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Turpin “Family” Terror… Story by Catherine Ross

On the outside they appeared to be the average family. As average as one can be with 13 children. The Turpin family, a family which neighbors seldom saw in the daytime, had a story that shocked the nation. Many people saw them at a few events and even spoke to them, but didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. They all just looked like children with their parents. Nobody would’ve expect the 29 year old daughter to weigh 82 pounds. They mistook her for a child, they mistook all six adults for children. This was due to the years of neglect, abuse, inhumane treatment, and torture that 12 of the 13 children received everyday of their lives.

The family of fifteen have been living in Perris, California since 2014 when they moved from Texas. The children of the Turpin house were rescued on January 14th, 2018 after one of their daughters, age 17, escaped out of a window and called 911 from a deactivated phone. She told them that her siblings were being held against their will and were living in conditions they shouldn’t be living in. The youth even provided photo evidence to prove her claims. All 13 children’s names and identities are being hidden from the public due to the extremity of the abuse allegations.

Personal handwritten notes are seen on the front door of the Turpin family's home ahead of another court hearing. arrested on January 14 for allegedly torturing and starving their 13 children. Photo by: Frederic J. Brown/ AFP/Getty Images
Personal handwritten notes are seen on the front door of the Turpin family’s home ahead of another court hearing. Photo by: Frederic Brown/Getty Images

The parents, Louise and David Turpin were arrested that day, later to receive almost 40 charges each due to the mistreatment and imprisonment of their children. The rescue couldn’t have come sooner. The inside of the house certainly lived up to the nickname ‘house of horrors’. Chains and ropes were attached to beds, fecal matter from not only the children but also household pets were found in the bedrooms which the children were allowed in, and hundreds of journals were later recovered in the home.

 

The 17 year old girl which had escaped and saved her family later revealed that the escape had been planned for two years, and they had just been waiting for a chance to get out of there. Now these children were not only physically and mentally abused, but they were also deprived of an education. Some of the Turpin kids had no idea what a police officer was, and the 17 year old was confused as to what medicine and pills were when asked about them by the police officers. The mental state of each child is much more critical some would image. The physical malnourishment is very apparent as well, some of the older children appearing to be the size of 10 year olds while having the knowledge of a first grader.

While all 13 children are receiving medical care, their parents have been in jail, sentenced to a court date on February 24th of this year. Both parents have denied all claims against them and haven’t admitting to doing a single thing to any one of their children. There is a restraining order on both parents, as they will be unable to speak to their children without it being through a social worker or lawyer, and they are also unable to get within 100 feet of their children. They will not be allowed to know the whereabouts of any of their children, and if found guilty, will be facing 94 years in prison.

Fictitious Family... Various  photos on Facebook displayed a happy looking family of 15, the children all wearing matching outfits. Photo by: people.com
Fictitious Family… Various photos on Facebook displayed a happy looking family of 15, the children all wearing matching outfits. Photo by: people.com

Since neither Louise nor David have admitted to any of the charges, the public has been turning to psychological professionals who specialize in this field. Stockholm syndrome isn’t uncommon in this type of family abuse, and it is likely that the Turpin children (despite what they have gone through) still view their parents as their parents and have some form of ‘love’ towards them. People as influential as Dr. Phil are saying that it’s a possibility that the children may actually miss their parents.

 

Kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch feels that the children should meet their parents again, not necessarily because of an emotional attachment such as loving or missing them. But rather for closure. Whether they yell at their parents, cry, scream, it doesn’t matter. They need to tell them “whether they hate them or forgive them”. Establishing that sense of closure is what people need in order to move on. Kampusch expressed her opinions strongly in her interview with The Sun, encouraging the Turpin kids to face their parents and receive that closure they need.

Abuse is something that is difficult to recover from, which is why, if you or someone you know is getting abused, please contact someone immediately. Abuse can be hidden from the public eye or can be very noticeable, but please, if you are at the receiving end or suspect that someone is being abused, talk to someone of authority or someone you feel most comfortable with. If you need to call someone, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1−800−799−7233) or the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-422-4453). These hotlines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 

Doomsday Clock Changes… Story by Aurora Reishus

Recently, the infamous “Doomsday Clock” has been reduced to two minutes to midnight. Though an easy target for fear mongering, what is it’s actual relevance and purpose?

There are many factors pertaining to the latest movement of the Doomsday Clock. The most major of those reasons is the ever increasing risk of nuclear warfare due to North Korea nuclear weapons program’s latest developments as well as the uncertainty of the Iran nuclear deal. Other reason why they moved the clock include the increasing climate temperatures and the relationships between the United States and countries such as Russia, North Korea, and China.

The Doomsday Clock was first created in 1947 by Hyman Goldsmith and Martyl Langsdorf. Martyl Langsdorf was the artist behind the clock’s design and originally set the clock at seven minutes. The clock’s creation was made to symbolize how close the world is to a man-made disaster.

Bleeding time...A diagram depicting every time the Doomsday Clock has been moved, both towards and away from the end. Photo by: BBC
Bleeding time…A diagram depicting every time the Doomsday Clock has been moved, both towards and away from the end. Photo by: BBC

When the clock was first created, the eminent threat were nuclear weapons testing between the Soviet Union and the United States.

