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Degrassi High - New Start Part 2 S1-E02 Part 3.flv

Erica decides to keep the pregnancy a secret, only telling Heather about it. She also decides to have an abortion; Heather disapproves of this, and this difference ...

Amber L. Carter
Degrassi was known for tackling real teen dilemmas like abuse, pregnancy, and drugs with an unflinching sense of honesty and realism. Unlike other shows of the time, things didn't always wrap up nicely for the characters. This episode, in particularly, was a landmark episode of Degrassi High: A character experiences an unplanned pregnancy and decides to have an abortion (...and then actually has it, unlike other shows where a character decides to have an abortion but then ends up having a miscar

Neil Hope.

Neil Hope.

"Mr. Hope had few secrets left after his five years in the role of the troubled teenage character Derek (Wheels) Wheeler. The show’s producers admitted all along that the story of Wheels, a boy who stumbles through misfortunes before drifting into alcoholism, drew broadly on the life of Mr. Hope, who never had formal acting training." - New York Times

Amber L. Carter
Neil Hope was one of the original cast members of 'The Kids of Degrassi Street' and starred in the series all the way through to 'Degrassi High', and made a guest appearance in a 10th-anniversary “Degrassi” reunion special. He died shortly after, but it took four years before anyone - even his family - knew that he had passed away.
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