. He has the biggest heart of everyone on Earth and often show those that are wealthy or privileged the life filled with hardship. One way he does this is by enrolling schools for the 30 Hour Famine, a program in where students will be locked into the school for 30 hours without food as a way of fundraising for the African children that are provided with meager food. This experience can teach all people to be more grateful of what they have and be more mindful.

    • AmulyaP_BoydBence

      Vincent, I appreciate your passion for this cause. I realize that it is a really important issue that is simply pushed aside in Coppell because nobody wants to look at what happens to the ‘leftovers’. I get it. But in my opinion, I don’t think that we would be making anybody ‘more compassionate’ by starving them. How effective could that even be? I am sure we would just go home and stuff ourselves when we get out. I think the best way to solve this crisis is to MAKE people realize that this is a real thing, happening to real people. We have to make them realize that these people are dying for bits of grain while we scrape those same couple sprinkles of life down into trashcans.

      Mahatma Gandhi once said that “Poverty is the worst form of violence” We are hurting these people by not helping them. We need to tell The Revealer that instead of locking away hundreds of people away without food, we could convince them to go around giving the homeless food. This would be so much more productive, and would also give the people who are giving, a sense of appreciation.

      The number of chronically homeless people in Dallas County in 2012 was 504. In 2011, the number dropped to 407, nearly one hundred people found a decent place to live. (http://ahomewithhope.org/media/106686/2012%20dallas%20homeless%20count%20census%20report%20%20final_revised.pdf If we can continue) If we continue this trend, we can truly make a difference in our communities. With the help of The Revealer and the assistance of Coppellians, we can actually stop this villany.

  • VincentL_PattersonAPHG

    The people living in Coppell are in a invisible bubble and unaware of how the outside world, but it can be solved by actually enduring these commonplace suffering, those that people living in the poorer areas, or in impoverished nations go through every day. Movoto Real Estate ranked Coppell as the #1 snobbiest city in Texas, due to high amount of college graduates and expensive homes. However, it was shocking that many of these people have never actually experienced the suffering others outside of the privileged environment go through on a daily basis. Many family have to use food stamps and cannot feed themselves before bed at night. Others have parents who have to work day and night, often not spending enough time with their kids. With almost 1/5 of the people in Dallas living below the poverty line, lots of Coppellians have not physically endured this type of travail.

    C.S Lewis, the author of the Narnia series once said “The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.” By enduring the suffering is the best to actually appreciate what one has and to empasize with those currently in these difficult situations.

    This is what the superhero The Revealer is striving to. He has the biggest heart of everyone on Earth and often show those that are wealthy or privileged the life filled with hardship. One way he does this is by enrolling schools for the 30 Hour Famine, a program in where students will be locked into the school for 30 hours without food as a way of fundraising for the African children that are provided with meager food. This experience can teach all people to be more grateful.

    • ZoeG_BoydBence

      Vincent, I love this idea! There is so much prejudice instilled in the heart of Coppell citizens because we don’t see what is going on outside of our “perfect” community. I agree with you that the Revealer would be a superhero for us, we all need to be able to focus on someone other than ourselves, sometimes. Coppell is full of privileged residents, and I think if he helped us take a real look at minorities, our views would change dramatically.

    • alyssar_boydbence

      Vincent, I completely agree with you. Coppell is very secluded from the outside world, and programs such as the 30 Hour Famine, is a great way for us to live in less fortunate peoples lives. Coppell is ranked top 32 out of the 50 best places to live https://www.sophia.org/congruent-triangles-pathway but perhaps it doesn’t have the best people, who have only lived in the safe and clean suburb of Dallas

    • bryceq_BoydBence

      Vincent, I agree that people in Coppell are completely overseeing the problems of people in other areas. I also think that people in Coppell should learn to understand and respect that there are people in other areas who are in poverty and can’t afford to feed their families. If we took an interest in other people’s problems, we could possibly make a difference to their lives.

    • SalvatoreZ_BoydBence

      Hello Vincent, the point you make here is very accurate. I completely agree with you on the fact that people in Coppell live in this invisible bubble and I have seen it everywhere. Also, your idea for the 30 Hour Famine also seems like something that could actually solve problems, at least to get people to finish the food they buy instead of throwing it away. Maybe, another idea to throw out there is the conditions that people in poverty live in. It could be a possibility to have someone live in the conditions of the impoverished for a day or so to what also what those conditions are like. The only thing I see, is couldn’t going without food cause some health issues? Probably another way to get people to appreciate better is for them to say for themselves how some people in this world live. It could include going to an African village which is suffering drought, who knows.

    • GabiB_BoydBence

      Vincent, I agree with you. I feel as coppellians are so unaware of how other people are suffering everywhere. I really like how your superhero spreads realness. The 30 hour famine will be extremely hard for everyone, including me. It will give us perspective of what the real world is like.

      “Not only did Coppell have more college grads than any other Texas city (63.36 percent of residents had a college degree), it also had the 25th most private schools in the state, so you know a good education starts young here.” states the reasoning. This shows how much Coppell has, and I agree with you how some of us don’t realize how truly grateful we are.

      http://www.movoto.com/tx/snobbiest-places-in-texas/

    • MaddyS_BoydBence

      Vincent, I totally agree with you. People in Coppell are totally oblivious to events occurring around them. We need to educate our youth about real problems and suffering going on in the world. When they grow up, they need to realize that not everyone has all the resources we are provided with. We need to make sure that we give back and show everyone what’s truly happening.

      • JessicaH_PattersonAPHG

        Maddy, I completely agree with you. Coppell is a bubble of sorts, and we tend to block out big issues and highlight small issues. We are more concerned with money and clothing and what’s “in” when we should be worried about issues around the world that are more urgent than the newest Patagonia jacket or Lulu Lemon headband.

  • RickyB_boydbence

    Some of the real problems in my community include people throwing garbage around the place, which is extremely bad. America is such a clean place and if people don’t make the effort to keep it that way then there is a problem somewhere. Hence I have decided to make a hero who helps keep America clean. I have named him The Sweeper.

    Garbage also causes both air and water pollution (http://www.planetnatural.com/composter-connection/environmental-issues/garbage-gripes/). This is the main problem that can be caused by litter. Some others include bad smell harmful release of toxins, which can harm the health of people. This can cause diseases as well. There are some solutions to this problem. If residents try to throw waste in the right places and also recycle some more then there will be cleanliness everywhere.

    I also know that in some places like apartments recycling is not done which is not right. Recycling is a great system to reuse in a efficient way therefore everyone should be able to recycle since that will also keep the environment clean and hygienic. Recycling is the process of taking up of old materials and waste products and using them to make another product to complete the cycle instead of just throwing them away. (http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/Recycling.php)

    We can start campaigns and programs encouraging hygiene and cleanliness in and around the area we live in and also try to get people to encourage this among their friends and family.

    I have been to many different places around the world, which are very unclean due to the waste thrown around. I would not like to see that happen to the USA. Therefore, I have made a hero who has the power to locate the places which are dirty and clean it up and also encourage and make people keep their community clean.

    • Joshr_BoydBence

      Ricky I very much agree with the littering problems, in fact its gotten to the point where it is dangerous for people. When I drive to oklahoma I see a lot of wildfires all caused by one cigarette that someone just threw away. It is also causing polution because the litter is affecting earths ground. I dont understand why people cant just wait and dispose of things properly.

  • rebeccac_boydbence

    As part of the global and national communities, I feel that one of the most pressing matters is gender inequality. Many people feel that men are considered to be on a higher level than women. From receiving a lower paycheck to not being allowed in public without a man, there is a wide range of intensity in this issue across the world.

    In the US, many people feel that women are treated as less than men. For example, on April 9th, 2014 the Payment Fairness act did not pass for the third time. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peggy-drexler/mom-and-dad-please-explai_b_6406970.html) This bill would have led toward equal payment between men and women. Women with the same job and qualifications as men deserve an equal pay. However, many women are not paid as much as men. In several Middle Eastern countries, there are women required to wear burqas and are forced to pay dowries to their husbands. Women are not allowed in public without their husband and are sometimes considered property.

    One person I interviewed on the topic stated, “Gender inequality is not just a women’s issue – it’s a human issue. When a half of our population is treated as lesser beings simply because of variables outside of their control, we do an extreme disservice to ourselves and severely limit the potential we possess as the human race.”

    This issue needs a hero. I have created the Superhero Crystal Rox. She’s a strong empowering women who is not afraid to take a stand, not to mention her rockin’ bo staff skills. Her logo resembles a diamond in order to show that women are worth something. Aside from her bo staff skills, Crystal Rox is a normal person, symbolizing that anyone can be the superhero in an issue like this.

  • JakeB_BoydBence

    We all know that no community is perfect and that there’s a problem in every community, but one that stands out in the DFW area is bullying. Bullying is an issue that we’ve in the DFW area have faced for a while. It’s a good source of depression and suicides in the area. The problem is most of these don’t tell and the bullies never get caught. It’s sad what’s been happening in the DFW area and it must be stopped; but who? Who can take on a responsibility so great?How, how? I’ll tell you who, Hashashin.

    Hashashin was the name of Assassin’s from 1000-1200 CE. He conducts his assassinations in broad daylight to full-view of the public https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YopcNJcQdEo . Now I know what you’re thinking, Whoa Whoa you can’t assassinate kids, but that’s not true. Hashashin is assassinating the concept of bullying. His superpower allows him to touch the bully to see what the bully’s bullying is doing to these poor kids He works in the shadows and his dark colors works perfect for it. He’s sworn to protect those in need after his tragic childhood of being bullied himself. He always thought how unfair it was that his bully would never get caught. He knew that he must put a stop this bullying leading to depression and suicide.

    Want to help on a larger scale? You can go to this link https://www.facebook.com/bullymovie on facebook and follow The Bullying Project to once and for all stop bullying in the world. Even if you’re not interested just read some of these stories and you’ll wish to be a superhero of your own. Another way to help is this Sunday. For $10 you can go to a Gym class to workout or lounge around and the best part is all money goes to stand for the silent. file:///Users/jbb1920/Desktop/Hashashin.png

    • JakeB_BoydBence

      Hashashin

  • JordanW_PattersonAPHG

    In my Community of Valley Ranch litter is commonly found by sidewalks and in some parks. As Bill Bryson said “I see litter as part of a long continuum of anti-social behaviour.” With Waste Warrior people will become more informed about litter and its harms and also help pick up litter in the community.

  • BriannaL_BoydBence

    Homophobia is everywhere; it’s in churches, governments, schools, and homes. And while this issue is being treated at the moment, until it is eradicated in it entirety, it will still be a problem. Homophobia is very prominent in the South, mostly being spurred by hard-core Christians and arrogant Republicans. It’s come so far to the point where people don’t even know what they are fighting against (http://www.thegailygrind.com/2014/07/17/homophobes-texas-dont-even-know-heterosexuality-means/). Yet, it is not only gay people that are being abused by the straight middle-class citizens. Anyone who wishes to come out to their parents’ fears rejection, or even the possibility of being kicked out of their own home. Teenagers are being evicted from their homes and young adults are being cut off because of whom they love. Whether you’re homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, or anything other than heterosexual, you are discriminated against.

    A big problem regarding homophobia is not only the blatant physical or emotional abuse towards queer people, though that still is a huge problem. Ignorance in the middle-aged or older community results in unintentional homophobia. And while using the Genderbread Person v2.0 (http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Genderbread-2.1.jpg) honestly helped explain what a lot of confusing topics are to those uninformed, homophobes aren’t going to look it up on their own. They could probably live their entire lives never hearing Genderbread Person. Recently, I had to explain to my mother that a bi girl does not become straight when she’s dating a boy or that she becomes gay when she’s dating a girl; I had to explain that she says bisexual no matter who she’s dating.

    I believe that ignorance is not bliss regarding homophobia. It is not bliss within the people discriminated nor the people discriminating. Ignorance creates unjustified opinions and when stubborn people don’t see what they want to see, they can decide to change it in any means necessary (http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/05/everything-is-bigger-in-texas-even-the-homophobia/). What my classmates and I can do to improve acceptance is to be informative while also being informed. The way people are taught is by what people teach. Most of the people I know learned about sexualities and gender identities from the Internet to justify their thoughts and feelings. We need to be the ones that start the conversation and spread awareness and acceptance of sexualities other than “the norm”.

  • SivamP_BoydBence

    One of the biggest problems in my community and all around the US is bullying. Many of us don’t pay attention to the matter because it doesn’t always affect us or we don’t notice it when it happens. Others may unknowingly bully others and this has become a major issue. “Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.” https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying

    These are many young people who have to go through the torture of being taunted and made fun of everyday. And now with our access to technology, we have the larger issue of cyberbullying which happens very often through social media and other online services. “Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.”https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying Since many of us have phones, this is even more common. We have access to technology making this an easy and fast way to bully someone at anytime of the day from basically anywhere in the world.

    To help prevent this, I have made a superhero which will help deter those who will bully others to stop doing so. His name is “The Protector.” He uses his powers of telepathy to see who will bully someone else and using his powers to help convince them not to bully someone. He uses his telepathy for only good purposes. He finds out what others are thinking, usually only those who are going to bully others, and then stops it before it can happen. He can also use his powers to help convince people to not send a tweet or post that can hurt someone else online. Hopefully, he will save many lives and make peoples lives better.

  • ElizaM_BoydBence

    Although we are very lucky to live in a community such as Coppell, we face many issues. Among the smaller problems such as littering or wasting water, I see sexism as a big problem in Coppell.

    Throughout history the rights women have gained are tremendous, on the other hand there are still many disadvantages to overcome such as things as big as education to things as small as kitchen jokes.

    http://www.nku.edu/~eng/ism/sexism.html

    If you were to look the word sexism up in the dictionary it would say something along the lines of prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically agains women, on the basis of sex. This includes the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other sex.

    The United States seems to be today the most active nation working towards equal men and women alike, but there is no actual equal rights amendment. This does to mean that all feminists or women’s rights activists are “men haters” as many might put it. Given the historical and continued imbalance of power, where men as a class are privileged over women as a class. Everything from are to geography to class, all people are both privileged and non-privileged in certain aspects of their life. Male privilege is a set of privileges that are given to men as a class due to their institution power in relation to women as a class.

    https://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/sexism-definition/

    In Coppell what is most often seen is unintentional sexism. The tenancy to use intent, rather than result, to measure whether something was inappropriate and offensive (and therefore sexist) is tied into male privilege. This then enables sexist practices to be seen as normal or natural.

    My superheroes name is Emma Grey.

    Emma Grey is wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes and has long curly brown hair. Her torso and sholders are visible to show young girls to be confident and in charge of their own appearance. Emma Grey fights for justice without weapons, making her more like an average person, symbolizing that anyone can contribute to putting a stop on the issue.

    • ZoeG_BoydBence

      Love this post, you really knocked it out of the park!

  • Alecb_BoydBence

    A real problem in Coppell, Texas is that there are wild coyotes roaming around the town! These ferocious coyotes are notorious for killing kitties and eating them. This is an issue i want to accolade because all of these deaths of these poor cats bring me to acrimony. I once saw a cat half eaten on a park. These ubiquitous coyotes are not only a problem to the kitties but can also be a problem to children and property. I know we as a community have all been perfunctory over the issue but there is a reason why, we can’t just kill or move coyotes somewhere else, we will have to cope with the problem. Unless… DUN DU DU DUN DU DU DU DDU DUN. THE COYOTE BOUNTY HUNTERRRR.

    With the quickness, brains, and agile moves of a cat the coyote bounty hunter can put an end to all of that has been lost. He has all of the equipment needed to stop a coyote from killing a cornered cat. He can also speak coyote and will be able to reason with them.

    This post was made out to Mr. Snuffles

    R.I.P. Mr. Snuffles 2013 – 2015

    • DongkunL_PattersonAPHG

      Alec,

      I believe that the presence of your superhero is not yet required in your community. As explained in this article “http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-12/why-wild-animals-are-moving-cities-and-what-do-about-it” the animals are only moving into cities and town because of global warming and the destruction of their habitat, both of which are caused by humans. As these two causes originated from us, we can make an effort to stop it as well. If your community puts enough money and effort into creating a makeshift habitat for these coyotes and their prey, they will not have to move into our homes and eat the kittens. If this plan can take place, the coyotes will not bother with human life anymore and both sides will be able to live in peace.

    • JunL_PattersonAPHG

      I totally agree with you that we have some problems with kitties and they upset us. They are so pitiful to be killed by coyotes. It’s really nice hero and really required in our community. However just stopping coyotes from killing kitties may make some more issues in the future. According to article http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-when-predators-disappear-32079553/?no-ist, kitties which were preys of coyotes might overpopulate after we eliminate coyotes from our city. Everything has result, and I think you should discuss about what would happen in the future if we eliminate coyotes, and if it’s negative effect, how would we be able to figure that out specifically.

    • Hey Alec,

      Why don’t we look at the other side of the issue. Poor coyote doesn’t have any food to eat and can’t help it if a stupid cat wondered around its territory. First of all, I believe the cats that are around Coppell are domestic cats. Coyotes have been living in Texas long before the Puritans arrived on Plymoth Rock. With rapid expansion of cities during and after the Industrial Revolution of America, more and more people are building homes and factories on the Earth’s nature. Like any other city, Coppell had expanded and built homes on almost every acre of land it has for territory, leaving nothing but a little wooded area in a park for the coyotes. I believe that it is not the cats who are trapped, but the coyotes are the ones who are trapped in this industrialized area. Their forest homes and woodlands were destroyed and hunters trap them for food. The last time we tried to reason with someone, millions of Native Americans were killed and sent to refuge (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States). Sadly, Coyotes are often misunderstood and needlessly shot, poisoned, and trapped (www.humanesoceity.org/animals/coyotes/). I doubt your coyote bounty hunter can understand the coyote; and he is called a “hunter” for a reason. Your coyote bounty hunter would hurt the coyotes and kill them recklessly.
      I know that you don’t mean any harm for the coyotes, but think about it: coyotes are the ones who have been forced into corners because homo sapiens kept wild lands. Coyotes do not want to be in contact with us humans. They, like any other wild animals, are scared of us, therefore unable to harm children nor citizens’ property (www.coyotesmarts.org/what-to-do) and coyote attacks are super rare, almost non-existent (www.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes/tips/coyotes_people.html). Coyotes who do appear and encounters humans are most likely accustomed or habituated to people. This means the coyote has been fed in the form of handouts. The coyote therefore of course is not accustomed to eating cats or of harming children or people’s property. Also, coyotes are generally nocturnal and seldom seen. They will barely attack any human, let alone human property in the middle of the night; and I doubt that domesticated cats wonder alone at night. If by chance they do, then the owners should be blamed. A cat can look as similar as a squirrel or rabbit in the middle of the night. What are the chances that a coyote recognize that the animal was an cat (which is not usually part of a coyote’s diet). (www.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes/tips/coyotes_people.html)

      This post was made out to all the coyotes killed and harmed because of human inhabitants.

      P.S. Not the coyote’s fault that a domesticated cat wandered away from home

    • AkarshV_PattersonAPHG

      Alec,

      I believe this problem is true in the society of Coppell because many people worry about what is outside their house. Coyote attacks on humans are uncommon and rarely cause serious injuries, due to the relatively small size of the coyote, but have been increasingly frequent, especially in the state of California. It is very common in the left side of the U.S., but Texas including Coppell is also one of the common places where coyotes will attack and are dangerous. These coyotes are also dangerous because they eat other animals such as kittens. These innocent kittens are are being killed because of these ferocious and mean animals. I also believe and say its true we can stop the killing of innocent animals and other specimens.

  • BakhtawarY_BoydBence

    In my community, Coppell, we need a super hero to help teach people to treat others better and respect others more. People think they are more worthy just because you have lots of money, you are a certain race, you have a certain brand of materials, you are on a certain team, and if others don’t fit in that criteria they are judged.
    There are many people who hold themselves with a very high and cocky stature. People
    in Coppell give a bad name for themselves to other cities such as Lewisville,
    Fort Worth, Southlake, and many more.

    In Coppell, people hate coming to school,
    and want to hang out with their (true) friends outside of the area because
    everywhere you go you will bump into someone that is extremely rude and cocky. Not
    everyone is like this, there are some amazing people I personally know and
    others I wish I knew better. But most of the population is like this. Coppell
    is known as the #1 snobbiest cities in all of Texas. ((http://www.movoto.com/tx/snobbiest-places-in-texas/ ))

    In my opinion, Coppell is a place where people don’t act like themselves to fit in (which is why people are known as ‘two faced’ ‘hypocrite’ ‘fake’ and other explicit names), and then they complain later about how many fake people there are in Coppell. Everybody
    strives to fit in, and they would rather lose true friends, treat others badly,
    and put more effort into what people think of them other then school because
    that is how you make a name for yourself in Coppell. As sad as it is, sometimes
    in high school, that name you give yourself is how you get by.

    I talked to other people’s to see their perspectives
    about Coppell, and this is what I heard. This is the response I got when I
    asked the question, “How do you feel about the people of Coppell?”

    -“I think the citizens of Coppell are very two faced. At one point someone can
    be your best friend, but then they could be talking behind your back. Secrets
    that are told can be flipped to ugly rumors. Something you didn’t want anyone
    to know, is know known by the city. This is more towards females, but I have
    seen many scenarios where it is all males.” –Madison P

    -“I think almost everybody in Coppell is stuck up and self centered. A lot of
    times people get too involved in problems that don’t even matter” –Emily P

    -“I think Coppell has a lot of fixed mind sets. They judged you based on what
    you have on your social media, not knowing you in person. The base you on your
    likes, followers, and retweets, not by actually knowing you in person. I also
    hate going to school because of the environment and surroundings. You are
    pressured into being someone else to fit in.” – Cristina G

    We can prevent this by treating others with the respect everyone deserves, not being so narrow minded and easily judging on another, we can remind ourselves that everyone has a side to them that you, or anyone else can see at school. That kid you pick on during passing period, might be very lonely and have depression. But if you choose one day to smile at that person instead giving a bad comment it will make that persons day. And maybe they will do another act of kindness to someone else. We have the power to become the #1 nicest city in Texas, but the only way we are going to get there is if all of us learn to take a step back from judging to fast and realize not everyone is normal, everyone is beautiful.

    This is my super hero, “Nice Nancy”, she will help remind others to treat others nicely, because it is easier to be nice and treat others respectful. She will help remind others that Coppell doesn’t have to be that way, and the smallest acts of kindness can make a change.

  • NiviM_PattersonAPHG

    A problem in not only Coppell but everywhere is the lack of safety and precautions to be taken by neighborhoods and cities in general. Coppell is a passing through city for the people who work in Las Colinas or in Fort Worth. The amount of cars in the morning to get to and from school is already an overwhelming amount due to every high school, middle school and elementary school student making their way there but to add to this, people are making their way to work and using the city as a shortcut through the traffic in other routes. This explains the extra amount of cars and traffic in the morning on our way to school and also at 5 or 6 in the evening. There is no way to change it but when the precautions are not used when driving through, then the problems arise. In my neighborhood many cars go through the roads at dangerous speeds, not paying mind to the children that play in the streets everyday. Though the children should not be playing in the streets its also important to drive safely especially in a neighbnorhood. Speed limit signs should be put up in neighborhoods and busy streets where these people pass because there is no need to drive so dangerously even if Coppell is just a place to pass through. It has been proven that speeders will slow down up to 80% of the time when alerted by a radar sign as said in this article.
    http://www.radarsign.com/traffic-calming-applications/neighborhood-speed-control/
    To watch over the children and pedestrians of Coppell my superhero, The Scarlet Eagle, will keep a vigilant watch over our city and prevent out of control drivers from harming our citizens.

    • KendallD_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you, Nivi. The amount of cars in neighborhood areas is extremely dangerous to the kids playing, especially in Coppell. I live on a busy street and the kids there play in the roads most of the day. There is a big field across the street, which kids go to play in. I’ve seen people play frisbee across the road, as cars pass by, and the cars don’t stop or slow down for anyone or anything. Putting more stop signs can help reduce the risk of people being hit http://bicyclesafe.com/

    • Jkinnon_boydbence

      I agree with you. I Think Safety is very important and i think safety precautions should be talked about.

    • jaidar_BoydBence

      Nivi I agree,

      I can’t count how many times i’ll see cars speeding down my street. Even though not many children play in the streets, drivers should always be cautious of their speed. Not only are they endangering the citizens of our community but also their self. Maybe there should be more radar signs on our city. As you said the source http://www.radarsign.com/traffic-calming-applications/neighborhood-speed-control/ states that speeders will slow down up to 80% of the time when alerted by a radar sign, also the typical speed reductions are 10-20%. This will reduce the chances of injuries and accidents that occur in our community.

    • NikhilG_BoydBence

      Nivi I agree. I cant tell you how many times I have seen drives speeding on the very streets that kids play in. They threatening the environment around them just because they need to get somewhere, or that they just are not paying attention. Personally I think that putting stop signs near these high risk area’s is a must.(http://www.nku.edu/~eng/ism/se…)

    • BrendonW_BoydBence

      Nivi I completely agree with you. Especially in my neighborhood, there are a lot of kids, older and younger that love to play on the streets with their friends. They honestly don’t pay attention to the street when they are even then, they still are kids, they don’t respond as well and they can be in lots of danger. Another thing is that when they are with their friends, they do things they don’t usually do as well as dares that their friends tell them to do. I personally have seen it and done it and I know the dangers of being on the street with cars that are speeding and driving recklessly even though they are in a neighborhood. I also really like the idea to add more radar signs to the neighborhood because I know as a fact, even the kids help out if their parents are driving. “WOW Dad your speeding a lot! Drive slower PLEASE.” This is an example of what their kids say to them and of course, the parent doesn’t want to set a bad example and they do as told. This website that sells radar signs (http://www.radarsign.com/) talks about how radar signs really do help when it comes to safety. Also, it shows facts about how likely it is to survive when getting hit by certain speeds by a car. This shows how it is a good way to help the children play safely and you don’t have to worry as much!!!

    • AlexL_BoydBence

      I agree with you Nivi! I have noticed a lot of kids playing in the streets and after reading your post it made me think twice about it. It is extremely dangerous with all these kids and how crazy people drive nowadays.

  • EllaH_benceboyd

    Every city has it’s problems, so I decided to make a superhero that could be used anywhere. Because whats the point of having a superhero just for one city? All over the world people are treated unequally, whether it be race, wealth, social ranking, job, etc. And that doesn’t make much sense to me, I don’t think God made us to treat each other this way.

    The Equalizer© is the superhero I made, her job is to make everyone feel equal. I know a lot of people, including myself, that could use a hero like that. Some people need to realize that just because someone doesn’t have as much money as them, or is different than you. That doesn’t mean you can treat them worse that you would treat someone else or different than you would treat someone else.

    Being the way that I am, I have gotten my fare share of discrimination. In elementary school I was teased for my size, in middle school I cute my hair short and was teased for that. Having hair that was short “automatically” made me gay in everyone’s eyes. I like my hair short, I like being different, but it still hurts when people say those things about me. Being different is one of the HUGE factors that add up to make our world as interesting and fun as it is. Without “different people” we wouldn’t have a lot of the things that we have today. Even people who invented things like T.V , phones, video games, cars, etc.

    I would say I’m a very artistic person, I certainly view they world in an artistic way. I believe just like how art had different dimensions, people have different dimensions. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DIPs3T2dQk ) There are so many different kinds of art, just like there are many different kinds of people.

    A superhero like this is very much needed. This topic is pretty much the same as bullying, or can lead to bullying. And bullying is a big issue in Coppell. I wish that my superhero were real so no one has to go through being treated unequally. No one deserves that.

  • AbbieH_PattersonAPHG

    A big problem in my community is, “The inability of people to see past their own front yard.” (Anonymous Citizen). People need to strive to look around the world and be informed about things going on in the world around them. My superhero is called the Worldly Warrior. She fights Ignorance to help people be aware of global issues and find ways to help solve them together.

    • EliD_BoydBence

      I actually like that idea Abbie, I haven’t thought of it but a lot of people do actually complain how they think that they are compressed to live in only one location to where they are very bored. And I feel like that could actually be a problem since, now that I come to think of it, I too never new what was happening in the world and didn’t know about any news, and not to long ago I actually just looked since I was bored (<– funny enough), I was extremely surprised about how many things have happened in such a short amount of time. (being that I never looked at the news)

  • Joshr_BoydBence

    In my community of CISD, I’ve noticed things people have said about othersthat have only gotten worse the older I’ve gotten. Now I understand not everyone gets along, but Its really sad that we have to talk behind people backs and sometimes we say some really nasty things. Im not saying Im perfect but when people do this it sometimes really sickens me. Many people call this gossip but, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/galanty-miller/why-we-gossip_b_4545101.html talks about what gossip is. By definition, “gossip” means “rumor of a sensational nature.” If this is true then we find sensation from indirectly bullying people. For example, When I was in middle school there were these three special needs kids who were all really nice but they had very serious problems. Some of my friends laughed at and imitated those boys. My friends made some weird noises similar to those kids like it was a joke. I think the reason so many people are like this is because they grow up without anyone telling them its wrong. However no one can teach them its wrong because everyone does it. If we tried really hard we could stop people from gossiping about others. Its as simple as not saying anything.

    Since this problem will be very hard to solve my Hero is The Gossip stopper. He will spy on people and catch them in the act of talking behind someones back and prevent it from happening again. He will get it on film and show it to the victim and allow them to solve it peacefully, which is what his logo represents.

  • Emilyw_boydbence

    We need a super hero in our
    schools at Coppell. We have many reasons to need one in this great city but one
    of the main ones is that we need to stop bullying. Kids are faced with bullying
    since the time they were 5. Sure some kids never actually face a bully, but
    everyone has seen someone being bullied by the time they are 5 or 6. When kids
    are younger, they see more contact bullying but when you get older you see much
    more verbal bullying. The classic bully
    you see on TV, beating up the good buy, is just one of the many ways that
    children are bullied now days. Kids can be beat up, cyber bullied, verbally
    bullied, not including someone is bullying, and the list goes on. This is an
    issue all around the United States not just right here in Coppell. If we can get
    a super hero to help stop the bullying in Coppell then we will be able to help
    everyone in one way or another. “Some
    28 percent of seventh graders reported being harassed at school, and 22
    percent of ninth-grade students reported that other students had spread rumors
    or lies about them online at least once over the previous 12-month period.”(
    http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/08/27/in-california-school-anti-bullying-efforts-falling-short/
    ) As this article states, kids are getting bullied everyday. Some of the kids
    aren’t telling anyone that they are being bullied. They are just trying to get
    through the day hoping that the bully doesn’t get them today. This is why we
    need a super hero. We need someone that sees what is really going on in our
    schools. Sure the teachers see when someone’s getting bullied, but only when
    they’re watching. We need someone who will really step up and bring this
    terrible thing to a stop. This is the need for a super hero.

  • apatterson@g.coppellisd.com

    We need superhero’s help! In our community whenever it rains the canal floods! Sometimes there are Earthquake too! We need the government to order to stop fraking. These things are causing earthquakes. People say there were no Earthquakes 10 years ago. From 5-6 years ago after the fraking started the earthquakes also started. The scientists tell the quaques are cause by the fraking. A man who lives in my community said ” these earthquake did a lot of damage in my houses, many bulbs broke, the glasses fell down, the windows which were open were broken.” One more women said her house basement was little damaged because that house was build in 1983.” In the Place I live the water raises a littlebit in the canal whenever it rains. Manytimes the walkway below the roads were flooded, the grass and the soil were flushed away with these waters. They sometimes rise as high as 2 feet. Many people complained that the trail was dirty because it was flooded and they could not run or ride a bike untill several days because of the soil which was on the roads. The trees had arial roots which were rising in the middle of the trails many people were complaing about these roots as people may fall down on these rough trails.
    People even complain about the streeat lights. The street lights are not bright and they also had a long distances between them. A man said that “In the night times there are rabbits and sqrills roming. We cannot see them with the street lights the car headlights work better and protect those animals.” The water wastage is one of the most important thing. People waste a lot of water. We can say this because the scientists told that “An average person living in America wastes resources 1.5 times compared to a average man in other country”.
    Many complained that the people living in Individual houses mostly hang thing outside the doars which always make a lot of noise. The people try to convince the community holders to try to tell them to remove those things because they are disturbing and noisey. The community holders ignore it but they cause a lot of disturbences in places where the wind always blows.

    • kaitline_boydbence

      I completely agree with you apatterson@g.coppellisd.com! There have been recent earthquakes in our community and, it could poetically be due to the cause of fraking. However, in this article ( http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/08/06/how-fracking-disposal-wells-are-causing-earthquakes-in-dallas-fort-worth/… It states that our community Coppell, is located over a fault line so fraking has none nothing but helped sparked earthquakes in our area. Also, many people have reported having cracks in there walls and floors. The problem is that most people do not have insurance to cover these cracks and, If these earthquakes continue it could potentially ruin the foundation of the house! I hope this issue stops soon or we just might have to call a super hero to save the day!

      • Guest

        I agree that this is a huge problem in Texas. But, the main reason for these earthquakes might be different than you might expect. These earthquakes could be cause by Natural Gas drilling. Recently, the natural gas industry in Texas has grown tremendously. As it has grown, there have been a higher and higher amount of earthquakes in Texas. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=7848915 With the largest being a magnitude of 3.6 lately this is becoming a serious concern and we need to be careful about what steps we are going to take in order to deal with these earthquakes. This is just one idea of many on why these earthquakes are happening and what to do about them.

      • JoshS_PattersonAPHG

        I agree that this is a huge problem in Texas. But, the main reason for these earthquakes might be different than you might expect. These earthquakes could be cause by Natural Gas drilling. Recently, the natural gas industry in Texas has grown tremendously. As it has grown, there have been a higher and higher amount of earthquakes in Texas. http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo…With the largest being a magnitude of 3.6 lately this is becoming a serious concern and we need to be careful about what steps we are going to take in order to deal with these earthquakes. This is just one idea of many on why these earthquakes are happening in Texas and what to do about them.

    • SwathiD_PattersonAPHG

      I highly agree with you. There have been a swarm of Earthquakes
      in Irving
      recently. There has been 24 earthquakes in 20 days. Fracking and wastewater
      injection could be the cause for so many rattling earthquakes in Irving. A friend of mine
      who lives in Irving
      said that, “These Earthquakes are keeping the community in tension and fear. I
      just bought a house and I don’t want to move again just because of these
      Earthquakes.” We need a superhero’s help to save us from these Earthquakes!

    • JoshS_PattersonAPHG

      I agree that this is a huge problem in Texas. But, the main reason for these earthquakes might be different than you might expect. These earthquakes could be cause by Natural Gas drilling. Recently, the natural gas industry in Texas has grown tremendously. As it has grown, there have been a higher and higher amount of earthquakes in Texas. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=7848915 With the largest being a magnitude of 3.6 lately this is becoming a serious concern and we need to be careful about what steps we are going to take in order to deal with these earthquakes. This is just one idea of many on why these earthquakes are happening in Texas and what to do about them.

    • PranavA_PattersonAPHG

      Fracking is the leading source of man-made earthquakes. It can have small to large impacts on the environment and its inhabitants. Recently, there have been many earthquakes in Irving, TX, which many believe are caused by fracking. According to Natural News, http://tinyurl.com/fracking-and-earthquakes, fracking is causing many earthquakes, which are getting worse over time. Also, fracking creates byproducts that pollute water streams, which are very dangerous to the environment, people, and animals. Also, a solution to the flooding canals would be to “remodel” cities, as BBC suggests in this article: http://tinyurl.com/water-level-solution. This is what Italy is currently doing. In the end, this is just one solution to solve these problems that are occurring on your community and across the nation.

