The Bengal Beat

Justice Delayed or Denied?

The Simpsonville City Hall is a landmark in our community that symbolizes the pursuit of justice (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

Ashlyn Athey, Reporter

September 18, 2018

On Tuesday, August 21st, the last known Nazi collaborator residing within the United States was deported to Germany by air ambulance. Jakiw Palij, now 95 years old, was born in Poland and joined the Nazis as a camp guard when he was 18. After World War II ended, Palij lied on his visa application to the United States...

Bittersweet Reunions for Korean Families

The demilitarized zone not only creates a barrier between North and South Korea, but it also creates one between the families separated during the Korean War (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credit to Korea_Style).

Emily Fleming, Reporter

September 17, 2018

Although they did not lose their lives like many had, the families in Korea during the Korean War did lose something just as important. They were stripped of each other almost 70 years ago and were unable to reconnect because of the strict rules about communication across the border. Recently, that fact...

Abusing Their Power

The Cathedral, also known as the Duomo, in Florence, Italy. The Catholic Church is under scrutiny and question due to the abuse scandals (Photo courtesy of Allie Weber).

Allie Weber, Reporter

September 12, 2018

On August 14th, over 1000 reports of sexual abuse by priests and bishops were released in Pennsylvania, some dating back to over 70 years ago. The Catholic faith is known for its leaders practicing celibacy, which is the state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations; so how, might one wo...

Where Were You?

The memorial where the Twin Towers stood (Photo courtesy of Maureen Shuler).

Jasmyne Michaels, Editor

September 11, 2018

Today is the seventeenth anniversary of the event we know as 9/11. It is an event that shook the entire country, rippling from New York City, where the World Trade Center was hit, not once, but twice by two planes, as a planned attack. America stood still in shock and fear, as the realization washed...

Gunn Feels Kickback From Offensive Tweets

Marvel has fired James Gunn over old tweets (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to InspiredImages).

Alaina Haylock, Reporter

September 10, 2018

As of July 20th, Director James Gunn was fired from the upcoming installment of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy because of his obscene tweets. These 10-year-old tweets, made light of rape, pedophilia, AIDS, the Holocaust, and the event of 9/11. They were discovered by conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich. ...

Crazy Poor Asian Representation

The romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians will be released on August 17th of this year (Photo by Chelsea Evangelista).

Chelsea Evangelista, Reporter

May 25, 2018

In today’s film industry, it can be difficult to identify mainstream movies that have a good number of Asian actors in their cast. On the rare occasions they are present, they are often portrayed as nerdy mathletes or masters of martial arts. The movie Crazy Rich Asians, however, may change these no...

Democracy in Nicaragua: The Fifth Time’s the Charm!

The instability in Nicaragua has been fueled by poor economics, unfair politics, and an unaccountable leader. This erupted on April 18th and will likely not be resolved anytime soon. (Photo via Pixabay under Creative Commons license).

Ethan Lamont, Reporter

May 21, 2018

The Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country on the Central American Isthmus and is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This is partially because of the poor state of their politics. During the 1930s, a dictatorship was established by General Luis Somoza. Years later, during lat...

Guns and Roses: National Walkout on March 14th

On March 14th, students across America will walk out of their classrooms at 10:00 a.m. to honor the Parkland victims and promote peace (Photo Courtesy of Pixabay).

Ashlyn Athey, Reporter

March 26, 2018

Unfortunately, we have all heard of the school shooting that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month. In response to this tragedy, some high school students are joining forces with the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER organization and walking out of their classes on March 14th for 17...

The Influenza Virus Attacks the Nation

The flu is killing up to 4,000 people a week. (Picture taken by Pixabay)

Kamryn Mattison, Reporter

March 6, 2018

The influenza virus, simply known as the flu, has been unquestionably intense this year. There have been many deaths caused by the virus and the flu is still spreading. It spreads extremely easily and can last from a couple days to a couple weeks. The deadly virus attacks the throat, nose, and lungs...

Cape Town: Running Out of Time and Water

Around the end of May and the beginning of June, Cape Town will run out of water, leaving about 4 million people with no consumable water at hand (Courtesy of Pixabay).

Valentina Idarraga, Reporter

March 5, 2018

Little did the public expect to see in the latest headlines that the major city of Cape Town in South Africa will eminently be without water. The announced day for which water will run out was originally mid-April, but it has now been moved to the end of May and the beginning of June. The scarcity of water ...

Change in PyeongChang

The Olympic rings represent the five parts of the worlds that come together to participate in the Olympics: the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa. Over the rings are some of the winter sports featured at the games (Photo courtesy Stux via

Lauren Ervin, Reporter

February 16, 2018

The highly anticipated Olympic Games allow athletes from all over the world to compete in a variety of sports. This year’s 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea will allow athletes to compete in figure skating, curling, bobsledding, and more. Although the focus of the games is sports, their impact ...

The Importance of Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy Performance

The importance of Kendrick Lamar's Grammy performance was strengthened by his reminder that black lives should be protected by the American flag, too.(Picture taken from Pixabay)

Kamryn Mattison, Reporter

February 15, 2018

The 2018 Grammy Awards were held on Sunday, January 28, with an opening performance from Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s stunning performance enthralled everyone watching both live and at home. Kendrick rapped four different songs and had an unexpected transition for all of them, beginning with “XXX” in front...

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