EditorPhotoDear readers,

As we delve further into the 2014-15 school year, we—Arlingtonian’s co-editors-in-chief—would like to give thanks to all of those who have supported our magazine. With practically 71 donors and countless businesses purchasing advertisements, Arlingtonian can run all of the stories it pleases. Support and feedback from the community is all Arlingtonian needs to continue reporting on the latest news. We would also like to give special thanks to the Arlington Bank, whose full page advertisement will be the magazine’s back cover for the remainder of the school year. The community’s support is highly valued and appreciated.

This issue, Arlingtonian recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness month with its spotlight story, “Abuse in Arlington.” In this story, writers Maeve O’Brien and Ellise Shafer educate us on the problem of domestic violence in our own community. Although it may seem like Upper Arlington is the safest or even most sheltered suburb in all of America, it can be difficult to know what occurs behind the scenes. While we should be respectful of others’ parenting decisions, we should also keep an eye out for behavior that steps over the line. “Abuse in Arlington” details several local and national domestic abuse issues on pages 12-15.

With the abundance of support our magazine has received this year, we know that the children impacted by domestic violence will get just as much support. It’s the community’s job to care for those who are in physical or emotional danger or in need of help, so let’s step up and address this issue when we see it. If you witness an instance of domestic violence, call 1800-799-7233, the National Domestic Violence Hotline. And students, if you are aware of friends or peers who are victims of domestic violence, do not be hesitant to discuss the matter with a school counselor or trusted teacher. Every person should feel safe in his or her own home.

Enjoy the school year’s first 32-page issue. Stay safe and happy reading!

Jane Eskildsen and Ella Koscher