  • SalvatoreZ_BoydBence

    For most people, the town I live in, Coppell, seems like the perfect place to live. You generally don’t have to worry about crime, there are free and quality public schools, and it is a very quiet and calm place to live. However, there are a few things that slip between the cracks. Now of course, the problems in my community are nothing in comparison to what is going in so many places like: war, poverty, natural disasters, corruption, you name it. But that leads in to the first problem that I am going to mention. Ignorance to the outside world. It is almost like most people in Coppell are oblivious to what is going on in the outside world and don’t seem to take any interest on what is going on as well as making ignorant and racist comments purely because of the fact that these people don’t want to take the time to at least ask the person what they are curious about instead of just completely assuming. This has happened to me quite a few times and some could understand why. I am a Peruvian, with an Italian name, living in the United States. Since I am from Peru that does mean that I happened to live in a household in which Spanish is the primary language and that results in me being able to speak it fluently. And the first question/comment I get whenever someone who doesn’t know me and hears me speak Spanish is this, “Oh! You can speak Spanish? Are you Mexican?” Now keep in mind that the fact that they called me a Mexican isn’t really the part that really offends me but that the fact that they could have easily asked me where I was from. Not only that, I really don’t look like your stereotypical Mexican. There are some points where it crosses the line for example, “You speak Mexican?” And once I hear that it just makes me wonder how they were able to even ask that question. Then again, not everyone knows everything and people make mistakes sometimes. That is understandable. But sometimes people can really get deeply offended by those comments and things get bad. Not only do people confuse and mix up ethnicities, but sometimes people will rant about something they haven’t truly learned everything about. This is especially present in Politics, where most of the time my fellow students usually make their opinion only based off of what their parents think, I won’t list any specific examples in this case because it could turn into a debate over politics and this isn’t about that. Now, Coppell is not the only place with this issue, this is an issue for people that don’t inform themselves about topics that at least a little bit of information is necessary to not offend anyone you meet. All lot of times, if you know more information than the name of the country someone is from it can get that person really excited. Once, I was in a store to get flip flops and I asked a man working at the store specifically for Bob Marley sandals, because those were the ones I was looking for. The man seemed to get excited and searched the whole sandal section just to find the Bob Marley sandals I was looking for. I am not necessarily sure what connection the man had to Bob Marley, but if I knew for sure the man was Jamaican knowing those little connections can actually make someone’s day. Ignorance defined is “lack of knowledge or information”, and imagine if people knew about the real problems that plague our world. Problems that are not being showed directly at us never seem to make their way to our knowledge unless we decide to actually dig a little deeper. It is really weird, how whenever I open a news website there is usually something about a governor complaining about the president or some sort of little issue going on in Washington. But Ebola doesn’t even make the front page. When I went on CNN it only took me a second to click on the ‘Africa’ tab and then find some information on Ebola, but most people don’t take the extra effort. According to the World Health Organization, there are over 21,000 cases on Ebola and that Liberia, one of the hardest hit countries, is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel (http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/15/health/feat-ebola-epidemic-hopeful-study/index.html). Maybe there is someone out there that by knowing this fact about Ebola, they could donate money and contribute to the stopping of the outbreak ravaging West Africa. Now, you may say that this is an issue that doesn’t need the help of superheroes but there are a lot of people who have to learn things the bad way which is why I created the Anti-Ignorance Squad. The AIS contains three ladies who work at combating ignorance by either throwing a slipper, sandal or slapping someone across the face. It was really ironic that whenever I was making these superheroes the person sitting next to me decided say, “Are you going to make a superhero who shoots out tacos?” Of course I did not take this comment seriously and he did say it in a teasing voice but it was uncalled for, something that the AIS would quickly take care of. If I were able to collaborate with a superhero team like the Justice League the solution would really consist of correcting people and reminding people that making assumptions is not a good thing and that they could easily offend someone.

    The superheroes from left to right: Lady Fate, Miss Karma, and Señora Power.

    • AsadK_PattersonAPHuG

      I completely agree with you, Salvatore. Coppell does have a bubble, and a lot of people who live inside it don’t fully understand what is out there, and make general assumptions to things based on stuff they have seen on social media. Everybody thinks that life here is perfect, and don’t know what truly is happening out in the world. A lot of people were shocked when this website http://www.movoto.com/tx/snobbiest-places-in-texas/ said that we were the snobbiest city in Coppell. Also, even in schools, ignorance on what is happening in the world have made them say things to other people which could offend them.

      http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2014/10/09/censorship-of-religion-in-schools-causes-cultural-ignorance/

      • ShruthiG_PattersonAPHUG

        I agree with you as well. Coppell is so isolated and people often become more surprised than usual when something bad does actually happen in the small community. People also tend to generalize a lot ofthings based off of social media as well. Igonrance can bite a lot of people back in life when they are exposed to the truly unwelcoming aspects of life (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23074510) This shows the real affects of being isolated within your community, specifically targetting seniors with plans to go to college.

    • RoseleeB_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with you, Salvatore. Coppell is full of people who set certain standards on life and whenever someone new or different enters their life, they assume things about a different culture and often make judgments. Lists such as http://www.movoto.com/tx/snobbiest-places-in-texas/ agree that Coppell is a snobby place (ranking us at number 1 in Texas), but it goes beyond that. The ignorance you are talking about has no boundaries. As an Indian, I have been asked countless times if I speak Indian, to which I usually respond with a slow clap and a walk off, but the world, Coppell specifically, needs your superheros.

    • SaraK_PattersonAPHG

      I strongly agree with you Salvatore, we live in a small, tightly-knit, and safe community compared to many others. However like you mentioned, because of our safe environment, we become blinded by the problems in our society. Racism is prevalent all over the world as well as in Coppell. The root of racism and prejudice is ignorance. Hodson, along with his colleagues published these results online Jan. 5 in the journal Psychological Science.”This finding is consistent with recent research demonstrating that intergroup contact is mentally challenging and cognitively draining, and consistent with findings that contact reduces prejudice.” Hodson states that the severity of prejudice in a person is linked to the levels of contact with people of other races. With your anti-ignorance squad, I believe that we can definitely get rid of the ignorance that is becoming corrosive on our society.

    • RiyaM_PattersonAPHG

      Salvatore, I completely agree with you. Compared to other places in the world, Coppell is a utopia! But, because of this perfection that we believe we have, residents of this town can get snobbish sometimes. This results in people saying things that they didn’t mean to be offensive, but were. For example, a lot of the time, people in Coppell use races as insults, and sometimes they use religion as insults. A lot of the time, people are ignorant to their surroundings and other people. Racism was seen on a bigger scale when Nina Davuluri, the first Miss America of Indian heritage was crowned, and stirred up quite a big commotion. Things like this are very upsetting to me, as some people have yet to understand that race does not define a person.

  • Dagim_boydbence

    One of the main issues in Coppell is depression.

    Many people in Coppell are depressed. Most of this happened because people haven’t
    learned to treat others nicely. They treat others in a very mean and think
    that’s its funny. Texas is ranked #10 of the 50 states in depression and
    suicide. (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-11-28-depression-suicide-numbers_N.htm) what the people who are making other depressed don’t know is that depression can eventually lead to suicide.

    Depression can affect a person’s life in many ways. Depression is sadness, discouragement, despair, and hopelessness all combined. And they all last for months and maybe even longer. Depression drains all the energy, motivation and concentration out of a person. (http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/depression.html#) There are many ways teens can get depressed. This site shows 10 ways teen could get depressed. (https://tr.im/lytbS). The most common ways for teens to get depressed is from academic stress and peer pressure. Teens are under huge amount of pressure to succeed academically, especially as the costs of higher education rise and more families are reliant upon scholarships to help offset the expense. Popularity is important to most teens, and a lack of it can be very upsetting. The peer pressure to try illicit drugs and drinking can be traumatic for teens that aren’t eager to give in, but are afraid of damaging their reputation through refusal.

    What we need is a superhero who can make people not depressed anymore. What we need is the anti-depressor. The anti-depressor has the ability to read minds with
    that torch of his and clear all the trouble away.

    • BkO_boydbence

      I really like your post, depression is a really bad thing. It cost a lot of people lives and the number of suicide in increasing every year. but im sure with the help of anti-deppressor the numbers will get smaller!

  • KendallD_BoydBence

    Misuse and inhumane treatment of human bodies is common everywhere you go, it’s just kept within the shadows, because why make a big fuss when it’s just the victim’s fault anyways? In 2013 alone, there were a suspected 81,612 victims of sexual assault in Texas alone http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/crimereports/13/citCh7.pdf with 10 of these in Coppell and 1,224 in Dallas. Out of these, 75% of the assaults didn’t happen in the streets, or the bars, but in the victim’s own home.

    We need a hero who can hide within the shadows to expose the offenders and save the victims before they are scarred, mentally or physically. 40% of women with severe mental illnesses have been raped or sexually abused http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0914/040914-Mental-health-sexual-assault Sexual assault can lead to a disastrous life, years after it happened; it can cause a grave to be dug inside of the victims head, burying trust and happiness.

    I created a hero to hide within the shadows, actually becoming one with them, so that they may strike without notice. She is pulled whenever someone is in fear of being assaulted. As you can probably guess by now, the name of my hero is Shadow.

  • AlexisB_BoydBence

    Young adults (teens) have been intaking amounts of alcohol/drugs to deal with their health or mental problems they might have.

    Some of theses teenagers are unstable and this use of drugs/alcohol can be matched to students who face anxiety or depression and many other symptoms. These teens that need help.

    Often the ones that need or seek help the most are the ones who are having trouble with things such as behavioral problems and committing crimes. Many of these teens have been expelled or suspended from their schools. Because of there crimes and or use of drugs or even at times when they can not control their actions.

    They use drugs or alcohol to get away from their problems and stress.

    The teenagers try to elevate the pain they have to face or in other words deal with on either a daily bases or something they have had to deal with somewhere along their lives. A big issues is depression some people feel so alone at time they just can’t bear it. Depression is the issues I see most discussed on this board and I personally think

    there has to be a super hero that can fight that.

    I want to create a hero that can do one of two things.

    A super hero that can help face teens who face depression provide love and care to those who cannot seek those aspects from other also the super hero can also keep drugs away from the victim meaning do every thing possible to keep the student from using the drug.

    (In a nut shell**) The superhero I created could help by talking to the students letting them know they don’t have to face the pressure that they are always free to share how they feel and explain what ever they desire. And make the student feel loved and cared for and really mean it. The super hero can appear in clones to every one who seems as if they are about to attempt drugs or if thats the last thing the feel they can turn to then the superhero can appear to let them know there situation can be handled and the teenager or student does not have to handle it on their own.

    My super hero’s names is “Loving Lavender” Because she has a very loving and lovely personality and pastel and lavender are her colors she like to wear to comfort people and let them know black is not the attire they have to wear when they are depressed and they can be joyful and happy around and with these warm soothing pastel colors. Her fist are clinched because she is serious about putting an end to bullying because those days are over to her and she is fighting to put an end to bullying and trying to stop depression from arising inside innocent teenagers.

  • KendallC_BoydBence

    I would define a community as a group that shares certain aspects with you. For example a town or city shares the fact that everybody has to share their environment and space. The community I would say is in most need of a hero is my community of peers. Many people my age seem to have trouble finding what they want to do and finding what they love to do. They might believe that the only true way to be successful in life is through wealth. I think these people deserve a proper mentor to guide them on their journey to happiness. If there were a superhero who supported my community, I think he would be created to help people find their passions and talents.

    When many people grow up, they end up getting a job they regret. Many sources believe that the key to happiness is finding the balance between your passion and your talents. If you learn how to do this, you can live life to its fullest by doing what you love and being good at it. In order to find what you are truly passionate about, you may need a mentor. This is why I created Instructo He shall help kids everywhere find a spark of happiness in life and fulfil their dreams.

    He will have the ability to show oneself the true path to happiness. He does this in many ways. He can inspire kids to follow their dreams by promoting different career choices. He can show people their opportunities and different pathways in life. He uses his pencil to project images to inspire children. The T on his forehead stands for teach, and represents the future of the people he shall inspire.

    Many people are not sure where to take their career choices. In order for people to be happy with their career, they must find a career path that suits them best. That is the kind of hero I believe children, teens and people in general need. As we all may know, young people are our future. If we want to make society a better place, we have to start with them. Collaboration with this hero is rather simple. people just like Instructo really exists all around us. Teachers, parents, tutors, all share aspects with him. What you need to do collaborate is to let them guide you. Let them be your mentors.

    This was inspired by The Element by Sir Ken Robinson. Check out some of his work: http://sirkenrobinson.com/

  • AriannaT_BoydBence

    There are many issues in our community that a superhero can fix, bullying, littering, etc. A small problem that a superhero can fix is the amount of stray cats in Coppell. I have personally seen a lot of them in my apartment complex. “Its highly depressing to encounter these wonderful animals feeling so betrayed by whom ever drastically placed them in an unhealthy environment. Especially those who are expecting a litter of kittens,”(Interview with citizen). “It is very troubling because they continue to increase. They don’t have the proper care and food. Unfortunately cats also continue to have babies,”(Interview with citizen). There are a lot of stray cats who are expecting or that have a litter of kittens and its especially dangerous for them. A superhero would help get the cats to a safe place, preferably a shelter. Some shelters are too overcrowded or aren’t looking for new animals. In other places, older cats are euthanized due to lack of adoption chances. If necessary, they could find someone could foster the cats to care and health. The hero would also get help mothers get their kittens back to health. Since they don’t have a home, newborns are at risk for any disease and are more likely to get hit by a car. The babies don’t have proper nutrition because of the mother’s lack of nutrition. The mom’s milk is probably not healthy enough for the kittens. The hero would give it food, water, and just make sure they get the care that they deserve.

    My superhero’s name is The Feline because she will be helping save the stray cats. She has the “cats ears” and tail so cats won’t be very afraid and want to run away. The Feline will help the cats of the community and get them to a safe place where they can grow healthy and happy.

  • MadisonP_boydbence

    My super hero Gentle Girl is here to stop bullying and help victims who have been bullied to understand that it is ok to be different. So these teens wont fall into depression. The blade in her hand is for Gentle girl to immediately stop the bullying by pinning the bully up agents the wall not to hurt but to wear they stop what they are doing. Her name comes from her obviously helping others in need so she is gentle.

  • Derek G_BoydBence

    In my old house, actually it was the whole neighborhood in Coppell, Texas, we had a bad ant problem.
    I know many people don’t see ants as a problem but if you’re seeing ants in your bathroom, living room, and even your bedroom then you’ll realize the issue. I would sometimes wake up with a new ant bite or I’d see an ant on my arm as I brush my teeth. It never got better. Regular ants sometimes became fire ants, bites would multiply… I was happy to move.
    I decided to create a superhero that was meant to fight off many ants: The Aardvark. It has wings to go airborne and a flaming hammer to crash down and burn the ant piles. The gas mask both makes him look like an aardvark and also keeps him from breathing in all the gas emitted from the flames. The logo on his chest is an ant because that’s what he fights off. His main colors are red and black because red and black are the colors of fire.

  • Guest

    The world is flawed, so we have many issues. But, one of the biggest that plagues my community is the lack of respect for women. Although much was changed in the way women are viewed during the Women’s Suffrage movement in the 1920’s, a prejudice against women working still exists in my community. Upon interview, my friend Sydney said that she felt the same way, “[people] think that women are just to have your kids. But really, I should be able to find something I really enjoy and study it and make a job out of it. If I don’t want to go to college, that should be my choice. I should be able to get married and not have kids if I want to. My life should be my choice.” Some people, however don’t agree. When interviewed a friend of my mothers expressed his ideas towards a woman’s role, “The wife and older girls have taken care of the babies for all of history. The men learn how to work, and the older girls stay at home with the mom, learning how to care for kids and run the household,” he says.

    I think we could use a super hero. My superhero’s name is Farah Satish, CEO. She graduated high school and college with perfect GPAs, and started her own accounting business as a recent MBA recipient.
    I think the prejudiced people in my community need to see great women doing great things. Of course, it takes work to remove prejudice from anyone, but I think that if there were more healthy female influences, more boys would learn to respect women in places other than family roles and young girls would learn that there’s more to them than just baby making. No one should be confined to gender stereotypes and I think Ms. Satish would be an excellent example to young people as they grow up, and older people if they choose to try and remove their internalized prejudices.

  • ZoeG_BoydBence

    The world is flawed, so we have many issues. But, one of the biggest that plagues my community is the lack of respect for women. Although much was changed in the way women are viewed during the Women’s Suffrage movement in the 1920’s, a prejudice against women working still exists in my community. Upon interview, my friend Sydney said that she felt the same way, “[people] think that women are just to have your kids. But really, I should be able to find something I really enjoy and study it and make a job out of it. If I don’t want to go to college, that should be my choice. I should be able to get married and not have kids if I want to. My life should be my choice.” Some people, however don’t agree. When interviewed a friend of my mothers expressed his ideas towards a woman’s role, “The wife and older girls have taken care of the babies for all of history. The men learn how to work, and the older girls stay at home with the mom, learning how to care for kids and run the household,” he says.

    I think we could use a super hero. My superhero’s name is Farah Satish, CEO. She graduated high school and college with perfect GPAs, and started her own accounting business as a recent MBA recipient.

    I think the prejudiced people in my community need to see great women doing great things. It takes work to remove prejudice from anyone, but I think that if there were more healthy female influences, more boys would learn to respect women in places other than family roles and young girls would learn that there’s more to them than just baby making. No one should be confined to gender stereotypes and I think Ms. Satish would be an excellent example to young people as they grow up, and older people if they choose to try and remove their internalized prejudices.

  • AdithyaH_PattersonAPHG

    This is my superhero, Inspiraman. Going on from my previous post, to solve the littering issue, I want a superhero that is inspirational and guiding towards helping people do the right thing. So because of that, I created Inspiraman. Inspiraman’s logo is light, which shows that he has bright ideas, and wants to inspire people. I chose a sword for Inspiraman because in most movies, a guy with a sword holding i high inspires people to do things they never thought they could do. His costume is bright colors to show his brightness.

    • BkO_boydbence

      I really like your idea littering is a big that most people to not realize now. Its really bad for the earth in many ways. and spreading awareness to that will be very good for the community not only making it look nicer but healthier too.

    • GavinH_ BoydBence

      I Really love inspire man. Because he is allays helping in any circumstance. the baud spectrum of his scalability is what we really need in today’s society. The realnes of this problems in today’s community is putting some one down and not pulling up to inspire.

  • ChrisD_boydbence

    Some issues in my community of coppell that are causing some issues that could use a hero help is that there is still a lot of environmental issues going on in the community. People are loitering in a lot of places. Places like, Grapevine TX, Irving TX, etc. Over the years in Texas, there has been a lot of trash and wasteful products all over the coppell area. Considering that people there are supposed to keep Texas beautiful I think what http://www.ktb.org/display.aspx?catid=24&pageid=1708 I can do to solve this issue like a superhero is that i could make my own community that would solve a solution to help with the issue of loitering. I think that would be a good idea because, I think that would help with a lot of the causes in coppell. I also just want to say that, if everybody were too stop loitering and pick up there trash and disposing of it, none of this would be going on.

  • Alexander Pranske

    One of the largest problems in my community is Nonacceptance, and a part of that is judging people before you meet them or know them. So my superhero is called “The Blind Seeker”. So what he is, is he is obviously blind so he can’t judge people on their looks, or before you meet them. He has a staff in his hand as kind of a guide for him because he is blind. He is also able to use the staff to hit the floor to see where people are but not able to make out the figure of them. He wears the suit so that others can not see what he actually looks like so they can’t judge him. The point of it is to show that you don’t need to look good to make friends and just set the example for the rest of us.

    • VictorK_PattersonAPHG

      Alexander, I agree with you. Non-acceptance of a person or group of people because of what they believe in or look like is a serious issue that has been prevalent in almost every society that has existed. Throughout history, there have been many genocides and ethnic cleansings (such as Jews persecution during WWII, Rwandan genocide of Tutsis, etc.), and one of the main reasons why wars start is clashes between different ethnicity, ideologies, and culture. (http://web.stanford.edu/~jacksonm/war-overview.pdf)

      The world needs a superhero to stop the prejudice. However, couldn’t The Blind Seeker take action to help those people being harmed, instead of just being an example for others? Maybe he could erase prejudice from peoples’ minds or protect people from being harmed by it. Non-acceptance is a very large issue that needs changing. I don’t think just a role model could stop these people from harming others.

  • jaidar_BoydBence

    In my community there is a big problem with people, mainly children from the 7th to 12th grade, who are afraid of just being themselves and expressing who they truly are. Coppell is a place where everything you do matters. It all falls back to your “social standing”. Everyone just has to get the high top converse, vera bradley bag, latest nike shoes or the newest iPhone model. Kids compete every day to be the most athletic, or to look the best and to be the most popular. They feel that is the only way they’ll be accepted into their community. In order to be ourselves we cant be afraid. We have to be willing to take a chance, have courage and show our true colors. People need to make their own path and not follow the worn out one with everyone else.I believe that everyone is born unique. But throughout the years we work so very hard to be like everyone else. We conform to society’s so-called “common sense”. Unfortunately it is just that- “common sense”. That doesn’t mean its good sense. If we are lucky enough to have something else that makes us different from everybody else, dont change.

    Uniqueness is priceless. In this crazy world thats trying to make us all alike. we have to find the strength to continue being our self. And when they laugh at you for being different laugh back at them for being all the same. It takes alot of courage to stand alone, but it’s really easy to attempt to join a group who all does the same thing, dresses and acts the same way. According to http://www.teenink.com/hot_topics/pride_prejudice/article/14779/Being-Different/
    this teen feels that “people who succumb to peer pressure focus on how they are different in negative ways from what is considered “normal.” I enjoy being different because I focus on the positive aspects of how I am different, and engage in pursuits that allow me to feel good about myself.” It is a good aspect of life to be ourselves and to take control of what we do.

    Coppell needs a hero that will stand up for the differences of our teens, and will help them express themselves. We need my hero. Her name is U.N.I Girl. She helps you express who you are, and has the power to give you courage to show your true colors. No matter where you are or what situation you’re in she’s always there, and she’ll always have your back. It goes with her main slogan is. “It’s ok, it’s all about U N I”

    • KritimaL_PattersonAPHuG

      Jaida,

      I completely agree with your comment. city is a place where if you don’t have “what’s in” then you’re “out”. People try so hard to look she same and be like everyone else that it’s become hard to find those people aren’t afraid to be themselves and who aren’t afraid to be judged in public. We all try so hard to look just like the person next to us, that one day I fear we will become robots. We need to be ourselves and express ourselves how we want to.

      Saying that, I feel like your superhero should also be able to remove the fear of others. Your superhero should allow kids to be fearless in order to express themselves how they want to. They should be able to be who they want to without succumbing to the fear of peer pressure. There are some trends such as underage drinking and smoking, which are both illegal and completely unsafe for your health. Yet according to statistics, 70% of teens admitted to drinking or smoking only because their friends told them to. (http://teens.lovetoknow.com/Statistics_on_Peer_Pressure).

      That being said, I feel like your problem is an important problem in the city of Coppell. I feel like if your superhero was also able to help kids not give into the fear of peer pressure then U.N.I would be a great super hero.

  • Jharna.S_boydbence

    What are the real issues in your community that could use a superhero’s help?

    Issue Analysis:

    Many teens have low self-esteem, which creates a negative view of their body image. “I’m too fat”, “ Don’t have a thigh gap”, “ I have chicken legs”. These negative comments have crossed the minds of most teens, some being more severe than others. This negative mind set, can lead to harmful disorders such as anorexia, or bulimia.

    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/girls-and-body-image

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/17/body-image-boys_n_5637975.html

    In collaboration with a superhero team like the Justice League, what kind of action could you take to help your neighbors and classmates, or improve your local landscape?

    Solution Analysis:

    Spreading my passion for exercise will help create a healthy and positive environment for others to enjoy. Studies have shown, that involving teens in a fitness activity that they like will positively transform their body from the inside out. This means that not only will they look physically healthy, but they will be walking tall with confidence!

    Below is a link that has many examples of teen who have transformed their body and mindset through Pilates!

    http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2014/03/15/gaining-weight-the-reverse-transformation-from-ed-to-healthy/

  • sarahm_BoydBence

    In Coppell, Texas you may think everything is perfect. Its a small town with a huge community that knows almost everyone, but it may not be as perfect as it looks. In fact there are many problems in Coppell and around Coppell, but one of the biggest problems I’ve noticed is bullying. While people in Coppell are more of the richer class, they tend to be a little snobby at times. Did you know that Coppell is the ranked the number one snobbiest city in Texas? (http://www.movoto.com/tx/snobbiest-places-in-texas/)

    While some people can be a little rude, bullying is a much bigger problem. It would be nice to have a superhero to stop bullying in Coppell, but they couldn’t help the amount of people bullied around the world. One person can’t stop or stand up for bullying alone, its a worldwide problem and we could use some people to step up. while you may think teasing someone is funny and that they don’t take it literally you will be surprised how many people take it to heart. Always think before you speak because the person that you may speak to may get hurt.

    I have created a superhero named “Auntie Buli”, she uses her stick to cast a spell on people to make them think before they speak. We can help Auntie by reminding others to think, but also to step up to bullies and remind them of what they are doing. Below there is a picture of her.

  • SamahK_PattersonAPHG

    The issues in the city of Coppell vary from numerous problems like crime to lack of affordable housing but one of the biggest problems in the community is littering and pollution. Littering has environmental, economic and health problems. Litter clogs the land ecosystem and can be washed into the ocean, negatively impacted aquatic organisms. An area can lose its tourism revenue and have expenses for cleaning up because of the litter. Litter is very dirty and carries many germs, contaminating people and animals. About a third of Texas residents still admit to have littered in the past month(http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/research.php). One resident of Coppell says “This litter needs to be cleaned up because it’s dirty and looks bad in the city”.We need to understand the negative effects of littering and prevent it from happening in our communities. We need to encourage our future leaders to prevent littering, protect our roadways, and keep our communities beautiful. The community should be aware and prevent the threat of littering and pollution to keep the city clean.

    It does not take a superhero to take care of your city. Friends and classmates should be motivated to properly dispose of their trash. Schools and organizations can join together in a unified demonstration of community pride and commitment to a healthy environment. But Recycla might be able finally put a stop to littering and its damaging effects. She uses her superpowers along with a trash bin and a broom to stop the litter.

    • KatrinaF_BoydBence

      Samah, I agree that littering is a big problem not only in Coppell, but also in many other cities around the US. I know that at my school, we do try to recycle and pick up trash, but there is still a lot of waste being irresponsibly disposed of in the community. My parents say that, “We have to protect our planet, cause its the only one we have,” and I completely agree. I definitely also believe that we need to become more encouraged as a town, like the high schools have, to recycle and stop littering. Overall, it will make the area prettier, healthier, and more eco-friendly.

  • BkO_boydbence

    I’m pretty sure we all know that no community is perfect and there’s a problem in every community, but one that is really big in the DFW area is car wrecks. Car wrecks are a leading cause of death in the USA but in my area (Irving) car crashes have been becoming more and more popular over the past years. Over 37,000 people die in car crashes each year in the U.S only. Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year. An average of 500 people in Irving die each year by car accidents. Killing whole families at a time, taking loved ones away and nobody likes that. Whether you don’t know anyone who been in one or not, you probably will sometime in your life.

    http://asirt.org/Initiatives/Informing-Road-Users/Road-Safety-Facts/Road-Crash-Statistics

    Most people don’t think of it as a big deal yet either because they don’t drive yet or it have not affected them yet. There are many cause of a car crash from, drunk driving, texting, and even just a simple mistake like not turning on your blinker. But that’s when my super hero comes in “drive watcher” drive watcher has the power to tell if someone is drunk, texting or anything to can distract you from the road. He also has the power to make someone sober again and to turn your phone off. This will cause a very big decrease in death and car wrecks Thanks to drive watcher.

  • DarianG_BoydBence

    In my community of Coppell, many issues occur but one I’ve seen recently is littering. This is not something that has just happened, but something that will continue to happen until we put a stop to it. Having a superhero that helps clean up the community and remind people that they need to recycle and throw things away in a trashcan not out there window. Clean Coppell is an annual spring event for community improvement projects and is celebrated at the annual Earthfest event. The community joins together and cleans Coppell Volunteers are invited to participate in a litter cleanup, creek cleanup, Coppell Nature Park work or another cleanup project. Going to this website (http://www.coppelltx.gov/2013-01-31-22-11-21.html) will lead you to ways you could help clean up Coppell and have community service opportunities.

    Its really easy to go down that path of not caring about nature because you believe it okay it only on but multiply that by thousands and all we’ll see is trash. To help stop this we could volunteer to help the community clean up. Pick up trash that you see on the ground even if nobody else is doing that you should its for a good cause. We could show other around us that its no right to these things and damage our community. We could also, have more rules could placed to stop these types of actions. Hopefully this gets stop before it gets out of control and we have to call Clean Cristina she is called when the community is just too dirty. Clean Cristina has extra arms attached to her back that help her clean up the community. Her logo is the “X” on her chest because she can’t stand littering and no one should ever litter their community. In conclusion, we need to take a stand and do everything to stop littering and help our community keep on being clean.

  • Guest

    A major issue in my community is the excessive amounts of technology used by today’s teenagers. Not only is it distracting us from learning but it is also preventing us from talking to each other in person, and instead talking through texting and skype. Although some apps can be used for learning, that is not what teens are using it for. Too many teens are only using their devices for social networking or games. We depend on technology so much that without wi-fi, or 4G, we are nothing.

    According to http://www.debate.org/opinions/do-we-depend-on-technology-too-much, 74% of people say that we depend too much on technology, but if we admit it, why don’t we fix it? Also, according to http://www.washingtonpost.com/postlive/teens-are-spending-more-time-consuming-media-on-mobile-devices/2013/03/12/309bb242-8689-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html, teens are spending 7.5 hours each day consuming technology (watching TV, surfing the web, social networking, listening to music, and playing video games). This number has increased by an hour and 20 minutes since 1999. Also, 75% of teens today own a smartphone, compared to the 45% in 2004.

    The superhero that I created is named The Wire Cutter, and is aiming to stop the excessive use of technology. He is equipped with a sword which he uses for cutting wires. He also has an old-fashioned look, because he likes to envision the olden days when technology wasn’t used to this extent. The Wire Cutter will explain to teenagers how technology is harming our social skills. His logo is a peace sign because without all this technology, there would be no cyber bullying, so people would be more friendly to each other. If today’s teens can spend more time outside and being active, we could live a more healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.

  • bryceq_BoydBence

    A major issue in my community is the excessive amounts of technology used by today’s teenagers. Not only is it distracting us from learning but it is also preventing us from talking to each other in person, and instead talking through texting and skype. Although some apps can be used for learning, that is not what teens are using it for. Too many teens are only using their devices for social networking or games. We depend on technology so much that without wifi, or 4G, we are nothing.

    According to http://www.debate.org/opinions/do-we-depend-on-technology-too-much, 74% of people say that we depend too much on technology, but if we admit it, why don’t we fix it? Also, according to http://www.washingtonpost.com/postlive/teens-are-spending-more-time-consuming-media-on-mobile-devices/2013/03/12/309bb242-8689-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html, teens are spending 7.5 hours each day consuming technology (watching TV, surfing the web, social networking, listening to music, and playing video games). This number has increased by an hour and 20 minutes since 1999. Also, 75% of teens today own a smartphone, compared to the 45% in 2004.

    The superhero that I created is named The Wire Cutter, and is aiming to stop the excessive use of technology. He is equipped with a sword which he uses for cutting wires. He also has an old-fashioned look, because he likes to envision the olden days when technology wasn’t used to this extent. The Wire Cutter will explain to teenagers how technology is harming our social skills. His logo is a peace sign because without all this technology, there would be no cyber bullying, so people would be more friendly to each other. If today’s teens can spend more time outside and being active, we could live a more healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.

    • Guest

      Here is an image of the hero

    • MacyJ_PattersonAPHG

      Bryce, you make a strong debate, however I disagree. Technology isn’t something to be feared and despised. It is utterly ridiculous to say that a teenager shouldn’t have a smartphone. A few years ago, one on my best friends moved to Japan. Without my smartphone, I wouldn’t be able to communicate with her. Myself, a teenager, can clearly state that I am definitely more than “wifi, or 4G,” as you stated in your article. I am religious, I love to learn, and I have many friends whom I love to hang out with. Do I need technology to be myself? No. No one does. Your generalization that today’s teenager is no more than “wifi, or 4G,” is insulting and completely untrue.

      Maybe the amount of television watched has increased since 1999, but so has life expectancy. So has our idea of science. Technology is not bad, in fact, it is an incredibly important learning tool. I see that you have stated,”Although some apps can be used for learning, that is not what teens are using it for. Too many teens are only using their devices for social networking or games.” Yes, many teens are participating in social media. Many people love to play games. Has it occurred to you that if wires were cut, and if we lived in a technology free world, you couldn’t be posting your opinion or learning any in depth concepts that this project is teaching? This video by author Clive Thomas is very interesting and points out than we are learning more from technology than we are losing from it.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/clive-thompson_n_4111195.html

  • TravisS_boydbence

    In Coppell, TX, the city I live in, I see self harm victims every day. Whether it is at school or around town. One of the driving causes of self harm is depression. People use self harm as a coping skill, they do it because they need to feel something other than sadness and emptiness. They have a lack of control in their lives so self harm can also be used as a source of control. They start self harm in search of something they have “control” over; but in reality they lose control and it becomes an addiction. A lot of times young adults and teen are considered weak and helpless if they use self harm. But, we should not look at it this way. We need to see it as it is. These people are lost and confused and need someone who does understand. It feels as though when they cut, burn, binge… they feel happiness or control. But it only gives release of pain for a short time. It causes paranoia, depression on top of depression, a sense of loneliness. They are afraid that people will see and think differently of them. This is why they become so good at hiding it, whether its with many wristbands, long sleeves, long pants everyday, or even staying home. We need a superhero to fix this because every HUMAN is different and no matter how similar their problems are, they are never the same. Therefore NO ONE truly understands. Many people do not notice self harm in the people around them. They have got so good at hiding their depression and sadness as well as their cuts, burns, weight loss etc… that no one notices. This is an issue, if we cannot pinpoint the one’s who are suffering and need help, how are we ever going to fix this problem?

    I interviewed a teen boy at my school who has become victim to self harm. The questions I asked are listed below as well as his answers.

    Me- When did you start self harm?

    Boy- I started cutting the beginning of freshman year. At first they were surface cuts and to an extent, I was nervous to cut. I was afraid of my mother finding out, my sisters, fellow learners.

    Me- Why did you start cutting?

    Boy- The transition of Jr. High to High School was very hard for me. The classes were different and much harder, the work load was much much more. My depression built up and I would go home, lay in bed and just cry because I felt like I had 0 control over my life. I started losing friends, friends who were at CHS stopped speaking to me and I was having many issues with my family at home.

    Me- If you don’t mind me asking, do you still cut?

    Boy- Thankfully no, I haven’t since before christmas of 2014. But its been getting really hard not to recently. People say, “Once you start, you can’t stop”. This is sort of true. But I did stop. What I think this quote means is once you start that urge will never truly go away. And I see that in my situation. I still have the urge to cut. But thankfully I have not relapsed.

    Me- What made you stop cutting?

    Boy- I was very upset one night and made a few choices a should not have, I was caught doing those things by a family friend. It was then I had realized I had no control over my own life and that I needed to change.

    Me- Have people tried to help you through this? Do you feel they understand what you are going through?

    Boy- I have told a few friends and some have been supportive. I have been hesitant to tell people because I am afraid that my stature will change. Honestly, no one truly knows exactly what I have been through, nor do they understand what others have gone through. Everyones situations are different. No matter how similar someones strifes are, they are never the exact same.

    Me- Do you think a superhero is needed to fix this issue in Coppell?

    Boy- Most definitely, someone who has the ability to know and feel exact what others go through and be able to give a sense of healthy control to people lives. This is what Coppell needs. The feeling of emptiness and loneliness is one of the worst feelings in the world and we have gotten so good at hiding our emotions, everything seems all dandy and perfect. But, we are suffering and we do not know who to go to.

