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Teenager secretly gets vaccinated and blasts 'conspiracy theory-believing' anti-vax parents: 'God knows how I'm still alive'

Teenager secretly gets vaccinated and blasts 'conspiracy theory-believing' anti-vax parents: 'God knows how I'm still alive'A teenager has told how be secretly got vaccinated against the wishes of his parents, who he claimed believed debunked anti-vaccine “conspiracy theories”, they read on the internet. Ethan Lindenberger, 18, appealed for help on a Reddit forum, asking which vaccines he should obtain as he said had never received any, because “my parents are kind of stupid and don’t believe in vaccines”. After reading the advice, and consulting with a pastor, the teenager last December walked into a department of heath office in Norwalk, Ohio, and obtained vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza and HPV.



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MAGA hat teenager: Kentucky town reels from death threats and protests over stand-off with Native American man

MAGA hat teenager: Kentucky town reels from death threats and protests over stand-off with Native American manResidents of this affluent northern Kentucky town emerged from a turbulent holiday weekend with a question: How did a viral video showing local students interacting with a drumbeating Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial suck their community into the fractious national debates about politics and race? President Donald Trump was tweeting about them. Everyone forgets that,” said Park Hills Mayor Kathy Zembrodt, who expressed anger about the initial portrayal of the students as aggressors in the Lincoln Memorial encounter.



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Jayme Closs case: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus' and decided to snatch teenager

Jayme Closs case: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus' and decided to snatch teenagerA Wisconsin man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl's parents so he could kidnap her allegedly made up his mind to snatch her after he spotted her getting onto a school bus.   Jake Patterson, 21, told detectives he planned his crime methodically after watching Jayme Closs board her school bus while driving to work one day, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday.  Mr Patterson did not even know the teenagers name until he abducted her, the complaint said.  He faces charges of killing Jayme's parents, James and Denise, and kidnapping her at the family home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15 last year. The teenager escaped last Thursday after three months in captivity, police said. Inside squalid basement 'cell' where Jayme Closs was allegedly held captive Credit: Radar Online/MEGA  On Monday, a criminal complaint outlined how Mr Patterson allegedly targeted and plotted to snatch the teenager and hid her under his bed for hours at a time when people visited his home. The charging document quotes Mr Patterson as saying that when he saw Jayme, "he knew that was the girl he was going to take." He scouted the Closs home twice with the plan of taking Jayme but abandoned the plan because there were too many people around. When he eventually stormed the home by the front door, the teenager and her mother Denise took refuge in the bathroom. They heard a gunshot and suspected the intruder had killed the father James. New pictures show the inside of Mr Patterson's home Credit: Radar Online/MEGA  Mr Patterson then allegedly broke down the bathroom door, bound and gagged Jayme and then shot Denise dead. According to the court filing, the 21-year-old told detectives he used his father's 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun because it is commonly used and he thought it would be more difficult to trace. He wiped the shells and shotguns free of fingerprints and wore gloves to load the gun. The complaint also states Mr Patterson shaved his face and head and showered prior to the attack. Jayme's parents James and Denise Closs He dressed all in black, took the licence plates off his car, put stolen plates on and disconnected the dome and trunk lights. He describes shooting dead Jayme's parents before dragging her out of her home and hiding her in the boot of his car, even yielding to police cars rushing to the scene on his way home. Prosecutors quote Jayme as saying Mr Patterson would force her under a bed in his remote cabin when people visited. He would stack laundry bins and barbell weights around the bed so she couldn't move without him noticing. Jayme is now being cared for by her extended family Credit: AFP The complaint says Jayme was kept up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks. She told detectives that he warned her that "bad things could happen to her" if anyone found her there. Jayme told detectives that on January 10, Mr Patterson made her go under the bed and told her he would be gone for five or six hours. She said she managed to push the bins and weights away, crawled out, put on a pair of his shoes and fled the house. She came across a neighbour who helped her contact the police. According to the local officers who then arrested Mr Patterson, when he stepped out of his vehicle he said, "'I know what this is about. I did it'".



