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School Tells Autistic Boy: Take Off That Varsity Letter

Michael Kelley incident sparks debate on varsity jackets

(Newser) - Did Michael Kelley, a boy with Down Syndrome and autism, have his letter jacket taken off him at school? The accusation has triggered squabbling, an online petition, and debate about how to recognize special-needs children in high-school athletics in Wichita, Kansas, KSN reports. Michael's mom, Jolinda, first said a... More »

New Social App Triggers 12 Police Investigations

Burnbook members post threats anonymously, police say

(Newser) - Think Facebook gets nasty? Then check out Burnbook, a popular app where users are anonymously posting gossip about colleges and high schools—and creating serious trouble, Vocativ reports. Just this month, Burnbook posts have triggered at least 12 police investigations involving high school students, including alleged gun threats, bomb threats,... More »

NY School Sorry for Arabic Pledge of Allegiance

People who lost relatives in Afghanistan complained

(Newser) - A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents. The pledge was read in Arabic during Wednesday morning announcements at Pine Bush High School, 65 miles northwest of New York City. Some students were angered and responded with... More »

New Mexico Seniors Vote for Communism Prom

The students have been described as 'academically focused' and 'jokesters'

(Newser) - Eschewing hackneyed Vegas-related themes, seniors at a private high school in Albuquerque are heading right for Moscow with a little Communism-themed love at their prom, to be held at their local aquarium in April. They're calling it "prom-munism," and while Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School's executive director... More »

Okla. Students Walk Out in Rape Protest

They support classmates who say they were bullied after being raped

(Newser) - High school students in Oklahoma walked out of classes yesterday in solidarity with three classmates who say they were raped by a fellow student and then bullied by the alleged attacker's friends. Hundreds of teens at Norman High School participated in the protests, which accused school officials of failing... More »

When School Starts Earlier, Teen Car Crashes Rise

Study compares accidents in 2 similar counties

(Newser) - School start times may be more than just annoying for teenagers: They could actually be dangerous, a study reported in the New York Times suggests. Researchers studying two demographically similar counties in Virginia found that crash rates among 16- to 18-year-olds were higher in the county where teens must wake... More »

High School Teacher Kills, Skins Rabbit in Class

Idaho district apologizes after parents complain

(Newser) - A high school science lesson got a little too graphic for some students and parents in Idaho: A 10th-grade biology teacher has apologized after bringing a rabbit into class, breaking its neck, and then skinning it in front of the class, reports KTVB . The teacher didn't clear the lesson... More »

Parents Go to School to Grasp Kids' Math

Students learn math in a new way with Common Core

(Newser) - Think math was hard when you went to school? Then check out new Common Core standards in elementary and high schools, which are so different from "old school" methods that parents are attending school to learn how it works—alongside their children, the Washington Post reports. "The toughest... More »

Grade 13? High Schools Should Offer Extra Year

It amounts to a first year of college, and early experiments are promising: Slate writer

(Newser) - Lots of high school students would recoil in horror at the idea of a fifth year, but Slate writer Rebecca Schuman thinks schools nationwide should seriously think about adding one. In her home state of Oregon, for example, students can participate in an optional fifth year, one that amounts to... More »

Boys Dressed as Women Told to Change or Leave School

Even though they'd been told to wear celebrity costumes

(Newser) - A school in Washington state asked students to dress up as celebrities—but after two boys arrived dressed as Miss America and Nikki Minaj, they were urged to ditch the costumes or leave, King 5 reports. "If they really wanted Spirit Week, why punish somebody for being spirited?" asks... More »

As School Axes Football Season, Dark Tale Emerges

Sayresville community is rocked by hazing allegations

(Newser) - Sayreville War Memorial High School's football team has won the state title three times in the last four years, so the New Jersey community was rocked when the Board of Education abruptly canceled the rest of the season on Monday, with Superintendent Richard Labbe citing "incidents of harassment,... More »

Teacher: Public School Is Such a Concentration Camp

Ray Fournier has since—wait for it—apologized

(Newser) - North Carolina teacher Ray Fournier is belatedly learning that concentration camp metaphors are usually rapidly followed by apologies. He teaches biology at Fuquay-Varina High, is a self-styled "local evangelist and public school missionary," and wrote an article featuring the following condemnation of public schools: "Walking through the... More »

Teen Punished for Saying 'Bless You' in School: Report

School says Kendra Turner caused disruption

(Newser) - A high school senior in Tennessee says she was placed in in-school suspension because she said "bless you" after a fellow student's sneeze. Kendra Turner tells WMCTV her teacher told her that "bless you" is language for church. "She said that we're not going to... More »

High School Class Aces Test, Is Busted for Cheating

2 students admit sharing photo of answer key

(Newser) - A funny thing happened as an 11th-grade teacher in Michigan started grading the final exam: Almost everybody aced it with a perfect score, reports WXYZ . Alas, the reason became clear soon enough, and it didn't have much to do with studying. It seems that two students spotted the answer... More »

Epic Senior Prank: Sic Mariachi Band on Principal

Santa Barbara High School's senior prank was a hit

(Newser) - When Santa Barbara High School principal John Becchio stepped into his office Tuesday morning, he was greeted by a strange sight: a four-piece mariachi band. "What are you doing here?" he asked, but by way of explanation, he had to endure an hour-plus of music as he walked the... More »

High School Secretly Edits Girls' Yearbook Pics

Students upset edits weren't consistent

(Newser) - Flipping through their yearbooks, female students at Wasatch High School in Utah noticed something amiss. While one girl wore a tank top on picture day, she appeared in a t-shirt in her photo. She wasn't the only one to have her picture edited: Necklines were raised, sleeves were added,... More »

High School Food Fight Ends Very Badly

Wilson Central High School students face misdemeanor charges

(Newser) - Yet another senior prank has gone awry. Eight Tennessee high school kids are facing misdemeanor charges—over a food fight. The four juvenile and four adult students from Wilson Central High School apparently didn't "back off" after the fight began on Friday, and were charged with vandalism... More »

Periodic Table Quote Gets Student Suspended

But school will let her speak at graduation after all after yearbook brouhaha

(Newser) - It seems school administrators in Clayton County, Georgia, should take another chemistry class: Yearbooks had already been distributed at Mundy’s Mill High School by the time they decoded a secret—and somewhat racy—message in the quote selected by the senior class vice president. Paris Gray's quote read,... More »

High School Charging for Prime Seats at Graduation

While another has to shutter its $60M stadium

(Newser) - Money is tight this year at Manatee High School in Florida, so much so that seniors have to pay $20 for the privilege of taking part in their own graduation ceremony next month. And parents who want a good view have to open their wallets, too, reports the Bradenton Herald... More »

Teacher's Arm-Wrestling Contest Ends Very Badly

For the student and for Zach Larkin, who is being sued

(Newser) - Zach Larkin may have initially emerged the winner of an arm-wrestling contest, but the glory was very, very short-lived. The popular Orange County, Calif., high school teacher faces a civil suit over the June 2013 contest—during which he broke a 17-year-old student's arm. Court documents filed Monday allege... More »

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