    END OF INTERVIEW

    The boy I interviewed is an everyday happy joyful learner, but he told me after the interview that all of it is an act. He called it “Emotional Cosmetics”. He described this as, on the outside he exhibits happiness and joy but on the inside, his true self, he is lost and alone. He feels afraid and lonely constantly. He told me his life story and he has been through a lot for someone his age, and because of this he has gotten good at hiding his emotions. He is very strong, emotionally that is, he is very strong for someone who has been through as much as he has. But, even the strongest of the strong fall sometimes. Its just that he had no one to go to, he was and is afraid. This is why we need a superhero in Coppell, Texas. Someone who can identify these people and give them control and acceptance. Every emotion they need to be content with who they are and to make them happy.

  • HannahN_BoydBence

    A major issue in my community is when people are prejudice towards bisexual people. Not only do people treat them different, they bully them and exclude them from activities. People just don’t realize that bi people are just like us. If only we could just get along, then everyone could be happier and we could focus on other issues in the community. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/14/parents-angry-after-school-tells-13-year-olds-can-have-sex-choose-gender/

    The super hero I created is named Fly Bi. His goal is to educate and to inform people that, bisexual people are just like us. He flies around shooting arrows at bullies who make fun of bisexuals. The colors of his outfit represent the colors that represent bi people.

  • BrendonW_BoydBence

    There are lots of issues all around Coppell even if it seems like there aren’t many. The main issue that we really need help on is specifically in my neighborhood and my street that we really need help with. The issue in my community is the huge amounts of bees that live in our backyards. Many of our neighbors have complained about how many bees are in their backyard and how big of an inconvenience it was.

    These bees set up their hives in every corner and specifically at my house they even set up their hives in the wood of my patio!!!! Every summer we have so many issues with them like when we swim we get so scared of the bees that we dive into the water so that we don’t get stung!!! For example, one of my neighbors, Mrs Reed, said “These bees are really getting on my nerves!!! They always are around my house and in my backyard and THEY STING ME!!!” This quote from my neighbor clearly shows the issue with the bees on my street. My dad try to deal with these bees but he can’t do it!!! He sprays them with bee killer and he tries to take out their hives, but overtime he does, they always come back somehow no matter what!!! “Why do these freaking bees keep coming back?? I keep trying to make them go away but for some reason they really like this house!” Of course he said this in Cantonese, but in English, it still shows the anger that we have to deal with every year!

    I thought it would be really fun to create a hero to help deal with the issues of the bees so I went online and created a fun looking hero that has the power of communicating with bees. She is really attractive and very very persuasive so that the bees always listen to her. She dresses up in a black and yellow suit and goes to communicate with the bees to relocate!!! She even tries to find a new location for the bees so they won’t have a hard life in their new home. I call her…..THE AMAZING AND WONDERFUL ” abeja chica” which is “Bee Girl” in Spanish…rawr

    Even though super powers like hers are great, I still wonder how we as a neighborhood can fix this issue alone. I have researched online and found that you can call in bee exterminators to kill the bees, but there is also a different way. You can set some smoke into the bee hives and make the bees very sleepy and they can’t communicate as well. The smoke blocks their communications so that nothing will happen during the period of 1-2 days before their communications come back online and running perfectly normal. If we smoke the bees, there should be an opportunity to relocate the bees to a better place to live their lives!!! So bye bye bees!!!

  • NikhilG_BoydBence

    In my community of Irving , we face an issue like no other. Though this issue might not have seemed like big at first, it soon did. Stray cats are slowly taking over our neighborhood and there is little we can do to stop them. They are too sly for us to catch them and its hard to even catch a glimpse of them sometimes. They will randomly attack rabbits and kill them for food. This should be fixed as soon possible as cats who have usually been through abuse will turn out to be stray. Also many of them could have rabies. (http://www.vetinfo.com/4-reasons-not-feed-stray-cats.html) This needs to be fixed as soon as possible to have a happier environment for the cat and for the people in our neighborhood.

  • KathyM_BoydBence

    An issue in my community that could use a superhero’s help is, mostly everyone in my community is materialistic.
    I live in a small town named Coppell, TX. I attend a small high school named, New Tech High @ Coppell.
    When I get dressed in the morning I would be lying if I said, “I didn’t care” what
    people thought about me the minute I walk through the door. The majority of
    girls in my grade all have the same brand backpacks, the same shoes, phones,
    and clothing. The reason being when one popular person puts on a certain brand,
    everyone has it by next week.
    Girls and boys of all ages get teased about what they decide to
    wear and what brand of clothing they wear. According to a study done by the
    Huffington post, “Materialism rose substantially from the mid-1970s, peaking in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but remaining at historically high levels.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/01/teenagers-values-materialistic-work_n_3193782.html
    Many people at my school are influenced to buy certain clothing
    or buy a certain product because everyone has it. If you aren’t wearing the proper
    clothing or just the right jacket, you shouldn’t be talking to certain people,
    or you aren’t allowed to hangout with them just because you are not wearing
    or looking the same way they are. In an annual bullying survey completed by ditchthelabel.org, “60.2% of people who were experiencing bullying or any teasing were being bullied because of attitudes towards their appearance. http://www.ditchthelabel.org/appearance-bullying-support-teens/
    An action I could take to help my classmates, and improve my local high school is by complimenting people regardless of what brand they are wearing.
    If I really like something someone is wearing, I will not think of the place they bought their clothing or associate and label them as something their not because they shop at certain stores, or look a certain way. If we had a superhero in our community to tell
    people they are not the labels they wear, I believe so many more people would be
    happier. We are not ‘American Eagle’, or ‘Forever 21’ you are who you are, it
    shouldn’t matter what you are wearing. I created this superhero named Kind
    Kathy to represent someone who could fix the problem of materialism in my
    community. Kind Kathy would compliment others and remind them of who they are.
    She would also teach the younger generation the same message as well as teens.

  • KathyM_BoydBence

    An issue in my community that could use a superhero’s help is, mostly everyone in my community is materialistic.
    I live in a small town named Coppell, TX. I attend a small high school named, New Tech High @ Coppell.
    When I get dressed in the morning I would be lying if I said, “I didn’t care” what
    people thought about me the minute I walk through the door. The majority of
    girls in my grade all have the same brand backpacks, the same shoes, phones,
    and clothing. The reason being when one popular person puts on a certain brand,
    everyone has it by next week.
    Girls and boys of all ages get teased about what they decide to
    wear and what brand of clothing they wear. According to a study done by the
    Huffington post, “Materialism rose substantially from the mid-1970s, peaking in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but remaining at historically high levels.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
    Many people at my school are influenced to buy certain clothing
    or buy a certain product because everyone has it. If you aren’t wearing the proper
    clothing or just the right jacket, you shouldn’t be talking to certain people,
    or you aren’t allowed to hangout with them just because you are not wearing
    or looking the same way they are. In an annual bullying survey completed by ditchthelabel.org, “60.2% of people who were experiencing bullying or any teasing were being bullied because of attitudes towards their appearance. http://www.ditchthelabel.org/a
    An action I could take to help my classmates, and improve my local high school is by complimenting people regardless of what brand they are wearing.
    If I really like something someone is wearing, I will not think of the place they bought their clothing or associate and label them as something their not because they shop at certain stores, or look a certain way. If we had a superhero in our community to tell
    people they are not the labels they wear, I believe so many more people would be
    happier. We are not ‘American Eagle’, or ‘Forever 21’ you are who you are, it
    shouldn’t matter what you are wearing. I created this superhero named Kind
    Kathy to represent someone who could fix the problem of materialism in my
    community. Kind Kathy would compliment others and remind them of who they are.
    Also she would teach the younger generation the same message as well as teens.

  • GavinH_ BoydBence

    In the community of Dallas Small business are popping up all
    over. There has been a need for of support of small businesses. Dallas has a
    growing and expanding economy. If
    superheroes could help this is where we need it. When small busses are abundant
    jobs open up and let the economy improve. Taxes are the crippling factor for
    small business. If the government pulled back on tax spending’s and tax
    charging the economy would boom from small businesses erupting through the
    United States.

    If Small Business Man was real he would bring the united
    states to its peak potential through the power of small businesses support.

    • AndrewS_PattersonAPHG

      Hey Gavin H. I like your perspective on how small businesses can positively affect the United States which is subsequently Coppell. While this idea proposes an interesting idea to the economy, I believe that bigger businesses affect the worldwide economy more. Do not get me wrong that small companies provide local profits, jobs, and expansion but at the same time, this is only one community. According to the Chron website, “Larger companies usually have greater numbers of employees or human resources. This allows them to pool their resources to accomplish more work. They also typically have taller organizational structures. For example, these firms will often group their organizations by various functions, including marketing, finance, engineering and information technology. Vice presidents will oversee directors, managers and analysts. Larger companies, in turn, have greater amounts of talent within these separate departments. Work can then be done more efficiently and with greater amounts of expertise.” (http://smallbusiness.chron.com/advantages-large-business-21007.html) With this said, people definitely acknowledge the importance of local, small corporations, but also admit to the fact that larger companies offer cheaper prices, more jobs, and more income. Despite this disagreement Gavin, I believe that if the combination and balance of both large companies and local companies was perfected then the United States’ economy would surge.

  • AlexL_BoydBence

    In my community, Coppell, Texas, we have a lot of problems. One of the main issues I think is a big problem in Coppell is depression. Now I know that everyone has once in their life been depressed but I feel like coppell is put to such high standards, therefor making people not see the full picture.

    For example, in 2010 there was a very important person, the mayor of coppell. Her husband died just a little over a year before that from cancer. Both Mrs. Jayne Peters and her daughter where going through tough times. They were falling into a home foreclosure and was running low on money. The mayor was becoming depressed but didn’t reach out to help. The mayor then had a mental break and killed her daughter then committed suicide.

    ( http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/07/jayne_peters_texas_mayor_found.php )

    The superhero I created to stop depression name is “Endorpha” (coming from the word “endorphins” which is the name of the “happy chemical”) She looks just like anyone else was but she gives off positivity and happiness. She has a staph that can make anyones day a little bit brighter. She can do what any human can do, smile at people.

    If you or anyone you know are having suicidal thoughts please call the suicide prevention hotline.

  • KatrinaF_BoydBence

    A real issue in my community is homophobia. Whatever their reason, whether it be religion or just general dislike of the idea, many people in my town are discriminatory and disrespectful to gay people. They preach against them and hate them and hurt them. And so, for the homosexuals who live near me, life is hard. I believe that making these people live in fear and oppression just because they are different is wrong. They deserve to be treated like everyone else. The most important phrase I have ever learned in my life is this: “Different does not mean deficient. (Crawford)”

    I feel like the only way to help remedy this problem would be to inform others of what life is like for oppressed gay people. Even if teaching them did not change their overall opinion on homosexuality because of their religion or for some other reason, at least they would be able to act with more humanity. I remember hearing my very religious and homophobic friend always say that homosexuality was wrong. When I would ask why, he would just say, “Because. It’s gross. They’re gross and unnatural.” If we teach people more about what being gay means and how gays are just like everyone else, my community would become less of a hostile place.

  • BrendonW_BoydBence

    There are lots of issues all around Coppell even if it seems like there aren’t many. The main issue that we really need help on is specifically in my neighborhood and my street that we really need help with. The issue in my community is the huge amounts of bees that live in our backyards. Many of our neighbors have complained about how many bees are in their backyard and how big of an inconvenience it was.

    These bees set up their hives in every corner and specifically at my house they even set up their hives in the wood of my patio!!!! Every summer we have so many issues with them like when we swim we get so scared of the bees that we dive into the water so that we don’t get stung!!! For example, one of my neighbors, Mrs Reed, said “These bees are really getting on my nerves!!! They always are around my house and in my backyard and THEY STING ME!!!” This quote from my neighbor clearly shows the issue with the bees on my street. My dad try to deal with these bees but he can’t do it!!! He sprays them with bee killer and he tries to take out their hives, but overtime he does, they always come back somehow no matter what!!! “Why do these freaking bees keep coming back?? I keep trying to make them go away but for some reason they really like this house!” Of course he said this in Cantonese, but in English, it still shows the anger that we have to deal with every year!

    I thought it would be really fun to create a hero to help deal with the issues of the bees so I went online and created a fun looking hero that has the power of communicating with bees. She is really attractive and very very persuasive so that the bees always listen to her. She dresses up in a black and yellow suit and goes to communicate with the bees to relocate!!! She even tries to find a new location for the bees so they won’t have a hard life in their new home. I call her…..THE AMAZING AND WONDERFUL ” abeja chica” which is “Bee Girl” in Spanish…rawr

    Even though super powers like hers are great, I still wonder how we as a neighborhood can fix this issue alone. I have researched online and found that you can call in bee exterminators to kill the bees, but there is also a different way. You can set some smoke into the bee hives and make the bees very sleepy and they can’t communicate as well. The smoke blocks their communications so that nothing will happen during the period of 1-2 days before their communications come back online and running perfectly normal. If we smoke the bees, there should be an opportunity to relocate the bees to a better place to live their lives!!! So bye bye bees!!!

  • Seth B_boydbence

    There are many things that could use
    superheroes. In my community, bullying is a constant issue. Almost everyone has
    been a victim of bullying, even if it is behind their
    back. https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying states
    that 71% of kids have whiteness bullying in their school, and every 1-10 kids
    drop out of school because of bullying. In my school, there are only a few
    hundred kids. A lot of the people at my school all have similar classes because
    my school only offers pre-ap and AP. Even then, there are people who call
    others inappropriate names, or make fun of them for personal characteristics.
    Plus, this is only one of the schools in my district. The other school is
    populated by about 3 three thousand students, and the bullying issue there is
    much worse. I guess you could call my friends and me ‘geeks’ or ‘nerds’ and
    that doesn’t really offend us. Which if you think about it is sad. We are only
    not offended because we have grown up with people calling us nerds. I
    personally have gotten many people calling my fat (I’m really not that fat
    though). At first it hurts, but later is just gets annoying. Many anti-bullying
    videos state that by ignoring the bully, it makes them less likely to bully you because they know it won’t work. However, in reality, it only infuriates them.
    They will want to hurt you, make you feel worse, or potentially abuse you to the point that you are to weak to go to school. According
    to http://www.crisistextline.org/11-more-facts-about-bullying/ kids who are bullied are 2-9 times more likely to consider suicide. I know I have, but I know that it can only get better. In my school, unlike the past, everyone accepts me, and they are more than willing to talk to me about anything. The teachers are all understanding and willing to stand up for you, or talk outside of class. It’s as though the few hundred kids in my school are a big family. I am very privileged to be a part of that New Tech family. On one of the first days, a kid named Kyle, who is a few years older than me, saw me and immediately shook my hand, giving his name an asking for mine. It’s that kind of thing that makes me feel happier. By reaching out to someone, you can open up the little kid that has potential, but sits in the corner of their brain. Alone. Imagine what could happen to an entire school if everyone did that. Everyone would be happy. Bullies would only be hated, and they would look tough. They would look stupid. I have created that superhero that could help my community. His name is Axel. Axel was designed to resemble a bully to show the bullies the fear and hardness that the rest of us face everyday because of them. His club represents a tool that a bully could use. The ripped up clothes show what some ‘cool’ kids think of as school, along with the sneakers. The necklace is supposed to make him look tough, and the logo, represents a tattoo or something that a
    bully would think of as tough.

    • AbhilashV_PattersonHG

      I totally agree with Seth and I like his proposed solution and superhero. I too believe that bullying is a major problem in Coppell and in the world that needs to fixed immediately. In schools and workplaces, bullying is a common and potent problem as it demoralizes and depresses people and makes them to feel worse about themselves for being different from others and ashamed to be themselves. Bullying uses the stereotypes of society and of certain individuals to isolate people and make them feel alone and powerless to fight back. This injustice creates social and mental barriers around an individual and creates a precarious situation that addles the minds of victims and pushes them to the limits of their physical and mental tolerance. In fact, studies in Britain show that half of the suicide cases among teenagers were connected to suicide. Teenager or not, bullying continues to be a problem as it creates too much stress on a person and makes them lose focus on what is really important. A study conducted by ABC news shows that 160,000 kids stay home from school every day due to fears of bullying. While others problems involve small changes, bullying is a widespread infection that is very hard to detect and unlike other problems, bullying is something that is connected to a person’s state of mind and livelihood, something that is priceless and beyond the measure of value. Bullying has a huge adverse impact on the youths and even adults of Coppell and due to this, I do believe that bullying is a huge problem that must be dealt with immediately by propagating the ideas of peace and tolerance among students, pushing victims to talk to adults and friends, and to report and stop bullying whenever seen.

  • Josiah Delagarza

    I think not only having my hero but a community of heroes like the avengers or the fantastic 4 around would give people to look up to, to try to live a life of obedience and kindness.
    Imagine having People standing up against wrong doing, helping those in need, helping the people who are doing bad things. Having people or heroes can stabilized life as we know it, It could effect students in schools like people that get their bikes or skateboards stolen etc. Or having another robbery in a local bank like at Frost Bank. It can effect us all
    economically or physically.
    Below is my hero Rico Suave who’s a 40 year old man who likes to play the hero, he’s power is that he can change the hearts of children or men to help them find peace and not do bad things.

  • EliD_BoydBence

    Now bullying is one problem pretty much every community has to face with, but note that it is not only limited to physical bullying in the community, but also rather cyber bullying too. Well the internet though is not just in Coppell, it’s worldwide, but still even there are people who do through the internet bully people who are also in Coppell. And well, that is a problem. The internet is mostly put through text (although not always) but most insults do come in by text, and text is very limited! It can only be expressed through CAPS LOCK and exclamation points and just words. That is not enough for someone to accurately express their opinion. And so a completely harmless opinion could actually be the equivalent to someone in real life physically hurting someone. And also some people could just cyber bully and use that to their advantage without any actual real life disadvantages due to the anonymity of the internet.

    http://stopcyberbullying.org/how_it_works

    Says a lot of things on how it can be expressed and they are not related to just a text on a webpage. And it is surprising enough that these are things that people actually do.

    And so this is a hero that I just created, it is to represent the cyber world and how he is to protect other people’s data and to keep people from hurting other people. And to ultimately get rid of cyberbullying completely. And his superpower would be simply just the fact that he is able to exist in the cyberworld.

  • NimishaJ_BoydBence

    A real issue in my community, the Dallas area, would be family violence. People suffer, because of their family. Ironic, considering your family is supposed to support you and care for you the most and when your own family hurts you, it may seem like your very own life is out of your control and falling apart. Home isn’t a safe haven for you anymore, it’s the place to fear. It’s important to notice the signs of abuse to help others and make our community a safer place and provide a sense of closeness and togetherness. “In 2013, the Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit reported 13,007 family violence calls resulting in 1,215 aggravated assaults, 23 murders, 10,812 reported offenses, 91 sexual assault offenses, 180 violations of protective orders, and 5,782 arrests.” (http://www.familyplace.org/resource/statistics) Each call was placed by a person in fear. A human being suffering in silence. A human being with no voice.

    A superhero is needed to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves and put an end to this harm. I created a superhero called Fierce Fiona. She’s the color blue, because it symbolizes trustworthiness and security, something those being abused need. Her clothing is red, because it’s intense and when red is combined with white, it is thought to represent joy in eastern cultures. Her white accessories represent her need to provide peace for those being abused. She has a fire torch, because it represents her passion for this cause. There is an eagle logo on her shirt as well, because it’s independent and strong. And Fierce Fiona is strong for others and brave for others. She doesn’t have any other weapons or is extraordinary in any other way. She’s a superhero that any ordinary person could be. You, me, all of us. We all can be Fierce Fiona. All we need to do is have good intentions for others and provide them peace and comfort and fight for them when they can’t. That’s the beauty of Fierce Fiona. She’s in everyone and anybody can be her. All it takes is that one step, that one ounce of care.

    • PritP_PattersonAPHUG

      I agree with you Nimisha! We should go out of our way ad try to support these families because that is what we would want if we were in that situation. We need to have heroes stand up and work together to destroy all of the insignificant problems that occur in our day to day lives. We need to have people who are willing to fight for what is right.

  • KirstenM_BoydBence

    The city of Coppell is always changing and growing. However, that may not always be for the better. Recently, there has been construction just beyond our city limits, in Dallas, for a new elementary school. However, it is still within the Coppell school district. What this means for us, it that we are providing resources for these children who are not even in our city! We are not receiving any money or service in return, as it is going to the city of Dallas. Not only is this causing us a loss in supplies and land, but it is also creating major traffic issues. With all the regular traffic of the city, the last thing we need is 550 parents trying to pick up their children after school.

    My hero, the Landlady would be able to redraw the city lines, so that Coppell would be able to more effectively control not only the traffic, but also receive tax revenue from their own school.
    http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2007/november/north-lake-the-trouble-starts-here

  • AmulyaP_BoydBence

    Recently, the Mexican immigration problem has grown worse. Hundreds of children, men, and women are illegally immigrating into the United States for shelter, food, or simply an opportunity to start over. Denying them this choice to start a better life is inhumane and insensitive. “They are leaving their lives because they can’t continue in them. Otherwise, why would they leave?”, said Lucas, a 35 year old who jumped the border illegally, when he was only eight. They are all human beings and deserve a life of security, which they are not able to achieve in their original homes. For more information on the border fence, visit this website: http://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2015/01/23/immigration-enforcement-bill-more-farce-than-fence#.VMLYmorF9tI. This issue is a real problem in Texas, and it grows untamed and wild by the day.

    “Though some people may be looking for a job, you have to make sure that ‘bad guys’ don’t get into the country on the same account. That is why this is such a big problem. We have to make sure that our nation is safe and secure from outside threats”, says Ben, an active member the news department.

    Because of the sudden large number of immigrants entering the US, the economy has become more competitive. Resources to help them are not readily available either, but that is not an excuse to treat them poorly. The good guys and bad guys need to be sorted out. Who deserves a chance and who is not worthy of this opportunity? The lack of humanity towards illegal immigrants and dilemma of national securtiy near the TX & Mex border, calls for a superhero! I present to my dear country, Texas, FRINGE BOUND!

    Fringe Bound is the new superhero in town, with a similar backstory. His parents told him to run across the border and find help for their family. Bound did as he was told, and took his brother along with him. His brother did not make it through the heat, though, and passed away before they could reach American soil. Bound never returned to his home in fear of telling his parents the news. He vowed that from that day on, he would help any and everyone who was trying to cross the border in search of help. Food shared with the starving, assistance given to those trying to cross the border, Fringe Bound assisted countless individuals start a new life. This new superhero will sort the good guys from the bad, and the worthy from the not worthy. He will make sure that people who wish for a better life, reach safely across the border and help our economy prosper with strong workers. He will be the savior of these people. He will be Fringe Bound.

    Fringe Bound:
    Element: Earth type
    Skills: agile, strong, determined, intelligent, whole-hearted, humane
    Logo: the FB on his belt (shown in pic below)
    Weapon: incredibly flexible steel rope to help people over the fence, or to tie up those who are not worthy! Bow and arrow for hunting or self-defense.
    Arch Nemesis: Alienator, The Keeper of Inhumanity

    • Amulya, I completely agree. Illegal immigration is a cause often dismissed, “They come to our country and use all of our freedoms, but at the same time they do not pay any taxes and they take all of the jobs that we Americans do not have.” (debate.org), and therefore no progress is being made in terms of helping these people. To me, the only “crime” these people have committed is finding freedom for themselves and their family. They are trying to find a new and better life, why are we trying to take this from them? An end to the horrible treatment immigrants will only results from a collective change in attitude . “Not my problem,” is not acceptable. Immigration is everyone’s problem, not only because it forces us to avert our eyes, but because another human being is suffering while others simply just step over them. A common argument is that they are taking the jobs of Americans, but more often than not, they can only acquire service jobs (which most Americans consider themselves ‘above’), in which they work incredibly hard, for very little. Why are we trying to stop people from finding safety and comfort?

  • GabiB_BoydBence

    We need a superhero’s
    help in Coppell, that is for the environment issues that we have. In
    Coppell we litter too much. Coppell needs the help from the superhero,
    “Environment Saver”. Coppell’s littering is a very big problem. Ways that could
    help Coppell with our littering problems would be that since every home has a
    recycling bin to recycle, they should always recycle everything that they can.
    This will also make Coppell more eco- friendly, Even though that’s not
    littering, it is still not doing the best for your city. And this isn’t just in
    Coppell, it is needed for everywhere in Texas. My superhero will help clean up
    the city with the people. They clean up all of the litter, and plant trees and
    flowers to keep Coppell beautiful. “The City’s
    annual Earth fest event serves to educate citizens by engaging them with
    exhibitors that focus on environmental education or eco-friendly products and
    services.” This explains how Coppell is already
    trying to help our city.

    http://www.ktb.org/display.aspx?catid=24&pageid=1708

    Check out my environment saver superhero!

    • PriyaM_PattersonAPHG

      Gabi, I completely agree. We are definitely littering way too much in Coppell. A Coppell Middle School West attende said “We conducted a campus clean up a few months back and I alone found 41 pieces of trash.” Just imagine the amount of litter that must fill the streets of Coppell. The best way to counter this problem would to be to set up numerous recycling bins and trashcans throughout the city. We should also raise awareness about how much damage littering causes. In 2011, “33 Missouri elementary and middle schools helped fight litter by participating in… [a] ‘Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free’ trashcan-decorating contest.” (Jerek 1). This is a great way to teach kids about the effects of littering and how it can be stopped. It would be nice to see an awareness contest like this in Coppell in the near future.

      I also agree that being eco- friendly is very important and I do agree that Coppell is already making steps in the right direction about this issue. Consider, the new school Richard J. Lee Elementary. RJ Lee Elementary is “the country’s first ‘net-zero’ energy school” (CBS 1). This is a great accomplishment for Coppell, but I do hope there is more to come. I would like to see a more efficient recycling programs and alternative energy usage in the other Coppell schools also.

      Works Cited

      “Country’s First “Net-Zero” Energy School Opens In Coppell.” CBS Dallas Fort Worth. N.p., 12 Sept. 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

      Jerek, Joe. “SCHOOLS TRASH LITTER THROUGH NO MORE TRASH! CONTEST.” Missouri Department of Conservation. N.p., 6 Apr. 2011. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

      Missouri Department of Conservation. Trashcan Contest 2011 Grade 3-5 Winner and Grand Prize Winner. Digital image. Missouri Department of Conservation. N.p., 6 Apr. 2011. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

  • MaddyS_BoydBence

    I am a strong believer that ladies in my community are treated unfairly by men. I have grown up with the idea that I will be taken care of when I get married and have a family. I have grown up with the thought that men go to work and make the money, then come home and eat. Since I started high school, my opinion has changed very much. I don’t want to settle to spend the rest of my life taking care of children and cleaning the household. I am not okay with the idea that even if I work at the same level as a man, I will not get paid the same. Also, knowing that jobs won’t be given to me just because I’m a women, is extremely frustrating. “Overall, women make up just 48 of the chief executives at the country’s 1,000 largest companies, or 4.8 percent” (http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/09/3446365/women-ceos-pay-gap/). A book that has inspired me beyond words is Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. One of my favorite quotes from her is “Women need to shift form thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it”(Sheryl Sandberg). She talks about her professional journey and the trials that she had faced. She discusses her observation of one meeting that occurred. It was in a conference room with one big table with chairs around it and chairs on the outside of the circle by the walls. She explained how women who came even an hour early sat on the outside of the circle. On the other hand, men who arrived late to the meeting sat around the table. This shocked me that even in the professional world, gender inequality is so obvious, but easily overlooked. Most people assume that everyone is treated fairly so I took it in my own hands to prove that girls aren’t treated the same as men. I wanted to observe how girls asked questions compared to guys. Weird choice of observation, I know. I noticed how multiple ladies raised their hand for the teacher to come over and immediately apologized for taking up the teacher’s time. Then I observed the men at my school. I noticed that guys tended to yell out at the teacher, and take up several minutes and not even thank the teacher. Most people would push this to the side and say it’s just manners. That is not the case. Considering I observed around 30 conversations with each gender, I don’t think this is a “manner problem”. I did research on income. No matter how much it is denied, gender income inequality is real. “Median pay for the 11 female CEOs on the list is $1.6 million less than median pay for the men or even for the entire group” (http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/09/3446365/women-ceos-pay-gap/). Do you realize how frustrating it as a young women to know that I won’t be treated the same as men in a professional setting? When you picture a CEO, do you think of a man? I bet that you did. I am not okay with knowing that the youth is being taught that women aren’t as successful. You might think that I’m crazy and that I’m just a kid. But I know that every since I was old enough to understand success, I always pictured a man to be successful, not a women. The thought of this makes my skin cringe. I decided after I read Lean In that I was going to make my life mean something. That I was going to change gender inequality. That I would make sure that no girl grew up thinking that her future consisted of only housework and taking care of children. This is my superhero to help with this

    • ElenaG_PattersonAPHG

      Maddy, I agree completely. Not only are women treated as inferiors to men, but due to the pay gap, women lose around $420,000 over the course of their career- and this is for the same job as a man. No country, no matter how strongly they believe, has accomplished gender equality yet. According to The Guardian, America ranks 20th. Through many celebrities haven openly shown their support and raised awareness, it isn’t enough. It is a huge problem.

  • JulietteS_BoydBence

    A real issue that my community faces is bullying. Coppell TX., the city where everything seems wonderful, kind, and caring. Where everything SEEMS wonderful, kind, and caring. It isn’t all butterflies, rainbows, smiles, sunshine, and laughs. There are people who are suffering greatly, people that are emotionally scarred and people that are too scared to laugh or even smile. Campaigns, lectures, guest speakers, projects, do these things really work? Do people actually think that bullies would actually stop? No.

    I know the pain, darkness, and sadness of bullying first hand. The world closes in on you, everything loses its bright colors, your face’s tear stained marks are eternal, you feel alone, scared, and you simply end up closing yourself in. Precisely three years later i’m still stuck in the same town. Still stuck in these compressed feeling and forced smiles. Do I ever show my real self? No. Would I like for some to come save me from this neverending darkness? Yes.

    This neverending pain is something no one should ever face. Therefore in order to fix this problem, people should not just sit by and watch as someone gets bullied but instead people should stand up for those who are getting bullied, include everyone into a group, open up to each other, etc (http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/what-you-can-do/) so that no one is left by themself.

    I created my own hero on a website http://www.heromachine.com/heromachine-2-5-character-portrait-creator/ instead of making a hero costume like Amy Franceschini did. This is my Hero, Ms. Warmth. Ms. Warmth brings warmth to those who feel alone and cold and becomes friends with them so that they can be happy.

    • SherronT_PattersonAPHG

      I completely agree with you as you can see bullying in daily lives. I have been bullied before and I greatly feel like bullying is overlooked in Coppell. It is a real issue in Coppell that many people seem to think is nonexistent with anti-bullying programs. We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common – which is – we all want to be happy (Ellen DeGeneres). Bullying is sadly something that would be really hard to stop because it is about hurting somebody about their differences. With a “superhero’s” help, we could maybe help each other and stand against bullying together and when we witness somebody getting bullied, we can help the victim.

      I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody (Abraham Lincoln). Maybe if the victims don’t mean much, we can at least know we are doing the right thing. The truth that many people won’t be able to see when they are at their worst times is the best truth. There is always a hope because we aren’t the one’s that are doing the wrong and we will always be able to be motivated to help stop these people and try to help them.

  • JoshuaM_BoydBence

    A major issue that has been affecting my community of North Texas or Forth Worth has been the recent Earthquakes that have been plaguing us. These Earthquakes have been going on for a while with scientist still not figuring out what is exactly the cause of these Earthquakes. The Earthquakes have been going on for a while now,that it’s now reduced as a common occurrence. There have even been multiple Earthquakes happening in one day. Earthquakes can cause a lot of property damage to buildings such as tearing them away from their foundations and causing them to dip into the ground or even cause them to fall down. ( http://eqseis.geosc.psu.edu/~cammon/HTML/Classes/IntroQuakes/Notes/earthquake_effects.html ) Of course right now the earthquakes aren’t that much of a threat right now and are just posing as minor inconveniences….well for now at least.

    As of now there have been Earthquake reaching 3.0 magnitude. Although there isn’t a correct answer right now as to if or not the earthquakes are increasing in their magnitudes. If they are,then this can lead to a wide verity of problems. So far the earthquakes have mainly be based in Irving but a few nights ago a earthquake happened in Coppell, a city close to Irving. Who knows what could happen if they start happening in Frisco? Or Downtown Dallas? [(http://eqseis.geosc.psu.edu/~cammon/HTML/Classes/IntroQuakes/Notes/earthquake_effects.html) When making my own superhero to help out the community of Forth Worth I decided to make a Superhero who can easily pinpoint the source of these earthquakes!

    Introducing Mr.Safety everyone! Mr.Safety would be down right depressed to find out something like this was happening in the safe Forth Worth suburbans.His symbol is the eye for his ability to spot out problems easily! He also has he pet Bear to fed off people who don’t wear helmets! He can find natural problems and solve them easily!

    In other news I think the main source of the earthquakes are the fracking that the oil companies are doing and we need to convince them to stop.

  • AdenK_BoydBence

    My neighborhood finds itself overrun with swarms of grackles, a species of birds that look similar to crows and produce outrageously annoying squawking noises, during certain time of the year. It’s not because there aren’t any natural predators, such as the red tailed hawk, but rather because there are just too many grackles for their predators to manage. It’s gotten to the point that it’s damaging the ecosystem. These massive flocks of grackles, which are ridiculously gluttonous, don’t leave enough food for the other aves (birds) to thrive. My super hero would fire of a sound bomb to spook the literally bird-brained nuisances at at the times of day when they like to land until they learn to avoid the area.

    • vinootnak_pattersonaphg

      Aden,
      I completely agree that grackles can be pretty annoying and are a nuisance in the community, but according cw33.com, they only migrate to the DFW area in the December time. That doesn’t stop it from being obnoxious, though. One way to stop the birds from landing near your home is to maintain sound frequencies that agitate the birds, making them move on to find a more tolerable place. I see where a superhero could come in handy here, but I feel like it is not absolutely necessary. You could do this yourself! 🙂

  • CarsonW_BoydBence

    In my community of Coppell, or any community for that matter, bullying is a serious issue. When we see bullying happen, or if it happens to us, we not pay much attention to it. With out even thinking we could walk past an issue that could kill our youth. Bullying teaches others not to accept other differences. Bullying teaches us that it is okay to treat each other badly.
    To prevent this issue from continuing, We need to just be tolerant of others opinions. And just treat others the way you want to be treated. Because if we allow this issue to keep happening, what will happen to our children when they are no different than the bully that bullied them.

  • LiliL_PattersonAPHG

    Food waste is a big issue in our privileged community that needs to be corrected. b We take food for granted and throw it away whenever we want but we need to realize that other people don’t have delicious food like we do and that food is a gift. Daily, people throw away their food at lunch just because they “don’t feel like eating it”. By doing this, they basically also throw away the money someone spent for them to be fed. Worst of all, they wast food that could have been a starving person’s source of nutrition for the day. They are literally dying to get what we have and we don’t even realize it sometimes.

    To fix this issue, I always try to make my friends eat the last bit of food that they have left behind. For example, I always get on to them for not eating their pizza and bread crust because food is food and we should eat it. We could all start reducing our food waste by being conscious of what we have and what others don’t have, We could raise awareness on a larger scale to ensure that the nutrition we have gets put into our bodies and not in a dump.

  • LiliL_PattersonAPHG

    Food Fighter represents the need for all of us to take action in reducing our food waste. People waste about 20 pounds of food per month and 1 in 4 calories produced are not actually eaten (see http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts). This superhero raises awareness of the issue and encourages people to eat those last bits of food that they consider scraps.

  • RebeccaF_PattersonAPHUG

    The citizens of Coppell, TX have faced and are still facing the problem of vandalism. A few nasty words written on a sign might not look like a big deal, but in my eyes it is a huge deal! Vandalism can lead to people feeling unsafe within the city. It can anger people and cause them to go to the police that are already working their hardest on cases like this. But, the question is, why do people do these things? How do they feel when they write nasty words on the welcome sign of Coppell? These questions ran through my mind when my family drove past a sign that was covered in black spray paint earlier this evening. This is an ongoing investigation that the police are determined to get to the bottom of. Here is a link to an article that discusses the vandalism in Coppell. http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2014/10/08/no-confirmed-leads-for-recent-vandalism-on-coppell-welcome-signs/

    This is my superhero! Her name is Lionheart. She is always doing her best to make the world a safer, more understanding place. Her main duty is to stop the vandalism in the city because she wants to keep the people safe. The eagle on her chest represents her loyalty towards the people. Her sword of justice has is unique because it will glow red when it is around any type of injustice. Her main rival is known as the mystery man. This mystery man goes around vandalizing items across town and wears a black mask hiding his identity. Lionheart is loves adventure and danger. But most of all, she loves to protect her people.