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Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun: Saudi teenager fleeing family arrives in Canada after being granted asylum

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun: Saudi teenager fleeing family arrives in Canada after being granted asylumAn 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada granted her asylum. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse. Qunun refused to meet her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to try take her back to Saudi Arabia. Qunun arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday morning and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to address the media shortly. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (C) accompanied by Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chryistia Freeland (R), arrives at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto Credit: Reuters Her case has drawn global attention to Saudi Arabia's strict social rules, including a requirement that women have the permission of a male "guardian" to travel, which rights groups say can trap women and girls as prisoners of abusive families. Qunun took a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday and then a connecting flight to Toronto. Qunun arrived in Bangkok a week ago and was initially denied entry. But she soon started posting messages on Twitter from the transit area of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport saying she had "escaped Kuwait" and her life would be in danger if forced to return to Saudi Arabia. Within hours, a campaign sprang up dubbed #SaveRahaf, spread on Twitter by a loose network of activists. Following a 48-hour stand-off at Bangkok airport, some of it barricaded in a transit lounge hotel room, she was allowed to enter the country and has been processed as a refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).



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US trafficking victim granted clemency over killing of man who bought her for sex as teenager

US trafficking victim granted clemency over killing of man who bought her for sex as teenagerAUS trafficking victim serving a life sentence for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was a teenager was granted clemency on Monday following a celebrity-backed viral campaign for her freedom. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said Cyntoia Brown, now 30, had been given "too harsh" a sentence for the 2004 murder of a real estate agent in the city of Nashville. Johnny Allen had picked up Brown, who was 16 at the time and a runaway under the influence of a dangerous pimp, and taken her to his home for sex. The ex-Army sharpshooter allegedly showed off his firearms and "grabbed" Brown forcefully between her legs. She said she shot him in fear for her life. A jury convicted Brown of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, and she was given life with the possibility of parole after serving at least 51 years in prison. Calling the case "tragic and complex," Mr Haslam granted clemency under the condition of a 10-year parole. Brown will be released on August 7 after undergoing training on returning to society. "Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16," Haslam said in a statement. "Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life." Without the governor's intervention, Brown would have remained in prison at least until 2055. In a statement published by The Tennessean, Brown thanked her supporters and the governor and promised to "do everything I can to justify your faith in me." Brown's case was featured in a 2011 documentary, and was the subject of a social media campaign involving multiple celebrities who advocated for clemency, saying she should have been treated as a traumatised child victim of sex trafficking. "It's heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life," reality star Kim Kardashian wrote on Twitter in 2017. Last month, actress Ashley Judd implored her home state's governor to grant clemency by saying Brown "deserves our empathy and your mercy."



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Georgia teenager took his own life after accidentally shooting friend, police say

Georgia teenager took his own life after accidentally shooting friend, police sayGeorgia police say Devin Hodges, 15, accidentally shot Chad Carless, 17, and then turned the gun on himself.



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Pregnant Teenager From Migrant Caravan Illegally Crosses The US-Mexico Border And Gives Birth On US Soil

Pregnant Teenager From Migrant Caravan Illegally Crosses The US-Mexico Border And Gives Birth On US SoilA pregnant woman from Honduras, who followed the Central-American migrant caravan, trespassed the U.S.-Mexico border and ended up giving birth to her second child in the United States. While in custody, Hernandez — who was eight months pregnant — complained of abdominal pain after which she was shifted to a hospital where she gave birth to her second child. Although Hernandez, her husband, and the other child entered the U.S. illegally, the baby born on U.S. soil is now an American citizen.



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British Teenager Charged Over Assault of 15-Year-Old Syrian Refugee

British Teenager Charged Over Assault of 15-Year-Old Syrian RefugeeA video of the incident, which took place on October 25, has circulated widely on social media



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French Teenager Who Threatened His Teacher With a Fake Gun Was Charged

French Teenager Who Threatened His Teacher With a Fake Gun Was ChargedPresident Emmanuel Macron said threatening a teacher was "unacceptable"



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Man who shot at black teenager asking for directions to school convicted for assault

Man who shot at black teenager asking for directions to school convicted for assaultA Michigan man has been found guilty of assault after firing his gun at a black teenager who stopped by his home to ask for directions to school. The man, Jeffrey Ziegler, was convicted of assault with attempt to murder and possession of a firearm the commission of a felony on Friday. In his arraignment, Ziegler said that there was “a lot more to this story than what is being told”.



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