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Justice for George Pell’s Victims

George Pell, a cardinal in the roman catholic church, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two thirteen year old boys in 1996. Two months ago in December the case was brought to light but in order to not sway the jury the details of the trial were withheld from being released to the public due to suppression laws. Now, twenty two years later the two choir boys have justice against a man who abused not only them but also his power at an archbishop at the timeBSS64ARZMEI6TIDMH3EO2UE5CU

Due to law in Victoria state its illegal to name victims of sexual assault*

The victim stated that it took him years to understand the impact the assault had on his life. Pell was fifty five at the time when he caught two young choir boys drinking communion wine after a Sunday service when he forced himself upon them. The living survivor of Pell said he was left feeling “shame, loneliness, depression and struggle” as a result of the abuse. He has never spoken out against Pell in fear of his position in the church. “At some point we realize that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust.” said the victim about how he has coped since the tragedy. One of the boys has since died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 30 before he could see his abused receive punishment for his vial deeds. 6c39379942a378ba7e8d5e98423c47cfHe had never spoken to his parents about the abuse, the father now believes that the assault is what led his son to turn to drugs. Lawyers representing the father of the other victim had compelled him to speak up, in his realization of what happened to his son he said he believes his son suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He had a scholarship St. Kevin’s because of his singing voice, however his attitude was severely affected at school after the abuse. His fellow school choir member described him as a bully who became withdrawn, completely estranged from his past self. If he was questioned about what the problem was he would avoid, or straight up deny the question.

China Makes Touchdown on the Dark Side of the Moon

On July 20th 1969 the U.S. made history when the Apollo 11 made touchdown on the moon, officially winning the space race against the Soviet Union and opening a new door for science and space exploration; Now China has made a new revolutionary accomplishment, their spacecraft made it to the dark side of the moon.

This is the first time landing on the “dark side” of the moon has been attempted or achieved, and it means big things for the scientific community.

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Is Juuling/Vaping Any Better Than Smoking?

Eight out of 100 (7.6%) high school students in the United States smoke regularly. And while that is a decrease since 2011 with a drop of 8.2 %, the majority of youth have flocked to the new trends, Juuling and vaping. 21 out of every 100 students (20.8%) actively use electronic cigarettes, which is a 6% increase since 2011 (CDC). It makes sense, right? The rush received from nicotine without the cancer, respiratory, and cardiovascular disease, is easily attainable and easy to hide! They even smell good and have tasty flavorings. What’s not to love? A lot actually.

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Club of the Week

If you have any interest in the arts, or bettering yourself with achievements then West Clermont encourages you to check out the after school school art club. The art club works as a creative space where students can work with any medium in an open studio while meeting peers that share interests and learning more about the chosen craft. Art club has a diverse set of hard working students coming from all varieties of artistic backgrounds, with a wide range of interests in attendance. Art club offers students an opportunity not only to create, but to also provide for the school and the community. Just last year WCHS’ was able to march with lanterns they designed themselves in the parade for  the light show, Blink, downtown. The immaculate decorations seen at homecoming this year were created by the dedicated members who put in hours to make sure their best efforts were put forth to be on display.

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Emirates Flight Quarantined Over Influenza

     Last Wednesday, September 5th, international Emirates Flight 203 landed at New merlin_143314422_543f8a5f-29e0-4690-916b-49a80586eb58-articleLargeYork’s John F. Kennedy airport, where the ten passengers (seven of which were crew, three being passengers) that were aboard the flight were immediately rushed to a near hospital to be evaluated for potential respiratory illness that health officials believed to most likely be influenza.

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After the traumatizing mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida there has been an uprising in students nationwide to stand up against the United States current gun laws. With 17 left dead there has been a realization amongst more than in the past, and the student survivors plan to take it to those in charge to make a change to better prevent and protect themselves and others in the future,


Students across the nation are calling for a walkout during school as way to draw attention to the issue at hand, but those from the Florida school are tackling it head on by marching in the state capital to pressure lawmakers to finally take action on gun control. After their march they are expected to meet with legislators. Just hours before congress rejected a ban on assault rifles like those used to murder 17 and terrify millions, 100 students arrived in Tallahassee prepared to put up a fight. This is the first youth led protest since the shooting, and across Florida on Wednesday students walked out of their classroom to stand with those lives lost.

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Nintindo Switch, Nintindo’s Biggest Success Since the Wii?

Nintendo is notable for their many achievements as a franchise, whether it be one of their many successful series like The Legend Of Zelda, Mario, and Pokemon, or their game consoles, the Japanese brand is a household name.

The brand made their first big hit with the NES 1985, and then in 1989 they revolutionized portable play with the Game Boy that sold nearly 120 units, then continuing on with the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, and even returning back to make adjustments with the Game Boy Advance and Gameboy Color. Nintendo kept up against competitors like XBox and Playstation, and their sales never dropped, especially with the release of the DS in 2004 and Wii in 2006. Since those releases the 3DS, as well as the Wii U have made their way into millions of households, but now there is a new addition to the Nintendo family

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