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NFLer Turned Assistant Principal Killed in School Lot

TJ Cunningham's neighbor is charged with murder after alleged parking dispute

(Newser) - A former NFL player was fatally shot over the weekend in what authorities say was a dispute over a parking space. Anthony "TJ" Cunningham, who played part of the 1996 season with the Seattle Seahawks, was allegedly shot three times by a man who lived across the street from... More »

A Woman Spoke Ill of a Dead Teen. Her Principal Wouldn't Have It

Alisha Coleman-Kiner stands up for 'my baby,' Myneishia Johnson. And how

(Newser) - Now this is a principal. On Sunday 18-year-old Myneishia Johnson was gunned down on the streets of downtown Memphis when a 19-year-old allegedly fired a rifle into a crowd. Two days later, a woman emailed Booker T. Washington Principal Alisha Coleman-Kiner questioning her decision to allow the dead teen's... More »

Principal Dies Shoving Kids Away From Runaway Bus

Bus driver saw Susan Jordan push kids out of harm's way

(Newser) - After more than two decades as the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School in Indiana, Susan Jordan knew she was appreciated. In an 11-minute video posted to YouTube last May, staff and students at the school describe Jordan as a kind, dedicated educator. "She is everything I want to... More »

Florida Principal Defends Texas Cop, Loses Job

'I commend him,' said Alberto Iber of 99% minority school

(Newser) - North Miami Senior High School is in need of a new principal after its own defended a white police officer's actions during a Texas pool party melee , the Miami Herald reports. Alberto Iber has been reassigned to "administrative duties" (though the Sun-Sentinel reports he resigned) after writing this... More »

Principal Canned After Dissing 'All the Black People'

Nancy Gordeuk fired 'in light of recent events,' says board

(Newser) - An Atlanta private school principal who dissed "all the black people" during a graduation ceremony last week is unsurprisingly out of a job. "In light of recent events, the board of directors of TNT Academy has moved to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk as principal," the board says in... More »

DC Principal Comes Out as Gay at School Event

Pete Cahall says his own students inspired him

(Newser) - That a principal would address his students during an annual assembly in support of gay rights isn't that unusual. That he would come out as gay during his remarks is a little more so. Such was the case this week at DC's Wilson High School, where principal Pete... More »

Texas Principal Who Banned Spanish Loses Job

Amy Lacey told students they could not speak it at school

(Newser) - A middle school principal near Houston who banned the speaking of Spanish on school grounds is out of a job, reports KHOU . The Hempstead School Board on Monday chose not to renew the contract of Amy Lacey, who set off a local firestorm on Nov. 12 when she announced, over... More »

Teen Shot by Neighbor While TPing Principal's Yard

Dale Bryant Farris now facing charges

(Newser) - A bunch of Tennessee teenagers were busily TPing their principal's house when a 15-year-old boy among them got shot—and it wasn't even the principal who pulled the trigger. Police say a neighbor, 65-year-old Dale Bryant Farris, fired at least two shots from his 20-gauge shotgun during the... More »

Slain Principal Put in Place New Security Measures

Dawn Hochsprung stressed safety to parents

(Newser) - One of the 27 people killed at a school in Connecticut today was principal Dawn Hochsprung, and CNN reports that she had ramped up security at Sandy Hook Elementary just a few months ago. The new procedure required visitors to ring a doorbell, wait to be buzzed inside, and then... More »

Principal Impersonated Teen on Facebook to Spy

Louise Losos resigns amid controversy after former student makes claim

(Newser) - A Missouri high school principal resigned last week, one month after she was first accused of impersonating a student on Facebook so she could spy on students and parents online. The profile for "Suzy Harriston" claimed she was from Clayton; many of her 300 Facebook friends were from Clayton... More »

Principal Jumps in Icy River to Save Autistic Boy

Both are doing fine after rescue

(Newser) - The Union Leader of New Hampshire has a nice tale of humble heroism: A school principal jumped into the Cocheco River and rescued a 10-year-old autistic boy who had fallen through the ice. The boy had run away from a teacher and through nearby woods before walking onto the river'... More »

Student Held in Murder of Principal

Boy, 17, on scene when Suzette York's body is found in Memphis school

(Newser) - A Tennessee student is in custody after his principal was found dead in a pool of blood in a classroom of their church school. The body of popular 49-year-old school head Suzette York was discovered by a teacher at the Seventh-Day Adventist Memphis Junior Academy. A 17-year-old student was still... More »

Principal Shot Dead at Calif. School

Janitor busted, cops seek motive

(Newser) - A popular elementary school principal was fatally shot in his Northern California office yesterday and a janitor has been arrested in the attack. No children were hurt, but one student may have witnessed the shooting of Sam LaCara, 50, a married dad of three. The school janitor was busted at... More »

NY Gunman Surrenders in School Standoff

SWAT and local police negotiating with hostage-taker in Pine Plains

(Newser) - A gunman holding an upstate New York school principal hostage has surrendered and is in custody, reports CNN . More than 100 police officers and a SWAT team negotiated with the gunman, who a local official said was a former student in his 40s. Pine Plains is located about 90 miles... More »

Family of Swine Flu Victim Suing NYC for $40M

Says city didn't provide a safe workplace for assistant principal

(Newser) - The family of Mitchell Weiner, a Queens middle school assistant principal who died in May after contracting H1N1, is suing New York City for $40 million, arguing that it didn’t provide a safe workplace, the New York Daily News reports. They also contend that the city didn’t notify... More »

NYC School Official Dies From Swine Flu

City faces new wave of crisis

(Newser) - An assistant principal in New York has become the sixth person to die from swine flu in the US, reports the New York Post. Mitchell Wiener, 55, fell ill more than week ago, but didn't seek medical help until his symptoms became severe, officials said. His school was shut last... More »

Accusations Rarely Fell LA's Tenured Teachers

Review hearings costly, unreliable: principals

(Newser) - One Los Angeles high school teacher allegedly ridiculed a student for failing to commit suicide. Another kept a trove of pornography, marijuana, and cocaine at school. A third drank alcohol in front of students. None was fired, the Los Angeles Times reports in an investigation of a school district afraid... More »

Mass. Principal Under Fire for Touting Her Racy Novel

She talked book up to schoolteacher, administrators

(Newser) - A Boston-area grade school principal is on indefinite leave following complaints that she peddled her steamy romance novel on school grounds and reassigned a teacher who criticized her self-promoting ways, the Globe reports. Beth Gannon's self-published book, which follows an engaged woman who reconnects with a past lover, is "... More »

Texas School Forced Teens Into Cage Fights

Students ordered to settle differences in bare-knuckle fights as others cheered

(Newser) - Employees at a Dallas high school forced troubled teens to settle their differences in bare-knuckle brawls inside a locker room cage while spectators cheered, says a report obtained by the Dallas Morning News. The principal of South Oak Cliff High at the time did nothing to stop the fights and... More »

Principal of 'Pregnancy Pact' High School Quits

Administrator says mayor, superintendent betrayed him

(Newser) - The principal of the Massachusetts high school that gained infamy for an alleged pregnancy pact made by 17 students has resigned, the Boston Globe reports. The Gloucester High principal said the mayor "publicly slandered" him and insisted his interview with Time, which set off the controversy, was "direct,... More »

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