The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon


A Pride flag and a Texas State flag fly outside the Austin City Council building. Highlighted by the death of teenager Nex Benedict, legislation targeting the LGBTQA+ community has increased rapidly in recent years. But laws like these negatively impact the mental health of LGBTQA+ youth and need to be stopped.

Rise in Anti-LGBTQA+ Legislation Negatively Impacts Youth

Yonnie Yang July 2, 2024

On Feb. 8, non-binary 16-year-old Nex Benedict passed away only one day after an altercation with multiple students at their school in Oklahoma. As the fight was found to be fueled by homophobic bullying,...

On May 31, former President Donald Trump was convicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records. Now a convicted felon with a terrifying plan for a second term, Trump should be disqualified from running for president.

Trump’s Conviction Exposes Republican Hypocrisy

Alessandra Ashford, Opinions Editor June 29, 2024

The nation was shocked on May 31 when in a Manhattan courtroom, a jury of 12 New Yorkers came to a verdict, reading out one word 34 times: Guilty. After five weeks of lawyers, witnesses, and testimony...

Every year the arrival of summer marks the age-old trends of dieting and exercise in the hopes of having a perfect, slim, beach bod. But the prevalence has had many harmful effects on mental, physical, and emotional health.

Diet Culture Encourages Unhealthy Weight Loss and Drug Use

Vedanti Patil June 25, 2024

Just one Google search on “summer body,” and millions of results pop up – workouts, diets, supplements, and strategies – all claiming to help you “melt the fat” or achieve the perfect “summer...

Reminding the nation of a tragedy, May 24 marked the two year anniversary of the devastating shooting at Robb Elementary School. But to prevent more tragic losses of life, school safety measure must be increased.

School Security Measures Should Be More Restrictive

Sarah Jung, Heritage Portraits Editor May 27, 2024

On May 24, 2022, a school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas shocked the nation when a former student of the school invaded the campus two days before the end of the school year. This...

On April 26, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed SB 1325, allowing teachers to be armed at school. While this bill is intended to prevent school shooting tragedies, due to its poor foresight and lack of proper research, it will inevitably fail.

Tennessee Allowing Armed Teachers Will Inevitably Fail

Aarya Kale, News Editor May 24, 2024

Scarring the nation time and time again, the consecutive school shootings of recent years have not only unjustly robbed numerous innocent children and staff from their communities, but has also brought...

In a recent Warrior Update, Westwood students were surveyed about their opinions regarding Flex, as its end was being considered. But the administration needs to let Flex remain, as it is crucial to student life.

Flex Is Necessary For Student Life

Katie Ring, Reporter May 9, 2024

Due to updates to Texas’s attendance guidelines, Flex for the 2023-2024 school year was shortened to 20 minutes, as opposed to the previous year's 40. This greatly inhibited student’s free time, and...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning children under 14 from having social media accounts without parent permission. While many teens are upset about this new law and find it restricting, it is a step in the right direction toward providing more internet safety for minors.

Young Adolescents Should Not Be on Social Media

Valeria Tijerina, Reporter May 1, 2024

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB3 on March 25, banning children under the age of 14 from making social media platforms. This bill makes it so that children require parental permission to open a...

As the 2024 election nears closer, questions about the validity of the Electoral College rise again. While some say that the system is outdated, others feel it is still necessary.

Do We Still Need the Electoral College?

Hannah McDonough and Gabriel Oliveira April 25, 2024

When the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College in 1787, they intended for it to be a process that guaranteed the rights of the minority and their safety from the majority. The Electoral College...

Student loan debt is a burden that affects many students long after graduation. While the Biden administration has been working to forgive student loan debt for millions, more should be done to fix this issue.

Student Debt Cancellation is Necessary For Success

Jia Chun, Reporter April 12, 2024

After university, many college graduates' student loan debt weighs down their chance to fully chase their goals. On average, borrowers, who leave university with around $38,000 in debt, take a lengthy...

The past few years have seen a rise in popularity of the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok. Subsequently, many U.S. lawmakers have expressed concerns over the possible spread of misinformation to wide audiences, as well as worries about American user safety while using TikTok.

Possible TikTok Ban Comes From Xenophobia, Not Caution

Bella Yi, Heritage Campus Life Editor April 8, 2024

TikTok, a short-form video platform with over a billion monthly active users, was recently the subject of H.R. 7521, a bill passed by the House of Representatives 352 to 65. This bill requires that TikTok’s...

On March 19th, the Supreme Court allowed Senate Bill 4 into effect. However, hours later, a lower court of appeals issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the ruling on basis of unconstitutionality. This event is an opportunity for the U.S. to reflect on the current state of the immigration crisis and rebuild the broken system.

Texas’ SB 4 is Incentive to Reform Immigration

Valerie Zhang, Reporter April 4, 2024

For the past decade, the United States has struggled with immigration and border security. Most notably, Texas, which shares a border with Mexico, has been the source of much debate. But what is not up...

With 14 Grammy wins under her belt and many more sold-out stadiums, Taylor Swift is one of the most popular pop icons ever. While many have varying opinions on Taylor Swift, her sheer influence and impact undebatable.

Taylor Swift: Overhyped or Overhated?

Mahek Sureka and Gabriel Oliveira March 26, 2024

An international sensation, Taylor Swift has impacted millions of lives in more ways than one. She brings joy with her wide range of music, making something for everyone to listen to and love. Whether...

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