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School Stabber Was 'Shy,' Now 'Confused, Depressed'

Franklin Regional High School students tell their stories

(Newser) - We're starting to get a clearer idea of yesterday's stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School, and of Alex Hribal, the boy who police say did the stabbing, as students step forward to tell their stories. Here's what we know so far:
  • Gracey Evans, who's been
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Officials: Male Sophomore Went on Stabbing Spree

He's in custody, 20 injured

(Newser) - A male sophomore is in custody after 20 were injured in "multiple stabbings" at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., this morning, WPXI reports. Nineteen students and a security guard were hurt, according to KDKA , which reports that the suspect had two knives on him. Of those injured,... More »

Don't Revise the SAT, Just Kill It

It's time to do away with with a one-test-fits-all approach, say critics

(Newser) - The College Board is winning plenty of praise for its upcoming changes to the SAT , with the editors at Bloomberg , for example, happy that the reforms might put a dent in the test-prep industry. When well-to-do parents shell out for that extra help, it "warps educational priorities and helps... More »

Court: School Can Ban US Flag Shirts

Calif. school wanted to prevent Cinco de Mayo fights

(Newser) - A history of violence between white and Latino students justified a California high school's 2010 decision to order students wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo to turn them inside out or go home, a federal appeals court has decided. "Our role is not to second-guess the... More »

Boy Sets Himself on Fire in School Cafeteria

16-year-old refused to explain suicide attempt in online note

(Newser) - Horror in Colorado: A student walked into his high school's cafeteria today, doused himself in oil, and set himself on fire, burning 80% of his body and leaving people grasping for answers, NBC 9 Colorado reports. The 16-year-old, whose name was withheld, is now hospitalized in critical condition. He... More »

Teen: I Was Suspended for Role in X-Rated Film

School says discipline tied to 'possible threats' by Robert Marucci

(Newser) - A Florida 18-year-old says he was suspended after word got out that he had appeared in pornographic material—a job he took to help his family financially, he told WKMG . But the school district says the story is more complicated. Once other students found out about the X-rated film, they... More »

2 Students Arrested After Chemical 'Device' Goes Off

Colorado police say rupture was 'not accidental'

(Newser) - Two Denver-area students have been arrested after a chemical device "went off" in a high school class room yesterday morning, sending at least four students and one teacher to the hospital. In a statement , police said they'd determined that the device's rupture "was not accidental,"... More »

Lab Experiment That Burned Teen Has Bad Track Record

Feds warned about 'Rainbow' last month

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Manhattan student was nearly burned to death this week in a school science experiment gone horribly wrong, reports the Daily News , and it turns out that the experiment in question has a long track record of such accidents. In fact, the US Chemical Safety Board issued a video... More »

Only 3 Camden Teens Got 'College Ready' SAT Scores

New superintendent gives sobering assessment of listening tour

(Newser) - Just how bad are things in Camden's schools? So bad that only three students there managed a "college ready" SAT score in 2013, new superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard revealed yesterday. He called the number a "kick-in-the-stomach moment." It was one of a number of sobering assessments Rouhanifard... More »

Racist Slurs End Mass. School's Football Season

3 games dropped following multiple incidents

(Newser) - A Massachusetts high school has canceled the remainder of its football season after a racist message was sprayed on a 13-year-old team member's home. "Knights don't need (the n-word)," said the graffiti, just one of several recent incidents. The FBI is investigating amid reports that Lunenberg... More »

Time for This High School to Change Its Mascot?

Activists take on Coachella Valley High's 'Arab'

(Newser) - Meet the "Arab," Coachella Valley High's mascot: He wears a smirk, has a hooked nose, and, in some depictions, has just one tooth. And the controversy around him is heating up. In a letter to the school last week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee slammed the "orientalist... More »

Student Punished for Driving Drunk Friend Home

School says Erin Cox violated zero-tolerance policy

(Newser) - Erin Cox was just trying to be a good friend when, two weeks ago, she drove to a party to pick up a girl who had called Cox asking for a ride because she had been drinking. But just after Cox got there, the police arrived. According to CBS Boston... More »

Schools Forbid Postgame Handshakes: Too Many Fights

Handshake lines turning violent in Kentucky

(Newser) - Sportsmanship seems to be struggling in Kentucky: The governing body for high school sports in the state has told schools to stop having organized handshakes after games because the practice has led to dozens of fights over the last few years, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Students can still shake hands... More »

New High School Grad: Mark Wahlberg, 42

Took him almost a year, but he got his diploma

(Newser) - At 42, Mark Wahlberg is a new high school graduate, the actor revealed yesterday. He originally dropped out in the ninth grade, Wahlberg writes in the Huffington Post . "My circumstances were not unlike millions of other teens today, who live in tough working class neighborhoods surrounded by drugs, violence,... More »

Teen Stabbed to Death, 3 Hurt in Texas School Fight

It may have been a knife fight

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student was stabbed to death and three others injured during a fight at a Texas high school today. Three "persons of interest" are in custody, KHOU reports. All of the victims are students. One 16-year-old was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition, though his parents... More »

New Jersey Bans High School Trash Talk

And hateful comments could get athletes in trouble with state officials

(Newser) - You might think that New Jersey and trash talk go together like highways and roadkill, but the state is looking to change all that. This week the state's Attorney General's Office and Interscholastic Athletic Association announced a policy change banning all manner of mouthing off in high school... More »

Hot Sauce Prank Sends 3 to Hospital

Student allegedly spiked spaghetti sauce in school cafeteria

(Newser) - It looked like a normal plate of spaghetti marinara, perfectly edible by school cafeteria standards. But when a Chicago high school student bit into it, he got a rude awakening. Someone had spiked a jar of the school's marinara sauce with " Da Bomb " hot sauce, a brand... More »

School Refuses to Use Grad's Transgender Name

Issak Wolfe had the ACLU on his side, to no avail

(Newser) - When Issak Wolfe walks in his Pennsylvania high school's graduation ceremony Friday, he won't hear his name read aloud as he accepts his diploma. Instead, he'll hear his legal—female—name, Sierra Stambaugh, the York Dispatch reports. Wolfe is transgender, and Red Lion Area High School has... More »

High School Baseball Team Forfeits Over Sexting

Illinois team out of state playoffs after players shared girls' photos

(Newser) - The Evanston Township High School baseball team was supposed to be suiting up for a state playoff game tonight, but a sexting controversy brought the season to an early end. It seems girls at the Illinois school sent "inappropriate" photos to their boyfriends on the team, and school officials... More »

NY School's Essay Topic: Why 'Jews Are Evil'

Albany principal apologizes over English class 'thought experiment'

(Newser) - The principal of Albany High School is apologizing to students and families after an English teacher asked the teens to turn in an essay making the case that "Jews are evil." No, the teacher isn't an anti-Semite (we hope)—it was one of those "thought experiments"... More »

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