  • Guest

    I believe in my community, Coppell TX, is facing the issue of bullying students with disabilities. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Students with disabilities may have the factors of physical vulnerability or social skill challenges. This increases the amount of bullying students with disabilities. In fact, it is two to three times more likely for students with disabilities to be bullied than students without disabilities. These actions can cause the student’s grades to decrease, loss of interest to learn, and increase in dropouts. This can cause a student to have a rough future. They have the opportunity to become successful, but just one action can affect one’s happiness and motivation. It is important to spread the awareness of this problem because it could change someone’s life. They have the abilities to become successful just like everyone else. So, why treat them any other way?

    A close friend of mine is a student at Coppell High School. He has autism spectrum, a mental disability. Although he has autism, this does not give people the right to treat him like an inferior. My close friend has gotten teased and has gone home upset. He stated, “It makes me feel sad and angry”. (CHS student) This has gotten my attention. No one should ever be teased just because they are different.

    I believe that something can be done if we take action. Just by doing simple things like saying hi in the hallways or sitting with them at lunch can make their day. Not only is it important to keep yourself happy, but to spread the happiness and joy with others. By doing these actions can boost a person’s motives and change their future.

    Sources: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/

    http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/groups/special-needs/

    • MichaelM_PattersonAPHG

      This is definitely a big problem in society today. Studies have shown that around 57% of all special needs kids have been bullied at school. But in reality, it doesn’t make sense why they are bullied so much. A child with a disability didn’t ask for it. They can’t change who they are or why they act the way that they do. Yet people pick on them on the time. Why would you do that to a kid who’s already having a hard time? I sit with a disabled kid at lunch everyday and he acts perfectly fine. We need to stop kids from picking on people who can’t defend themselves.

      Source: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/09/04/teens-disabilities-bullying/16373/

  • RebeccaF_PattersonAPHUG

    The citizens of Coppell, TX have faced and are still facing the problem of vandalism. A few nasty words might not seem like a big deal, but in my eyes it is a huge deal. Vandalism can lead to people feeling unsafe in their city. It can also anger people causing them to bother the police who are already working very hard. But the question is, why do people do these things? How do they feel when they write these nasty words on the welcome sign to Coppell? These questions ran through my mind when my family drove past a sign that was covered in black spray paint earlier this evening. This is an ongoing investigation that the police are determined to get to the bottom of. Her is a link to an article that discusses the vandalism in Coppell. http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2014/10/08/no-confirmed-leads-for-recent-vandalism-on-coppell-welcome-signs/

    This is my superhero! Her name is Lionheart. She is always doing her best to make the world a safer, more understanding place. Her main duty is to stop the vandalism in the city because she wants to keep the people safe. The eagle on her chest represents her loyalty towards the people. Her sword of justice has is unique because it will glow red when it is around any type of injustice. Her main rival is known as the mystery man. This mystery man goes around vandalizing items across town and wears a black mask hiding his identity. Lionheart is loves adventure and danger. But most of all, she loves to protect her people.

  • AnnaH_pattersonAPHG

    I believe in my community, Coppell TX, is facing the issue of bullying students with disabilities. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Students with disabilities may have the factors of physical vulnerability or social skill challenges. This increases the amount of bullying students with disabilities. In fact, it is two to three times more likely for students with disabilities to be bullied than students without disabilities. These actions can cause the student’s grades to decrease, loss of interest to learn, and increase in dropouts. This can cause a student to have a rough future. They have the opportunity to become successful, but just one action can affect one’s happiness and motivation. It is important to spread the awareness of this problem because it could change someone’s life. They have the abilities to become successful just like everyone else. So, why treat them any other way?

    A close friend of mine is a student at Coppell High School. He has autism spectrum, a mental disability. Although he has autism, this does not give people the right to treat him like an inferior. My close friend has gotten teased and has gone home upset. He stated, “It makes me feel sad and angry”. (CHS student) This has gotten my attention. No one should ever be teased just because they a different.

    I believe that something can be done if we take action. Just by doing simple things like saying hi in the hallways or sitting with them at lunch can make their day. Not only is it important to keep yourself happy, but to spread the happiness and joy with others. By doing these actions can boost a person’s motives and change their future.

    Sources: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/

    http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/groups/special-needs/

  • SunnyS_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell, a transcending issue is racism and stereotypes against minorities, which could be resolved with the help of a superhero capable of reading minds. There are large amounts of Asians settled in Coppell this leads most other races to segregate themselves during school and in the rest of the community. Most Asians have chain migrated to certain parts of the Coppell area and maintained most of their culture and traditions which can easily be confused with stereotypes leading to racist actions against them. Coppell with 73% of its population being White, the majority, and a large amount of 16% being Asian, who face racism from other racial groups.

    With the help of DR.EYE, this could all change. The ability to read minds would allow the superhero to understand everyone’s point of view and desires to help two contradicting people come to an agreement and compromise. With a team full of superheroes, the change could be to a whole different scale. These superheroes and I will take actions that can help us realize the differences between us, but not to hate each other for them, but teach us how to accept them, and in the end they will show us our greatest similarity. We are all Human.

  • ConnieF_PattersonAPHG

    I mentioned before in an earlier post that my community has a problem with littering, and I would like to expound on this. Like I said, it is a prevalent issue that needs to be addressed. For this issue I created the superhero “Go Green Gemma” who will use her bow staff (made of wood) to battle this issue, and her wings to get around quickly and spread the word of how dangerous littering can actually be. Her logo is a leaf with a green circle in the center to show that nature should not be tainted, and that her work is to get the world back in order where the toxic products of humans cannot destroy animal life and ecosystems anymore than they already have.

    Some may not deem this issue worth a “superhero,” or even worth being addressed. These people, however, do not fully understand the scope of this issue. All the plastic that has ever been produced has either gone into landfills, been incinerated, or dumped into lakes, rivers, or oceans. “When incinerated, the plastics disperse non-biodegradable pollutants, much of which inevitably finds its way into marine ecosystems as microscopic particles…The oceans are becoming plasticized. This threat becomes more lethal each year as the cumulative amount increases,” (Watson 1). But it’s not just litter going into oceans that’s an issue. “50% of litter items are cigarette butts,” (King 1). Many people (and I have seen this a lot in my community) just toss their cigarettes out the window of their car, under the delusion that cigarette butts wither in no time on the streets and can be easily disposed of. This utterly erroneous thought could not be more off base. Cigarettes butts are made of cellulose acetate–which can take more than a decade to disintegrate.

    These two examples are only but the very tip of the iceberg to all of the issues littering creates. What is most frustrating about this issue is that it can be easily prevented. To start the fight against litter, all you have to do is recycle or throw away your trash. This seems almost laughably simple, but it is frankly astonishing how many people find it too much effort to look for a trash or recycling bin. The general attitude towards littering appears to be, “It’s only one small piece of trash…it doesn’t even make a difference anyways.” But with around 7 billion, 300 million people on earth as of today, if we all thought that, that would be 7,300,000,000 more pieces of hazardous waste polluting the Earth–and that’s only if everyone does it only once.

    To help fight against this issue, we can also all organize “litter pick up” days in our communities or just with your friends. Even just picking up any stray litter that you find would help. Right now, however, the most damaging blow to the fight against litter is the ignorance of this issue and how terrible it really is. Even as I was going out to the lake beside my house to take pictures (which can be seen below) of the litter that is an example of what scatters the land in just the small area of my community, two kids had just finished some fast food drink and thought it would be fine to just leave it laying there in the grass. They probably thought it was perfectly fine–but it is this very ignorance of what problems littering creates that adds to the ill effects of it.

    Sources:

    King, Luther. “9 Interesting Facts and Statistics about Littering.” Litteritcostsyou.org.
    Liter. It Costs You., 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 24 Jan. 2015.

    Watson, Paul. “Killing off Marine Life: Plastic Garbage Polluting the Sea.
    “Organicconsumers.org. Organic Consumers Association, 26 July 2006.
    Web. 24 Jan. 2015.

  • ElenaG_PattersonAPHG

    Because our town is such a small community, our issues aren’t necessarily specific to our area. Issues range from not taking care of our environment to depression, which is a huge issue, especially in our generation. There are many mental health issues that show themselves in today’s teens and nothing is being done. From what I’ve seen, social standing is the top priority for many high schoolers here. I have one friend who- over the few months I’ve known them- has completely re-invented themselves to fit in. Coppell is very clique-centered. It’s created a false need for new clothes, new priorities, new habits. It’s awful. This isn’t the only source of this problem, either. These issues, contrary to popular belief, do not only come from bullying (though it too is a very large and serious issue- http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/ ). People are so uncomfortable with being their own person that they’re willing to completely reinvent themselves to the point where it’s harmful. It’s bad. The pressure from grades and the social pressure and the overall judging is breaking us, and it needs to be addressed.

    Action begins with us. To start solving this issue, as cheesy as it sounds, we need to accept ourselves and others without judging their differences.

    • ElenaG_PattersonAPHG

      Bee Yourself flies around and counters the stereotypes that people thing they need with encouraging and accepting things.

  • FarahM_PattersonAPHG

    In my community of Coppell, new challenges have arose. Instead of having to wonder how we are going to survive people are now worrying about their social media and who replied to their comments, tweets, pictures. One of the things about social media is that it is a cloak to the real world. Many of the things you post or say are hidden behind a small screen and so what you say doesn’t matter or so you say.

    Cyber-bullying as affected many not just in Coppell, but around the world. “Over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying” says http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html. This is more than any generation combined. People don’t realize how hurtful it is to say something offensive to someone on the internet, where everyone can view it. In school teachers say how bad it is to bully, but the kids only half-heartedly listen to pretend to be paying attention and when it is done, they go back to the way things are and don’t even care….

    Which is why Cyber Savor is here to save the day. Every time you feel like you want to say something offensive on the internet, just remember Cyber Savor is watching and you will get caught. Cyber-bullying is hurtful and Cyber Savor is here to save the day. Be nice and don’t post mean hurtful comments on the internet.

  • Rachelb_PattersonAPHUG

    In coppell, many people can be discriminatory or rude so others just because they’re not the same as them, gender equality is a big issue not only in Coppell but also in the world, men devaluing is a huge social justice problem, one that extends past the city boundaries, my grandma, who was on of the first advocates for pro life said “In 1975 inequality between the genders was ridiculous, now in 2015 it is simply preposterous” I completely agree, and the only way to remedy this inequality is education from a very young age, so the next generation grow up seeing the other gender as their equal.

    In the past twenty year women’s rights have been advancing in leaps and bounds, and women are more empowered then ever. However, there is still a long way to go especially locally. Education is the only way to change the mindset of people who would see women as weaker than they are. My superhero educates people on the struggle that women go through daily in order to achieve the things that come easily to men.

  • VarshaK_PattersonAPHUG

    Ever since we were little we have been taught that drugs are bad and that we are never supposed to use them. Some of us got sick of listening to the presentations over and over again from elementary school to middle school while others pretended to be interested or take interest. But as people get older they get more aware of things around them and they start to experiment. “People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives……They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem.” said http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/drugs/why-do-people-take-drugs.html. But some people don’t realize that drugs themselves are toxic and that will slowly destroy everything in their life. In our community of Coppell there are many issues that we face, but teengers using drugs is one of our major problems. The reason that Coppell has so many people using drugs (mostly teenager) is because, since Coppell is a well off town there are more oppuntointes for almost anything for people to play around with.

    “During the whole time I was on drugs I thought I had control over my life and that I had it great. But I destroyed everything I had built up and fought for in my life. I cut ties to all my drug-free friends and my family, so I hadn’t any friends but my drug mates. Every day revolved around one thing: my plan for getting the money I needed for drugs. I would do everything possible to get my amphetamine—it was the only thing in my life.” —Pat (http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/drugs/why-do-people-take-drugs.html) I think that the power education, can change people who are in the kind of circumstances simlilar with Pat’s. When I say education I mean, showing people another individual that had been through the same crisis and how much it had destroyed everything for them from family to friends, destroying their entire future. They don’t need too go through the process of learning about drugs like they have been doing almost their entire lives, but try and get them to get associated to someone emotionally who has been through the similar situation, but who survived, so the individual can learn and get educated from experience. Hopefully it won’t have to be necessary to call Dougie no druggie! He only comes when a community feels like it is stuck. Then Dougie no druggie would fix everything with the power of education and with emotional associations. His logo is a “X” because he has no tolerance for drugs and reasons that induce people to use drugs. This all because he believes that drugs will destroy you…which if they continue to do use it, it will eventually.

  • ShruthiG_PattersonAPHUG

    There are many problems in a small community that need help. But I think the biggest one I would choose to act against would be something to do along the lines of society’s expectations. Mainly because it has only recently come to my attenion that there are so many people in my community who close themselves off, and hide their true selves from the world soley because they believe their peers and community won’t accept them. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have to keep your very own personality, what makes you unique, a secret from the rest of the world. Even people who think they may know you, don’t truly know you, do they? What comes with those secrets, are lies. Who can you trust, who’s a true friend, how much do you have to lie so your secret doesn’t come out. And that’s more upsetting than anything else I think, having to keep secrets is one thing. But lying to cover up those secrets is even harder and will honestly take a toll on a person. Society’s exepctations itself pushes people to develop depression, anxiety, and a whole amount of other disorders that can emotionally scar a person. Anxiety and Depression is most prevalent in teens and teens don’t need the added stress of these disorders on top of what they must already have to manage in their lives. “However, try as we might to pay attention, adapt, adjust, and comply with our alienating jobs, boring schools, and sterile society, our humanity gets in the way, and we become anxious, depressed and dysfunctional.” (http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/how-our-society-breeds-anxiety-depression-and-dysfunction)

    The most obvious way I’ve seen people show how insecure they are about themselves is when they start to lie and then keep lying about every aspect of their life. So I would encourage that everyone try to be more accepting and not as judgemental as they usually are. I would imagine a super hero who is willing to be everyone’s friend, a super hero that could mind read and hear when someone’s self confidence is down so they could be the first ones to jump at the chance to help that person and become their friend, at the same time helping them open up, not lie, and find friends that accept them for who they are. People constantly beat themselves up for not being good enough, but what exactly is “good enough” Sometimes we feel that we’ve failed these expectations and mount a virulent attack on ourselves. So, something that ideally leads to growth turns destructive. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-trosclair-lcsw/depression-expectations-a_b_488522.html)

    “Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.” ~Oscar Wilde

    I don’t think there could be a more accepting man to have said that and he is absolutely right, in my opinion. In a world where we are encouraged to be unique, we have society’s expectations pushing us to uniformity. How ironic is that? You can either choose to let society push you into just another person, or break through the norm and become someone worth knowing and remembering.

    • MichaelH_PattersonAPHG

      I really agree with you. I think that many people hide from society because they are self-conscious about their image. As society sets high expectations for physical image, physical strength, and mental strength, some people feel like they cannot meet those expectations. They hide from other people, afraid that they will be bullied and tormented because they don’t meet societal expectations of them. They can often be depressed as you said, and depression can lead to serious consequences. About 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18. A large number of teens facing depression resort to drugs and drug abuse in order to make them feel better, also leading to other consequences. Suicide is the third leading cause of death between ages 15-24, and it is often caused by depression. With your superhero that can be friends with anyone, they can be less self-conscious and lead a happier healthier life.

      http://www.about-teen-depression.com/depression-statistics.html

      http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-in-children-and-adolescents/index.shtml

  • ShruthiG_PattersonAPHUG

    There are many problems in a small community that need help. But I think the biggest one I would choose to act against would be something to do along the lines of society’s expectations. Mainly because it has only recently come to my attenion that there are so many people in my community who close themselves off, and hide their true selves from the world soley because they believe their peers and community won’t accept them. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have to keep your very own personality, what makes you unique, a secret from the rest of the world. Even people who think they may know you, don’t truly know you, do they? What comes with those secrets, are lies. Who can you trust, who’s a true friend, how much do you have to lie so your secret doesn’t come out. And that’s more upsetting than anything else I think, having to keep secrets is one thing. But lying to cover up those secrets is even harder and will honestly take a toll on a person. Society’s exepctations itself pushes people to develop depression, anxiety, and a whole amount of other disorders that can emotionally scar a person. Anxiety and Depression is most prevalent in teens and teens don’t need the added stress of these disorders on top of what they must already have to manage in their lives. “However, try as we might to pay attention, adapt, adjust, and comply with our alienating jobs, boring schools, and sterile society, our humanity gets in the way, and we become anxious, depressed and dysfunctional.” (http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/how-our-society-breeds-anxiety-depression-and-dysfunction)

    The most obvious way I’ve seen people show how insecure they are about themselves is when they start to lie and then keep lying about every aspect of their life. So I would encourage that everyone try to be more accepting and not as judgemental as they usually are. I would imagine a super hero who is willing to be everyone’s friend, a super hero that could mind read and hear when someone’s self confidence is down so they could be the first ones to jump at the chance to help that person and become their friend, at the same time helping them open up, not lie, and find friends that accept them for who they are. People constantly beat themselves up for not being good enough, but what exactly is “good enough” Sometimes we feel that we’ve failed these expectations and mount a virulent attack on ourselves. So, something that ideally leads to growth turns destructive. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-trosclair-lcsw/depression-expectations-a_b_488522.html)

    “Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.” ~Oscar Wilde

    I don’t think there could be a more accepting man to have said that and he is absolutely right, in my opinion. In a world where we are encouraged to be unique, we have society’s expectations pushing us to uniformity. How ironic is that? You can either choose to let society push you into just another person, or break through the norm and become someone worth knowing and remembering.

    This is my superhero, Commander Acceptor, saving people from society’s expectationd day by day.

  • MichaelH_PattersonAPHG

    Living in Coppell, we are all very fortunate. We get to go to a very good high school, we all have a roof above our heads, and we have a safe community. The problem is that we are too fortunate, and often waste what we have because we take it for granted. People living in Africa are not able to be fed and nourished, and are living in poverty. They are unable to earn enough money to pay for food. The United Nations found in 2012 that 47% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa lived on $1.25 a day or less. (United Nations, 2012) Without being able to purchase food for their families, those who live in Africa are much less fortunate than us living in Coppell. They would love to have the food that we throw away because we can’t finish it. They would love to have any sort of food that we don’t want to eat. This problem of wasting food is only present for those who are living in privileged communities like Coppell. People in Africa could benefit from any food that we have, even our leftovers. Knowing that we have great food access and are living healthy lives compared to those living in Africa, we should make the most out of what we have and be aware that any scrap of food is still nutritious and important. Change must be made, and we must take advantage of the fortunate lives that we lead here in Coppell.

    When we finish all that we can eat for lunch, it’s convenient for us to throw away what we can’t finish. However, that food that we can’t finish could be a meal in a less fortunate community in Africa, or even in America. There are several possible solutions to the problem of wasted food here in Coppell. One large action that should be taken by everyone is to not buy the food that they won’t eat. By not purchasing the food that we don’t like, or the food that we can’t possibly finish, the food can be sent to a food bank to be sent to less fortunate communities around the world. The other solution for when someone has food that they can’t finish or don’t like is for them to have a container to put that food in and to save for later, or give to someone who wants to eat it. It’s not easy to make a difference for those who are living in poverty and without food, but if we all take these small steps, it can make a big difference and allow us to also live without guilt and conservatively. I will try to make a difference in the community by saving my food, and not buying what I can’t eat.

    My superhero’s name is Consumer-Conserver. His tool/weapon is a bag with containers in it. He is summoned when people have leftover food. He brings his bag with containers in it to the person that summons him, and offers to put it in a container to save for later. The logo on his chest is a C with arrows. The C symbolizes his name and the arrows represent the cycle of food that can happen between person to person with leftover food.

    • AakashT_PattersonAPHG

      I agree with everything that you said Michael, I to feel that us living in Coppell, and in many, many other places across America waste a lot of food.A startling fact that I found stated that consumers in developed countries wasted as much food that is produced in Sub- Saharan Africa. This shows that we as the more fortunate should not throw away a lot of food just because we have it. This can be changed by starting in our own community because we also waste a lot of food.

  • SahilP_PattersonAPHG

    An issue in my community of Coppell is that through our education system, grades are considered as a final verdict on how well a student learns and performs in a class or a subject. As a result, students heavily focus and stress over grades, and therefore, learning is cast aside as it is not considered as important. In an article from Elite Daily, it states that “earning good grades in high school is important” and “regarding individuals who dream of attending a particulary selective university of an Ivy League school, a high school GPA teetering closer to 4.0 than 3.0 is pretty much a prerequisite”. Because of these reasons grades are prioritized by students, while the quest to learn is abandoned. My superhero, named “The Elightener” can solve this issue by reforming education to put less emphasis on grades and more on learning by not measuring a student’s learning and success in a class with a numerical value. He can further educate students and show them that learning and the thirst for knowledge far outweigh grades and that learning will take you a long way in life. His torch represents education as he leads the path to true learning, while his logo represents enlightening learners with the power of education.

  • JustinC_PattersonAPHG

    Living in Coppell, we are very privileged. Coppell is a great city that has money, provides many necessities and conveniences, as well as many forms of recreation. Most of us have an abundance of food, allowing us to be picky and eat what we want, and not eating what we despise. Not everyone has this luxury. According to NPR, the U.S. wastes 133 billion pounds of food- equivalent to 141 trillion pounds and $161 billion. This is 31% of the total food supply of the country. In total, the world wastes roughly $1 trillion in food. 805 million, or 1 out of 9 people in the world do not have enough food to lead a nutritious life. Malnutrition causes 45% OR 3.1 of all children deaths under the age of 5. The foods we eat can be given to less privileged people. Furthermore, not only does wasting food reduce the amount others can eat, it also costs. A lot. The U.S. spends roughly %1 billion dollars a year just to dispose of this wasted food, money that can be used to solve other issues. Our society needs a reminder, that that reminder is my superhero, Leftover Guardian, has an enlarged nose and a detective set to detect wasted food and stores them in containers in his belt. He wears gloves to ensure that he does not contaminate the food and his logo is the “X”, which signifies his intolerance for wasting food.

  • MarlonS_PattersonAPHG

    One of the surfacing issues in my community, which is Coppell, Texas, is that a huge portion of the water being used by the citizens is either being excessively used or isn’t being used at all while it is still running, leaving the unused water to go to waste, unnecessarily reducing the town’s water supply. To make things worse, Coppell doesn’t receive as much rain as other communities do, which means that it takes time for Coppell’s water supply to be naturally replenished. The city of Coppell has implemented a water conservation plan in response to this problem and people are becoming aware of the reason for the town’s water deficiency, as quoted from the town’s website, “The goal is to achieve a 5% reduction in water use due to the severity of drought conditions in the region.”

    The plan has four stages. The first stage will prohibit outdoor spray watering from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., the second stage will limit certain water customers to conduct watering on certain days of the week, the third stage will restrict spray watering and hand watering to only two certain days of the week, and in the fourth stage, outdoor watering will be limited to irrigation purposes and will occur on only one specific day of the week based on the water availability and the city’s ability to supply essential water demands. Should there be a fifth stage, outdoor watering will be completely prohibited. Coppell is currently in the first of the four stages of the conservation plan; but it is unknown if the plan will be successful enough to motivate most of the citizens to actually minimize the amount of water they use in time before the city becomes completely deprived of water. Where will we get the motivational boost that we need to achieve this goal? If only there was a superhero who could be the answer to that question. Which is why I created one myself.

    The name of my superhero is Nolan No-Drop. After growing up in a town that completely turned its own water-rich environment into an arid desert due to their overconsumption of water, No-Drop began to strive to prevent other towns from making the same mistake that his own town did. The one goal he has in Coppell is simple: to help effectively spread awareness of our community’s water deficiency problem and conservation plan to those who might not be so aware of it, as well as help people form the habit of conserving water through several means, mainly by giving helpful tips and advice.

  • JessicaH_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell, there are many issues, both big and small. One of the biggest issues that should be brought to attention more often is cyber bullying. Through cyber bullying, so much more harm can be done than we often think. Cyber bullying can lead to many issues, for both the bully and the victim. My superhero’s name is Cyber Cindy and she has no tolerance when it comes to bullying, both online and offline. Cindy wants to stop all bullying by letting people know how much of an issue it is and letting the world know that it needs to stop.

    Many people have private Twitters, or “pt’s” where they tweet negative or untrue things about others to hurt them indirectly. Most teenagers in Coppell have Twitters and that just makes it a lot easier to hurt others; by hiding behind a screen. I guess people think that saying bad things about someone while hiding behind the screen of their phone or laptop is okay, when it really isn’t.

    Bullying needs to be brought to an end, and Cyber Cindy thinks she can make that happen. Let’s all work together to stop bullying and finally put an end to it.

  • MichaelM_PattersonAPHG

    In my community of Coppell, you will see a lot of people walking their dogs on the street to give them exercise. Seems normal. What you don’t usually see is a pack of wild coyotes running through the neighborhood and attacking said dogs. The question is where do the coyotes come from. According to the City of Coppell website, it says that the best way to get rid of coyotes is to eliminate all food sources from your backyard. This may seem irrelevant to to you in the case that the coyote is already living in the backyard though. But the statement is very important in explaining why the coyotes are coming into our backyards. The coyotes are looking for food to eat and a place to sleep because of Habitat Loss. Due to construction in many of the regions in Coppell, we are actually stomping out all of the habitats that these creatures are living in. They have no where to go but into our yards and houses because this is where they’re use to going. The porch that you sit on everyday could have once been a den to an entire pack. Studies have shown that there is an 80% decline of biological diversity and that around 240 acres of natural habitat is destroyed every hour. The many species on Earth are running out of places to go.

    The worst part is that everyone thinks of these creatures as hostile monsters that will bite your limbs off. They’re not. Coyotes are actually very timid animals, who only attack when they feel extremely threatened. This is the same with every animal that has ever climbed over a fence or eaten your leftovers. Let’s be honest, wouldn’t you feel afraid if your home suddenly vanished as was replace by a home of a creature 3 times your size. The best person to call would be The Habitat Hero. This guy knows how the animals behave, his special bracelets allow communication with them. he can understand what they’re going through and help keep them from attacking us. Plus, his special bow shoots arrows that can find a new home. Instead of killing, the arrows search for a new place to live, like GPS only connected to the earth. His logo is a bird which represents the many animals that need our help. And he’ll need your help too. The only way that we can make this better is to stop habitat destruction and help find the animals a home.

  • PriyaM_PattersonAPHG

    With the spread of technology, innovation increases, yet problems also develop. Cyberbullying has become an increasing problem in the nation. Almost “one out of every four teens has experienced cyberbullying, and about one out of every six teens has done it to others” (Cyberbullying Research Center 1). Surprisingly, this trend is also being seen in Coppell.

    Cyberbullying is absolutely terrible and wrong. However, many teens don’t see the consequences. They get online and tweet hurtful comments about other students just for fun. They don’t take time to think about the consequences. Cyberbullying has extreme results. “Cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying” (McNamee 1). Teens careless, heartless comments are causing the deaths of many teens worldwide. A teen in Coppell said “I have been cyberbullied many times, yet no one was there to stop it. [Cyberbullying] occurs so often that many times the [cyberbully] doesn’t realize it is a problem.” We don’t want to see such terrible cyberbullying occur anymore in our sweet town Coppell. Therefore, we need to take charge and do something.

    We can help victims of cyberbullying out by making sure they know we are there for them whenever they may need it, because most cyberbullying victims “assume no one can understand them and help them and resort to self harm or even suicide” (No Bullying 1). We also need to make children and teens aware of the extreme effects of cyberbullying. In order to this, we can schedule to have more assemblies where teens learn about how cyberbullying occurs, what it results in, and how it can be stopped. And finally in cases of dire need, Cyber Woman will always be there to help us! She can stop cyberbullying at its inception. Cyber Woman can keep out harmful messages from a victim’s inbox and block harmful tweets, texts, posts, pictures, and emails, from ever even being sent or posted by using her powerful cyber shield.

    Works Cited

    “Cyberbullying Facts.” Cyberbullying Research Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015. .

    McNamee, David. “Cyberbullying ’causes suicidal thoughts in kids more than traditional bullying’.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

    “The Top 6 Unforgettable Cyberbullying Cases of the Decade.” No Bullying. N.p., 30 Nov. 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. .

  • PriyaM_PattersonAPHG

    With the spread of technology, innovation increases, yet problems also develop. Cyberbullying has become an increasing problem in the nation. Almost “one out of every four teens has experienced cyberbullying, and about one out of every six teens has done it to others” (Cyberbullying Research Center 1). Surprisingly, this trend is also being seen in Coppell.

    Cyberbullying is absolutely terrible and wrong. However, many teens don’t see the consequences. They get online and tweet hurtful comments about other students just for fun. They don’t take time to think about the consequences. Cyberbullying has extreme results. “Cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying” (McNamee 1). Teens careless, heartless comments are causing the deaths of many teens worldwide. A teen in Coppell said “I have been cyberbullied many times, yet no one was there to stop it. [Cyberbullying] occurs so often that many times the [cyberbully] doesn’t realize it is a problem.” We don’t want to see such terrible cyberbullying occur anymore in our sweet town Coppell. Therefore, we need to take charge and do something.

    We can help victims of cyberbullying out by making sure they know we are there for them whenever they may need it, because most cyberbullying victims “assume no one can understand them and help them and resort to self harm or even suicide” (No Bullying 1). We also need to make children and teens aware of the extreme effects of cyberbullying. In order to this, we can schedule to have more assemblies where teens learn about how cyberbullying occurs, what it results in, and how it can be stopped. And finally in cases of dire need, Cyber Woman will always be there to help us! She can stop cyberbullying at its inception. Cyber Woman can keep out harmful messages from a victim’s inbox and block harmful tweets, texts, posts, pictures, and emails, from ever even being sent or posted by using her powerful cyber shield.

    Works Cited

    “Cyberbullying Facts.” Cyberbullying Research Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015. .

    McNamee, David. “Cyberbullying ’causes suicidal thoughts in kids more than traditional bullying’.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

    “The Top 6 Unforgettable Cyberbullying Cases of the Decade.” No Bullying. N.p., 30 Nov. 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. .

  • PriyaM_PattersonAPHG

    With the spread of technology, innovation increases, yet problems also develop. Cyberbullying has become an increasing problem in the nation. Almost “one out of every four teens has experienced cyberbullying, and about one out of every six teens has done it to others” (Cyberbullying Research Center 1). Surprisingly, this trend is also being seen in Coppell.

    Cyberbullying is absolutely terrible and wrong. However, many teens don’t see the consequences. They get online and tweet hurtful comments about other students just for fun. They don’t take time to think about the consequences. Cyberbullying has extreme results. “Cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying” (McNamee 1). Teens careless, heartless comments are causing the deaths of many teens worldwide. A teen in Coppell said “I have been cyberbullied many times, yet no one was there to stop it. [Cyberbullying] occurs so often that many times the [cyberbully] doesn’t realize it is a problem.” We don’t want to see such terrible cyberbullying occur anymore in our sweet town Coppell. Therefore, we need to take charge and do something.

    We can help victims of cyberbullying out by making sure they know we are there for them whenever they may need it, because most cyberbullying victims “assume no one can understand them and help them and resort to self harm or even suicide” (No Bullying 1). We also need to make children and teens aware of the extreme effects of cyberbullying. In order to this, we can schedule to have more assemblies where teens learn about how cyberbullying occurs, what it results in, and how it can be stopped. And finally in cases of dire need, Cyber Woman will always be there to help us! She can stop cyberbullying at its inception. Cyber Woman can keep out harmful messages from a victim’s inbox and block harmful tweets, texts, posts, pictures, and emails, from ever even being sent or posted by using her powerful cyber shield.

    Works Cited

    “Cyberbullying Facts.” Cyberbullying Research Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015. .

    McNamee, David. “Cyberbullying ’causes suicidal thoughts in kids more than traditional bullying’.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2015. .

    “The Top 6 Unforgettable Cyberbullying Cases of the Decade.” No Bullying. N.p., 30 Nov. 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. .

  • PriyaM_PattersonAPHG

    With the spread of technology, innovation increases, yet problems also develop. Cyberbullying has become an increasing problem in the nation. Almost “one out of every four teens has experienced cyberbullying, and about one out of every six teens has done it to others” (Cyberbullying Research Center 1). Surprisingly, this trend is also being seen in Coppell.

    Cyberbullying is absolutely terrible and wrong. However, many teens don’t see the consequences. They get online and tweet hurtful comments about other students just for fun. They don’t take time to think about the consequences. Cyberbullying has extreme results. “Cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying” (McNamee 1). Teens careless, heartless comments are causing the deaths of many teens worldwide. A teen in Coppell said “I have been cyberbullied many times, yet no one was there to stop it. [Cyberbullying] occurs so often that, many times the [cyberbully] doesn’t realize it is a problem.” We don’t want to see such terrible cyberbullying occur anymore in our sweet town Coppell. Therefore, we need to take charge and do something.

    We can help victims of cyberbullying out by making sure they know we are there for them whenever they may need it, because most cyberbullying victims “assume no one can understand them and help them and resort to self harm or even suicide” (No Bullying 1). We also need to make children and teens aware of the extreme effects of cyberbullying. In order to this, we can schedule to have more assemblies where teens learn about how cyberbullying occurs, what it results in, and how it can be stopped. And finally in cases of dire need, Cyber Woman will always be there to help us! She can stop cyberbullying at its inception. Cyber Woman can keep out harmful messages from a victim’s inbox and block harmful tweets, texts, posts, pictures, and emails, from ever even being sent or posted by using her powerful cyber shield.

    Works Cited

    “Cyberbullying Facts.” Cyberbullying Research Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.
    .

    McNamee, David. “Cyberbullying ’causes suicidal thoughts in kids more than traditional
    bullying’.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 11 Mar. 2014. Web.
    25 Jan. 2015.

    “The Top 6 Unforgettable Cyberbullying Cases of the Decade.” No Bullying. N.p., 30 Nov.
    2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. .

  • RishikaK_PattersonAPHG

    Within this modern society there are many real issues that exist which people simply avert their eyes from. Cyber-bullying has become a serious recent issue within youth due to the vast increase in technology and popularity in social media. Before the definition of bullying was either physically, emotionally, or both, however, the true meaning of bullying has extended onto electronic pain as well. When I was in elementary school I recall the mini lessons that were taught to us on how to deal with
    bullies, on how a person needs to bravely heed the bully’s attempts to denigrate an individual. Although the public encourages to stop cyber-bullying, people ignore these teens who secretly hide their pain from these permanent comments, tweets, etc. by using alcohol and drugs, skipping school, receiving poor grades, and having lower self-esteem (depression).

    “More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online.” (Bullying Statistics) Cyber-bullying is a real issue within my community that most definitely could
    use a superhero’s help. Not like the Marvel heroes such as Spider Man, Captain
    America, or Iron Man who save the day and protect the town from danger. The type of superhero who doesn’t focus on strength and takes action in order to turn a frown upside down. A star who would shine brighter than the sun and lighten up the souls of individuals by being brave and sticking up for other when in need no matter what the situation is, The Star Soul Angel. The Star Soul Angel possesses only one “magical” power which is to fly to any part of the world to cleanse of the world of true problems. She is represented with a star because the Star Soul Angel brightens the souls of a whole community using her loving heart. Using only a whip as a weapon to whip everyone into a perfect society, the Star Soul Angel resolves any issue at hand. A true hero doesn’t need absolute strength, but simply needs a big heart to fight the real problems in the world that are even more conflicting than war and terrorists.

