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Reactions to her death
January 10, 2023
Here at Rock Hill, the news spread quickly between teachers and students. Honors Geometry and Pre-Calculus teacher Derek Collins was surprised by the students’ “very loud” reactions. “One student in the front said ‘The queen just died,’ and everyone started flipping out for the next ten minutes,” Collins said.
The halls erupted in chaos as the rest of the school received the notification that Queen Elizabeth II had died. She was 96 years old, and yet her death took the world by surprise. To many, she was somewhat of a legend as she served as queen for the majority of her life.
GT Humanities, GT American Studies and AP European History teacher Lauren Javandoost was alone when she heard the news. “I have an Apple Watch and I have it set to post notifications. So I got a push notification– two actually. One in the morning saying she was sick and then another one that she had died,” Javandoost said.