Chicago teen plagiarized by New York legislative staffer

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A New York legislative staffer has been fired after issuing a memo that plagiarized a Chicago high school student’s Huffington Post piece on killer whales.

New York State Senator Greg Ball’s reps confirmed that news Friday.

The memo was about a bill banning killer whales from New York aquariums.

The Times-Union of Albany found nearly identical passages from a commentary on the film Blackfish by 17-year-old Donald Julius, a junior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy on the city’s south side.

His initial reaction– pretty cool.

Julius says after thinking about it more he was confused why the staffer would plagiarize when it isn’t difficult to do the research on your own and write something yourself.

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