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School Spells Own Name Wrong for Years

A Fort Worth elementary school had one too many i's

(Newser) - They may teach little kids their ABCs, but for the past nine years a school in Texas has misspelled its own name. The Sunrise Elementary School in Fort Worth added McMillian to its title in 2003 to honor its first teacher. But it turns out Mrs. McMillan did not possess... More »

Boys, 10: Janitors Tied Us in Bathroom

Elementary school maintenance workers have been suspended

(Newser) - Four 10-year-old students at a New Jersey elementary school say they were bound and gagged inside a school bathroom last week by two maintenance employees. The janitors, who have since been suspended, also reportedly took pictures of the boys, Fox News notes. The boys' hands and mouths were allegedly tied... More »

Elementary Kids Expelled for Trying to Poison Teacher

Teachers, parents think the punishment doesn't fit the crime

(Newser) - Three students who admitted putting rat poison in their teacher's coffee are being punished ... by being sent to other schools. The 10- and 11-year-old kids are accused of putting poison in the coffee as well as in the icing of a cupcake in December at California's Balderas Elementary... More »

LA School Replacing Entire Staff After Sex Raps

Drastic change needed to restore confidence, officials at Miramonte say

(Newser) - The entire staff of a Los Angeles-area elementary school will be replaced while sexual abuse charges against two teachers are investigated. No one else at Miramonte Elementary School—which has been closed for two days —is suspected of abusing children, but a drastic change was needed in order to... More »

Second Teacher Arrested for Lewd Acts at LA School

Martin Springer allegedly fondled girls

(Newser) - More bad news from a Los Angeles-area elementary school: Only days after prosecutors accused a teacher of spoon-feeding semen to children , police arrested another teacher for allegedly fondling his students. Miramonte Elementary School teacher Martin Bernard Springer, 49, is said to have fondled two seven-year-old girls over the last three... More »

California Parents Prepare to Fire School

Group plans to use state's Parent Trigger law

(Newser) - The Parent Trigger is cocked and ready to fire at an underperforming elementary school in California. A 2010 state law gives parents the power to take over schools, and a parents group at Desert Trails Elementary outside Los Angeles plans to do so if the district doesn't overhaul the... More »

Boy Suspended After Calling Teacher 'Cute'

9-year-old made comment to fellow student

(Newser) - A North Carolina school has suspended a 9-year-old boy for calling his teacher cute—and not even to her face, WSOC-TV reports. Chiquita Lockett says her boy Emanyea made the comment to a fellow student about a substitute teacher. "It's not like he went up to the woman... More »

7-Year-Old Accused of Sex Harassment After Groin Kick

Mother says son was just defending himself from bully

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in Boston has been accused of sexual harassment, but his mother says he was just defending himself from a bully, reports the Boston Globe . The boy's mother says the incident happened on the school bus last month, when a bully choked her son, Mark, and stole... More »

School Application Asks: C-Section or Vaginal Birth?

Apparently school has a vested interest in how students were born

(Newser) - If you want your child to attend elementary school in California’s Dry Creek School District, you’ll have to get personal—really personal. The enrollment application asks some very detailed medical questions, but parents are in an uproar over one in particular: Was your child birthed through “vaginal... More »

Another Teacher Blasted for Mock Slave Auction

And this time, all the black students told to play slaves

(Newser) - Note to teachers: Perhaps it would be a good idea to skip the mock slave auctions while covering the Civil War. Parents are in an uproar after yet another elementary school engaged in such a lesson, this time in Norfolk, Virginia, on April 1. Jessica Boyle told all the black... More »

Gunman Kills 12 at Brazil Elementary School

A fire department rep says at least 20 were wounded

(Newser) - Tragedy in Brazil: A former student killed at least 12 people at an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro this morning. Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 24, brought two loaded 38-caliber revolvers into the school and opened fire before shooting himself, say police. He reportedly left a note outlining his desire... More »

Parents to School: Boot Girl With Peanut Allergy

Floridians angered by regulations to keep 6-year-old alive

(Newser) - A 6-year-old in Florida suffers from a peanut allergy so severe and life-threatening it's considered a disability—but the parents of her classmates aren’t exactly showering her with sympathy. Instead, they’re demanding she be booted from the class and home-schooled because of the nuisance she’s causing to... More »

Barack H. Obama Elementary School to Close

Asbury Park school hit by declining enrollment over decade

(Newser) - Just a year after it was renamed to honor President Barack Obama, an elementary school in New Jersey's Asbury Park is closing, the Asbury Park Press reports. The school's enrollment has dropped 35% over the last decade, so it got the short straw when the district opted to shut one... More »

4 Kids Hospitalized After Eating Cocaine at School

Child tells her mom about 'naughty medicine'

(Newser) - Four elementary school children in Washington, DC, have been hospitalized after ingesting cocaine brought to class by a friend. That student has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. The ages of the children, all in good condition, have not been released, but the generally well-regarded Thomson Elementary School... More »

Black Student Assigned to Play Slave in Mock Auction

School apologizes after mom complains

(Newser) - An elementary school Social Studies lesson in Ohio turned controversial last week when a black student was chosen to play a slave in a mock slave auction. Nikko Burton, 10, is one of two black students in the class; the other was assigned to play a master, the AP reports.... More »

Cops Probe Reports of Oral Sex in 2nd-Grade Class

Teacher placed on leave as reports shock community

(Newser) - Police are investigating reports that children undressed and engaged in oral sex in a second grade classroom in Oakland, Calif., ABC News reports. The school district calls the allegations "unthinkable," but is investigating "aggressively," and admits that evidence "suggests that the reports have merit."... More »

Your Kids' 'Friends' May Actually Hate Them

Kids often think they're pals with someone who dislikes them: Study

(Newser) - New research on elementary school kids suggests that as many as in 1 in 8 relationships a child has may be "unbalanced." In other words, one child feels the other is a friend, while the other child actually dislikes him or her. Prior research has focused on friendship... More »

75 Schoolkids Hospitalized After Drinking Tainted Water

Pink chemical in water tasted sweet

(Newser) - The water coming out of drinking fountains in the new wing of a Queens, NY, elementary school was pink and tasted good, and now almost 75 kids who drank it have been hospitalized. Dozens of children complained their stomachs hurt after drinking the water, which was apparently contaminated with propylene... More »

Kid to Michelle: 'My Mom Doesn't Have Papers'

Second-grader brings immigration debate home

(Newser) - A second-grade girl pulled Michelle Obama into the immigration debate yesterday, putting a human face on the issue. “My mom says … Barack Obama is taking away everybody that doesn't have papers,” she told the first lady, who was visiting her elementary school along with her Mexican counterpart... More »

3rd-Grader Gives Classmates 60 Bags of Heroin

Baggies were marked 'Trust me'

(Newser) - It's sort of an extreme way of making friends and, er, putting people under the influence: A third-grader brought in more than 60 baggies helpfully stamped "Trust me," and gave them out to his classmates, Pittsburgh-area cops tell the AP . The problem? The baggies all contained heroin. While... More »

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