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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 »

Lawyer: Deputy Who Threw Teen Acted 'Professionally'

Her lawyer says she's in a cast

(Newser) - A police officer in Columbia, SC, who's faced previous accusations of excessive force and racial bias was on Wednesday fired after the violent arrest of a student at Spring Valley High School. Now, new details are emerging about the African-American student Fields allegedly threw across the classroom. The 16-year-old'... More »

SC Deputy Fired After Violent Classroom Arrest

His use of force was 'unacceptable,' says sheriff's department

(Newser) - The school resource officer suspended after videos of him throwing a black female high-school student around a South Carolina classroom went viral Monday has been fired, CBS News reports. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the firing of Ben Fields Wednesday after an investigation found his "use of force... More »

FBI Now Investigating Violent Classroom Arrest

Sheriff says video made him sick

(Newser) - The rough arrest of a girl in a Columbia, SC, classroom has become international news—and a federal case. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has contacted the FBI and the Justice Department about the case, and a US attorney tells the State that there will be a "thorough and... More »

Cop Makes Rough Arrest of Girl—in Classroom

Video from South Carolina goes viral

(Newser) - A police officer in Columbia, SC, can be seen throwing a girl to the ground and dragging her across a high school classroom in a video that even the local sheriff admits is disturbing. After the video went viral on Monday, resource officer Ben Fields was shifted to administrative duties... More »

Cops: Teens Hack School to Change Grades, Schedules

They're facing years in prison

(Newser) - Three 17-year-old friends are facing years in prison for allegedly hacking into their New York high school's computer system to change grades and schedules, CBS News reports. Police say Daniel Soares installed a device on a Commack High School computer to swipe passwords and user names from staff last... More »

New Report Reveals LA High School Let Porn Film There

Officials say they were 'misled' by makers of Revenge of the Petites

(Newser) - The Los Angeles school district temporarily banned production companies from filming on its properties after an investigative report from NBC Los Angeles on Thursday revealed that a pornographic movie had been shot at one of its high schools a few years ago. Revenge of the Petites was filmed at Alexander... More »

Maine Principal Cancels Dances, Blames 'MTV/VHS'

This principal says grinding and twerking go too far

(Newser) - A Maine high school is doing away with all dances except the "classier" prom this year, the principal announced in an open letter to parents, and "modern dance culture" lies at the heart of the move. Dating himself considerably (or perhaps forgetting how VH1 is spelled), Gorham High... More »

3 Teens Died After Principal Hypnotized Them

A settlement for their families was approved Tuesday

(Newser) - On Tuesday, a Florida school board approved a $600,000 payout to the families of three students who died after being hypnotized by their high school principal, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. The bizarre case has its roots in 2011, when 16-year-old North Port High School quarterback Marcus Freeman died in... More »

440-Pound Teen May Be Biggest Football Player Ever

Like in the NFL and the world, not just in high school

(Newser) - When he was in sixth grade, John Krahn was 6 feet tall, and by the time he started high school, he had sprouted up to 6-foot-5. Now the senior football player for Southern California's Martin Luther King High School is a tremendous 7 feet tall and weighs 440 pounds,... More »

Parents End 34-Day Hunger Strike, but They Aren't Done

Chicago protesters plan to keep up fight for 'green tech' school

(Newser) - Protesting parents in Chicago ended their 34-day hunger strike on Saturday—not because they're giving up their battle over a high school in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, but because they want to have the strength to keep fighting. "We decided that we will feed our bodies so that... More »

Steve Jobs' Widow to Spend $50M to Unfreeze Schools

'Start from scratch,' says Laurene Powell Jobs

(Newser) - Steve Jobs' innovative spirit lives on through his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs. The Emerson Collective founder wants to revolutionize the way high school students are taught in the US, and is putting $50 million behind the initiative. "The system was created for the work force we needed 100 years... More »

Star Student Scores Zero in All of Her Final Exams

Mariam Malak's family smells corruption in odd case

(Newser) - Imagine flunking all seven of your high-school finals with a total score of zero. Now imagine doing this as a star student with dreams of a medical career, and you'll better understand Mariam Malak, "one of Egypt's top performing high school students," the BBC reports. "... More »

Chicago Parents Hunger-Striking Over a Closed School

'We have to starve ourselves to have our voices heard,' says protest leader

(Newser) - Protesters in Chicago say they haven't eaten in eight days and will continue their hunger strike until a proposal to turn a former high school into a new "green tech" school is accepted. For years, members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School have fought to preserve... More »

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