FARMBOY FRAMED IN PHOTOGRAPHIC FRAUD
Shock hit Andromeda Hall this week as photographic evidence surfaced of Callum Ellis, the hulking farmboy late of Kansas, cheating on his partner Cass Walker-Handal with multiple girls, as well as allegations of his tagging his own dorm building and engaging in other delinquent acts. When approached for interview, Ellis pleaded innocent of all charges, despite informing this reporter that Sanctum staff have security footage of his performing the acts of which he is accused.
It is no stretch to imagine that Ellis, who has no history of misbehaviour or disrespect, is telling the truth, given that everyone reading this is fully aware of where we're studying. Photographs, posted on Walker-Handal's door, among other places, were most likely forged in one of a number of ways – Ms. Walker-Handal herself assured us she trusts absolutely in her boyfriend's innocence, and offered her own theories on the nature of the framing, mind-control being among the less wholesome ideas. This was not, we presume, to dismiss the possibility of a shape-changing doppelganger or some kind of trickery of the cameras. It is not the place of this paper to speculate.
Of interest to our readers is also the impressive bluntness of the so-called-evidence against Mr. Ellis. Were we to assume he was guilty of all he stands accused of, then his misbehaviour was brief, effective, and moronically visible – rumours from various sources seeking to incriminate Ellis claim that he was diligent about recording his affairs, an absurd and inconsistent strategy for a man who now continues to live monogamously with his existing partner. The only logical conclusion the Enquirer can give to you is the most of the truth that we have – that being that Callum Ellis is innocent.
School administration reacted to the allegations of Ellis' vandalism by employing discipline him while investigations are ongoing – for those hoping WARD might have a gentler hand than the GWU, unfortunately it would seem not. Despite the obvious possibility of his being framed, Ellis' security rating has been raised, and he is being made to clean up the graffiti claimed to be his work.
A Sanctum staff member, when asked to comment on the notion that a shapeshifter framing Ellis was more believable than Ellis actually vandalizing the school and cheating on his partner, had this to say: “it's up to Mr. Ellis to debunk. We've provided him with all the tools needed to prove his innocence.” Commenting there on the concession to Ellis' plea of innocence with supervised access to Sanctum's limited security camera footage. Presumably, this is an example of the “active learning space” that same staff member took pride in offering for the students of Sanctum, in allowing Ellis to take over the job of clearing his own name rather than being able to rely on the support of teachers and staff in what must be a difficult time.
Most important to take from this situation, reader: Guilty until you prove yourself innocent. That's the standard Fifth Sanctum is setting for all future cases. Callum was – and is – a model student and a faithful boyfriend, and after some mysterious party has contrived to rake his name through the mud, WARD has thrown up its hands and told him to clean up his own mess. Should any of the very talented and supernatural rumour-mongers among the student body take it into their head to falsify photographic evidence of your own misdeeds, know that the staff of Fifth Sanctum will not be in your corner to fight your case. They will just be ready to punish you.
The Enquirer stands with Callum Ellis. We are an American publication, and we stand by the old American adage that one is innocent – until proven guilty!
Your humble servant, Austin Silver.