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Student With Leukemia Denied Cap, Gown

Arizona student Stephen Dwyer had to watch ceremony from the bleachers

(Newser) - An Arizona high school student who spent his junior year battling leukemia did his best to make up the credits in his senior year and was elected student body president—but he still had to sit in the bleachers as the rest of his class graduated Thursday night. Stephen Dwyer,... More »

How School Teaches Science: Jump-Roping With Cat Intestines

Though Texas district says it'll change lesson plan after anatomy class video went viral

(Newser) - A "concerned whistleblower" blew long and hard by sending a video to PETA that showed a Texas high school class jumping rope with cat intestines—but the school district says it was all part of a lesson plan that wasn't meant to be cruel to animals, per KENS... More »

Only One Girl Hit Teen Who Died in School Bathroom

16-year-old charged with criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - A pre-existing heart condition combined with a "physical assault" killed 16-year-old Delaware high school student Amy Inita Joyner-Francis , according to an autopsy, leading police to press charges. Authorities say Trinity Carr, 16, repeatedly punched Amy in the head and chest in a bathroom at Howard High School of Technology... More »

School Tells Girls to Dress Modestly or Boys Will Get Bad Grades

'I don’t get offended easily, but this definitely crossed the line'

(Newser) - An Arizona high school had to apologize this week for what some say was an alarmingly sexist poster hung in the school library, ABC News reports. The poster, illustrated with cartoons, states girls who dress "pretty cute" will only be seen as "meat" by boys, who will be... More »

Girl Killed in School Bathroom 'Didn't Believe in Fighting'

Friends dispute rumors the fight that killed Amy Inita Joyner-Francis was over a boy

(Newser) - Delaware high school student Amy Inita Joyner-Francis "didn't believe in fighting," says fellow student Nik Stryminski. "And the craziest thing is she died in a fight." Stryminski tells the News Journal that the 16-year-old—who died after a violent attack in a bathroom at Howard... More »

Why a School Told Girls to Wear Longer Skirts

New Zealand school riles students, feminists

(Newser) - A New Zealand high school is telling girls to wear longer skirts so they don't "distract" teachers and male students, the Guardian reports. School official Cherith Telford called about 40 teenage students into an assembly at Henderson high school in Auckland and warned that any skirt that doesn'... More »

Married Ala. Teachers Each Charged With Student Sex

Charged 2 days apart in separate incidents with students under age 19

(Newser) - Private-school teachers Jamie and Charli Parker have been arrested a day apart in Alabama on separate yet identical charges of having sex with a student under the age of 19, reports AL.com . The husband and wife both teach and coach at Pickens Academy, a private school in Carrollton, a... More »

High School Coach Promises Team: Win 14 Games, Name My Kid

They're only 2 games away and already have a name picked out

(Newser) - A Florida high school baseball coach has given his players unusual motivation: If they win two more games, they can name his baby, the AP reports. Coach Rob Query of Heritage High in Palm Bay tells Florida Today he promised his players that if they won 14 games, they could... More »

Student Swipes Nude Photo SC Teacher Took for Hubby

Leigh Ann Arthur forced to resign last week

(Newser) - Leigh Ann Arthur taught in Union, SC, for 13 years. Then her decision to leave her unlocked phone on her desk on Feb. 19 put an end to her career. While she was on hall patrol duty for five minutes in between classes, the engineering and computer programming teacher at... More »

Video Shows School Cop Slapping, Kicking Teen

Officer on administrative leave during investigation

(Newser) - A Baltimore school police officer is under investigation for assault and misconduct after a four-second video surfaced apparently showing him slapping and kicking a 16-year-old boy. Officials say two officers were called to REACH Partnership School on Tuesday because two "intruders" were posing a threat, per the Baltimore Sun... More »

30 Girls in Chaotic Pa. School Brawl Face Charges

Investigation indicates fight was started over ongoing neighborhood rivalry

(Newser) - Up to 30 girls at a Pennsylvania secondary school were involved Monday in an all-out brawl, and some of them are facing charges, the Patriot-News reports. The University Prep magnet school was placed on lockdown during the incident, which mainly left students bruised and scratched, though one student was hospitalized... More »

Penn. Cops: Star Student Turns Out to Be Impostor

'Teen' is really a 23-year-old Ukrainian national, they allege

(Newser) - Asher Potts, 18, was a star student at Pennsylvania's Harrisburg High School: Among other things, he was a student rep with the school board, a candidate for local media's Best & Brightest program, a member of the ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet program, and runner-up for homecoming king,... More »

8 Stabbed in Knife Attack at Canadian High School

'I just ran for my life'

(Newser) - A female high school student is in custody after eight people were stabbed at a high school east of Toronto on Tuesday, the AP reports. All the injuries are minor. Police Sgt. Bill Calder said officers were called to Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, after a report about a... More »

Smiling High-School Students Spell Out Racial Slur for Photo

Now there are calls for their expulsion

(Newser) - People are calling for the expulsion of six Arizona high-school students after a photo of them wearing shirts spelling out a racial slur went viral Friday, the Arizona Republic reports. The photo shows the girls—all white—posing with their arms around each other while wearing T-shirts with the letters... More »

Janitor Finds Baby's Body in High School Bathroom

Teen mom's parents say she's a sexual assault victim

(Newser) - The parents of a 16-year-old girl in Texas say she's recovering at home after giving birth in a high school bathroom. A janitor found a baby's body in a bathroom at South Houston High School around 9pm on Wednesday and school officials used surveillance footage to identify the... More »

Book on Jew-Arab Love Banned From Israeli Schools

Reportedly over concerns it would promote marriage between Jews and non-Jews

(Newser) - Israel has refused to include a novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man in the country's high-school curriculum, reportedly over concerns that it could encourage intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews. The rejection of Borderlife, a novel published last year, created an uproar in... More »

School Cancels Dance Over 'Unsafe' Dirty Dancing

'It's over the top, sexual,' says a district spokesperson

(Newser) - Administrators at a Portland, Oregon, high school have canceled an upcoming winter dance because of concerns about dirty dancing. A Portland Public Schools official says dancing has made some students at Cleveland High School feel unsafe. "This is way worse than dirty dancing. It's over the top, sexual... More »

Utah Students Assigned ISIS Recruitment Posters

The class project proved surprisingly controversial

(Newser) - If you ask a couple dozen freshmen in a small Utah town to create recruitment posters for ISIS, it tends to stir up controversy. Who knew? The AP reports a first-year teacher at Salem Junior High School did exactly that with her world civics class this week. The assignment listed... More »

California Has Its First Transgender Cheerleader

Anry Fuentes makes history

(Newser) - Anry Fuentes seems to be finding more acceptance on her cheerleading squad than she did at home. At 18, Anry has made history by becoming the only transgender cheerleader in California and one of very few across the nation, the Daily Beast reports. "People are scared of what they... More »

Woman, 97, Finally Gets High School Diploma

She dropped out in 1936 to care for her family

(Newser) - Margaret Bekema would have loved to graduate with the rest of the Class of 1936 but life got in the way—almost eight decades of it. The Michigan woman, who had to drop out of high school when she was 17 to look after her mother, who had cancer, and... More »

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