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Lawsuit: 22 Girls Were Strip-Searched in Choir Class

A Fifth Circuit court of appeals sends the case to court

(Newser) - The mothers of two girls who were allegedly strip-searched in a Houston middle school will get their day in court after all, KTRK reports. The two moms say their girls' civil rights were violated when nurses at Lanier Middle School looked under the clothing of 22 female students for $50... More »

Her Principal Gave Her a Poker Chip. Hours Later, She Was Dead

Mallory Grossman's parents sue, say school's failures led to bullied 12-year-old taking her life

(Newser) - "It changes your DNA," Dianne Grossman told reporters Tuesday. The New Jersey mother was speaking on the suicide of her 12-year-old daughter, Mallory, who died last June after what her parents say was a relentless bullying campaign by classmates at Copeland Middle School. Now, per the Star-Ledger , Grossman... More »

Very Special 'Student' Makes Appearance in School Yearbook

Oscer the service dog shows up right next to a photo of 8th-grader Hudson Golebiewski

(Newser) - A service dog has his own photo in an upstate New York middle school's yearbook. Oscer accompanies 14-year-old Hudson Golebiewski, an eighth-grader who has autism, to the Vestal Middle School. Like the other students, the 3-year-old golden retriever was photographed against a gray background and was placed in the... More »

8th-Graders Given Ominous Graduation Gift

Graduates of Pennsylvania school receive bulletproof plates

(Newser) - "I never thought I'd need this." That's what one Pennsylvania middle-schooler told WTXF after receiving an unusual graduation gift Monday. The eighth-grade class of St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford was given ballistic shields that slide into backpacks as protection from bullets, per the New York Times ... More »

Cops: Middle School Student Opens Fires, Injures 2

Teacher and a student were taken to hospitals; suspect is in custody in Noblesville, Ind.

(Newser) - A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack at Noblesville West Middle School happened around 9am, police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference, per the AP . He said... More »

In Congressman's Selfie With 6th-Graders, a Middle Finger

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida wasn't miffed

(Newser) - It's probably not a photo that mom is going to frame. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida made a stop at Shoal River Middle School in Crestview on Tuesday to talk civics, but things concluded with some not-exactly-civil behavior. Gaetz posed for a selfie with sixth graders and posted it... More »

Teacher on Leave After 'Gross' Slavery Assignment

Worksheet at Texas charter school asked students to list both negative and positive aspects of slavery

(Newser) - When Roberto Livar's wife picked up their son Wednesday from Great Hearts Monte Vista charter school in San Antonio, Texas, the 8th-grader was "distraught" over an assignment in history class, Livar tells KABB . The worksheet he completed was entitled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View,"... More »

Cops: Track Coach Tried to Transmit HIV to Students

He's accused of sexually abusing 42 kids

(Newser) - The number of victims believed to have been abused by a track coach and school aide in Maryland has almost doubled: A 206-count indictment made public this week accuses 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell of abusing 42 boys between May 2015 and June 2017, Fox News reports. In July, he was... More »

He Turned In a Knife to the Principal—and Was Suspended

Dad says Thomas Ross was punished 'for doing the right thing'

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy was suspended from his Pennsylvania school after discovering a knife in his pocket and immediately telling the principal. Thomas Ross Jr. had used the pocket knife to help his father open a cardboard box on Sunday before putting it in the pocket of his shorts, reports WTAE... More »

After Kid's School Backpack Reeks of Pot, Parents Arrested

11-year-old tells police his dad used his backpack to transport marijuana

(Newser) - A student's backpack that smelled like marijuana led police in Florida to his house, where they found a small grow house run by his parents, per the AP . Now, 41-year-old Rolando Naranjo and Betsy Espinoza (said to be 32 or 33) are in jail, charged with multiple drug and... More »

Teacher Accused of Sex With Student Is Pregnant: Cops

Katherine Ruth Harper arrested after Texas school district received tip

(Newser) - Katherine Ruth Harper may not want a former student at her Texas middle school to write an essay on what he did over summer vacation. Per an arrest warrant affidavit, the 27-year-old seventh-grade English teacher is accused of having sex with the 15-year-old both at her own home and at... More »

Football Star Sees Autistic Kid Eating Alone, Swoops in

Feel all the feels, thanks to FSU's Travis Rudolph

(Newser) - When Leah Paske got a message from a friend Tuesday that said, "Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son," accompanied by a now-viral photo of her son chowing down in his Florida middle school with a young man, her first response was: "Who?" That response soon... More »

Girl's First Day at New School Ruined by Pair of Leggings

A mother is irate after her 11-year-old was punished for wearing a tunic and leggings

(Newser) - It's safe to say that 11-year-old Bella's first day of middle school in Lansing, Kan., didn't go according to plan. Just after 8am last Wednesday she texted her mother, Kimberly Jones, to say that she "got dress coded" and had to wear sweatpants over her flowered... More »

Family Sues Middle School Over Boy's 'Terrorist' Confession

$25M suit alleges East Islip forced Muslim boy into it

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim boy with special needs confessed earlier this year to being a member of ISIS and plotting to blow up the school fence, and now his family is suing the school district in East Islip, NY, alleging that officials there forced a false confession and violated his... More »

Court Upholds Teen's Arrest for Burping

He was accused of disrupting middle school class

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque, NM, student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle school class with loud burps. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week ruled that the officer and educators named in the lawsuit were entitled to immunity, and... More »

Teacher on Leave After Math Quiz on 'Pimps,' 'Ho's'

Alabama middle school teacher was set to retire this month

(Newser) - Murder, AK-47s, "pimps and ho's"—topics you'd expect to see covered in a police report, not on a middle school math quiz. Yet a teacher in Mobile, Ala., included those subjects on her exam, and she's now been placed on administrative leave because of it,... More »

School Cop Body-Slams 12-Year-Old Girl in Video

Joshua Kehm has been placed on paid leave

(Newser) - A school police officer is on paid leave after a video surfaced showing him body-slamming a 12-year-old girl, apparently knocking her unconscious. The video recorded March 29 opens showing San Antonio Independent School District Police Officer Joshua Kehm with his arms around sixth-grader Janissa Valdez at Rhodes Middle School. "... More »

Teen Impaled by Giant Splinter in Basketball Game

Floorboard split apart in freak accident during Wisconsin middle-school tourney

(Newser) - Thirty-four teams of middle school basketball players were gathered at a Wisconsin tournament Sunday when a freak accident took place on the court, WDJT reports. "I don't know if we'll ever hear something like this ever happening again anywhere," says Perry Hibner, the tourney's organizer,... More »

Student Claims Teacher Forced Class to Admit God Isn't Real

District says her story is more fiction than fact

(Newser) - "Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real," Texas seventh-grader Jordan Wooley told the Katy school board Monday. The Houston Chronicle reports Jordan was complaining about a critical-thinking skills assignment in which students were tasked with... More »

8th-Grader Kisses Girl on a Dare, Charged With Assault

The 13-year-old middle school boy is being charged as a juvenile

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy at Pikesville Middle School in Maryland allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old girl's shirt near her stomach and kissed her last week—as part of a dare, reports WBFF , but it had less than lighthearted consequences. The 8th-grader was charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault before being... More »

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