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Lexa and the Stray Bullet: The Effects of...
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When I first saw a queer character on my televsion screen, I was ten. I'm fifteen now, but I can still remember the way my dad was slumped on the couch, fast asleep, his light snores filling up the empty space of the living room. I sat... (more »)
New Fears
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Imagine waking up one day and looking through your phone to see what’s a popular story going around. You think that it will be something funny to see or hear what the new funny video that's going around is, but then to find out that... (more »)
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” they asked me. “I don’t know” I admitted, yet from the age of three, I knew what I wanted to do: music. Then why am I doubting myself? I thought that I had my life... (more »)
News Report: Walkouts in High Schools
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On February 14, 2018,  a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This was one of the worlds deadliest massacres to take place in a school with seventeen killed and seventeen more injured.... (more »)
Do You Really Understand Gun Violence in Schools?
By , Wyckoff, NJ
School shooting have had a huge impact on United States schools recently. Gun violence is the reason behind these issues. Gun violence with when a person or a group of people use a firearm to harm others or things. CNN news says that in 2018... (more »)
Students Stand Up
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On March 14, 2018, students around the country walked out of their schools together to fight for gun restriction laws. This happened exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17... (more »)
What Is a Fortnite?
By , Wyckoff, NJ
Fortnite has taken the video game world by storm. Fortnite is on every console including PC and even on IOS and Android devices. Fortnite Battle Royale has been the most popular game globally since Epic Games, the developer, launched its trial... (more »)
Apple Music or Spotify?
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Music has been seen as one of the essential forms of entertainment that a person can have since the beginning of time. In the earlier days, there were no portable music devices, and all music was played through physical instruments in real... (more »)
House Divided
By , Amery, WI
Holidays and spending time with family have always been a huge part of my life. All the family time spent together over the last sixteen years, has made me who I am today. My happy little family has always been there for me and my... (more »)
Generation Z Mistakes, Growth and Maturity
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People think very low of this generation but older generations thought the younger generation were ungrateful entitled little brats, while most of the stereotypes are very much true for this generation such as being lazy, unaware (to an... (more »)
Don't Choose to Abuse
By , Wilmington, MA
Do you have a pet that you love? Imagine if your pet was one of the extremely unfortunate animals who wound up in a slaughterhouse, mill, or on the streets fighting for its life after suffering abuse. For some animals, worldwide, this is... (more »)
It's Just One Vote
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Many people have strong opinions about the current political climate, and want a certain type of change to occur, whatever that may be. People want their voice to be heard and their desires to be fulfilled, which is understandable. The American... (more »)
Why the Labels?
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Let me ask you guys something: How do you feel about labels? Honestly, I couldn't care less what people think/say about me. I believe in being yourself and stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone. Even though... (more »)
Change is Important This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The attitudes of the social world and the people that inhabit it are constantly wavering. Morals, values, beliefs, perspectives – these are all things that change. The Buddhist concept of Impermanence states that change is “an... (more »)
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Unnoticed. Unsafe. Unloved. The motherless child stood in plain sight. Hurting. Aching with unadulterated fear. Fear for the future. The past. The present. But nobody noticed the small curled up form on the sidewalk. They just... (more »)
A Girl’s Guide to Faith
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Faith, complete trust or confidence in someone or something. But that’s not really it. The word has a lot more to it. A lot more than we realise or even know about. It’s faith that somehow completes every dream we dream and... (more »)
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