    Along with the help of Star Soul Angel action can be taken in order to improve the community’s stained local landscape. For example, helping those who suffer from rude comments just simply by showing support can truly be a start on fixing a society’s issues who avoid trouble. Many movies are being made to show the extent of pain and fright from cyberbullying to attract the crowd such as “Cyber-Bully” and the recently coming “Unfriended”. However these movies merely scare the audience and people need to bring out their regretful heart side in order for them to take action.

    Sources:

    “Cyber Bullying Statistics.” Bullying Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2015.

    “What Is Cyberbullying.” StopBullying.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

  • PriyaM_PattersonAPHG

    With the spread of technology, innovation increases, yet problems also develop. Cyberbullying has become an increasing problem in the nation. Almost “one out of every four teens has experienced cyberbullying, and about one out of every six teens has done it to others” (Cyberbullying Research Center 1). Surprisingly, this trend is also being seen in Coppell.

    Cyberbullying is absolutely terrible and wrong. However, many teens don’t see the consequences. They get online and tweet hurtful comments about other students just for fun. They don’t take time to think about the consequences. Cyberbullying has extreme results. “Cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying” (McNamee 1). Teens careless, heartless comments are causing the deaths of many teens worldwide. A teen in Coppell said “I have been cyberbullied many times, yet no one was there to stop it. [Cyberbullying] occurs so often that many times the [cyberbully] doesn’t realize it is a problem.” We don’t want to see such terrible cyberbullying occur anymore in our sweet town Coppell. Therefore, we need to take charge and do something.

    We can help victims of cyberbullying out by making sure they know we are there for them whenever they may need it, because most cyberbullying victims “assume no one can understand them and help them and resort to self harm or even suicide” (No Bullying 1). We also need to make children and teens aware of the extreme effects of cyberbullying. In order to this, we can schedule to have more assemblies where teens learn about how cyberbullying occurs, what it results in, and how it can be stopped. And finally in cases of dire need, Cyber Woman will always be there to help us! She can stop cyberbullying at its inception. Cyber Woman can keep out harmful messages from a victim’s inbox and block harmful tweets, texts, posts, pictures, and emails, from ever even being sent or posted by using her powerful cyber shield.

    Works Cited

    “Cyberbullying Facts.” Cyberbullying Research Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.
    .

    McNamee, David. “Cyberbullying ’causes suicidal thoughts in kids more than traditional
    bullying’.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 11 Mar. 2014. Web.
    25 Jan. 2015. .

    “The Top 6 Unforgettable Cyberbullying Cases of the Decade.” No Bullying. N.p., 30 Nov.
    2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. .

  • PriyaM_PattersonAPHG

    With the spread of technology, innovation increases, yet problems also develop. Cyberbullying has become an increasing problem in the nation. Almost “one out of every four teens has experienced cyberbullying, and about one out of every six teens has done it to others” (Cyberbullying Research Center 1). Surprisingly, this trend is also being seen in Coppell.

    Cyberbullying is absolutely terrible and wrong. However, many teens don’t see the consequences. They get online and tweet hurtful comments about other students just for fun. They don’t take time to think about the consequences. Cyberbullying has extreme results. “Cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying” (McNamee 1). Teens careless, heartless comments are causing the deaths of many teens worldwide. A teen in Coppell said “I have been cyberbullied many times, yet no one was there to stop it. [Cyberbullying] occurs so often that many times the [cyberbully] doesn’t realize it is a problem.” We don’t want to see such terrible cyberbullying occur anymore in our sweet town Coppell. Therefore, we need to take charge and do something.

    We can help victims of cyberbullying out by making sure they know we are there for them whenever they may need it, because most cyberbullying victims “assume no one can understand them and help them and resort to self harm or even suicide” (No Bullying 1). We also need to make children and teens aware of the extreme effects of cyberbullying. In order to this, we can schedule to have more assemblies where teens learn about how cyberbullying occurs, what it results in, and how it can be stopped. And finally in cases of dire need, Cyber Woman will always be there to help us! She can stop cyberbullying at its inception. Cyber Woman can keep out harmful messages from a victim’s inbox and block harmful tweets, texts, posts, pictures, and emails, from ever even being sent or posted by using her powerful cyber shield.

    Works Cited

    “Cyberbullying Facts.” Cyberbullying Research Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

    McNamee, David. “Cyberbullying ’causes suicidal thoughts in kids more than traditional bullying’.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

    “The Top 6 Unforgettable Cyberbullying Cases of the Decade.” No Bullying. N.p., 30 Nov. 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2015.

  • MacyJ_PattersonAPHG

    In my community, Coppell, TX, a large issue is citizens unknowingly wasting energy. Simple things such as turning off of the lights when you leave the room and drinking tap water instead of bottled water can help conserve energy and lower levels of pollution. If citizens were informed of this, energy could be conserved. This video could prove to citizens that their wastefulness is hurting them personally and is something that they should take into consideration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVYNmc_Q8Bc

    There are large actions citizens could take, such as installing solar panels to the roof of their house, but there are easier, cheaper ways to reduce electricity usage. The main issue is that people don’t know how much energy they are using. I asked multiple members of the Coppell community how long their showers take, one woman told me that “I usually take 45 minute showers.” The average shower should last no longer than ten minutes. The hot water takes a large amount of energy to heat up. It is sad how much energy is being wasted. Another woman told me that she “leaves the lamp on while” she “sleeps.” The bulb of the average lamp uses sixty watts of energy per hour. If one were to sleep for eight hours, that one bulb would use roughly four hundred and eighty watts of energy. The creation of energy uses fossil fuels which in turn releases pollution.

    Motivation for people to act upon this cause is low however. Citizens must be informed that the excessive use of fossil fuels will lead to not only a horrible world for them, but a world without light and only smog for their posterity as well. Also, people should know how much this is costing them. If a person were to leave their kitchen lights on for about a year, that would cost them $110! An average night time ceremony, falling asleep with the TV on, adds up to a total $55 a year. Another silent waster of energy is your average TV stereo. Even when not playing music, this stereo is using this energy. This will add up to be about $65 a year. In short, today’s wastefulness affects not only the future, but also your funds.

    Zap, an energy saving superhero is determined to put an end to wasteful energy usage by demonstrations with her alien electricity powers. She teaches citizens how to save energy and shows the outcomes of a wasteful world. Zap can use thermal heat vision to scan a community for points of excessive energy use and put a stop to it. The lightning bolt symbol on her chest represents energy, as well as the vibrant colors on her super hero suit.

  • AnvitaK_PattersonAPHG

    I believe that the root of the social problems in Coppell, such as bullying, are caused by an underlying ignorance. Many people in Coppell like to stick to groups of their own “type” of people, either because they are the same race, or because they dress, look, and act the same. This creates stereotypes, which people seem to have no trouble accepting, and this is the cause of most bullying cases. By the time most people get to high school, they have already formed their groups, and don’t even want to make new friends. I have heard many people, myself included, saying, “I don’t have any friends in this class.” Instead of reaching out and making friends with different people, many who find themselves in that situation would rather stay on their phone and text their friend instead of making friends with the people around them. From there, the problem escalates, leading to a group of a certain type of people bullying, or at least stereotyping another group of people.

    This all occurs because a lot of people have a complete lack of knowledge of anyone but themselves. People form groups of the same kinds of people because that is the easiest thing to do. People stereotype and bully other people because they are ignorant of their situations. Many people have difficult home lives that they don’t take about to others. Also, people of different cultures are often completely misunderstood because of their different customs and norms. I

    If people could just understand the other person’s life, I believe a lot of bullying would end if people could understand the motivations behind people’s actions. What many people see as “weird” may actually be something required as part of someone’s culture or religion. The fact is, people like to ostracize what they don’t understand. My superhero, the Educator, who carries the eternal flame of knowledge would be able to fix that problem. She can fly around and educate those who don’t understand other cultures and other walks of life. With the Educator teaching people about all of our differences, people will no longer fear or judge what they don’t understand, and people will be able to live with being different from others.

  • TanyaR_PattersonAPHUG

    Being not able to fit in as a teenager at times can be very difficult, many teens feel the need to change themselves, creating a loss of personality or losing self confidence. In extreme situations, this leads to mental and physical illnesses which can be detrimental to the growth of the teen. When teenagers start to experience feelings of stress, self doubt, loss of confidence, and confusion in their life when growing up, it could lead to more serious problems. Suicide and self harm in extreme conditions seem to be the only way they can end their suffering. The Suicidal and Crisis Center of North Texas states that suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Each day there are about 12 youth suicides and the number is slowly creeping up.

  • JeffreyY_PattersonAPHG

    In my community Coppell, we are blessed with a amazing city with quality public schools and a close community input. It is the almost perfect place to live; sadly, the few problems such as bullying hinder it from being the perfect community. Bullying is becoming more and more severe in my community each and every day. It is becoming a widespread issue that needs attention right now. It is created by unnecessary stereotypes against race, ethnicity, background, etc. These stereotypes are creating fissures and hatred between the people of Coppell. E. Martin from the University of Harvard states, “Though stereotyping seems harmless it can lead to things such as racism, discrimination, prejudice and sadly, bullying.”

    This is such a prominent issue because it permanently scars the victims and can never be reversed. But I believe the main reason it has become such an ubiquitous issue is because people are not taking action to prevent it from happening. A study showed that only 4% of teachers really prevent bullying by taking action. This low percentage is causing so many young, innocent, kids to be pounded against the cruelty of bullying. The end result shows that 85% of all bullying cases are unintended to.

    But there is a solution. The superhero “The Preventer” was made in order to take action first and prevent bullying in the first place. Its job is to bring down the number of bullying cases to 0. It will accomplish this by encouraging others to take part in the reform of taking action. If every teacher stepped in to resolve a bullying case, already over 1000 people per year would be saved by this simple intervention. The Preventer’s shield can finally bring down bullying and protect the innocent!

  • AlexW_PattersonAPHG

    Coppell, my home, is a very small city but is considered a pretty wealthy city. People often view us as rich and arrogant, but to tell you the truth not all of Coppell is rich and cocky. Although you cannot really see it, it is still prevalent in Coppell. This problem is poverty, believe it or not Coppell does have less fortunate families. Some people living in Coppell just believe Coppell is a rich city and they don’t take action. On christmas, my parents told me, who work for the city of Coppell, that there are, in fact less fortunate families that can not buy gifts for their own children. According to a 2012 census of Coppell, 3.3% of Coppell’s population is living in poverty ( http://www.city-data.com/city/Coppell-Texas.html#b ). I was pretty surprised that such a small and pretty wealthy city could still have some less fortunate people. But luckily the city of Coppell has already taken action. The firefighters of coppell started a program called “Make a Child Smile”. This is where people of more fortunate families could buy gifts and donate them to the children of the less fortunate families. Check the link below.

    http://coppell.bubblelife.com/community/coppell_reporter/library/3562544/key/35692052/City_of_Coppell_Thanks_Community_for_Support_of_Make_a_Child_Smile_Program

    But of course the holidays is all about giving to others, especially to others who cannot afford to have a happy holiday. The only problem is that people are not informed enough about this program. Coppell is a very small city, and it is very easy to just mind your own personal life and not look what is really outside in the city. It is often overlooked in coppell. What I could do to change this it to maybe ask the radio station to advertise the “Make a child smile” program, or even just taking a small step would to be just start a club or put it on announcements. More people must know that poverty is still a major issue everywhere.

    For this project that we started at school, we make a superhero. The super hero I created is named Radio Man. On top of his head is a brain, but the brain is arranged like radio tower. So whatever message he needs to convey comes from his head and influences other people around him. For his tool he has a bag, this bag is just to collect any donations people want to donate to the less fortunate families in the city of Coppell.

  • RoopeR_PattersonAPHUG

    I am very fortunate to be able to live in the city of Coppell, where our parents supply us with everything and anything we need. Our schooling is great, and everyone has a permanent home to live under with a supply of food and water. I mean come on that’s anyone could ask for right?

    Even though we have all these good things in life, I feel that we ourselves as a Coppell school district are wasting our money, and not using it to support the world, and support the people in life who are not as fortunate as the people in Coppell.

    Almost one fifth of the Texas population(18.5%) live below poverty standards. As a school district, we supply every person with an iPad in highschool, and recently have even began supplying the middle school students with iPads. I don’t believe that middle schoolers need iPads, because I was in middle school last year, and we did not need much technology. For the highschool standpoint, I have a way we can change the world, while keeping our own education levels up!

    We at Coppell could integrate a partner system, so that 2 people have the same schedule, and share an iPad. Usually whenever we use our iPads, it is for group work, so we often don’t need more than one. These two people would share an iPad for each class. This would cut the iPads in use by half, so we would have over 1,600 iPads to donate to needy Texas schools, so that we can help out other school districts our community.

    Not a big issue for us in Coppell, but outside our bubble, poverty and unequal learning opportunities effect many people daily lives for the worse. The “super hero” I created to solve this issue was Techno Sharer. His super power is convincing the people who are lucky enough to have everything top notch, to donate and help less fortunate people. He often does this to better people’s educations, and always has a plan to make his idea come through. He has been thinking about convincing Coppell ISD to create a partner system, which would make everybody have a “partner”, who they share schedules with, and share an iPad. He figured out that most of the time we use our iPads, we are in groups, and don’t always use every iPad. His plan seeks to donate over 1,600 left over iPads, since we cut the usage in half, and donate them to poorer school districts in Texas who aren’t given the same opportunity for education as us.

    ” Poor and minority students are concentrated in the less well funded schools, most of them located in central cities and funded at levels substantially below those of neighboring suburban districts. In addition, policies associated with school funding, resource allocations, and tracking leave minority students with fewer and lower-quality books, curriculum materials, laboratories, and computers; significantly larger class sizes; less qualified and experienced teachers; and less access to high-quality curriculum.”-Linda Darling Hammond

    Source(Quote): N.p.: n.p., n.d. Web. .

    “Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.” Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2015. .

  • AsadK_PattersonAPHuG

    There are several problems that are in Coppell, and they are affecting many people. As technology has gotten more prevalent, the biggest problem that has arisen is cyber-bullying. Many people can make themselves anonymous and bully people. These people who are affected by cyberbullying, don’t know who to go to. Anna Maria Chavez said, “Cyber bullies can hide behind a mask of anonymity online and do not need direct physical access to their victims to do unimaginable harm.”

    Cyber-bullying is such a big problem since it can scar a person emotionally, but adults won’t realize it until those who are being bullied tell them since it leaves no physical signs. This website: http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html, has said that over half of all teens are bullied online, and 25% of those who are bullied are bullied regularly. 1 out of 3 people receive threats online. However, only 1 out of 10 people tell their parents that they are being cyber-bullied.

    My hero, the Internet Sheriff, can help fight against this. He watches the internet, and whenever he sees cyber-bullying happening, he hammers it down with his hammer and his wristband allows him to see where cyber-bullying happens. With the Internet Sherif watching the internet, we could lower the cases of cyber-bullying, and make sure that no one has to deal with it again.

  • ZachB._PattersonAPHG

    I feel in the community of Coppell, TX there are a lot of ignorant people. I say that because different people throughout the community waste a bunch of energy without even noticing before the bill comes in. It is easy to either leave a light on or accidentally keep the water running but many people just don’t realize it. Some people will wake up late for work and rush out of the house, then they forget to turn off a light or left the sink on or maybe even the stove on. Some of these people that forget to turn different appliances off their houses end up in fires most of the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMtjGfr0tYs

    It just took a minute for this christmas tree to burn down someones living room because they left the lights on and forgot to turn them off.

  • ShrutiV_PattersonAPHG

    Pollution is a major issue in the city of Coppell. Air pollution is especially prevalent
    in Coppell. Research shows that the air pollution index is higher in Coppell
    than Texas and the United States. Air pollution can trigger heart or respiratory
    diseases especially to those who have asthma. Air pollution isn’t just a threat
    to our health, it also damages our environment. Air pollution can also pollute
    the water. Toxic air pollutants and the chemicals that form acid rain can
    damage trees, crops, wildlife, lakes and other bodies of water. Those
    pollutants can also harm fish and other aquatic life. Air pollution can
    also damage the economy. Air pollution reduces agricultural crop and commercial
    forest yields by billions of dollars each year.

    We can all help stop air pollution by conserving energy by turning off appliances and
    lights when they are not being used. Recycling items like paper, plastic, cardboard,
    and glass also saves energy. We can also plant trees in our community to help
    keep the air pollution levels down.

    My superhero will save our community from air pollution. My superhero is called Ms. Pollution Hunter. She has special eyes to detect the level of air pollution in the atmosphere. With the help of his sword, she sucks in all the air pollution to make each community a healthier place to live.

    Resources used: http://www.clrsearch.com/Coppell-Demographics/TX/PollutionLevels

    http://www.epa.gov/airquality/peg_caa/concern.html

  • AlexW_PattersonAPHG

    Coppell, my home, is a very small city but is considered a pretty wealthy city. People often view us as rich and arrogant, but to tell you the truth not all of Coppell is rich and cocky. Although you cannot really see it, it is still prevalent in Coppell. This problem is poverty, believe it or not Coppell does have less fortunate families. Some people living in Coppell just believe Coppell is a rich city and they don’t take action. On christmas, my parents told me, who work for the city of Coppell, that there are, in fact less fortunate families that can not buy gifts for their own children. According to a 2012 census of Coppell, 3.3% of Coppell’s population is living in poverty ( http://www.city-data.com/city/Coppell-Texas.html#b ). I was pretty surprised that such a small and pretty wealthy city could still have some less fortunate people. But luckily the city of Coppell has already taken action. The firefighters of coppell started a program called “Make a Child Smile”. This is where people of more fortunate families could buy gifts and donate them to the children of the less fortunate families. Check the link below.

    http://coppell.bubblelife.com/community/coppell_reporter/library/3562544/key/35692052/City_of_Coppell_Thanks_Community_for_Support_of_Make_a_Child_Smile_Program

    But of course the holidays is all about giving to others, especially to others who cannot afford to have a happy holiday. The only problem is that people are not informed enough about this program. Coppell is a very small city, and it is very easy to just mind your own personal life and not look what is really outside in the city. It is often overlooked in coppell. What I could do to change this it to maybe ask the radio station to advertise the “Make a child smile” program, or even just taking a small step would to be just start a club or put it on announcements. More people must know that poverty is still a major issue everywhere.

    For this project that we started at school, we make a superhero. The super hero I created is named Radio Man. On top of his head is a brain, but the brain is arranged like radio tower. So whatever message he needs to convey comes from his head and influences other people around him. For his tool he has a bag, this bag is just to collect any donations people want to donate to the less fortunate families in the city of Coppell.

  • sarahw_PattersonAPHG

    The real issue that could use a super hero’s help in my community is that “people get too busy and isolated that they won’t go out of their way to meet their neighbors,” (Renee Wales) and I can help this problem by meeting and interacting with all of my neighbors more.

    Samantha Silver by day, The Barrier Breaker by night

  • SolH_PattersonAPHG

    In the city of Coppell, we are very fortunate. We have all the necessities, such as good education, safe shelter and environment, and an abundance of resources. But maybe we are a bit too fortunate to realize that not everyone has the benefits we do because in Coppell, a lot of water gets wasted. People have their sprinklers on the day after a rain and the water from the sprinklers only over flood the grass, causing the overflow to go down in the gutter. And some people around the world can only depend on basic water filtration in order to survive and the result of the water after filtration is not even close to the kind of water we consider “unclean.” The city of Coppell is in Stage 1 which is the water awareness stage and “The goal is to achieve a 5% reduction in water use due to the severity of drought conditions in the region.” And with the help of Reina Rain, the city of Coppell can conserve much more water.
    Reina Rain can help the people of Coppell get used to using rain water by gathering water during a rain storm, and recycle the rain water instead of using clean, fresh water during trivial circumstances. She will also help distribute water to countries without as much water. With her help, water will be recycled and everyone will have access to clean water.

    http://www.coppelltx.gov/stage-1-water.html

  • GracieB_PattersonAPHG

    In Coppell, we are very privileged, which leads us to
    believe that we are invincible and there are no burglaries, nothing can be
    stolen, etc but that is not the case. Recently, there has been a great deal of vehicular
    theft and vandalism in Coppell. Vehicles have been stolen because of not
    locking car doors and not being aware of your surroundings. Credit cards, IDs,
    money, wallets, checkbooks, etc have been stolen all as a result of not locking
    doors. No town, not even Coppell, is protected from people trying to steal
    things. I feel like this is an issue no one really talks about or really pays
    attention to. People shouldn’t just go on with their lives just living in their
    own bubble. “We rarely lock our doors, and before this happened, I felt that
    our community was safe,” Madison said. We need to make sure everything is
    locked. Theft is a big deal especially once you’re living on your own and you’re
    an adult and have to take care of yourself. It makes living in Coppell scarier
    for us and we want to keep Coppell a place we can feel safe in and live in. We
    want to make sure people that are visiting Coppell because of relatives or just
    passing through give them a sense of protection and security. Source: http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2014/12/18/string-of-burglaries-initiates-heightened-sense-of-awareness-for-community/

    My superhero, Safe Sally, is here to remind you to be aware of your
    surroundings and be sure to remind you to lock your cars. She fights and
    protects against the criminals that are stealing in Coppell. Not only she’s
    fighting against them, but she’s helping to notify members of the community to
    lock their car doors and home doors. There are many ways to help prevent
    robberies and burglaries in your community. You may not be able to get rid of
    them permanently but Safe Sally can help. More ways she’s going to help are
    that she’s going to work with public agencies and other organizations to solve
    those problems, set up a neighborhood water or a community patrol, build a
    partnership with police, etc. Sources: https://www.justgive.org/donations/prevent-crime.jsp
    http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety

  • AndrewS_PattersonAPHG

    My name is Andrew Santillán and I am a student at CHS. In my community, Coppell, the lifestyle is different from neighboring towns. As a whole, our city is relatively wealthy and we have certain amenities that other communities do not have. With this wealth within our city, unfortunately, undefined social classes begin to form. While this is prevalent across all ages in the community, it is most common within the high school. Moving forward, I personally believe that one of the biggest problems within my community is the unwarranted creation of social classes and the bullying that comes along with this.

    Next, I believe this issue must be stopped immediately because of the rapid expansion of this. For example, in the cafeteria at CHS, you can look around the tables and see people of the same ethnicity, same wealth background, or same social cluster all sitting apart from each other. Do not get me wrong that having friends is a good thing, but according to a statistic on bullying, “1 and 7 children in K-12 are victims of bullying or being left out in social environments.” (National Education Association). Here, you can not only recognize the high amount of victims following social division and bullying, but you can also identify how necessary it is for it to be stopped.

    In the picture attached below, I created a superhero known as UN1TY. This fictional superhero is personified directly from my mind and I believe this superhero would be the key to saving victims of bullying and social division, but also Coppell itself. While my superhero wields a large torch and is entirely fantasized, it symbolizes the powerful and deadly side to bullying. In UN1TY’s hand, a torch is present. This torch is not just a weapon of choice, but symbolizes the original face of energy. While we have evolved into electricity and other sources of energy, fire was there all along. This idea relates back to human nature. As humans, our original fundamental values are to be kind and treat others how we would like to be treated. Clearly, this fundamental has been warped entirely, so it is entirely necessary that we resort back to these values if any progress in social division and bullying is to be made. Remember, while I describe a fictional superhero, loaded with a weapon, and hundreds of pounds of muscle, I want all people reading this to recognize the importance and realize that yourself can be the next superhero in a community. Finally, I want everyone to take one thing from this lengthy expository: do not sit around and watch your community fall, but instead act first and you might just be the next superhero.

  • RoseleeB_PattersonAPHG

    I live in a very clean community where there are a lot of big world issues that we don’t see. In Coppell, we are not able to see past the comparatively small issues we face such as littering or waste. Although these are important issues, I think the biggest thing my community needs is an eye-opener. But before that, we need to get over the problems we already have.

    First, I think that Coppell tends to rely on technology to the point where students nowadays do not remember a life without it. A lot of people, including myself, probably couldn’t go too long without their phone, iPad, and laptop (because most Coppell residents and students have all three). Technology is over running our lives and ruining the way we look at the world. Where there is no wifi, there is no life anymore. What kind of happiness is the number of retweets or followers or whatnot?

    Another problem Coppell faces is discrimination. By this I do not mean racism, but simple discrimination. For example, a lot of opinions float around in our world. Plenty of different ideas and thoughts and creative ways to solve problems lie in every head, yet Coppell focuses so much on people who have a leg up in society or people with a higher status that many of these opinions and great concepts go unheard.

    I believe that Coppell needs less focus on technology. It is great for education but is being used in the wrong way. We could fix this by taking away from the abundant attention given to technology and adding it to our students’ opinions. We all have things to say, and some of us might surprise you.

  • ZakariaC_PattersonAPHG

    I believe a prominent problem in my community, Coppell, is racism or general discrimination. People make fun of others because of their race, and that is not okay at all, we are all humans and should work together to be happy not discriminate. Racism is one of the largest roots of problems that arise not only in our current society, but past, and possibly future as well. Wars, genocide, and more have been caused by racism and yet we do not learn from our mistakes, people continue to be racist without looking at the damage they cause to others. Even those who are supposed to be just like the police have become racist in fact studies show that “Police are more likely to pullover and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites” in New York City 80% of people stopped were black or Latino compared to small 5% of whites. The problem of racism has become so widespread that it is not just specifically in my community, but global as well. If we start small, and work together in my community we can grow large enough to help those around the world.

    In collaboration with a superhero team like the “Justice League” I would take action by giving speeches to the general public over racism, posting motivational flyers around public areas where people can see them (when permitted), and starting a campaign group. In terms of giving speeches, I would give them to not only people of all ages, but also stress on giving them to little kids.

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
    The above quote was said by Nelson Mandela himself, the quote basically says that No human is born to be racist and hate others because of background specific things, they are taught, and if they can learn to hate and be racist, they can learn to love as well which comes more naturally. In society, people are influenced by other people whether it be parents, friends, teachers sometimes this influences is negative like racism. So, by giving speeches to the younger people of my community I would get to them before they have any racist ideology and they in part would grow up being loving then raise their children to be loving as well because like I previously said, children are become racist because of other influences like parents, friends. By giving speeches to young kids I solve for two instances of racial influence, friend and parental influence because; I am teaching the young kids as a whole, young kids tend to make friends withing their age group so I am teaching their friends to not be racist. Then these young kids will grow up to become parents and influence their kids. The fliers and campaign group are for the diffusion of the idea of “love and no racism” through out the larger age groups.

    Statistic about police from: U.S. Department of Justice. “The Reality of Racial Profiling.” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Accessed March 1, 2014, http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/racial-profiling2011/the-reality-of-racial.html.

    Quote from: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/111810-no-one-is-born-hating-another-person-because-of-the

  • ChristineJ_PattersonAPHUG

    In Coppell there are many issues, but the main problem I see is that there is an overuse of technology. The use
    of social media can be good or bad. People’s lives revolve around social media
    and who replied to their comment, picture or tweet. But this is only the start
    to the problem because social media can have devastating effects. This is in
    the form of bullying, specifically cyber bullying. People can hide behind fake
    names or anonymous texts and say things to people that you think wont effect
    them but it does.

    Victimization on the Internet through cyber bullying is increasing in frequency. Cyber-bullying as affected many people not just in Coppell, but around the world. This can lead to depression, anxiety, or suicide. According to http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics, it says that “43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that they have experienced some sort of cyber bullying in the past year.” Also One million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyber bullying on Face book during the past year. People don’t realize how hurtful it is to say something offensive to someone on the internet, where everyone can view it. When teachers or parents talk to students about how bad bullying is, they don’t even listen or care. When people say harsh or hurtful things to other people on social media, once it’s posted they don’t care what other people say.

    But there is a solution, the superhero “Cyber Crusher”. She will inform people about the effects of cyber bullying. There is a shield to protect people from cyber bullying, and also the logo is a circle with an X through the middle. This superhero will prevent bullying and take action.Its job is to bring down the number of bullying cases. It will accomplish this by encouraging others to take part in the reform of taking action. If every teacher stepped in to resolve a bullying case, already over 1000 people per year would be saved by this simple intervention.

  • AliceD_PattersonAPHUG

    In Coppell, water pollution is an issue. Water that is used for swimming,fishing, and drinking is becoming increasingly polluted. There are multiple factors that can cause the water to become polluted. The most common is through storm or run off water. Storm water is water that runs across land and then soaks into the ground, into a storm drain, or into the body of water its self.

    Storm water becomes polluted by the contaminants that accumulate on concrete. Also, it is contaminated when litter or chemicals get in the storm drain. Another way for water to get contaminated is when a person over water’s their lawn and the water pours onto the street instead of getting absorbed by the ground. This is also the case with excess fertilizer.

    Water pollution, like all types of pollution, causes harmful effects to the environment and to who live there. Polluted water can kill fish and other water organisms which will cause problems as the food chain was disrupted. Also, if the pollutants reach the drinking water, the contaminated water could bring disease to anyone who drinks it.

    I have made a superhero called Flora. The hero’s symbol is a flower which represents a flourishing and healthy environment. The hero will solve the problem by spread awareness and solutions,such as washing your car on the lawn so the water will soak in the ground instead of into a drain. Another way is to not over water and over fertilize your lawn. Also clean up pet droppings so they won’t contaminate anything.

  • PrathikT_PattersonAPHG

    As a resident in the community Coppell, TX, we do not face as many issues as other communities, but there are some problems a superhero can be used to help. Some of these problems are like crime, sewer problems, bullying, and depression. Not many of these problems are serious, but they are not perfect. A superhero can be used to help a lot with sewage problems here in Coppell. According to http://coppelltx.gov/sewer-problems, they say, “You may also notice an overflow near the property line coming from your city cleanout. This could be caused by a blockage in the sewer line, or it may be the result of tree roots that have grown into the sewer line.” With an overflown sewer, how can Coppell be a clean community. With a superhero, he/she can help us remove unwanted waste and help clean out overflowing sewage lines here in Coppell.
    What I can do right now to help is show how these sewers get overflown and blocked. Some of these ways sewers get overflown are because of people pouring grease down sink drains or into toilets, not scraping grease and food scraps from trays, dishes, pots, pans, utensils and cooking surfaces into a can or into the trash according to the website, http://coppelltx.gov/sewer-problems. A way I can help is by putting up signs or informing my neighbors or peers of how sewages get overflown. Sewer overflows can cause health hazards and damages to homes according to the website: http://coppelltx.gov/sewer-problems, so I can help by helping my peers understand how to prevent it from happening.

    With the help of a superhero, we can help stop this problem. We need…..Stink Boi. Stink Boi will help exterminate all the grease and unwanted substances in sewers and help prevent overflowing sewers. He will help destroy all the excess wastes and he will help manage the sewers with his superpowers. With Stink Boi, Coppell will be a more clean and healthy environment.

  • ChristineY_PattersonAPHG

    In the City of Coppell, although a decent neighborhood with high quality education standards, technology, and wealth, many individuals suffer from depression despite given a decent living standard. Studies show that depression “in teens, that number may be as high as 1 in 8,” will get depressed. Many students in CMSN CMSE CMSW and Coppell High School have experienced forms of bullying, academic stress, parental standards, relationship complications, etc. Living in coppell for no more than 3 years I have see many of my friends and family become depressed especially myself. My thesis is that Although Coppell may seem like a very decent place, there are many people at my school “as well as our other middle schools” as my 8th grade friend says, who need comfort and care from their depression.

    I propose the super hero Exuberance, Exuberance means someone with “the quality of being full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness”. By having this super hero, she will be able to have the power of comfort, compassion, and soothing words. With the ability to multiply herself and mind powers, she will always be there for those in need despite where they are and when it is. She also has the ability of invisibility in order to fit the best situation that is given. Exuberance has a beautiful personality and will never be upset or sad, her bright costume signifies the joy and bright moments in life. No matter who you are or what is happening, you are always special.

    “Do you wish to be happy? Then be happy.

    Yes, it truly is as simple as that. Happiness is a state that you can enter whenever and wherever you choose.

    You don’t necessarily have to be happy about anything in particular. You don’t necessarily need any person, thing or situation to make you happy.

    Be happy just because you can. Be happy just because it feels so good.

    Happiness empowers you and improves your outlook. Happiness attracts positive, supportive people into your life, and guides you toward positive situations.

    Let go of your resistance, and let happiness flow from your heart. Fill this very moment with the happiness you create.”

    — Ralph Marston

    Source: http://greatday.com/motivate/091226.html#VQh0AMOR8mhMR2tY.99
    http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/understanding_depression.html

  • AlwinW_PattersonAPHG

    In Coppell, discrimination against others whether it be by race or even social status is a major issue in our community. Everyday there are people that are getting picked on for being different from others and although our community is better than many others in the world, we still face a lot of the same problems as different communities do. At Coppell High School, the demographics here are very spread out and varied. We have 1,584 whites making up the majority, however we also have 685 Asians and 166 African Americans. With the amount of minorities we have in the school, we should not be discriminating against them as seen throughout the school days. I have seen one such instance where a white person refused to let an Asian use a chair at lunch, however when another white person asked they gave them the chair. This is just one instance of discrimination in our school and dozens of them happen everyday. Discrimination against other races is also bad and can lead to hate, depression, and even suicide.

    In order to fight this issue, I would like to suggest a superhero named Unanimus. Unanimus’ name comes from the word unanimity, which is a synonym for unity. Instead of splitting the races in our school, we should embrace it and become united as one. Unanimus will have the power to display himself as any race and person, while also being able to display all races in his original form, showing that we can all be united as one. Unanimus will have the ability to relate to any person and be anyone’s friend, no matter how different they are from other people. Whenever anyone needs a friend or just someone to talk to, Unanimus will be there for them.

    “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” -Rosa Parks

  • WileyG_PattersonAPHUG

    In my community there is a lot of racism and stereotypes seen from this racism. Many people in my community will make a quick accusation about someone just based in their skin color. I find that very racist and inhumane. Eric Digest says, “Racism in any measure undermines children’s self-esteem and erodes the educational process.” So based on this I have made a super hero to help with this.
    My super hero is named Equality, he color blinds the meanest of people to show them that skin color does not matter. How they matter is on the inside and their character.

    • FrankZ_PattersonAPHUG

      Unfortunately, I doubt that forcing people to become color blind won’t exactly help. Although blind to color, different shades are still present, thus, it is still clearly distinguishable if the bigotry is based upon the other person being black. (http://www.color-blindness.com/)

      Next, even if the person for some reason can’t tell shades of colors apart and everyone was simply outlines with shadows, thus still being recognizable, memory is still there. Memory is defined as “our ability to encode, store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain. It can be thought of in general terms as the use of past experience to affect or influence current behaviour.” (http://www.human-memory.net/intro_what.html). This means that the person will still be able to identify who the person is and recall what skin color that person is.

      So what if the person had total blindness? The voices could still give it away, especially if an accent is involved. Thus, in order to solve such an issue with your way of disabling something about the racist, you’d have to erase their memory of people overall which would punish the racist with something that would be far beyond the crime since they shouldn’t have to have their previous experiences taken away.

  • JeshK_PattersonAPHuG

    I really do agree that the minimum wages in the United States have to be increased. But that would also lead to more broader problems. If the wages go up, then many prices of merchandise and goods have to be raised as well. Then that leads to that companies have to spend more money on the worker. Not only that but since the prices go up, the customers will not be satisfied. This catastrophe basically all sums up to break down in company’s profits thought the whole nation if items of the corny are not sold enough. Although the that it would be convenient for the poor to be paid much more, then it would cause much more trouble. https://news.vice.com/article/
    This article explains a lot of things that would happen if the minimum wages were increased. Another that could happen is that 500,000 jobs around the country could be lost. In this situation, no one is right or wrong. We sometimes have to deal with what happens. But individually we can help out the poor in need. Donate or help found charity groups.

    What we can do as an indivisual is we can go around our city or downtown and help donate to charities. Even better, you can start a new charity program. You can raise money and donate to the people in need. With the money, you can buy canned foods and donate them. There are many we can do as a inividual.

    http://zenhabits.net/how-we-can-help-alleviate-world-poverty-in-three-easy-steps/
    This article explains how it is not impossible for one person to chage the ways of poverty. Every simple action by one person will help another person. Every action counts. Like said above, my hero will help donate food and set up charity programs to raise enough money to donate to the needy.

