Robertson’s Reportings: Massive Human Smuggling Uncovered, Rocket Rapidly Falling to Earth


Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! In Idaho, a sixth grade girl shot two students and a custodian at her school. She was disarmed by a teacher and held until police arrived at the scene. Injuries were only to the extremities, so all of the victims are expected to survive. The shooter’s name has not been released to the public, and authorities are investigating the motive and where the gun came from.

Almost 100 people were found huddled together in a two story home, with only five being women and the others being men who are at least 20-years-old. The incident is more of a “smuggling thing and not a trafficking thing,” reported Assistant Police Chief Daryn Edwards. This means that it was more of a voluntary effort because, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “human trafficking involves exploiting people for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation, while human smuggling involves the provision of a service — typically, transportation or fraudulent documents — to an individual who voluntarily seeks to gain illegal entry into a foreign country.” Many people involved had symptoms of COVID-19 and were malnourished. 

A Chinese rocket that launched on April 28 is expected to tumble back down to Earth on Saturday, and scientists aren’t yet sure where it will land. They can only tell once it re-enters the atmosphere, but it’s likely that the rocket will not hit any people since the planet is mostly covered in water. However, the chances of it falling into water are approximately 70%, leaving the possibility of danger open. This “uncontrolled reentry” is one of more to possibly come, as reflected in China’s launch schedule, and it’s not the first time that this happened. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell stated, “I think it’s negligent of them…I think it’s irresponsible.”

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