In the early days of the clock’s creation, Eugene Rabinowitch, a scientist and editor of the Bulletin was the person who decided if the clock hand was to be moved and would later explain the reasoning. After his death in 1973, the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board received the responsibility of looking over the clock. The Science and Security Board meet every year to discuss world events to determine if the clock is to be reset or moved forward.

The first time the clock hands moved was in 1949 after the Soviet Union successfully tested the first atomic bomb; the hands were moved from seven minutes to three minutes till midnight. Since its first move and its most recent (January 2018) the clock has been moved a total of 23 times.

Currently, the Doomsday clock reads at two minutes till midnight; the only other time the clock has been this close to midnight was in 1953 after the Soviet Union and the United States tested nuclear weapons within months of each other.

There are many factors pertaining to the latest movement of the Doomsday Clock. The most major of those reasons is the ever increasing risk of nuclear warfare due to North Korea nuclear weapons program’s latest developments as well as the uncertainty of the Iran nuclear deal. Other reason why they moved the clock include the increasing climate temperatures and the relationships between the United States and countries such as Russia, North Korea, and China.

Although the clock is currently at two minutes, there is no need to panic. The Doomsday Clock is only a symbol for how close humans are to possibly destroying the world, and even that’s a harsh way of putting it. Mr. Stevens, History teacher at FBCS, explained the clock as marking “the potential end of nuclear annihilation and how messed up we are in society.”

Time to make a difference... FBCS students create a life-size model of the doomsday clock. Photo by: Aurora Reishus
Time to make a difference… FBCS students create a life-size model of the doomsday clock .Photo by: Aurora Reishus

The media, like with most things, is only using the Doomsday clock to scare people into seeing the consequences of their actions. The Doomsday Clock is only there to raise awareness to people and hopefully make them see the errors of their ways. To quote Mr. Webber, Social Studies and Journalism teacher at FBCS, “The Doomsday Clock gets people to be aware of the threat humanity is always under, and I think that’s probably the ego of humanity itself and the decisions it [the human ego] makes.” Or in the words of Mr. Stevens, “It [the Doomsday Clock] is the fear we live off of.”

Although Mr. Webber and Mr. Stevens find the Doomsday Clock to be the driving force humanity needs to open their eyes to change; they both agree that scaring people into changing is not the best course of action. Mr. Stevens even said, “It [the Doomsday Clock] needs to stay as much as I hate it.”

There has to be a better way to raise awareness and get people to change. As Mr. Webber said, “This is the planet that we live on, and we should be taking care of it.” People need to start thinking of the future and find a way to reverse some of the damage that has been done, or there might not be much of a future.

 

 

NFL Advert Controversy… Story by Lydia Martin

NFL protests have been going on for years, and recently opened again with the issue of professional football players kneeling, sitting, or not even entering the field for the national anthem. Then, the NFL rejected an ad for the super bowl that said, “Please stand” as in referring to the anthem.

The American Veterans (AMVETS) submitted an ad asking for donations to the organization for individuals who have served in the U.S. military and also includes the message “Please Stand.” The NFL refused to put this ad on the super bowl. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the decision Tuesday citing, in part, the league’s policy against ads that carry a political message.

Game day protests… Players have kneeled in the National Anthem to highlight racial inequality and solidarity. Photo by: Mark Rebilas
Game day protests… Players have kneeled in the National Anthem to highlight racial inequality and solidarity. Photo by: Mark Rebilas

However, some people are arguing that the saying “Please Stand” is not political. While this may be valid, President Trump has taken a vocal stance on Twitter against the protests, asking NFL owners to fire such players.

CBS stated that “Please Stand” refers to those NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice.” But, the executive director of AMVETS, Joe Chenelly, defended their reasoning behind placing the ad, and said they only wanted to exercise their free speech just like the players who kneel during the national anthem, and they weren’t targeting the players specifically. If the NFL players can kneel as a form of free speech, then the AMVETS can us this ad as their free speech.

The NFL suggested other forms of the phrase such as “Please Honor Our Veterans” and “Please Stand for Our Veterans,” according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. However, Marion Polk, the American Veterans national commander said ““We decided that we were not going to change our ad. We placed it as ‘Please Stand’ and under the First Amendment we have the right to do that.”

"Please Stand”…All players on Sunday’s game stood during the Anthem. Photo by: Hill news
“Please Stand”…All players on Sunday’s game stood during the anthem, a contrast to protests in games earlier in the year. Photo by: Hill news

This whole situation can be considered a violation of the first amendment, but at the same time, the NFL might say they have a right to show what they want. Later the NFL accepted an ad from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, with a message of “We Stand for Veterans.”

Interestingly enough, during the Super bowl this Sunday, during the National Anthem, no one protested. We don’t know why, but it is believed to be the doing of the NFL. Because of the protests this year the NFL has been getting less views, and if these players are seen standing and respecting the flag then ratings may go up. However it is still unknown why no one protested during this year’s super bowl. The protests may dying down, or it could be a temporary pause that will explode again in the years or months to come.