  • AshleyB_PattersonAPHG

    In Coppell, which was the city I grew up in, we have great education, accessibilty to food, water, safety and many other things. Although we are fortunate with all of these things, I feel like in our community, we are oblivious and almost ignorant to many problems in our world today. Surrounded by safety and all the basic necessities in Coppell, we are surrounded in a “bubble”, with little insight of what is going on in the world. Despite the fact that information is more accessible than ever, many people are ignorant of concepts that allow us to understand how diseases, other governments, natural disasters and cultures function. This can be a big problem to our critical thinking and widening our perspectives of different issues. In Coppell, most people have not experienced suffering, such as going without food or water for long periods of time. In Texas alone, in 2009-2013, the percentage of people living below the poverty level was 17.6%. This is a huge number which many people are oblivious to.

    As John Lennon said, “Living is easy with eyes closed”.

    That is why The Bubble Popper is here! The Bubble Popper came to Coppell because she felt the need to open people’s perspectives. The blue and white colors of her clothes resemble bubbles. The color of her costume, blue, is the color that resembles truth, wisdom and intelligence. Her job is to pop the “bubbles” surrounding people and letting them see the issues and problems that face the rest of the country and world. She carries a sword to pop these bubbles and the circular belt that she wears represents the bubbles that need to be popped. Lastly the logo of her shirt, is a picture of an exploding bubble which reminds her of her true mission and what she needs to accomplish. In conclusion, we all need to widen our perspectives by doing things such as watching or reading about the problems that are occurring today.

    http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html

  • Guest

    After surveying various amounts of people in the community, the majority of them said that poverty and hunger is a huge issue. After some research I found many interesting facts. Over in India, there are so many impoverished areas. Mothers work over 20 hours just to serve a daily meal for their children. But how long do you think they can keep up with this? Many of them even search the landfills for leftover food items. And in America, we just waste food if it falls on the ground. But not all parts of America are rich. In Los Angeles, California the streets are lined up with hundreds of homeless people just on one street. They all beg for money but only some get lucky. There aren’t many shelter homes they can go to. They just wander around hoping for the best. But it’s not all just in America. It’s globally a great deal. More than 3 billion people in this world live on less than $2.50 and 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty with only $1.50 every day. This basically means you have to get through a whole day with half a sprite bottle or half of a simple cheese burger. Do you see how malignant poverty has gotten? Approximately half the world is in this miserable predicament. We must make a change.

    http://zenhabits.net/how-we-can-help-alleviate-world-poverty-in-three-easy-steps/

    This article explains how it is not impossible for one person to chage the ways of poverty. Every simple action by one person will help another person. Every action counts. That is why “Donor” will be the first to make changes to this. He goes around the town and community imforming people about the horror of poverty and hunger. He then will make charity programs everywhere. he would raised enough money so that he can buy plenty of canned foods to donate and donate wven more money to other charity programs around the globe.

  • CassyS_PattersonAPHG

    In the city of Coppell, littering is a big issue that I have noticed. In the high school, there have been countless times where I have seen students throw or kick trash around that have been left on the ground in the halls. This not only creates a mess for the janitors at the school, but it is unsanitary and increases the risk that someone can get sick. In a recent interview by students from the Sidekick, CHS head custodian Rudis Argueta stated, “We have to protect each person here, the students, teachers, parents, visitors. We take heart in that nobody gets sick.” Students need to realize that throwing away their trash is their responsibility, not someone else’s. But I do not only see this at the high school, I see it all around our city. Just the other day, my father found two empty soda bottles and an empty chip bag in our front yard. If you walk around the Andy Brown Park, you can easily spot empty water bottles, gum and food wrappers, and plastic bags everywhere. The people of Coppell need to understand that throwing away their trash isn’t a choice, its a requirement.

    Source: http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2014/12/03/school-littering-problem-puts-burden-on-janitors/

    In order to stop this problem, we need to be better informed on how to combat the issue. This is why my superhero, No Trash Tracey, is helping Coppell. She regularly picks up any trash she sees around the city, and stops those who are littering. She also reminds citizens about upcoming events like Earth day and Clean Coppell. These reminders can encourage all of us to participate and eventually stop littering. With her help, we can make Coppell a beautiful trash free city.

  • andresm_pattersonaphug

    The Issue in not only the community, but also the world that needs solving is teaching people to be more environmentally friendly, and by going around and making small things habits, teaching how you are more environmental friendly, and spreading the word will kickstart a major, major change to our world since the Industrial Revolution.

    “We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.” (Leonardo DiCaprio)

  • EthanH_PattersonAPHG

    In my community, I find that there is a lot of litter on the ground. I find that if this goes unattended for too long, then it could be a big problem. After ding some research, I found that $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter. $11.5 billion. That’s a lot of money. The most common object found during litter clean-up is fast food liter. Also, 1.1 tons of litter end up in the oceans every year! This is a big problem. If we don’t stop littering, then the oceans will become very dirty and we won’t get clean water and also the ground outside will just be a big mess. We need to stop littering!
    *(http://www.litteritcostsyou.org/9-interesting-facts-and-statistics-about-littering/)

  • Guest

    After surveying various amounts of people in the community, the majority of them said that poverty and hunger is a huge issue. After some research I found many interesting facts. Over in India, there are so many impoverished areas. Mothers work over 20 hours just to serve a daily meal for their children. But how long do you think they can keep up with this? Many of them even search the landfills for leftover food items. And in America, we just waste food if it falls on the ground. But not all parts of America are rich. In Los Angeles, California the streets are lined up with hundreds of homeless people just on one street. They all beg for money but only some get lucky. There aren’t many shelter homes they can go to. They just wander around hoping for the best. But it’s not all just in America. It’s globally a great deal. More than 3 billion people in this world live on less than $2.50 and 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty with only $1.50 every day. This basically means you have to get through a whole day with half a sprite bottle or half of a simple cheese burger. Do you see how malignant poverty has gotten? Approximately half the world is in this miserable predicament. We must make a change. http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats

    http://zenhabits.net/how-we-can-help-alleviate-world-poverty-in-three-easy-steps/
    Though there hunger adnd poverty seems like a completly impossible injustice to fix, this article explains how it is not impossible for one person to chage the ways of poverty. Every simple action by one person will help another person. Every action counts. “It reminds us to think about individuals, and not about the big picture.” That is why “Donor” will be the first to make changes to this. He goes around the town and community imforming people about the horror of poverty and hunger. He will then make charity programs everywhere. Many people willt come join the program and help as well. He would then raise enough money so that he can buy plenty of canned foods to donate and donate even more money to other charity programs around the globe. Although he is alone and only one person, he will soon make a huge impac to someone then to people then to a whole community.

  • JeshK_PattersonAPHuG

    After surveying various amounts of people in the community, the majority of them said that poverty and hunger is a huge issue. After some research I found many interesting facts. Over in India, there are so many impoverished areas. Mothers work over 20 hours just to serve a daily meal for their children. But how long do you think they can keep up with this? Many of them even search the landfills for leftover food items. And in America, we just waste food if it falls on the ground. But not all parts of America are rich. In Los Angeles, California the streets are lined up with hundreds of homeless people just on one street. They all beg for money but only some get lucky. There aren’t many shelter homes they can go to. They just wander around hoping for the best. But it’s not all just in America. It’s globally a great deal. More than 3 billion people in this world live on less than $2.50 and 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty with only $1.50 every day. This basically means you have to get through a whole day with half a sprite bottle or half of a simple cheese burger. Do you see how malignant poverty has gotten? Approximately half the world is in this miserable predicament. We must make a change. http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats

    http://zenhabits.net/how-we-can-help-alleviate-world-poverty-in-three-easy-steps/
    Though there hunger adnd poverty seems like a completly impossible injustice to fix, this article explains how it is not impossible for one person to chage the ways of poverty. Every simple action by one person will help another person. Every action counts. “It reminds us to think about individuals, and not about the big picture.” That is why “Donor” will be the first to make changes to this. He goes around the town and community imforming people about the horror of poverty and hunger. He will then make charity programs everywhere. Many people willt come join the program and help as well. He would then raise enough money so that he can buy plenty of canned foods to donate and donate even more money to other charity programs around the globe. Although he is alone and only one person, he will soon make a huge impac to someone then to people then to a whole community

  • AfifahM_PattersonAPHG

    In the city of Coppell there are many problems but my superhero will be one who stands for those who don’t stand up for themselves. My super hero will be called Supporting Sandy and she will go around Coppell with her positive attitude and stop bullying, cheer people up, spread smile through out the community with her lift-up league.

  • CamrinW_PattersonAPHUG

    In the community of Coppell, an on-going issue for teenagers is bullying and those conversations which teachers don’t notice in the halls. In the U.S., about 1 out of 3 kids have been bullied (stated by http://www.stopbullying.gov/ne… before whether it is physical or verbal. As most teachers are in their classrooms during passing periods, they are not able to see what really goes on in the hallways. Bullying usually starts when someone doesn’t “fit” in with a certain crowd or is seen as “different” just because of their background, clothes, religion, etc, but in reality, we were all created equal so why don’t we treat each other that way? A super hero’s help would greatly reduce this issue as it goes on throughout the world, not just in Coppell. They could help inspire those who just witness the bullying to take action and stand up for the victim. Along with superheroes, we are able to take a stand for those in need whether they are getting physically or verbally bullied, but most people choose to be the bystander in most situations. People need to be inspired to be the one helping the victim, not the one walking past the issue. We need a league of heroes who stand up for the victims of bullying, and we can fulfill those roles, even if we don’t have capes.

    “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within” – Maya Angelou
    That quote correlates to bullies and victims because the bullies are the ones who try to turn off our lights, but in reality nothing is able to. This can be seen as an inspiration as well because we all have our own light that no one can extinguish.

    Superhero: Bullying is a large problem in our society and many others. Agent Inspire’s job is to help those in the community who are getting bullied or have been and to also send messages to bystanders getting them to take action when they see bullying scenarios. Most teenagers nowadays walk by bullying situations as only 20-30% of people help the victim while the other 70-80% ignore it. (From http://nobullying.com/bullying-statistics-2014/) With the help of Agent Inspire, bullying will be a thing of the past as long as everyone cooperates!

  • AdiC_PattersonAPHG

    In my Community in Coppell one of the main issues we face is the use of nonrenewable resources. Although this is prevalent across the country, as a community it is our duty to stop using the wasteful nonrenewable sources of energy, fuel, and power. It is these nonrenewables that strengthen the effects of Global Warming and Ocean Acidification. Many homes, businesses, and factories emit millions of tons of emissions which can lead to the extinction of our planet. However this can only be solved through the utilization of clean technology. However this presents another problem, the capitalistic corporations have figured out a way to prevent the total utilization of clean technology like solar panels. They have worked out deals with the government to limit the amount of clean technology that can be used, so people will always use their dirty energy.

    Thus I present Clean Techno, using his superpowers he turns all dirty energy to clean energy. Also he has the powers to transform dirty energy machines into sleek, clean energy technology. Currently he is lobbying against the capitalistic corporations so people can power themselves 100% clean. But Clean Techno needs help, he needs you to help him by taking initiative and lobby with him against dirty energy corporations like Exxon Mobil, and other oil, coal, and gas companies. You can also do your part to your community and Clean Techno by trying to consume less and take it a step farther and change your power to clean power. Little by little Clean Techno and our community members can change the world.

  • PrayushaP_PattersonAPHG

    In Coppell, even though many people live a happy and healthy life, lots of people in this city suffer from depression, and it is an issue that I think needs to be addressed. Although, someone might seem happy and has not mentioned depression as a part of their life, they still could be suffering from it. Statistics show that “50% of people who suffer from major depression do not seek help or get any treatment.” Here in Coppell, many individuals are dealing with this everyday. There are a lot of factors that contribute to depression, such as, discrimination, bullying, social standards and expectations, parents’ expectations, problems with relationships, and etc. As having a very close friend that lives in Coppell, who once suffered from depression, I have seen how much it can affect a person and their life. Many people that have depression that don’t tell anyone, deal with it many ways of self-harm, usually taking it out on themselves. Depression not only affects how you act around other people, but it also affects your ability in school. Research has shown that “30% of students felt so depressed that it was hard to function in school,” and that “62% of college students withdrew from school because of depression.” A lot of people even decide to take their life away, because their depression is constantly bogging them down, leading them to thoughts of suicide, loss of appetite, preventing them from enjoying anything and living a happy life.

    To fight this issue, I have chosen my superhero, Faith, to help people suffering from depression. Faith is a very friendly superhero, that will go out of her way to help anyone thats not only depressed, but just sad in general. Faith believes that people with depression usually do not have anyone to talk to, so their problems get worse as well as their depression. She is here to talk to anyone who needs it, and to help get them through their dark time. Faith would like to do nice acts of kindness to anyone who needs it, to help them feel better. She would like to give them faith and hope that things do get better in the end. That is why she is named Faith, and she is here to show anyone dealing with depression that they have a purpose in this world, and that none of them deserve the pain they are going through.

    Sources: http://sundial.csun.edu/2013/11/studies-show-depression-affects-academic-progress-causes-stress-and-chemical-imbalance/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/depression-statistics_n_6480412.html

  • PrayushaP_PattersonAPHG

    In Coppell, even though many people live a happy and healthy life, lots of people in this city suffer from depression, and it is an issue that I think needs to be addressed. Although, someone might seem happy and has not mentioned depression as a part of their life, they still could be suffering from it. Statistics show that “50% of people who suffer from major depression do not seek help or get any treatment.” Here in Coppell, many individuals are dealing with this everyday. There are a lot of factors that contribute to depression, such as, discrimination, bullying, social standards and expectations, parents’ expectations, problems with relationships, and etc. As having a very close friend that lives in Coppell, who once suffered from depression, I have seen how much it can affect a person and their life. Many people that have depression that don’t tell anyone, deal with it many ways of self-harm, usually taking it out on themselves. Depression not only affects how you act around other people, but it also affects your ability in school. Research has shown that “30% of students felt so depressed that it was hard to function in school,” and that “62% of college students withdrew from school because of depression.” A lot of people even decide to take their life away, because their depression is constantly bogging them down, leading them to thoughts of suicide, loss of appetite, preventing them from enjoying anything and living a happy life.

    To fight this issue, I have chosen my superhero, Faith, to help people suffering from depression. Faith is a very friendly superhero, that will go out of her way to help anyone thats not only depressed, but just sad in general. Faith believes that people with depression usually do not have anyone to talk to, so their problems get worse as well as their depression. She is here to talk to anyone who needs it, and to help get them through their dark time. Faith would like to do nice acts of kindness to anyone who needs it, to help them feel better. She would like to give them faith and hope that things do get better in the end. That is why she is named Faith, and she is here to show anyone dealing with depression that they have a purpose in this world, and that none of them deserve the pain they are going through.

    Sources: http://sundial.csun.edu/2013/11/studies-show-depression-affects-academic-progress-causes-stress-and-chemical-imbalance/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/depression-statistics_n_6480412.html

    • Amandad_boydbence

      I am completely agree with you, depression is a major problem in 21st century. Just reading your essay on depression changed my my whole knowledge of it. Your Superhero you choose to make was good add in your essay and helps they victums instead of kicking the bad guys.

  • ClaudiaW_PattersonAPHG

    As in any community, gender equality is an issue in Coppell. Out of 12,211 households in Coppell, 8.1% (989 households) have female householders without a husband present. With an average of a 3.34 people family size, women only make an average of $43,750. That’s $32,931 less than what the average man makes. Around 1.9% of the population is below the poverty line and it would make a huge difference for woman to be able to make more money and bring her family out of poverty. Is it fair for a child to live in poverty because he or she has an absent father? How would you feel if you were a single mom, struggling to raise your kids and make payments just because you were a mom and not a dad? Living in Coppell isn’t cheap, but students here get a quality education, one of the reasons why houses are so expensive here. What if you were put into a situation of sacrificing your child’s education?

    That’s where Equality Emma comes in, she helps get equal pay for women who do the same job as men and earn less. She makes sure everyone is treated equally, and no one is left behind. Equality Emma is dressed in business attire because like any man, she’s able to work professionally and do her job well. In her fight for feminism, she reminds everyone that feminism doesn’t mean women wanting to be more powerful than men or hating men, but as Beyoncé said, feminist are people that believe, “in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes”(blog.ted.com). Women can be delicate and refined, just like the bow Equality Emma holds, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be effective and strong. Her logo is a diamond on her chest because, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”(Monroe), just as women’s rights should be any woman’s.

  • HudsonB_PattersonAPHUG

    An issue in Coppell, TX is that we are having problems with people in and around our community taking packages off of people’s doorsteps. Can you imagine anticipating your new laptop computer that you saved up all your money from the last few years for and on the day its supposed to arrive you find nothing at your doorstep. A few days later you will find your package has been stolen and you are devastated.

    Evidence of this happening is on the link-
    http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2014/12/police-looking-for-woman-whos-been-stealing-packages-from-northwest-dallas-porches.html/

    An action that my superhero will take is to to set up little box areas in front of peoples houses where only package deliverers and the house owners will have the key to and they will place the package inside without being stolen. If my superhero has to take out a few criminals along the way it would not be a problem hence the name “The Protector”

  • SanishJ_PattersonAPHG

    In the community Coppell and Irving, I have seen a problem with physical bullying while i walk through normal life I see people pretending to bully someone and just trying to scare someone while doing it but the people who are receiving this know what is joking but what if they are not pretending what if they are just acting like it.Living here I have been bullied in 6th grade by two 8th graders and I have been hurt by them multiple times and at first I didn’t recognize what was happening but then one day on the Bus when i was getting off they tripped me and they let people trample over me but then i finally felt how much it hurt to bullied by someone and I think that there could be a way to solve this problem in the local scale and also the National scale to me it is a big problem because half the people in the world get bullied and about 10% get bullied on a regular day to day basis.

    • SanishJ_PattersonAPHG

      oops i wasn’t finished

  • VictorK_PattersonAPHG

    A major issue in most suburban neighborhoods in the U.S. is littering, and ultimately, pollution. Everyone has seen commercials and programs about keeping our environment beautiful. However, many just believe that leaving trash on the ground only makes the place look aesthetically unappealing and don’t understand the magnitude behind this one simple action. Littering causes serious environmental, as well as economic, problems.

    Litter on the ground not only harms the environment, but kills different types of plants and animals. Although many do not realize it, the majority of litter ends up in the ocean. Specifically, 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped in the ocean yearly, causing nearly 1 million seabirds and several thousand sea mammals to be killed. (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-pollution) Not only is litter hazardous to the environment, but could be potentially dangerous for humans as well. The harmful waste from the litter seeps into the ground and can cause groundwater pollution. Not to mention, trash on the road is a car accident waiting to happen. (http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-littering-facts.php) On a more selfish note, the U.S. spends 11.5 billion dollars to clean up litter each year. Most of this money comes from the taxes that landowners pay. Therefore, by simply throwing trash away, people can help save the environment, thousands of plants and animals (even some humans) and spend less on taxes along the way.

    Statistics show that in the United States, one of the most common items found while picking up trash is fast food wrappers. (http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-littering-facts.php) Although my city (Coppell, TX) is very “litter conscious”, it still follows the same general trend as the rest of America. There is an abundance of fast food restaurants in Coppell. Despite the existence of numerous trash bins around the city, plastic cups and fast food bags can be seen around the restaurants, along the roads and even in the parks. Also, despite the community and even Coppell High School efforts (E-Coppell initiative) to eliminate the usage of plastic bags from the grocery stores, many residents continue to use them. As a result, flying plastic bags can be often seen in the shrubs or trees especially on windy or stormy days. Even when they are discarded in the trash, it takes a long time for them to degrade. Similarly, although this isn’t a dominating tendency, many kids play with Airsoft guns. Airsoft guns shoot 6mm sized pellets that kids never bother to pick up, and thousands of them could be scattered across one yard. Although there are biodegradable pellets sold, the most common and less expensive versions are made of plastic, which take a very long time to decompose. Even the biodegradable pellets could take up to 2 years for it to degrade. (https://www.usc.edu/CSSF/Current/Projects/J1319.pdf)

    This global issue is getting out of hand, and a superhero is needed to save us. His name is Vic the Quick. When he was born, his feet went through a mutation, and small wings sprouted from them. His parents, frightened to death, went to the hospital and the small vigilante was experimented on in government labs. One day, a strange chemical was spilled over his hands, granting him the power to vaporize anything. From that day forward, he decided to use his powers for the greater good. The symbol on his chest represents hazardous waste, which reminds civilians that litter is hazardous for the environment. His motto is “Stay Classy, Never Trashy”. As we speak, he speeds across the world, vaporizing trash and setting an example for others to join the fight against litter.

  • DongkunL_PattersonAPHG

    One of the issues my community, Coppell, is facing is bullying. Bullying can occur anywhere, from school all the way to your home. Bullying is a form of harassment and can lead to even greater things, such as suicide or murder. In recent statistics, it says that 27.8% of students report being bullied every year. Almost, only 36% of students admit that they have been bullied, which makes that 27.8% to over 50%. Bullying can cause anxiety, academic problems and even violence for the perpetrator. This can effect the student’s lives as a learner and the lives they have at home.

    There are many ways to stop bullying and put an end to it. Studies show that once a peer intervenes, there is over a 50% chance that the bullying will stop. Also, it is likely for the bullying cases to decrease by 25% or more if the school has a bullying prevention program. If people start to stand up and report bullying or even stand up for a friend that is being bullied, the rate of bullying will decrease dramatically and most students will be set back on the right path.

    If there is still bullying after all these actions have been taken, my superhero, Anti-Bullying Larry, will attempt to resolve this. He can shape-shift into any form he desires and using his power, he will be able to properly intervene on the bullying and stop it from happening.

    Sources: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/about/media-kit/stats.asp

  • SanishJ_PattersonAPHG

    In the community Coppell and Irving, I have seen a problem with physical
    bullying while i walk through normal life I see people pretending to
    bully someone and just trying to scare someone while doing it but the
    people who are receiving this know what is joking but what if they are
    not pretending what if they are just acting like it.Living here I have
    been bullied in 6th grade by two 8th graders and I have been hurt by
    them multiple times and at first I didn’t recognize what was happening
    but then one day on the Bus when i was getting off they tripped me and
    they let people trample over me but then i finally felt how much it hurt
    to bullied by someone and I think that there could be a way to solve
    this problem in the local scale and also the National scale to me it is a
    big problem because half the people in the world get bullied and about
    10% get bullied on a regular day to day basis.

    The way we could solve this is by teaching children about bullying before hand at the age of about 6 so then they have time to get exposed to the facts about bullying and get more aware of it and also when someone is getting bullied we can stand op for the victim instead of just watching them get beat down that way you wont get the regret feeling that you didn’t do anything about it and let him get hurt.In the National scale we can have more anti-bully organizations and also we can raise more awareness and also on top of that we can also make more countries have laws against Bullying.

  • “Today, women make up half
    of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of
    what the average working man makes. Men have to demand that their wives,
    daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality
    and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of
    life. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent
    of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.”
    – Beyonce

    Feminism covers a wide
    scope of topics, and often goes hand and hand with the Black Lives Matter &
    LGBTQA movements, as all three of these movements are working towards equality
    for all. In today’s society women are expected to look and act a certain way. Often
    women are shamed for being manly or butch, as we are thought of as fragile,
    weak, and inferior. It should be common knowledge that women are free to act
    and dress as they want, but unfortunately, that is not the assumption. Women
    are pushed aside, labelled as ‘sluts’ or ‘whores,’ terms used to “remind women
    of their position in society.” It is not okay to allow this treatment anymore.
    Women are beautiful, but because of the oppression towards the gender, many
    fall into insecurity, depression, etc.

    We have a long way to go
    to achieve equality, and it won’t be easy, but my superhero can help with that.
    Meet Artemis, a hero who seeks to bring equality for women and men, and to
    protect those harmed by the movement. Artemis empowers herself and others by
    spreading positivity towards all women and men. Artemis is dressed her favorite
    outfit, that would be considered ‘slutty,’ but Artemis doesn’t mind, because
    she is confident in what she wears, and believes that women have the right to
    dress how they want. Artemis works to empower voices in the community and
    create a worldwide change, letting women express how they feel without being
    labelled.

  • SakethG_PattersonAPHUG

    In city of Coppell we encounter many problems and issues, some less important than other but there are some big one. And one of those is the concept of cliques and how people are restricted to the friends they have by race and other things. This is more easily represented in school where everyone has a clique but also affects adults who also a sort of clique. As I said before it can be easily demonstrated in school in which everybody at lunch all separate into their each group and sit at their own areas claiming it as there. These cliques don’t interactive with people outside these groups and generally don’t interact with people outside their race. And studies show that well people who grow older generally don’t want to interact with the others unfamiliar to them once they have established a group of friends that know each other well. The questions is why does this happen, an online article even talks about how talking to another race can reduces anxiety and is beneficial, so why don’t we do. The answer is many people are scared of change and do not like it, and that’s what I want my hero to change.

    I want my hero The Friender to be able to change people’s perspectives of others by introducing them to each other. He would be able to make arch enemies to best friends and destroy cliques making society more of a network than groups of different people connected by a tiny thread. He would also be able to create great friendships between people who have never known each other and make the world a more social and enjoyable world breaking down the barrier between races and creating. He will be green to promote happiness and friendship and be a robot so he shows no partiality.

  • DongkunL_PattersonAPHG

    One of the issues my community, Coppell, is facing is bullying. Bullying can occur anywhere, from school all the way to your home. Bullying is a form of harassment and can lead to even greater things, such as suicide or murder. In recent statistics, it says that 27.8% of students report being bullied every year. Almost, only 36% of students admit that they have been bullied, which makes that 27.8% to over 50%. Bullying can cause anxiety, academic problems and even violence for the perpetrator. This can effect the student’s lives as a learner and the lives they have at home.

    There are many ways to stop bullying and put an end to it. Studies show that once a peer intervenes, there is over a 50% chance that the bullying will stop. Also, it is likely for the bullying cases to decrease by 25% or more if the school has a bullying prevention program. If people start to stand up and report bullying or even stand up for a friend that is being bullied, the rate of bullying will decrease dramatically and most students will be set back on the right path.

    If there is still bullying after all these actions have been taken, my superhero, Anti-Bullying Larry, will attempt to resolve this. He can shape-shift into any form he desires and using his power, he will be able to properly intervene on the bullying and stop it from happening.

    Here is a picture of my superhero:

    Sources: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/about/media-kit/stats.asp

  • FrankZ_PattersonAPHUG

    One of the major problems within many communities overall, including Coppell, is a lack of empathy with others, the inability to know what one is doing to another’s mind. Although I’m not saying that everyone has APDS, at the same time though, look anywhere, and it’s somewhat obvious how little someone cares whenever something damaging has occurred. Just look at the television, flip on the news, and tragedies abound, but how much do we actually care? Sure, many of us would think that it’s rather sad, but does anything happen? Maybe a dollar for charity, but for most of us, that’s about it. Now extend this to social life at school or in the community. Bullying is rather common, with 20% of high school kids reporting it, and this stems out of a lack of empathy. Empathy is ” is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/empathy). Lack of empathy can lead to discrimination which in turn can lead to drastic consequences like suicide, homicide, and turn people in sociopaths/psychopaths, thus something drastic needs to be done.
    http://nobullying.com/bullying-statistics-2014/
    http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1982190,00.html
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/empathy

    Thus, in order to provide for this need, my plan is to get a superhero I call Bridge that will have the following powers.
    1. The ability to place an invisible stigma that will not affect the subject in anyway, this will allow Bridge to telepathically locate them and know their mental state along with interactions.

    2. A mind that can handle being able to process multiple events at once. Thus being able to know what’s going on with all the people Bridge has marked at once.
    3. The ability to link two or more marked minds so that one knows what the other is feeling.
    With these abilities, Bridge can mark every single mind in the school, and then whenever bullying occurs, Bridge can sense it, and if it is intentional with full harm meant, then the minds will be linked in a one way fashion. This will force the bully to experience the pain they cause, and even young psychopaths or sociopaths will be forced to feel emotion. If the victim’s mind dies, then the perpetrator’s mind will be permanently engraved with the emotions of the victim right before dying and all the pain felt. This is obviously not meant to have the bully kill himself/herself too, so this will only come into mind when the bully tries to bully again.

  • Sonakshi Chaturvedi

    While I think that all the issues stated here are very important, one thing that I belive is super vital to our world now is pollution. It comes in many different forms and while we don’t realize it because we live in a privleged area and we haven’t gone out to see the world, China and India and many other heavily industrialized areas are suffering from pollution. So much so that people literally have to wear masks as soon as they go out of the house, and they cannot leave their door open for fear of all that smoke and smog coming into their homes. In addition, in some places, the water is orange.

    But with the help of superhero Skye, she can fix all of this this. She is mainly geared towards helping wihth air and light pollution,both of which are in abundance in our city of Dallas. But one thing that would be appreciated is that if people don’t waste electricity in their homes, and turn off their lights when they are not in use, would be helpful. Also to protest and go against new constructions of buildings, power plants, and factories all of which contribute to air pollution. Soon, Dallas, an industrialized city, could be suffering from this picture.

    (Sorry for the upside down image, it’s not working otherwise)

  • SonakshiC_APHGPatterson

    While I think that all the issues stated here are very important, one thing that I belive is super vital to our world now is pollution. It comes in many different forms and while we don’t realize it because we live in a privleged area and we haven’t gone out to see the world, China and India and many other heavily industrialized areas are suffering from pollution. So much so that people literally have to wear masks as soon as they go out of the house, and they cannot leave their door open for fear of all that smoke and smog coming into their homes. In addition, in some places, the water is orange.

    But with the help of superhero Skye, she can fix all of this this. She is mainly geared towards helping wihth air and light pollution,both of which are in abundance in our city of Dallas. But one thing that would be appreciated is that if people don’t waste electricity in their homes, and turn off their lights when they are not in use, would be helpful. Also to protest and go against new constructions of buildings, power plants, and factories all of which contribute to air pollution. Soon, Dallas, an industrialized city, could be suffering from the picture below.

    (Sorry for the upside down image, it’s not working otherwise…)

  • AakashT_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell there are problems. I feel that one of the most prominent problems is the wasting of food. The amount of food that is thrown way is massive and there are many people around the globe that could wish they could have some food, even if it is our leftovers. In an average North American city upwards of 40% of all food is wasted. This is a very big amount especially when you look at how there are people in our own community, let alone the world, that could use this food. Another way to see this would be to see would be to compare how much food is wasted compared to other trash. Food makes up 20% of our trash making it the item that is thrown away the most that ends up in our landfills. Many people think that this is due to restaurants but an estimated 50% of food waste in an city comes from homes. This means that a lot of the food that is being thrown away is occurring because of community’s like ours.

    A superhero that can help us fight against this powers is the Food Fighter, a superhero that spreads awareness of this topic as well has the power to make all left overs sanitary for other people to eat. He then can put the left overs in super ever tight boxes so they cannot spoil. When he scenes that people need food he flies around delivering leftovers to the less fortunate.

    Sources: http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/11/17/364172105/to-end-food-waste-change-needs-to-begin-at-home

  • ZakariaC_PattersonAPHG

    I believe a prominent problem in my community, Coppell, is racism or general discrimination. People make fun of others because of their race, and that is not okay at all, we are all humans and should work together to be happy not discriminate. Racism is one of the largest roots of problems that arise not only in our current society, but past, and possibly future as well. Wars, genocide, and more have been caused by racism and yet we do not learn from our mistakes, people continue to be racist without looking at the damage they cause to others. Even those who are supposed to be just like the police have become racist in fact studies show that “Police are more likely to pullover and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites” in New York City 80% of people stopped were black or Latino compared to small 5% of whites. The problem of racism has become so widespread that it is not just specifically in my community, but global as well. If we start small, and work together in my community we can grow large enough to help those around the world.

    In collaboration with a superhero team like the “Justice League” I would take action by giving speeches to the general public over racism, posting motivational flyers around public areas where people can see them (when permitted), and starting a campaign group. In terms of giving speeches, I would give them to not only people of all ages, but also stress on giving them to little kids.

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

    The above quote was said by Nelson Mandela himself, the quote basically says that No human is born to be racist and hate others because of background specific things, they are taught, and if they can learn to hate and be racist, they can learn to love as well which comes more naturally. In society, people are influenced by other people whether it be parents, friends, teachers sometimes this influences is negative like racism. So, by giving speeches to the younger people of my community I would get to them before they have any racist ideology and they in part would grow up being loving then raise their children to be loving as well because like I previously said, children are become racist because of other influences like parents, friends. By giving speeches to young kids I solve for two instances of racial influence, friend and parental influence because; I am teaching the young kids as a whole, young kids tend to make friends withing their age group so I am teaching their friends to not be racist. Then these young kids will grow up to become parents and influence their kids. The fliers and campaign group are for the diffusion of the idea of “love and no racism” through out the larger age groups.

    Statistic about police from: U.S. Department of Justice. “The Reality of Racial Profiling.” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Accessed March 1, 2014, http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/racial-profiling2011/the-reality-of-racial.html.

    Quote from: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/111810-no-one-is-born-hating-another-person-because-of-the

    I made a superhero named “Equitas” who will help my community by giving speeches, helping with flyers, etc. With his trusty gavel he will also make sure every case is treated without the slightest bit of racism, and make sure to bring justice everywhere. His name is Equitas because that translates to “Equality” in latin (he is fighting for equality of races). He wears clothes that resemble the colors of America, why America and not just Coppell? Because he wants to make fighting for equality a widespread thing. He is multi raced and has a beard to show wiseness, meaning he always makes the right, unbiased choice.

  • SonakshiC_APHGPatterson

    While I think that all the issues stated here are very important, one thing that I believe is super vital to our world now is pollution. It comes in many different forms and while we don’t realize it because we live in a privileged area and we haven’t gone out to see the world, China and India and many other heavily industrialized areas are suffering from pollution. So much so that people literally have to wear masks as soon as they go out of the house, and they cannot leave their door open for fear of all that smoke and smog coming into their homes. In addition, in some places, the water is orange.

    But with the help of superhero Skye, she can fix all of this this. She is mainly geared towards helping with air and light pollution,both of which are in abundance in our city of Dallas. But one thing that would be appreciated is that if people don’t waste electricity in their homes, and turn off their lights when they are not in use, would be helpful. Also to protest and go against new constructions of buildings, power plants, and factories all of which contribute to air pollution. Soon, Dallas, an industrialized city, could be suffering from this picture.

    (sorry for the upside down pic, it wasn’t working otherwise)

  • Guest

    Many families cannot financially support themselves because their minimum wage jobs cannot cover living expenses. In other words, minimum wage does not equal living wage, as a result, many families are stuck below the poverty line which increases their chances for health issues, starvation and illiteracy. The minimum wage is now about more than 40 percent below the federal poverty line. They cannot cover their eating expenses, travel fees, pay medical essentials, or be able to pay the bills that come with a house on less than $10 per hour. To make matters worse, some people in the United States get paid less than the minimum wage. According to a New
    York Times article, it states that, “Parents both working full time on minimum wage to support their family do not earn enough to live on”. This problem is not only prominent in the US but it is all over the world. A Daily Mail article from UK, states that, “…combined wages and benefits of a family with both parents working full time on the minimum wage are still insufficient to meet the basic needs of the family”. This clearly shows that minimum wages are not only a problem in the US but all around the world. My superhero, named “Money Man”, can help solve the problem of low minimum wages. He can solve this issue by educating people about the hardships minimum wage workers go through. When enough people, especially Members of Congress and other elected officials, understand the struggles that real people, their constituents, face just to make ends meet, they can no longer dismiss this situation.

