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Teen Forced to Flee Wildfire on Foot Doesn't Make It

Kai Shepherd became separated from parents, sister

(Newser) - The death toll now stands at 40 in the wildfires that have been raging in California for more than a week. One of the many tragic stories to emerge from the catastrophe is that of 14-year-old Kai Shepherd, who became separated from his family and burned to death as they... More »

N. Korea's Spies Took Her in '77. Trump Wants to Help Find Answers

President to meet with parents of Japan's Megumi Yokota, snatched at age 13 to serve as tutor

(Newser) - Forty years ago, a Japanese teen was abducted while walking home, one of at least 17 people kidnapped by North Korea in the '70s and '80s to serve as language and cultural tutors to the nation's spies. Now, President Trump has plans to meet with Megumi Yokota'... More »

Teen Crushed, Killed While Lifting Weights

Gym rules say kids are supposed to be accompanied by an adult

(Newser) - An Australian teen who was crushed while lifting weights has died, the BBC reports. Ben Shaw, 15, was bench-pressing about 215 pounds at a Brisbane gym last Tuesday when the bar he was pumping slipped, pinning him and crushing his neck. The critically injured teen was rushed to a children'... More »

Organs From 13-Year-Old Girl Save 8 Lives

Jemima Layzell, who died of a brain aneurysm, breaks a UK record

(Newser) - Eight people, including five children, have a 13-year-old organ donor to thank for their lives—and that donor has entered the UK record books. The Guardian reports on Jemima Layzell, who collapsed from a brain aneurysm while helping prep for her mom's birthday party in March 2012. Jemima died... More »

On First Day of School, Tragedy for Heart Transplant Teen

Peyton West collapsed and died as his older brother dropped him off at school

(Newser) - Peyton West's dad says that when the Ohio teen woke up for his first day of school on Thursday, he was his usual "goofy self," WKRC reports. But just hours later, the 13-year-old, who'd had a heart transplant in March, had died, leaving his family, friends,... More »

Saudi Kid Arrested After Dancing to an Old Hit

It was the 'Macarena,' and he did it on a public street

(Newser) - Doing the "Macarena" in traffic is a no-no in Saudi Arabia. That's what one hip-swirling teen learned after being caught on a video since gone viral, jamming to the hit tune from the mid-'90s. Saudi police said they arrested the 14-year-old on Tuesday for "improper public... More »

A 16-Year-Old Is Running for Governor in Kansas

Jack Bergeson is hoping to win Kansas' top spot in 2018

(Newser) - Jack Bergeson won't be able to vote for himself when he appears on the Kansas ballot for governor in 2018—because he won't be 18 yet. As the director of elections with Kansas' secretary of state's office explains to the Wall Street Journal , the Sunflower State is... More »

Relaxing Evening in Hammock Turns Tragic for Ky. Teen

Michelle Chalk, 15, killed by falling tree

(Newser) - A Kentucky teen who was set to start her freshman year in high school this fall instead met a tragic fate this week while hanging out with a friend. Michelle Chalk, 15, was lounging in a hammock positioned between two trees in a friend's Fort Thomas backyard Tuesday when... More »

'Fidgety' Teen Jumps From Plane in SF

Male passenger was seized on the tarmac

(Newser) - A teenage passenger apparently impatient for his plane to reach a gate at San Francisco International Airport opened an emergency exit, slid down the plane's wing, fell to the ground, then started running Tuesday, officials say. Passengers say the 17-year-old US citizen, who was traveling alone, had appeared "... More »

Teen Goes to Metallica Concert, Loses Car for Days

His dad had to place a Craigslist ad asking Toronto locals to help his 'doofy son'

(Newser) - For much of this week, Toronto residents have been on a scavenger hunt of sorts, with an odd target: a 2015 Nissan Versa, "misplaced" by a US teen who'd forgotten where he'd left it after a Metallica concert. The CBC reports on 19-year-old Gavin Strickland's parking... More »

Woman, 19, Gets 30 Years in Prison After Stillbirth

Prosecutors in El Salvador argued she blew off prenatal care

(Newser) - In what the Guardian is calling "the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women" in El Salvador, a 19-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison after a stillbirth. Per Al Jazeera , Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was convicted of "aggravated homicide,... More »

A Man Sent Sexual Messages to a Teen. Her Dad Took Action

'[He] walked into the wrong backyard,' Oklahoma father says

(Newser) - A father in Oklahoma decided to take matters into his own hands after an app let him know that his teen daughter was swapping sexually charged messages with a 33-year-old man. Per KOCO , the unidentified Del City dad had installed the FamilyTime app, which helps parents keep tabs on their... More »

Teen Leaps to His Death After Sex Video Accusations

Corey Walgren's parents say school officials, cop literally 'scared him to death'

(Newser) - Corey Walgren was a popular hockey player and fisherman with good grades, a close-knit family, and plans to apply to college soon. And yet, on Jan. 11 , soon after an ordinary text exchange with his mom about his class schedule for the following year, the 16-year-old high school junior jumped... More »

He Called 911 on Himself. Cops Shot the Teen Dead

The incident occurred early Saturday outside a San Diego high school

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy was shot dead outside his San Diego high school early Saturday morning, minutes after he apparently called 911 to request a welfare check on himself. Police say that when they responded to a call to check on the safety of a teenager outside Torrey Pines High School,... More »

Father-Daughter Surf Outing Turns Tragic

Shark kills 17-year-old surfing with her dad in Australia

(Newser) - A teen surfing off the southern coast of Australia died Monday after she was attacked by a shark, the AP reports. ABC Australia says the 17-year-old was surfing with her dad near the Kelp Beds surfing break, off of Esperance, at the same beach where a surfer suffered serious injuries... More »

Stanford Accepts Teen With Unusual Application Answer

Ziad Ahmed simply wrote '#BlackLivesMatter' 100 times in answer to one question

(Newser) - Repeating the same phrase 100 times on your college application wouldn't seem, at first glance, to be a winning strategy for gaining acceptance to a highly competitive school. But for Ziad Ahmed, it was part of what got him into Stanford, CBS News reports, with the university calling the... More »

People 'Crying on Platform' After NYC Subway Accident

13-year-old girl killed while trying to retrieve her phone

(Newser) - They've said it before and, sadly, they have to say it again: No phone is worth risking your life for. New York City transit authorities urged riders to stay safe Sunday after a 13-year-old girl was killed while trying to retrieve a dropped phone from the track bed at... More »

'Romantic' Emails Between Missing Teacher, Girl Found

Family says teen once hid from teacher Tad Cummins

(Newser) - Elizabeth Thomas, the 15-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by teacher Tad Cummins two weeks ago, once hid from Cummins when he turned up at her workplace, her family says. One of the Thomas family's lawyers tells News 2 that, according to Elizabeth's father, she hid in... More »

Cops Trying to Stop Suspect End Up Killing Pregnant Teen

Elena Mondragon was in car with robbery suspect when cops tried to pull them over

(Newser) - A 16-year-old California girl who was fatally wounded during an incident with police earlier this week was pregnant, KTVU and KGO report. The teen, IDed as Elena Mondragon, was a passenger in a car that had been reported stolen and was being sought in a bunch of armed robberies. When... More »

Mom Allegedly Pushed Teen to Suicide, Watched It Unfold

Gina Caze says she thought it was fake

(Newser) - A woman allegedly encouraged her daughter to commit suicide with comments posted on a live stream before the 14-year-old hanged herself in a bathroom, according to a horrifying report from the Florida Department of Children and Families. But an attorney for Naika Venant's mother calls the allegation "absolutely... More »

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