Cafeteria Kindness: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including one about a 16-year-old anti-violence leader
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2016 5:23 AM CDT
Cafeteria Kindness: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week
Bo Paske sits by his mother Leah during an interview at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Fla.   (AP Photo/Joseph Reedy)

Not all the news was bleak this week. Some of our favorites:

  • Football Star Sees Autistic Kid Eating Alone, Swoops In: When Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph was visiting Tallahassee's Montford Middle School with other players, he spotted a young boy eating lunch alone and joined him. It turns out Bo Paske is autistic, and Rudolph's kind gesture quickly went viral. Bo's own description of the resulting hoopla is awesome.
  • This Anti-Violence Leader Is Just 16: A teenager in Kinston, NC, didn't like the gun violence plaguing his small town, largely the result of gangs, and decided to do something about it. Chris Suggs, now 16, called a press conference October 2014 and announced the formation of Kinston Teens. The result? Well, there's good reason Suggs is now making national headlines.

  • After a Student's Suicide, a Moving Post-It Note Campaign: Students at Ohio's Mason High School came into school Wednesday to find a surprise on their lockers: Each had a Post-It note with an encouraging message, more than 3,600 in all. A group of sophomores pulled it off, all because of a fellow student's suicide, and they give credit to a very special source.
  • Teen Who Didn't Finish High School Headed to MIT: Malvika Raj Joshi's family decided to "unschool" her, and she dropped out of formal schooling in India when she was in the equivalent of seventh grade. But she continued to take part in international computer science competitions, and now, despite her lack of a high school diploma, the 17-year-old from Mumbai has been accepted to MIT's computer science program. Her mom has a fine reason for yanking her out of conventional schooling.
  • Man Who Lost 650 Pounds Loses Even More: An inspiring update on the man once known as the world's fattest: Paul Mason at one point weighed 980 pounds and had to be removed from his apartment with a forklift to receive gastric bypass surgery. After six years of improvements and setbacks, he had his second surgery to remove excess skin this week. That may not sound like a big deal, but, for Mason, it's life-changing."
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