  • PranjalJ_PattersonAPHG

    Many families cannot financially support themselves because their minimum wage jobs cannot cover living expenses. In other words, minimum wage does not equal living wage, as a result, many families are stuck below the poverty line which increases their chances for health issues, starvation and illiteracy. The minimum wage is now about more than 40 percent below the federal poverty line. They cannot cover their eating expenses, travel fees, pay medical essentials, or be able to pay the bills that come with a house on less than $10 per hour. To make matters worse, some people in the United States get paid less than the minimum wage. According to a New
    York Times article, it states that, “Parents both working full time on minimum wage to support their family do not earn enough to live on”. This problem is not only prominent in the US but it is all over the world. A Daily Mail article from UK, states that, “…combined wages and benefits of a family with both parents working full time on the minimum wage are still insufficient to meet the basic needs of the family”. This clearly shows that minimum wages are not only a problem in the US but all around the world. My superhero, named “Money Man”, can help solve the problem of low minimum wages. He can solve this issue by educating people about the hardships minimum wage workers go through. When enough people, especially Members of Congress and other elected officials, understand the struggles that real people, their constituents, face just to make ends meet, they can no longer dismiss this situation.

    Sources:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722521/Cost-living-increases-mean-families-two-parents-paid-minimum-wage-don-t-live-on.html#ixzz3PsQBYg3e

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/are-us-wages-enough-to-live-on/

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/06/15/business/living-on-minimum-wage.html?_r=0

  • SherronT_PattersonAPHG

    A Great Issue in Coppell (My Community) and around the world would be the waste of water and water pollution. “Daily, I see people use water sprinklers effectively and watch as the water runs down the road” – A Neighbour (Anonymous) that uses an Irrigation System in his backyard. My Superhero along with collaboration of others could be able to help by installing irrigation systems and preventing water that is wasted to water that could help people in dire need of that resource.

    The waste of water might seem very minor in a sense, but truly I feel like water is a valuable resource and here, in Coppell, we have the luxury to use water whenever we want. It is sad to know that some people can’t have the bare necessities while we take bubble baths and think we can’t do anything about it. But we can do something about with the power of a “superhero” and contribution of ourselves.

  • EmmaG_PattersonAPHUG

    You may not think about it, but pollution is a major issue in Coppell. Without even thinking about it, countless people in Coppell litter everyday. This, among other things, causes our air and water to be polluted. Water pollution can be a major problem, caused not only by litter, but mainly by runoff.
    Living in Texas, there is already the threat drought can pose to or water supply. Having our water supply polluted and unusable certainly doesn’t help the situation. Sewage runoff, the runoff water from when someone washes their car, or waters their plants, and even just rain water, can contaminate and pollute the water we use for drinking. According to the National Resources Defense Council, “Dirty water is the world’s biggest health risk.” On average, 99 million pounds of fertilizers and chemicals are used each year. How do you think that affects the environment? If we could help prevent sewer overflow, and catch storm water, instead of letting it run off into our water, it would make a world of difference. My superhero, Crystal Waters, can help fix this problem, helping stop pollution and purifying our water.

  • DhakshinS_PattersonAPHG

    In the city of Coppell there are so many issues but a big one that could affect the future of our lives hugely is pollution/ littering. Now it isn’t as bad as it is in other places that I have visited such as, Los Angeles, India and other places, the reason why it is not as bad is because it is not as overpopulated so the problem does not multiply as quickly. But eventually one day our city will be too polluted to live in. People might have to wear masks and boots to avoid trash and pollution. Trash can be as small as a water bottle on the ground and it can be as big as nuclear waste. Pollution can be as small as smoke from a fire to as big as emission from a factory. No matter what it is there is always something we can do.

    World Wide Life says that their are three different kinds of pollution in the world, air pollution, noise pollution, and light pollution. Air pollution uses tons and tons of chemicals which end up being burnt which sends toxic fumes into the air which cuts down the amount of less air that you can breathe.It says that light and noise pollution affects everybody’s daily life. It ruins peace everyday. They say that littering is people being lazy. They say that everyday somebody drops something and thinks that someone else is there to pick it up for them.

    That is why my hero The Dhakter will be there to keep the environment clean and make sure that everybody throws there trash away and doesn’t expect someone else to do it. He will keep the air clean and try to limit pollution and emission from factories by using renewable energy resources.

    “There aren’t many things that are universally cool, and it’s cool not to litter. I’d never do it.” said Matthew McConaughey
    He is saying that it is not cool to liter and pollute the thing we live on because it is what we have for the rest of our life. Without it our lives are nothing.

  • PrachiK_PattersonAPHUG

    Coppell is a wonderful city with many pros and cons. One major con is loitering and littering. Environmental issues is a major problem in Coppell and many other places around the world. Trash has started to show up more frequently in well established places. You can see trash/litter in small ponds, parks, roads, school hallways, and etc. If we don’t start to do something about the littering then sooner or later we will be living in a world full of trash. Would you really want to see trash every where you look? We have this one planet so lets learn how to pick up after our selves. Some people are very careless and just walk away from the trash when they see it instead of picking it up and throwing it away. “People litter everyday, and more then 50% walk right past the litter.” What will this world become if we all just walk away. My idea of a super hero would be Litter Savior, he would help our planet and the people that concept of it how to help make this a better place. He would inspire us and teach us to do the right thing.

  • AlliF_PattersonAPHG

    In my community, Coppell, Texas, a huge problem we face as teens is cyber bullying, and abuse through social medias such as Twitter, Instagram, ask.fm, and Tumblr. A new phenomenon in my community is called the private twitter, or “PT”. Teenagers will abuse the option to make their accounts private so that they can gossip, and say abusive things about others. When asked if she had seen anything about her on someone’s private twitter account, Anonymous said, “I’ve seen or heard about things that were posted about me that were nasty rumors. [There were] things about drinking, partying, and [rude names].” In all of the United States, cyberbullying is also a problem. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. (http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html)
    Since I am personally surrounded by this every day, I could take a stand to either not participate and defend victims of cyberbullying, even if I don’t know them. It just takes a few words to stop gossip or to tell someone you have their back.
    Or on the other hand, if you find yourself in the position of the cyberbully, stop to think about the consequences. It’s easy to hit send, but it’s hard for the victim to deal with it. So stop and think about what you’re really doing.

  • SruthiB_PattersonAPHG

    Oblivion and ignorance is a major issue that affects many small, isolated towns, especially Coppell. Often people living in small close-knit towns lack knowledge of the social issues around the world. Unfortunately, in Coppell, we suffer from the same thing. Many Coppell residents are unaware of important issues around the world. They tend to stay in their own little bubble and are oblivious to the tragedies happening around us. It’s as if many people in Coppell don’t even take the time to learn about the problems affecting people of all ages across the globe. The only news we happen to care about is in Coppell. As Emma Goldman once said, “The most violent element in society is ignorance.”

    In order to destroy the bubble of ignorance many people in Coppell live in, we need to educate ourselves about the various issues going on in different countries of the world. This is where the Oblivion Obliterator comes in. She will use her powers to teach us about the problems people outside of Coppell face everyday, because “real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius.

  • KatieA_PattersonAPHUG

    Teenage depression is a serious problem in Coppell,Texas. It’s taken the lives of 2 students in the past 7 years. If you were to walk down the hallways and ask any student if they or someone they know is depressed, odds are they’d say yes. The average teen has 5 close friends- and 1 in 5 teens has a diagnosable mental disorder. Depression is a crippling disease that leads to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, lack of motivation, and self hatred. All these things lead to sufferers not being able to reach their full potentials and be productive members of society. Students in Coppell are especially at high risk, too. In recent years, depression has found to be correlated with higher incomes, and with Coppell being a relatively affluent community, students may be more likely to develop depression.

    My superhero is Joy. She is a friend who is always there to help other students out, listen to their problems, tell them they’re not alone, and assist them in getting help. She educates kids about this issue and is not afraid to talk to people that are always lonely, who may be at even higher risk. She carries a light to help lead friends through the darkness and wears a red cross because she’s concerned about other’s health.

  • LekhithaA_PattersonAPHG

    My communities problem? We haven’t learned how to be safe with regular household items. Seems silly yes? We had a house burn all the way. Why? Hot oil. That’s all it took to ruin a house, no a home. Not that silly anymore huh? Constantly being burned or a gas leak or even one I’ve done myself, set something in the oven on fire and once you open it, the house is filled with smoke and everything looks…smokey. We need to learn how to use these household items properly and when to take precaution. “Many people think they know the dangers, but fire officials say that homeowners sometimes aren’t aware of the danger of some household items already in their homes.” (http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-13/common-household-items-can-cause-fire-say-fire-officials)

    We have to educate people about the most common mistakes that lead to tragedies. These mistakes can easily be averted with just little knowledge.

    • LekhithaA_PattersonAPHG

      Super Bluehead will save the day!

  • SaraK_PattersonAPHG

    In my community of Coppell we face many issues that need to be solved. One of the significant problems in our city is air pollution. On average, each of us breathes over 3,000 gallons of air each day (http://www.epa.gov/airquality/peg_caa/concern.html). We couldn’t survive without air for longer than 3 minutes. Knowing this, we need to take initiatives to reduce the air pollution in our society. Air pollution can damage trees, crops, other plants, lakes, and animals. Other pollutants make their way up into the upper atmosphere, causing a thinning of the protective ozone layer. This has led to changes in the environment and dramatic increases in skin cancers and cataracts (eye damage)( http://www.epa.gov/airquality/peg_caa/concern.html). Everyday things could be done to reduce air pollution and could make a huge difference. We could limit driving by walking, riding a bike, or by using public transportation. At work and school we could recycle and reuse, and go paperless by using electronic documents. We need to remind ourselves of this problem to ensure the quality of our air.

  • vinootnak_pattersonaphg

    In my local community of Coppell, there are many problems that arise. It may be something like too much traffic on Denton Tap, or even something like littering or wasting water. However, I feel like the biggest problem I have encountered while living in Coppell is that here, people all are closed off into their own personal spaces. There isn’t much interaction within neighborhoods, and even neighbors don’t know each others’ names. I moved here from Alabama in the beginning of the school year, and it took me time to get adjusted. In Alabama, I knew almost everyone in my neighborhood, both first and last names. In Coppell, however, I barely even see my neighbors.
    I recently went to a friend’s house in Coppell, and she mentioned that she hasn’t met her neighbors in the five years she has lived there. This is not just a problem in Coppell, though. It is occurring in many places all over the world. According to Trulia (http://www.forbes.com/sites/trulia/2013/10/24/neighbor-survey/) and Time magazine, one in two Americans doesn’t know his or her neighbor’s name. That’s 50 percent. To me, this is astounding, because there is no enjoyment in life without people to share happiness with.
    However, we can change this statistic. We can make the effort to talk to people that have the potential to make an impact on our lives. We are all busy, keeping up with our daily hectic lives, but if we really wanted to, we could engage in the community and make more friends.

  • ArchiB_PattersonAPHG

    One of the biggest problems in Coppell right now, is the prevalance of racial ignorance throughout everyday life. Coppell is a very culturally diverse city with 64.7% of people being white, 4.2% African American, 16.5% Asian, 11.92 Hispanic, and 2.75 other races. http://www.coppelltx.gov/business-103/demographics.html Although Coppell is extremely diverse, racial ignorance still linger throughout Coppell. For example according to a reporter from The Sidekick, Coppell High School’s newspaper, http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2014/10/26/ebola-is-a-virus-not-a-punchline/ , there are kids in Coppell making jokes about Ebola, a very important issue that affects many people in Africa. Another example of racial ignorance in Coppell, are freshman throughout the High School, chanting, “Hutu Power!” This is a reference to the Rwandan genocide where many people of the Tutsi ethnicity were killed in Rwanda, by the Hutu’s. These 2 pieces of evidence show that in places around Coppell, especially at the High School, racial ignorance is still prevalent.

    In order to combat this there needs to be a super hero. This superheroes name is The Informer. His main mission is to prevent racial ignorance, and to make sure that people don’t joke about serious issues, like the Rwandan Genocide. His main weapon is the Torch of Knowledge, which bestows people with the knowledge they need, so they are not as ignorant.

  • DeviaJ_PattersonAPHG

    Gender equality is a global issue and is even in Coppell. It may not visible and constantly aggravating like an overflowing sewage system, or an over population of rabbits, but it is a serious social issue that will take all of us to help end. The gender pay gap is the most well known issue in the U.S. Women account of 58% of unpaid employment and the weekly gender wage gap in the Unites States is about 17.9 percent (http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/the-gender-wage-gap-2013-differences-by-race-and-ethnicity-no-growth-in-real-wages-for-women). However, there are other statistics that some may not know about. Such as that about 2/5 of girls are never born due to a preference for sons (http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTRESEARCH/EXTWDRS/EXTWDR2012/0,,menuPK:7778074~pagePK:7778278~piPK:7778320~theSitePK:7778063~contentMDK:22851055,00.html). This is preference has been around for many, many hundreds of years now it’s about time it goes away.
    This is where Sensible Sally comes in. She is a superhero that will knock sense into people and stand up for what is right. She will not let any women settle for less than what a man would get. With your help, she will raise awareness of this issue and get men and women alike, to fight this injustice.

  • Nayanam_pattersonAPH

    I agree that cyberbullying is big problem and has to be stopped.
    we are becoming more advanced in technology but we don’t
    always use the technology we have to do the greatest things . Cyber bullying is
    one of those problems. Its seems like the start of a joke but not all people take
    it as a joke . Cyber bullying does not benefit anyone . it loses more than it gains.
    Cyberbullying is growing in it happens in the biggest moments of kids life that is at
    school.71.9% reported being cyber-bullied once or twice in the school year,19.6%reported once or twice a month,5.3% reported once or twice a week,3.1% reported almost everyday. (http://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/statistics.html) cyber bullying needs to stop.

  • WesleyM_PattersonAPHG

    I agree that cyber bullying is a big deal, but I believe my superhero can save the day. By standing up to the bullies. Most bullies think it’s funny to do what they do. 81% actually. Many may think that, but that’s not the case in any community.

    When you see a bully, report or stand up to them best you can. Use the super hero within you to protect others from cyber bullies! It’s much more common than it used to be because we use social media all the time , and this can lead to bullies behind a 5 inch screen. It’s much easier to type something rude to somebody than say it in person. The flip side of that may be more offended because it must be of something the person was proud of. Maybe calling someone ugly even when you can just ignore the post or unfollow them.

    There are so many different bullying stories and they keep getting worse.
    To check some out go to http://www.puresight.com/Real-Life-Stories/real-life-stories.html
    STAND UP AND BE A HERO!

  • AkarshV_PattersonAPHG

    The problem in my community of Coppell is a very big problem including the risk of the health in Coppell and my community. I think the most concerning and salient issue of my community in Coppell is the drainage problem. Many people think that this is not a big problem because they don’t need to worry about it as long as they get whatever they need, but unfortunately that is not the case for everyone. The City of Coppell has built most of the drainage systems in the vicinity of private property. Since they have built the drainage systems near or into the private property they have the capability to remove it as any time they wish, but when they have done that many people will start complain because they will not be getting clean and filtered water. This will also affect the kids that have this water and eventually decrease the population. According to the Texas Waterboys the city does not maintain creeks or ditches on private property. The city also does not maintain inlets, pipes, concrete, channels and headwalls that discharge into the creeks. If a private property’s owner requests to move all of the obstacles of the drainage system on the private property which are obstructing the flow of water, provided they are accessible from land.Their are many people that use the water and it can cost a lot as the water bill.The water bills of the City of Coppell for the past year are $19,420,000(http://www.city-data.com/city/Coppell-Texas.html). Just imagine with that money how many people are using the water and if the drainage system is destroyed or removed how many people will be affected.

    I believe that are many ways to improve the health through our drainage system. These ways can be produced and brought to life by the City of Coppell and its resources. For example, we could start a foundation that helps raise money for the cleansing of the water. Then, once we get enough money we will be able to use the money for a good reason and bring the healthy foundation back to Coppell.

  • MauryaA_PattersonAPHG

    In Coppell many people live a happy but
    lots of people in this city suffer from depression and it is a major problem that
    needs to be addressed. Many people who are depressed do not show it and act
    very happy. Statistics show that “50% of people who suffer from major
    depression do not seek help or get any treatment.” According to the
    infographic at this website, http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/statistics-infographic,
    1 in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point or another, and over
    80% of people with clinical depression do not receive treatment. There are a
    lot of factors that contribute to depression like bullying and high standards
    who expect their children to be brilliant. A lot of people even decide to take
    their life away because of depression and their loss of happiness. My superhero,
    Smiley-Face-Man can help with his powers because his powers make it so that
    everyone is constantly happy.

  • JananeT_PattersonAPHG

    Not only is this problem in my community, but also in the world. As the world starts to evolve and grow, we begin seeing the same things over and over, till there is no nature or some uniqueness in our community. Real issues in my community, is placelessness. There’s just always the same things over and over, or its a building next to another, there’s never a whole area of trees and grass. A superhero could help us change what we have for the future. Perhaps we take the entire notion of “place” for granted, failing to recognize that a sense of place is contingent upon maintenance, care, and tending. if we’re more amenable to the notion that placeless places can, within the space of a couple decades, become places, we might be more willing to accept when “places” have slipped into placelessness. If people were more mindful of this, perhaps they would reinvest culturally and financially in the former place, enabling its sense of place to persist rather than lapse.

  • AustinR_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell, we face many problems. They are problems which need to be fixed. It would be greatly helped if there was a superhero to help. Many people of Coppell are cyber bullied by people through social media and a superhero and his team could help by monitoring social media of Coppell and turning in the cyber bullier.
    Cyber bullying is a huge problem. In 2012-2013, about 15 percent of high school students were cyber bullied. That number is atrociously high and needs to be lowered. This means they are more likely to do alcohol, drugs and they are more likely to skip school, and receive lower grades. The city of Coppell is very wealthy so technology is more prevalent. This means kids have more access to technology than most other cities so they are even MORE likely to get cyber bullied. People say that we are blessed to be living in Coppell, which I believe holds true, but there are some problems which come with living in this community,and cyber bullying is very prevalent.

    My superhero, Secret Agent Cyber, and his justice league of superheros could definitely help this problem. What they would do is put cyber bullies in their place on social media such as twitter, Instagram, etc. Of course, since they are only a justice league we, as a community, should help them. We could speak up and inform Secret Agent Cyber and his crew. However, this is just a theoretical. However, I believe that the last part is not though. I believe this community needs to learn to speak up when someone is being cyber bullied and report it to someone. Of course the superheros were just a metaphor for a school administrator or maybe, the police.
    In conclusion, we need to voice our opinions if we see something wrong. Cyber bullying needs to be shut down and reported to our “superhero’s”
    http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/

    • AustinR_PattersonAPHG

      This is Secret Agent Cyber.

  • PriscillaC_PattersonAPHG

    Drumroll please……Here I present to you: Friend Radar. She is the superhero that is here to make Coppell High School a safer place for teens to be real with each other. Her friendly face, yet sophisticated appearance welcomes any teen in trouble. With her shield (radar) she can scan the premises to match you with a person with similar interests as you. Basically, she helps you find people that hopefully you can build a trustful friendship with. She is not a love matchmaker. She is there to help you find a friend that is going to listen to you, laugh with you, and walk alongside you through high school, life and its many struggles.

    A big issue in Coppell High School is its many cliques and the invisible social ladder that everyone believes in. Because Coppell is a city with many families who are very well off, cliques start to form. There are those “popular” guys and girls. There are sport stars, band kids, choir people, drama people, etc. There are people who take GT and AP classes and people who take preap and on level classes.

    Everyone is trying to get to the top of the social ladder, to get recognized at school for those 4 years of high school. And obviously, everyone cannot be at the top. This is when the people of the “lower status” start to look up to the “populars” because they want to get noticed. This results in girls maybe copying outfits, wearing makeup, etc. With that, self confidence and self image issues start to arise.

    Besides the social ladder, cliques are formed based on race, classes that you take, and what previous school you’re from. So usually a group of people who all came from the same middle school will stick together. I’m not saying having friends is bad. But I think when there are cliques; a lot of people get left out. We tend to always hang out with our friends and never expand our friendship circle. This is where Friend Radar comes in. She is able to match people up based on personality, life experiences, classes, hobbies, interests, and etc. so that teenagers don’t have only one group of friends. Even though this does not eliminate the social ladder, at least people won’t be left out and maybe, just maybe you’ll get to know someone you never thought about being friends with. Having more friends don’t hurt. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn from others.

    Reality of cliques: http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.tran/true_clique

    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/cliques-high-school-110514.html

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/social/cliques/

  • SamC_PattersonAPHG

    In my hometown, Coppell, TX, there are many problems in
    the community, but one that stands out the most is the number of kids and
    teenagers that go to sleep with empty stomachs.
    Although Coppell is known as a more affluent city, there are still
    families in the community that live paycheck-to-paycheck and sometimes money is
    too tight to buy enough food for their family.
    A local organization called The North Texas Food Bank says that four out
    of ten houses in the North Texas area lives in poverty and has a problem getting
    access to food. ( http://web.ntfb.org/learn-more/learn-more-about-hunger/ask-the-hunger-center) When I was in 7th grade, a friend opened
    up in class telling us that three or four nights a week he went to sleep with
    an empty stomach. The Superhero, “SuperStuffer’s” sole job is to make
    sure that kids never have to go to sleep wondering if they will get healthy
    food to eat the next day. SuperStuffer
    will collect donations and donate them to a food shelter so that the food
    shelter can continue to supply for their food pantry and families can keep on
    getting fed. SuperStuffer has a special
    power to spot kids that have an empty stomach, he shows them different ways to
    get healthy food for their family through organizations like The North Texas
    Food Bank, and he helps that family get back on their feet financially.

  • JananeT_PattersonAPHG

    This is my super hero although, it really seems like one superhero would fix a whole problem. I’m gonna be perfectly honest, have one super hero change such a big issue like placelessness. I feel like the whole community can create the relationships that characterize place-based living and healthy communities. One of the most important ways is to buy local food (see the blog posts ‘A Healthy DC part 1’ and ‘part 2‘). This builds relationships with producers in your foodshed, creating the space for improving the environmental, nutritional, and economic quality of the land and people involved in this food chain. Another economic approach, patronizing local, independent business, is vital for a thriving community identity which is absent in big box stores. These local, independent businesses are often run with more care, which equates into more quality for their customers. Beyond informed shopping, getting involved in a local environmental group goes a long way in learning the natural history and ecology of a place, as well as providing a way to get outdoors. It provides the opportunity to personally be involved in environmental factors that affect you, such as the water, air, and soil quality of your home. http://www.academia.edu/1487884/Make_Do_and_Mend_solving_placelessness_through_embodied_environmental_engagement

  • KritimaL_PattersonAPHuG

    A serious problem faced by many teens in my town of Coppell, TX is cyberbullying. With the amount of social media used by the thousands of people in this town, and millions of people around the world, it is so easy to hide behind a screen and bully others. It’s also easy to forget that people face so many problems at home and in other parts of their lives. Almost every teen in Coppell faces problems online with others spreading rumors around them or spreading inappropriate pictures. Drastic measures are taken by teens who’ve been harmed by cyber-bullying. Suicide, self-harm, self-hatred are just a few to name.
    Websites like “ask.fm” and other social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram make it really easy for someone to be bullied. More than 80% of teens own cell phones so they have ways to enter “cyberspace” which opens up ways to be bullied. (http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm) Yet, 90% of people who see cyber bullying occur don’t step up, and instead they just ignore it. People hide behind anonymous accounts such as @coppellgossip on Twitter and they post rumors about people even though it’s not true. It’s so easy to hide behind a screen from victims and not be caught and punished for your actions. That fact alone causes more and more bullies to emerge every day and continue to cyber bully others.
    There are of course many ways to stop or prevent cyberbullying. You could go to someone or talk to them about your problem and have them help you out. Don’t respond to the bullying because that’s exactly what the bully wants. They want you to fall right into their grasps. You could use a privacy setting that blocks the bully so that you can’t see what they’re saying. Know that whatever the bully is saying about you, it’s a coward effort to try to make you seem weak. It’s them being cruel to you. You could save the evidence of the bullying and take it to your counselor or parent and have them help you come up with a solution. Know you’re not alone, and that many other’s also face bullying.
    My superhero is a girl named, “Breen Marja”. “Breen” means sadness in Irish and “Marja” means sadness in Scandinavian. Both names have a special meaning which victims of cyberbullying face; sadness. Both names are foreign since its foreign people who are more often victims of bullying. My superhero has red wings so that she can pick up any victims of bullying and take them to their happy place. Her logo is a spider web so that she can stick to any rude or inappropriate conversation online and destroy it. She has a yellow band around her waist to be able to tie up any bullies and punish them. Her serious face shows that she takes her job seriously and the torch in her hand is used to show the victims of bullying that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that they can and will be happy.

  • AditiJ_PattersonAPHG

    In my community, Coppell, TX, a major and relatively new issue is crime. In the month of January 2015 alone, there have been more than 30 cases where some sort of crime has occurred such a theft, burglary, assault, etc. I understand that this is not much compared to the United States average crime rates or the crime rates of other countries, however, crime is a big issue everywhere in general. The map at this website http://www.raidsonline.com/?agency=Coppell,%20TX shows how many crimes and which crimes have occurred in a certain city. Crime is very common in many places and should be stopped.
    This issue needs a superhero and the perfect superhero that can help is Agent Rinada. Agent Rinada has incredible detective skills and can find any criminal there is. However, if everybody reports anything suspicious or any crime that has occurred to the police, Agent Rinada and other police officers can find the criminals much more quicly. Not only that, but if everybody knows a little bit about self defense and keeps everything they own in a safe place, less robberies will occur which will help a lot.

  • Amandad_boydbence

    In North Dallas, Burglaries have increased over past couple months and jumped higher during Christmas Time. The average burglaries have per a year in The US is 670/100K but the average for Dallas is 14,516 in total. The rate is extremely too high, and with everything going on in today’s economy isn’t making it any better. When burglaries happen, that person or group of people take more than a person belongings but also takes their sense of security in their home. With the spring of them happen in Family-Originated Communities, can cause children to deal with trauma such as, nightmares, scared to stay home alone and etc. These Burglaries need to stop people’s lives are at stake!

    I remember hearing about burglary that happen in Coppell, TX, my hometown. The Victim was tortured while being robbed. The Victim has tied up and unable to help himself during the crime. This happen in Coppell, TX and Coppell is small town, so this could have happen to any other person.

    If a superhero was able to help stop these burglaries, I would want The Protector. She would take her daily rounds around the neighborhoods by flying and when someone is getting a robbed her chief, will contact her over her earpiece and she will kick the burglar butt and replace any damage to the house. We could start acting like Coppell isn’t as safe as it used to be, and start making sure things locked up. Also make community watch teams so the burglars known we mean business and not to play with us. Another way to do make community watch teams is putting signs up. When we see or hear any usual business to contact police or The Protector to maybe give a go of looking around.

    http://www.areavibes.com/dallas-tx/crime/

    Check out my Superhero, The Protector

  • PranavA_PattersonAPHG

    In the Dallas metroplex, food is becoming a major issue for many kids and families. At first glance, this may seem cliche. However, starvation is among the top killers in America.

    A national, non-profit charitable organization called Feeding America has been fighting starvation since 1979, and has helped feed millions of families and children. Feeding America says that “15.8 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2012” (http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/child-hunger/child-hunger-fact-sheet.html). This number has been increasing every year, and we still can’t help keep our own cities from starving. We need to take an initiative and involve more people, because awareness is what helps people take the next step to help those in need.

    My superhero is Mac

  • JoshS_PattersonAPHG

    One of the main problems in coppell currently is graffiti http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2014/10/08/no-confirmed-leads-for-recent-vandalism-on-coppell-welcome-signs/. Graffiti has shown up in many places and the super hero Graffiti Grappler would fight those creating the graffiti and would clean up what has been done using his powers. He has a x across with chest as a logo to show that it needs to stop. It is a large problem mainly because it degrades the city and makes the city look unattractive and less than it really is. Though the city I live in is more than nice, there are still problems like this that need to be tackled. We must look for opportunities to stop this kind of vandalism and end it. Together we can stop these problems within our own communities.

  • RyeG_PattersonAPHG

    A Real issue in my community is bullying. People decide to do these thing because it may seem cool or because everyone else seems to act that way. According to the U.S. Justice department 15% of children are bullied annually. Bullying can cause bad grades, isolation, negative health, and often violence of retaliation and even suicide.
    The super hero I made named “The Big Brother” is made to be there for people in need, he acts as a big brother to people who are often bullied, he is well liked by all and is an ordinary guy. Big Brother is given wings to rescue people in dire need and a shield to defend the people in need. I personally could prevent the small things such as name calling even if it seems playful and just joking around.
    http://www.iroc2.org/uploaded/files/Bully.pdf

  • Eduardom_pattersonAPHG

    Our society in Coppell has multiple flaws.To me personally, that stands out more than any other. I think of of the most important problems our society is unhealthy school lunches, This is a problem that has been increasing in popularity across the country, however, I have yet to see any major changes made to the school lunches, here at Coppell ISD in particular. Unhealthy school lunches is one of the top reasons why child obesity has been spiking across the nation. It is truly sad to see how school cafeterias refuse to make a change that might even save a life or increase kids and teens health in their community.

    At the Coppell Highscool, students are offered an enormous variety of extremely unhealthy foods by the “student store”. The worst part of it all is that there are no limits to how much of these terrible snacks a student can purchase. When you walk into the store, you are immediately overwhelmed by the amount of donuts, candies, cookies, pies, brownies, chips, and even slushees. It is very very rare to see healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables being sold in the student store. The fact that a person has the option to buy an unlimited amount of these fat and sugar filled items is unbelievable. School cafeterias should limit the amount of unhealthy snacks a student can buy, and sell more healthy items such as fruits and vegetables in order to increase the health of the students.

    As stated in (http://www.livestrong.com/article/351827-the-effects-of-children-eating-unhealthy-school-lunches/),

    “Even if the government regulates the number of calories a child’s school lunch has, as it does with the NSLP, many schools allow children to purchase a la carte foods on top of the lunch that are calorie-rich and high in fat, sodium, sugar or all three.”

    This is an issue that must be resolved quickly before the level of obese children increases even more. Fortunately, we have the help of super hero Healthy Heath, who has given us a important tip on how to rid ourselves of this issue. He says that the most efficient way to end this unhealthy crisis is to gather people with the same belief as you and start a petition asking for healthier school lunches. The school board or principal will understand and take quick action once they realize how many people are aware and want to eliminate the problem.

    Healthy Heaths logo is a dollar sign that represents how students should buy what they eat carefully and consider what they are putting into their bodies. He uses a bow and arrow to eliminate unhealthy food choices from school with extreme accuracy. He also wears a hat and long Sherlock Homles jacket simply because it looks fresh. He is eager to see school lunches change their unhealthy ways.

  • Guest

    In my community, Coppell, TX, a major and relatively new issue is crime. In the month of January 2015 alone, there have been more than 30 cases where some sort of crime has occurred such a theft, burglary, assault, etc. I understand that this is not much compared to the United States average crime rates or the crime rates of other countries, however, crime is a big issue everywhere in general. The map at this website http://www.raidsonline.com/?agency=Coppell,%20TX shows how many crimes and which crimes have occurred in a certain city. Crime is very common in many places and should be stopped.
    This issue needs a superhero and the perfect superhero that can help is Agent Rinada. Agent Rinada has incredible detective skills and can find any criminal there is. However, if everybody reports anything suspicious or any crime that has occurred to the police, Agent Rinada and other police officers can find the criminals much more quickly. Not only that, but if everybody knows a little bit about self defense and keeps everything they own in a safe place, less robberies will occur which will help a lot.

  • WesleyM_PattersonAPHG

    Professor kindness

  • AditiJ_PattersonAPHG

    In my community, Coppell, TX, a major and relatively new issue is crime. In the month of January 2015 alone, there have been more than 30 cases where some sort of crime has occurred such a theft, burglary, assault, etc. I understand that this is not much compared to the United States average crime rates or the crime rates of other countries, however, crime is a big issue everywhere in general. The map at this website http://www.raidsonline.com/?agency=Coppell,%20TX shows how many crimes and which crimes have occurred in a certain city. Crime is very common in many places and should be stopped.
    This issue needs a superhero and the perfect superhero that can help is Agent Rinada. Agent Rinada has incredible detective skills and can find any criminal there is. However, if everybody reports anything suspicious or any crime that has occurred to the police, Agent Rinada and other police officers can find the criminals much more quickly. Not only that, but if everybody knows a little bit about self defense and keeps everything they own in a safe place, less robberies will occur.

  • LibbyH_PattersonAPHG

    In Coppell, and many other places, we have a huge problem with cyber bullying. In our community we are advancing in the use of technology. Part of that responsibility of using technology, is using it wisely! “58% of teens admit to being bullied.” That is a high number and it needs to be dropped, or extinguished. Now a days technology is used in our everyday life, wether its sending a text, going on social media, or playing on an app. “Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.” Even though most teens use it regularly, what is worse, is that “90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it.” We need someone who will stand up to those online bullies! That is why a new superhero is coming to Coppell. Her name is WI-FIght. With her powers she can shut down anyones internet connection. With the help of WI-FIght hopefully there will be no more cyber bullying, and she can go on to help another community.

  • AnitaK_PattersonAPHG

    A lot of people think it’s easy to get rid a cyber bully but they will come
    back no matter what you use to stop them. Things that are said anonymously
    are more likely to affect teenagers mentally than any other form of bullying. 2/3
    teenagers have experienced bullying online, but only 1/10 parents know that
    their child is being cyber bullied. Most children avoid feeling their parents about
    the bully not in fear of their parents, but in fear of the bully themselves. People
    can be bullied online anonymously and there’s nothing they can really do about
    it because the bully is anonymous and hard to track. 58% of teenagers have
    not told their parents that hurtful things were being said to them or about them
    online. Parents should always check with their children before school starts
    and make sure they go over the dangers in social media and cyber bullying.
    41% of teenagers are bullied online anonymously. The average cyber bully
    starts at age 9, this shows how young someone can be to be both a bully and
    a victim.

  • PragatM_PattersonAPHG

    Dallas as a whole may seem problem free. However, there is one major problem. There is a significant number of the Dallas population that is homeless. The number of homeless men and women in the Dallas metroplex in 2014 is 3,314. This number is not the only shocking statistic. The number of homeless men and women has increased from 2,972 to 3,314. This is a 11% increase from 2013 to 2014. Of this population, 25% are children. This is around 753 children and of these 750 children, 500 are unaccompanied. These 753 children will most likely not be educated and will then add on to the next generation of the homeless. Paula maroney of the MDHA says, If we don’t help these kids now, they’re going to become our next generation of homeless.”

    • PragatM_PattersonAPHG

      To combat this, one organization helps put these families into homes. The Dallas housing authority helps people by giving them housing vouchers. Also, the MDHA gives houses and mental health therapy for the 43% of the homeless population that suffers from mental issues

      The super hero I would create would be called The House Hero. He would be able to create houses at will. This would be used to create houses for the homeless. Another superhero would be Job Joe. He would create jobs for the homeless, so that they can support themselves.

  • AdilA_PattersonAPHG

    In my community of Coppell, there are many problems. Although this may seem absurd, due to the fact that this is one of the richer cities, but this actually creates a bigger divide. The main problem is bullying. Bullying can be seen all over the world in many different ways, shapes, and forms. In Coppell, it is seen in the form of verbal bullying. As stated by https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying, 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong and will only intervene 4% of the time. This adds up to a lot considering that there are probably over 250 teachers in my school. This causes the kids to loose hope and soon just not go to school, which leads to other problems. This website also stated that over 160,000 kids skip school every year due to bullying. This is caused by it happening for a long term and no one stepping in to help the victim.
    But don’t you worry anymore, Bully Blocker is here! Bully blocker is equipped with a special radar that tracks down the place where bullying is taking place and helps Bully Blocker reach there and stop the bully.

