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A MORPETH high school student is a step closer to winning a prestigious national competition.

Angus Kirk, 13, has reached the final three in Amnesty International’s Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year award, run by Amnesty International UK and Learnnewsdesk.

Those who took part were asked to write an article or report of between 200 and 250 words on a human rights-related issue.

The King Edward VI School pupil wrote about the pain, abuse and mental suffering of children who are forced to do tasks such as plant roadside bombs, fire bullets and defend positions, even if that means getting shot.

He said: “When I entered the competition, I never expected to get to the final three.

“The things that underage soldiers have to endure can only be described as physical and emotional torture. It’s something that I feel very passionate about, so I expressed that passion with words.

“Now that my entry has reached the final three, I feel proud that I have been able to share this passion with others and that I have been recognized for my work.

“But I don’t write for recognition, I write simply because I love to put my thoughts and feelings down on paper.”

On May 19, the finalists will visit the offices of The Guardian newspaper before finding out who has won at the awards ceremony inside Amnesty International headquarters in central London.

The winner’s work will be showcased at the charity’s annual Media Awards on May 24.