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October 5, 2023

Convicted school shooter sparks backlash after rising to fame on TikTok

  • A man from New York is making headlines for his controversial fame on TikTok.
  • He has amassed 254,000 followers on the platform.
  • In 2004, he carried out a school shooting when he was 16 years old.
  • 20 years later, he is attempting to advocate for gun violence prevention.
  • Many are unhappy with his fame and have posted comments online.
  • Despite this, he still wishes to advocate for the prevention and understands why he is facing such backlash for his actions.
  • For more, please visit the Independent News website.

Rishi Sunak defends his plan to ban smoking for younger generation

  • Rishi Sunak aims to phase out the sale of cigarettes in England, which he believes could be the “biggest public health intervention in a generation”. 
  • He plans to raise the legal age year by year to the point where no one will be able to purchase cigarettes. 
  • Mr. Sunak said that measures to restrict choice were “never easy” but no one wants to see their children grow up smoking.  
  • Currently, one in nine 18–24-year-olds smoke, according to the office for National Statistics.   
  • The idea to increase smoking age was originally put forward last year by Javad Khan, the former Barnardo’s chief executive.  
  • Smoking rates have been falling since the 1970s, but Mr. Sunak aims for England to be smoke-free by 2030.  
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website. 

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Murdered Norwich teenager ‘was a county lines victim’

  • Parents of a murdered 18-year-old Joe Dix say their son was exploited by county lines drug dealers, leaving them powerless and unable to help him. 
  • They stated their son had been trapped in a “vicious cycle” due to owing money to dealers. 
  • Three men have been convicted and were jailed for life. 
  • County lines refers to drug operations run from urban bases that stretch to rural areas, using young and vulnerable people as couriers. 
  • A police spokesperson, from the Norfolk Constabulary reported: “We know county lines drug dealing, and the exploitation and violence that comes with it, has a devastating impact on our communities.” and we will “continue to work hard to remove those who choose to bring drugs into our county.” 
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website. 

Seven-year-olds with poor reading skills double in number since pandemic

  • The National Foundation for Educational Research followed 6,000 pupils in Reception and Year I, in March 2020, and tested the same cohort again in spring 2023.
  • Pupils in Reception when schools first closed, and now in Year 3, found 4.9% had a very low attainment in reading, compared to 2.5% pre-pandemic.
  • The study found that in Year 3 and 4 pupils eligible for free school meals, pupils were seven months behind their more well-off counterparts for reading in spring 2023.
  • Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of Social and College Leaders reported: “… primary schools are particularly poorly funded, and the disadvantage gap will continue to persist unless there is significant, targeted intervention.”
  • The Department for Education stated that they had invested £5 billion in recovery initiatives to help young people catch up.
  • For more, please visit The Telegraph website.