  • AlyaZ_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell, a horrifying issue of bullying is sadly still going on till this day. Students are physically and verbally abused for being themselves, being unique from one another. Weren’t we taught to embrace our differences to create a diverse society? All over the world there are millions of people dying from suicide by the day. While we’re here trying to teach each other about how ‘bad’ bullying is, why don’t we follow our word by treating each other equally? A student in Coppell states:
    “I get verbally abused all the time. The worst things are physical though – I have been physically beat up for being gay by kids in Coppell and New Tech.”
    The problem goes beyond just the kids that are bullied; the kids that witness bullying become more reluctant to open up in any of the bonding programs because they are afraid they will be bullied like the other kids they see.
    “The real problem isn’t the kids who are out that get bullied, its the kids who are in the closet and hear the bullying, and they start to hate themselves because of how others treat the kids like me that are out. Those are the kids that are at risk of suicide and permanent emotional damage,” the sophomore said.
    http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/

    “Physical Bullying: This is the most obvious form of bullying. In this type of bullying, the instigator attempts to physically dominate another teen. This usually includes kicking, punching and other physically harmful activities, designed to instill fear in the one bullied, and possible coerce him or her to do something.
    Verbal Bullying: When someone verbally bullies another, he or she uses demeaning language to tear down another’s self-image. Bullies who use verbal techniques excessively tease others, say belittling things and use a great deal of sarcasm with the intent to hurt the other person’s feelings or humiliate the other teen in front of others.
    Emotional: This is even more subtle than verbal bullying. Teenage bullying that includes emotional methods aims at getting someone else to feel isolated, alone and may even prompt depression. This type of bullying is designed to get others to ostracize the person being bullied.
    Cyber Bullying: Electronic bullying is becoming a very real problem for teens. This type of bullying uses instant messaging, cell phone text messages and online social networks to humiliate and embarrass others. This can be especially devastating to the people being bullied, since they cannot even find a safe place in the virtual world.”

    http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/teenage-bullying.html

    Let’s unify the community by accepting the people for who they are! Doesn’t matter what sexuality, looks, weight, race, or religion you are. At the end of the day, we are all the same, just with different qualities and values we hold. Join me in protecting yourself from the people who judge you for being you! Stay safe and love yourself.

    • PragatM_PattersonAPHG

      As Alya said, Bullying is a serious problem. The CDC says, “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year” Yale university says that bullying victims are at a higher risk of deciding to suicide. This shows that bullying and suicide are connected. When a person suicides, they don’t just decide to do it. They have either gone through hardships and cannot handle it, or the have a mental issue. If we disregard the men and women with the mental issue, they people who are left are the ones with the hardships. When you think about what hardship could push someone to such and extreme, think about how these people could have been bullied. The definition of bullying is to be harmed or to be forced to do something. However, this something can hurt you no only physically but also emotionally and that is why it forces people to suicide. So, when you want to tease a friend, decide if you could be happy if you friend suicided and decide if you could live with yourself if you knew that you were the one who pushed him to do this.

  • ChetanI_PattersonAPHG

    In our community of Coppell, we are often shielded from many real world issues that may be happening in our community. For example, one of the most prominent is racial profiling. Racial profiling consists of a person being unfairly targeted for a crime or legal accusation because of their race. Unlike racism, racial profiling may result in the person being prosecuted for serious offences such as jail or other forms of punishment. While this may seem like it is an old issue from the civil war times, we have seen many examples of this such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Cary Ball Jr., etc. According to the Center for American Progress, “although people of color make up of about 30% of the United States’ population, more than 60% of people prosecuted are non-whites.” My superhero, the equalizer, can solve the issue of racial profiling by trying to change everyone’s opinion, and by supporting the law in all places.
    Although a superhero like this would take decades to research and make, we can all take a true stand without him. Why must we hold our differences such as white and black? Why do we need to believe that a certain race is “more likely” to do something? Why are we even thinking about this issue when there is an unalienable right that guarantees equal rights to everyone in the United States? Surprisingly, the answer lies somewhere in our perception. “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

  • Varshinis_PattersonAPHUG

    “Students
    at Coppell feel threatened because of all of the bullying that occurs, and even
    if students don’t see the bullying or acknowledge it, it’s still happening, “says
    Corrina Taylor. She may have a point. Just because you might not be a
    direct bystander, the victim or the bully does not mean that bullying is not happening.

    Nowadays, bullying is not just verbal but also
    online. Teens feel that if they are
    online they are invisible. We may not know who they are, but if they cause fatal
    damages, would they be able to look themselves in the mirror. It is proven that
    many of the causes of bullying are personal problems that the bully faces in his
    life. They feel the need to pass their pain onto someone else, who is an easy
    target.

    My superhero, Hope, will help the bullies resolve
    the issues in a way which will help them be a better person. Once they overcome
    their hardships, they will rejoin the society as a valued, responsible member. Hope will also help the victims, as well. She will
    help them feel confident, motivated and ready to take on the world. Hope will
    provide a shoulder to cry on or be a friend to talk to. She will give them hope
    that they have people that still care.

    Sources:

    http://www.coppellstudentmedia.com/2011/01/06/bullying-in-coppell/

    http://nobullying.com/common-causes-of-bullying/

  • RamN_PattersonAPHG

    The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, once said, “Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” This relates to what I think is one of the major issues in the city of Coppell, pollution. There are two main kinds: air pollution, when pollutants are introduced into the Earth’s atmosphere, and water pollution, when pollutants are introduced into water bodies. The major kind of water pollution in Coppell is storm water pollution. This happens when water runs across the land, picking up pollutants on the way. The pollutants then go down the sewer and end up in water bodies, such as lakes and rivers.

    Compared to water pollution, air pollution is more of a problem. Statistics show that the air quality of Coppell is much lower than the air quality of the United States as a whole (53.7/100 to 93.9/100 respectively). Water pollution is less severe. The water quality in Coppell is actually higher than the water quality of the United States (88/100 to 55/100 respectively). However, it can still be improved.

    My superhero, Ecoman, would help fight air and water pollution in many ways. To prevent air pollution, Ecoman would walk, bike, or fly instead of driving. He would even carpool or use public transportation as an alternate to driving. This would reduce the amount of pollutants going into the air greatly. To prevent water pollution, Ecoman would stop littering and pick up litter that he sees. That way, storm water pollution would be nearly eradicated. Of course, Ecoman is symbolic to the community of Coppell. We should follow in his footsteps and help stop pollution.

    http://www.bestplaces.net/health/city/texas/Coppell
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/pollution.html
    http://www.coppelltx.gov/departments/departments-a-e/environmental-health/ozone/tips-for-reducing-air-pollution.html
    http://www.coppelltx.gov/community-outreach-1316/water-quality/stop-water-pollution.html

    • RamN_PattersonAPHG

      Ecoman

  • RiyaM_PattersonAPHG

    In my town of Coppell, I feel as if we live in an isolated bubble. In comparison with the lives of people in other towns, our lives are pretty simple. The problem with towns like mine is the pressure to be perfect. There are all of these expectations that you set for yourself and that others have set for you. Because of this situation, many students feel overwhelmed and often suffer from depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts.

    Let’s take for example a typical Coppell girl. Let’s call her Cindy.

    Cindy is a junior at CHS. She is on the varsity volleyball team, sings in the school choir, and takes five AP classes. Cindy starts having mental breakdowns from all the stress that is balling up inside of her. But, she doesn’t stop overachieving. Soon, Cindy is getting a total of seven hours of sleep during the school week. She wants to get help, she wants to live a stress free life, and get a therapist…but she cannot. This is because of the social standards in Coppell. There is this idea that everything has to be perfect, and if you are not perfect, then you are doing something wrong. This social prison that we have been placed into must be broken, then only all teens can be free to live their lives.

    Things that I can do to help fix this problem would be to talk to people. The problem with this generation is that we are so attached to our cellular devices that we don’t even realize the beautiful things in life anymore. Staying off of your phone, and instead talking to someone makes them feel like they are actually worth something.

    In a recent study, the youth interviewed expressed that 78% of their stress was from school work. (http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-stress/stress-statistics.html.) Evidence of this being seen in the many articles posted on Coppell Student Media about high school stress.

    My Superhero’s name is Extraordinari. She has a green “phone call” app on her left leg to symbolize the fact that you can always call for help if you need it. She has a gun in her hand that shoots all of the negative thoughts that teens have about themselves that lower their self esteem. Her costume can make her become invisible whenever she needs to, because sometimes people who need help need to figure it out by themselves.

  • RohinB_PattersonAPHG

    In the community of Coppell, water misuse is one of the worst issues that a community could have. The state of texas has been having a drought for more than 5 years any drip counts, however the city is very wasteful of its water, many times it has been seen that the sprinklers are on in the hottest part of the day which absolutely does nothing and makes it worse. We as people need to be more aware of these issues as it will affect our future. Water is a gift, many places in the world do not have it. We as a community are very fortunate to have access to many things, including water.

    Thats why my heros name is conservation craig. His powers allow to punish those who abuse water. He rewards those who use the initiative to conserve water.

    Remember one step is a giant leap

  • ByronP_PattersonAPHG

    In my community, Coppell, Texas, there is a lot of inequality. And not just in this community all over the world, there are prejudices and injustices. Homosexuals are bullied, people are judged by their race or sex and for their religion. In Coppell High School, there are people who judge people for their race. Worse, there isn’t just prejudice, there is bullying. Many people are bullied for who they are. Aren’t we all equal? Isn’t everyone the same? Yes, people are different, however, that doesn’t make inferior and to treat them as such is a horrible shame. A student in New Tech said that he witnessed “two men bully an openly gay student. They were really mean and horrible. They didn’t even know the dude. He was one of the nicest people I know”. Case in point, I believe this is a huge problem in our society that needs to be corrected.
    My superhero will fight this problem. He will try to convince people of everyone’s equality in this world.

  • SwathiD_PattersonAPHG

    The children make offensive comments about others on social media hurting the feelings or offending them up to the point that they think of committing suicide.
    Repeatedly posting rumors or gossips that harass other children in a deliberate manner. This is common among teenagers although awareness has risen. It causes lower self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, retaliation, frustration, anger and depression. But teenagers always need to remain positive. Just like Chris Colfer said, “When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper; they may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.”

    The Hero’s name is : The Rescuer

  • AkhilD_PattersonAPHG

    Our society faces many problems with bullying today. Preventing bullying is very hard for students because they do not want to come out of the situation being the “tattle tale” and they turn the blind eye and ignore the situation. We often think that bullying is inevitable, and that stopping bullying will never happen. But, all we need is a super hero. A super hero, by the name of Laser Eye Larry. Larry can find any bad situation quickly, and eradicate the trouble. Larry quickly acts in the trouble. Larry is the perfect person for having a sly eye to stop trouble at its root.

    But, Larry isn’t special. You can be like Larry. All you have to do is to pay attention to the common signs of bullying. Team up with your friends, and you can easily find the evil signs of bullying.

    http://health.usnews.com/healt

    With this article, you and your friends will be equipped with the tools to stop bullying. You can quickly spot people who are being victimized and you can easily get rid of the bullying by contacting a teacher or a parent.

  • AmeliaV_PattersonAPHG

    In the city of coppell, there is a serious problem with labels. Everyone makes first impressions, it is a fact that within the first few moments of meeting someone they will have made opinions of you and you will have done the same of them. First impressions are not a bad thing, they are a part of human nature. So, you cannot do away with a first impression, or ask someone not to make opinions in the first few moments because it’s actually impossible, and un needed. After all, the opinions made in a first impression have been proved to be highly accurate (Based off of the book “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell). However, what happens when we hold on to these first impressions for two long, or make them too important? The opinions we make in a first impression are meant to only be opinions, not an overall fact or final judgement, but the foot in the door of getting to know someone. People have a habit of taking an opinion of someone and blowing it out of proportion, deciding who that person is. First impressions weigh down on many people’s overall relationship with a person. If your foot is in the door, you can’t see to the other side, but you can see through the crack, the problem is that people make guesses based on what they do see that often turn out to be wrong. This is called stereotyping. Overall, it is not bad to have opinions based on a first impression, but the people of Coppell- And of the world- need to remember that they are only opinions and they do not actually know the person. This kind of judgement is terribly destructive and harmful to everyone involved. Job candidates with African American sounding names are less likely to get interviewed (http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/spring03/racialbias.html) All over people are being judged incorrectly by people with nothing but opinions and it is causing many problems in society. People are afraid of others decisions of them, people aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve, and people are not being respected as who they are. None of this needs to be happening, and with some work I believe we can put a stop to it completely.

    My “super hero” could help my classmates and I to open the door of getting to know someone, and to piece the whole puzzle of who they are together before shouting out the picture that they think is going to be made. This is important so that people aren’t afraid of what people think, and so that everyone has a fair shot in the world to be respected.

    • AmeliaV_PattersonAPHG

      My hero helps people to get to know each other before they decide what they think. She wears a mask to keep people from making decisions about her before they know her just like she does from them. Her “pet” is a falcon who has very good eye sight- he helps her by making the first impression of someone so she doesn’t have to.

  • RiyaM_PattersonAPHG

    In my town of Coppell, I feel as if we live in an isolated bubble. In comparison with the lives of people in other towns, our lives are pretty simple. The problem with towns like mine is the pressure to be perfect. There are all of these expectations that you set for yourself and that others have set for you. Because of this situation, many students feel overwhelmed and often suffer from depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts.

    Let’s take for example a typical Coppell girl. Let’s call her Cindy.

    Cindy is a junior at CHS. She is on the varsity volleyball team, sings in the school choir, and takes five AP classes. Cindy starts having mental breakdowns from all the stress that is balling up inside of her. But, she doesn’t stop overachieving. Soon, Cindy is getting a total of seven hours of sleep during the school week. She wants to get help, she wants to live a stress free life, and get a therapist…but she cannot. This is because of the social standards in Coppell. There is this idea that everything has to be perfect, and if you are not perfect, then you are doing something wrong. This social prison that we have been placed into must be broken, then only all teens can be free to live their lives.

    Things that I can do to help fix this problem would be to talk to people. The problem with this generation is that we are so attached to our cellular devices that we don’t even realize the beautiful things in life anymore. Staying off of your phone, and instead talking to someone makes them feel like they are actually worth something.

    In a recent study, the youth interviewed expressed that 78% of their stress was from school work. (http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-s… Evidence of this being seen in the many articles posted on Coppell Student Media about high school stress.

    My Superhero’s name is Extraordinari. She has a green “phone call” app on her left leg to symbolize the fact that you can always call for help if you need it. She has a gun in her hand that shoots all of the negative thoughts that teens have about themselves that lower their self esteem. Her costume can make her become invisible whenever she needs to, because sometimes people who need help need to figure it out by themselves.

  • ToriK_PattersonAPHG

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  • GiancarloV_PattersonAPHUG

    In the community of Coppell, TX, it isn’t what we are doing, but what we aren’t doing. Every day thousands of students wake up to the noises of Alarm clocks, or the ranting of our parents however, how many times have you noticed the smallest details in life? How many stairs are in your house? How many traffic light does it take to get to school? What songs do the birds chirp this morning? Have you seen how the stars and moon look at night lately? Have you taken the time to smell the roses?

    Chances are, you weren’t able answer some of these questions. What i’m trying to get across is that although we live around all these things, we never pay attention the smallest details, in which help out with the big picture. We don’t take the time to smell the roses anymore and that causes several issues. First, and mostly displayed, the issue of school. We all know someone or is that someone that stays up until 1 am just trying to study a certain subject or the person who already has grey hair trying to have the highest GPA. It’s great that you want to get good grades an all, but when do you actually take the time to enjoy what school has to offer? Sure, it’s a place to learn but if you look closer you see all types of opportunities.

    Specifically looking into the aspect of school. Believe it or not, most classes teach you to help the better communicate and understand the “outside world”. Classes, especially APHUG, take the time to educate before applying it to real world scenarios so you better understand what is going on and you make better, more educated discussions and inferences from them. Now instead of simply arguing one sided, you take the time to know both backgrounds before presenting an argument against them. Who knows, the more you know, the less you have to argue about. Classes such as these offered in school aren’t just book work, but key points of understanding of people. If you aren’t taking one of these classes, or just working hard to only get a good grade, then you are really missing out.

    Although we are taught that a good education, a scholarship and a good career make up for a happy life, what happens when you get there? Are you able to say that you leaned a lot from life or simply learning for life? Was it truly the journey that mattered or was is just another bump in the road? Is the quench for adventure and knowledge throughout your education half empty or half full?

    “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”(Albert Einstein) If we learn and don’t expand and explore, then what’s the use? With the assistance of my super hero, “OVER YONDER!”, he helps people see beyond what’s in front of them and takes them on an adventure through they hills and valleys of life to the peaceful pastures of success over yonder.

  • AbbyH_PattersonAPHUG

    The city I live in (Coppell) is surrounded by technology. There is iPads distributed at Coppell High School and all three middle schools, MacBooks at New Tech High School, and almost everyone has some kind of smart phone. Though technology can do good things like bring many communities together, give us a wider variety of research and even allow us to share our lives on social media and play games, technology is often abused.

    Smartphones are used by nearly 50% of the United States population. Almost every house has a computer or devices connected to WiFi. Most of these people with computers, tablets and smartphones have social media and games which begin to consume them and basically take over our lives

    Over 100 Million people all over the world have some kind of social media like Instagram and Twitter and Facebook. People all around the world are constantly sharing their lives from dinner with friends, a relaxation day or a fun vacation with the family. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see what people are up to and how much fun they are having, but social media has turn into a contest. Almost everyone on social media seeks large amounts of followers, friends, likes, favorites, etc.

    BuzzFeed recently posted a video about people being on their phones and the results are quite surprising. It was recorded that people were on their phones for a total of 3, 4, 5 even 6 hours throughout the day over more than 200 glaces at the phone! People can be almost addicted to their phones, wanting to play games or text their BFFs.

    My Super Hero’s duty is to swoop into Coppell and get everyone to turn off their phones, close their laptops, power down their computers and all come together as a community without the distraction of technology. Throughout the year there is probably five or so community events from parades to the firework show on the 4th of July. Why not have a community picnic or a technology free day in Coppell homes? That’s Nature Girl’s job!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/most-americans-have-a-smartphone_n_1314914.html

    BuzzFeed Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2urdlfmrpE

  • JunL_PattersonAPHG

    Our community near by Coppell had some issues with earthquake from oil fracking. Many people fear that it may cause bigger earthquake and harm people. This earthquake is considered to be from oil fracking and many people are saying they should stop it before it harms some peple. I also felt several times and it scared me a lot even though it wasnt strong that much. According to this article, http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/earthquake/, its possible to make the earthquake by the oil fracking. Some people are arguing with society of oil to stop it. So… to figure out this conflict, we got a hero, Conflict Solver! It is not possible to quit getting oil suddenly. It may cause some negative effect of economic and other stuffs too. Our hero, Conflict Solver will make good conversation from both side and tell society what people want, and tell people how it is safe. He will try his best to make compromise between them. He needs to look like normal person because if he doesn’t people might feel uncomfortable to talk with him and his normal look may apporach to people easily.

  • MayankR_pattersonAPHG

    My superhero, Machine Master, has the ability to delete all posts that are hurtful. “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” Theodore Roosevelt. I being my super hero will report any bullying I see and not be a bully myself.

  • DavidT_PattersonAPHUG

    Water is a huge problem threatening our world today but this threat comes faster to myself in Coppell and other places in Texas because of the low rain levels and high population. To provide for such a huge population in Texas you need plenty of water, which some could argue is stored in underground lakes or man made lakes but that water isn’t infinite. That water will end up being wasted by someone who “forgot” to turn it off or someone who likes long showers.

    This is certainly a large obstacle to tackle but I believe if everyone is informed about water conservation, people can make a difference. Whether it be by taking shorter showers or turning off the water to brush your teeth, these small things will add up and certainly make a difference if even some people do.

    If we don’t conserve water now, it won’t be there when we need it. Farmers will not be able to irrigate their farms, pools and water parks will shut down, people will need to use water at a minimum. This can all be stopped by saving a little here and there. Many projects have already started like the Edwards Aquifer project but if word doesn’t spread, nothing will happen

    My superhero is called The Liquifyer. He has the power to generate infinite water to people through his heart, which has been transformed into liquid through unknown reasons. He can fly with his boots to spread the news about water conservation and his tail can be used to stop people who overuse water

  • DheemantD_PattersonAPHG

    in my community of Coppell, TX, we are experiencing earthquakes on a regular basis. These earthquakes have been happening ever since the natural gas drilling began in the area. The natural gas is extracted via a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking is performed when an immense amount of water is pumped into the ground at really high pressure. The water literally fractures the rocks and allows the natural gas to leak out. The water that is used contains many chemicals that are toxic.

    Fracking has been attributed to many bad things. It can cause earthquakes. This has already been noted in Ohio and is occurring now in the DFW area. This is really bad and can cause issues in communities such as building collapse and can cause injuries and possibly even death. Fraking has also been attributed to polluting groundwater. This is harmful because people drink groundwater and there are a lot of harmful chemicals that go into the the ground water because of fracking. These chemicals can cause disease and possibly death if they come in contact with humans.

    My super hero is called “Anti-Fracking Man”. He uses his strength to get rid of the drills and stop the fracking. He will be able to solve thousands of lives that could be lost from the harmful effects of fracking. He will be able to help the environment flourish.

    We don’t need “Anti-Fracking Man” to save us though. If we work together we can pass the FRAC Act (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act) that makes energy companies disclose all chemicals used in fracturing fluid as well as repeal fracking’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. This can also save us.

    Source: http://www.dangersoffracking.com

  • JessicaH_PattersonAPHG

    While there are many devastating issues around the world, there are a few that are quite worrisome to me. The lack of financial aid and other types of aid for families in crisis is overwhelming along with the increasing amount of bullying reports. Specifically in my school’s city there is a deficit of aid for families in crisis because the city itself leans a bit more towards the middle to middle-upper class where most families do not, or are much less likely to, deal with crisis where they are in need of aid. Bullying is also a high concern of mine because I have encountered and been friends with many people who have tried to end their lives, have harmed themselves, gotten into drugs and alcohol, and had many other dramatic experiences and scars from bullying at school and even at public places or at home. Even now, “17% of American students report being bullied 2 or 3 times a month or more within a school semester,” and there is constant talk about bullying prevention. Sadly, just talking about these issues will not adequately solve the problems at hand, but taking action, no matter how small, even just starting by spreading awareness and talking about ways to identify these incidents can bring about a bigger change. Now another dire issue that deeply concerns me is animal cruelty. Although it is not as prevalent in my city, it has a lasting effect on all places because the things we buy that have any type of animal product in them condones the mistreatment of poor, defenseless animals. It takes a large amount of effort to contribute to theses causes to the point where something can really be done, but it isn’t impossible and I believe with enough time, support, and maybe even the help of a so-called “superhero”, the changes that would help end these problems could be put into action.

  • SarahL_PattersonAPHG

    Cyber-bullying is most definitely a real issue in Coppell. Cyber-bullying is a prominent issue because it is easy to get away with through social media. Our community is now heavily technology based, and nearly every student in Coppell has either a mobile phone or a social media account capable of cyber-bullying others. Cyber-bullying is also prevalent because of its ease of anonymity, as well as its instant replies and responses. According to the Harford County Examiner, 1 in 5 teens do not tell their parents of being victimized in a cyber-bullying act. Cyber bullying is also a problem because of the rarity of teens fighting against victimization due to peer pressure and embarrassment.

    Fire cannot be fought with fire. Cyber-bullying cannot be destroyed or fought with hate or anger. Instead, a backlash against cyber-bullying could involve the disabling of anonymous messages; when people do not receive consequences for their actions, they can very well behave like monsters. If potential anonymous haters can be easily revealed, traced, and punished, then fewer people would feel more inclined or encouraged to bully others across the internet.

  • AbhilashV_PattersonHG

    In my community of Coppell, we are immensely fortunate to have quality education, a high standard of living, and a tight knit bond between all the wonderful people that reside here. However, certain problems like racism, bullying, overuse of power and food, and pollution are prevalent in Coppell and serve as obstructions for Coppell to become an ideal community to live. Specifically, bullying and discrimination are big problems in Coppell. Though this is not seen very commonly, these are widespread problem in Coppell that warrant immediate attention. Bullying is caused by people differentiating one from another due to preconceived notions involving skin color, race, ethnicity, social status, background and etc. and inflicts a huge damage on the victims of this injustice both physically and mentally. Victims of bullying and discrimination experience feelings of lower self esteem, loneliness, depression, and a decrease in performance at school or at the workplace that leads them to take certain decisions and steps that they would normally not take. A study done by Yale University shows that victims of bullying are anywhere from 2 to 9 times more likely to contemplate suicide as opposed to non-victims of bullying. However, it is not just this makes bullying so potent and lethal to the welfare of Coppell. Bullying is an infection, those who have been victims of this injustice typically become the perpetrator of the bullying in other situations in order to reestablish their feelings of self esteem and this in turn creates a chain reaction that continues to occur. While other issues are on the surface and can be dealt with quickly, bullying is a like a weed that must be taken out from the root. In addition to all of thus, what makes bullying so horrible is the fact that only a few people have the courage needed to speak out against it. Statistics show that even though bystanders don’t enjoy seeing others being bullied, less than 20% of them speak out against it. Yet statisitcs also show that if a bystander were to speak out against bullying, then bullying would stop within 10 seconds 57% of the time. The inability of bystanders to speak out against bullying and of victims to confer with a trustworthy individual due to fear and not knowing what to do or say is at the heart of the problem of bullying and must be fixed in order for this plague to eradicated from Coppell.

    In conjunction with a superhero, the people of Coppell can find ways to minimize this injustice by preventing the problems stated above so that they are non-existent. The name of this superhero would be The Uniter and his goal would be to unite all the various different types of people in Coppell together so that they would be able to empathize with one another and live in harmony without every bullying or discriminating people again. His words and presence, with the calm colors of blue and green throughout his costume, would be so powerful that it would make anybody around feel happy and his shield would protect people from bullying and let them know that they are not alone and they are safe. Additionally, his calm demeanor would prevent fighting between others as his calmness would infect those around him and make them very peaceful and friendly. Along with this, his sharp hearing and vision would allow him to detect bullying from far away and stop it and the Yin-Yang logo on his chest would radiate and emanate the ideas of peaceful coexistence and harmony. His wisdom would be passed on to children and adults as to how to react to bullying and how to stop it. A superhero like this would be able to help the great community of Coppell to eliminate bullying and live in peace and happiness for generations to come.

  • YashR_PattersonAPHG

    I am very fortunate to live in the great city of Coppell, TX. It is a relatively safe and healthy city with many great people and organizations. However, there are some issue in Coppell that need to be solved as soon as possible. Cyber bullying is one of these devastating issues.

    All types of bullying are terrible, but many say that cyber bullying the the type that hurts the most. This is because it is usually in the internet for EVERYONE to see, making it more hurtful than physical or verbal bullying. Many cyber bullies think that bullying others online is funny, however, they don’t realize how the victim feels. Cyber bullying can also lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. The reason this issue deserves awareness is because so many people in my community and in communities around the world have been victims.

    Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and most of them have also engaged in cyber bullying. More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats or cyber abuse online. Also, over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. The main problem is that over half of young people do not tell their parents when they get cyber bullied and only 1 in 10 teens tell a parent if they have been cyberbullied. This means that nobody will stop the bullying and it will continue. However, if a bystander were to speak out against bullying, the bullying would stop within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

    My superhero, Cyber-Man, will look at all the posts on social media websites to ensure that nobody is being a cyberbully. Whoever posts something mean or offensive will automatically kicked out of social media. He uses his shield to block out all cyber bullying from social media and he uses his cape to cover up all cyber bullying from social media. His logo, the eagle, represents his bravery to stand up to cyber bullying. His sword is used to destroy any cyber bullying messages. With all of his powerful and unique elements, cyber bullying may be put to an end and everyone may be able able to live in peace in the future.

  • CherylT_PattersonAPHG

    While it doesn’t seem like it from the outside, a lot of bullying occurs in Coppell every day, in many forms. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. There are three types of bullying, cyber, verbal, and physical. One of the biggest is cyberbullying. This uses social media to attack others, instead of saying it to their face. Attached is an image of an act of cyberbullying I found on Instagram, and I believe the bully does reside in Coppell. This just shows how careless kids are, and they don’t realize all their actions have consequences. This Instagram is a ratings page, which chooses different people to rate every now and then. The people who get rated low numbers can get low self esteem, which can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts. The next is verbal bullying, which involves name calling, teasing, threats, inappropriate sexual comments, and taunting. While we are kids, we tease people but sometime we don’t realize the extent of damage it causes the other person. The last form of bullying is physical, which isn’t as common as the others in Coppell, but is still a threat. While most of the reported bullying has happened at school, a significant percentage also happens in other areas like the playground or on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, or on the Internet. Here is an article on a father trying to protect his daughter who is getting bullied: http://fox13now.com/2015/01/25/father-of-bullies-fired-after-minnesota-man-takes-snapchat-harassment-of-his-daughter-into-his-own-hands/

    While it doesn’t seem like it, bullying is occurring all around us in Coppell, whether we know it or not.

    I propose Care Bear, the ultimately sweeter Superhero ever. As we know, Care Bears symbolize love, and caring for others. Care Bear roams school halls, in search of physical and verbal bullying, and the internet for cyberbullying. Care Bear throws around little hearts everytime he has stopped bullying, spreading love around. He has the power to comfort all victims. He can also be everywhere at once, as needed. His closed fists are for those bullies, but his loving eyes show empathy to all victims. Care Bear will show us how to love and care for each other.

    Children should be able to live a life free from bullying and harassment and it is time that we all took a stand against this. – Katherine Jenkins

    Attached is an image of Care Bear.

  • Guest

    In my community there are many different issues. One impending dilemma is the current robberies that are taking place all around my neighborhood. ( http://irvingblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/irving-police-make-arrest-in-valley-ranch-burglaries.html/ and http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/irving/headlines/20121113-burglars-target-indian-americans-in-irving-in-search-for-gold-jewelry.ece) My hero, Sonic Saver can put a stop to robbers by warning the owner or simply stopping the robbers before a robbery can take place.

  • SriP_PattersonAPHG

    In my community there are many different issues. One impending dilemma is the current robberies that are taking place all around my neighborhood. ( http://irvingblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/irving-police-make-arrest-in-valley-ranch-burglaries.html/ and http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/irving/headlines/20121113-burglars-target-indian-americans-in-irving-in-search-for-gold-jewelry.ece) My hero, Sonic Saver, can put a stop to robbers by warning the owner or simply stopping the robbers before a robbery can take place.

  • Cynthia Ace

    I believe that superheroes are not just people with supernatural powers but people who help out the community with generous action towards others and those who do it without the need of something in return! Those are the type of heroes we need in today’s society and with them more will become influenced, we will prosper to greater things!!!

  • VaishnaviD_PattersonAPHG

    One thinks that we are a civilized society where everyone lives with discipline. However, it is becoming very prevalent that individuals are losing their values, forgetting their human consciousness, and taking their approach to theft for easy ways to make a living. It is considered one of the safest and finest living neighborhoods, but now it is just losing it’s base. It is none other than the City of Irving. It became very common, and you almost hear an incident every other week. The citizens have reported the problem to the city. The police were glad to take an initiative to organize a town hall meeting. Many solutions were discussed, including a safety patrol at night, a citizen street monitoring, the installation of video cameras, either at home or in the streets, ensuring to lock the doors and windows, not leaving door advertisements or newspapers out too long, installing motion detectors and safety alarms in the house. According to http://www.express.co.uk, in the United States, one robbery occurs every one minute. Not all of those robberies are always reported though. In 2012, 84,173 robberies were reported, http://www.ussc.gov. This number has increased since then. Though many robberies are reported, only 1 in 700 of the thieves are actually caught.

    My superhero is Cynthia Strong, because she is “strong” enough to take down any robber that comes in her way. She is equipped with two swords on her back and one large stick in her hand, ready to take down anyone that seems suspicious to her. She has metal gloves and boots to help her, and has a metal vest to keep her safe from any one harmful to her or the neighborhood. Her dark clothes allow her to be hidden during the night, since many burglaries occur during the night. The logo on her is an “x” because the robberies are not tolerated by Cynthia Strong. If robberies are prevented, this superhero doesn’t need to be called. Using the many methods stated to stop robberies, neighborhoods could be back at their safest.

  • Melody Finley

    I like superheros. I am a writer in a way and i have a lot of OCs, Original Characters, in each novel.

  • Tristyn

    my super hero would be a trash collector who picks up any trash in there way to make it a better place and clean world to live in. trash collector would also improve people to pick up their own trash that they leave behind.

  • hannahg

    we do need heroes in our streets but some that really care about what their doing. They dont need costumes or superpowers or side kicks, all they need is their minds, their voices and the courage to make a change.

  • gobble

    superheroes can be found in all shapes, sizes, and forms. From an ordinary citizen that does as much as notice that you dropped something and returns it to you all the way to a fire fighter or paramedic.

  • Zaliana Acosta

    i do agree that we should have more heros in the community. Bullying is very popular , and we need people to stand up for the people that’s being bullied . that can lead to possible suicide

  • AlexanderP_BoydBence

    One of the largest problems in my community is Nonacceptance, and a part of that is judging people before you meet them or know them. So my superhero is called “The Blind Seeker”. So what he is, is he is obviously blind so he can’t judge people on their looks, or before you meet them. He has a staff in his hand as kind of a guide for him because he is blind. He is also able to use the staff to hit the floor to see where people are but not able to make out the figure of them. He wears the suit so that others can not see what he actually looks like so they can’t judge him. The point of it is to show that you don’t need to look good to make friends and just set the example for the rest of us.

  • Rodneka Cody

    I would have to say a real issue a superhero can help with in my community would have be the amount of killing going on. Right now in new orleans, we have atleast 8 people getting killed almost every week. To improve the local landscape would be very stressful. From the trash being everywhere, to all the homeless people under the GNO bridge. It’ll take some time to fix but we’ll find a solution.

  • Asia Campbell

    In my city, New Orleans we face plenty of crime rates, homeless people, and littering. Our crime rates have increased within these past years. Crime such as murder and theft have completely taken over. Another problem New Orleans face is the abundant number of homeless people. As we go Uptown under the bridge we see hundreds of homeless people.While they are in the cold, heat, and rain they could actually be in a shelter. Littering is the number one problem. As we look on the side of roads or even in grass there are chip bags, soda cans, and cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are the number thing we litter. Some actions with a team I can take when it come down to lowering the crime rates are to have more neighborhood watch club and to have everybody aware of their surroundings. To reduce the number of homeless people we can build plenty more shelters because they are so full now and that is the reason why they are on the streets. The way we can stop littering is to put more trash cans around so it wouldn’t make sense to just throw it on the floor if you have a trash can in your path everywhere you go.

  • A super hero could be a role model in my community by setting example for the ones that look up to him he will build there confidence to become great people and live with pride.If i had a team like the justice league and we all had powers thats could better the earth i would the education system and make landscape better build homes and have since communication with the people and earth. There will be some people that wouldnt belive that im trying to better there lives because they as humans is not a super hero and they wonder how are these people superheros.I would hold alot of press meetings to get out the word that the Mutaints are only here to help nothing else if so report back to me.

  • Hope

    in the community that I live in right now, we face an abundant amount of issues, between violence, to robberies to drug use, suicide, self harm our community can be dangerous. although we don’t live in a really bad area, yet we still face this issues. I think the most prominent issue is violence/ bullying. Often, teenagers or young adults are getting into verbal, or physical arguments or are being harassed on the internet. Considering about eighty percent of teenagers use cell phones, and over ninety percent have internet access, our biggest issue is cyber bullying and harassment on the internet. If you think about it, everything seems to relate back to something that started on the internet. Fist fights, rivalries and hatred often start off with one tiny message sent, or one silly comment on a post. If there was some way someone could just control all on the internet, half of the violence, bullying, suicide, self harm rates would drastically decrease because no one could be harassed online, or no one would have a reason to feud with another student.

  • Briar

    my community is very wasteful of many things, especially the night of a football game we just won. We also have an issue with bullying, weather its how you dress or your religion. and then there is the matter of very few people are very open minded, they don’t accept change or soothing that goes against what they are used to. here we need someone who can encourage us to save a little more, be a little nicer, and have a wider range of who we know and who we’re friends with no matter their choices or yours. we need a hero who is charming, encouraging, convincing, proud for the right reasons, and stands for the right causes.

  • HAYDEN FORD

    Where I live there is really no need for a superhero. We treat the earth well and crime is low. The only reason we might need a superhero is because of people speeding in traffic

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Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

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