Krier launches advice column

By on October 11, 2010

by the Krier Editorial Board
Krier—Need advice on how to deal with a teenager? Just want a student perspective?

The Kaneland Krier is starting an advice column, Ask Edi, and will answer questions about teenagers and provide advice from a teenage viewpoint to the Kaneland community.

Questions about any teenage issues—from relationships to school to discipline—can be submitted, as can more general questions about teenagers, school or college. Any resident of the Kaneland area can submit a question, including students, parents and community members.

“Edi’s” answers will be jointly discussed by the Krier’s 12-member student editorial board, a group of high-achieving teenagers ages 15 to 18, and then published in the next issue. Copies of the column will also be published on the Krier’s website at and sent to the Elburn Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Aurora Beacon-News and TribLocal for possible publication.

To submit a question, students and community members can e-mail the Krier editorial board directly at Drop boxes have also been placed in the high school’s counseling office and library for student use.

Letters and questions will be published anonymously to protect privacy, but all submissions must include a name so that the Krier can verify it, which means one editorial board member will know the identity of the writer. Community members who prefer that none of the editorial board members know their identity can e-mail the Krier adviser, Cheryl Borrowdale, at with questions; she will verify the letter and remove names before giving the question to the editorial board.

While the Krier pledges confidentiality to all those who submit questions, the editorial board is ethically required to report any situation where there is a strong likelihood of imminent harm, such as suicide threats or child abuse, to the appropriate authorities.