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District Probes 'Shameful Incident' at Middle School

6 middle school students used giant letters to spell out racial slur

(Newser) - Six Florida middle school students who used large letters to spell out a racial slur can expect the "appropriate disciplinary consequences," the district says. The Martin County School District launched an investigation after a photo appeared on social media of the male students standing outside Hidden Oaks Middle...

11-Year-Old Saves 2 Lives in One Day, Credits YouTube

Davyon Johnson helped choking classmate, then saved elderly woman from house fire

(Newser) - "Not all heroes wear capes" is the astute observation by Essence on the latest story out of Oklahoma. That's where 11-year-old Davyon Johnson is receiving praise for saving not one, but two people in one day earlier this month. CNN reports that Davyon's busy day of heroism...

Thousands in LA Schools May Have to Enroll Elsewhere

44K students haven't proven they've had COVID vaccine, and mandate deadline looms

(Newser) - In the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-biggest school district in the US, nearly 80% of students look set to comply with its mandate requiring students ages 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID by Jan. 10, per district officials. On the flip side, that still leaves about...

Girl, 10, Drew a Picture at School. Then Cops Arrested Her

ACLU of Hawaii demands $500K in damages, plus reforms

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is demanding $500,000 in damages after a 10-year-old Black girl was arrested at school over a drawing. A parent of a student at Honowai Elementary School outside Honolulu demanded staff call police in response to the girl's drawing, which allegedly depicted...

CDC: Mask Mandates Prevent School COVID Outbreaks

National public health agency releases reports showing masks help stop the spread

(Newser) - Schools that ask kids to wear masks are seeing fewer COVID outbreaks. The CDC released three reports on Friday. One summed up a study comparing outbreaks in schools that required masks and schools that didn’t in two school districts in Arizona, where Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona has banned...

Florida's New Surgeon General: 'We're Done With Fear'

Joseph Ladapo makes quarantining optional for asymptomatic students who've been exposed

(Newser) - If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needed an ally in his approach to public health in the age of COVID, he just got one in his new surgeon general, who announced a new emergency order this week on student quarantines. "Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making...

Illinois Students Get 5 Mental Health Days

It's the latest state to adopt the trend

(Newser) - Illinois has become the latest state to embrace a new philosophy on the health of students: mental health days. Starting in January, students in the state will be able to take five such days off a year, with no need for a doctor's note, reports NPR . The move is...

Defiant Siblings Banned From High School Over Masks

Drew and Victoria Nelson say wearing face coverings goes against their Christian beliefs

(Newser) - Students likely didn't expect their first day of school at Springs Charter School to kick off with a lockdown. But that's exactly what happened at the school in Temecula, Calif., after two siblings refused to wear face masks, a violation of the California Department of Public Health's...

Limbs of College Students, Staff Turn Blue After Apparent Poisoning

Police are trying to figure out how 7 were sickened at Germany's Darmstadt Technical University

(Newser) - Students and staff at a German college had a quite unpleasant dining experience this week, and now local police suspect poisoning. Cops in the state of Hesse say seven students and employees took ill Monday on the Lichtwiese campus of Darmstadt Technical University, reports the Guardian . Police suspect that milk...

Health Officials Slam 'Irresponsible' Workarounds on Mask Rules

Doctors, religious and community leaders, school officials, others helping parents circumvent masking

(Newser) - An Oregon school superintendent is telling parents they can get their children out of wearing masks by citing federal disability law. A pastor at a California megachurch is offering religious exemptions for anyone morally conflicted over vaccine requirements. And Louisiana's attorney general has posted sample letters on his office'...

Tens of Thousands of Students Are in Quarantine
As School Gets Underway,
Sobering Numbers
THE RUNDOWN

As School Gets Underway, Sobering Numbers

Tens of thousands of students already quarantined across the US, including 20K in Mississippi

(Newser) - More than 20,000 students in Mississippi—about 4.5% of the state's public-school population—were quarantined over the last two weeks due to coronavirus exposures, per USA Today . Almost 6,000 students in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and two have...

SCOTUS: Cheerleader's Profane Post Is Free Speech
SCOTUS:
Cheerleader's
Profane Post Is
Free Speech
the rundown

SCOTUS: Cheerleader's Profane Post Is Free Speech

Ruling in favor of Brandi Levy could have 'significant ramifications'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a cheerleader suspended from her high school team for using a vulgar word on Snapchat, thereby extending its protection of student speech to social media, the Wall Street Journal reports. "F--- school f--- softball f--- cheer f--- everything," a 14-year-old...

Teen Cheerleader's Profanity Is a Supreme Court Case
Teen Vented on Snapchat,
Now Is at the Supreme Court
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Teen Vented on Snapchat, Now Is at the Supreme Court

Brandi Levy's profanity about cheerleading is seen as huge free-speech case

(Newser) - On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case relatable to anyone who's ever vented some choice words on a bad day. What sets this one apart? It involves a young cheerleader's profanity—and it just happens to be "the most momentous case in more...

Tenn. Kid Shot Dead by Police Didn't Fire Bullet That Hit Cop

Anthony Thompson Jr., 17, didn't injure cop in confrontation at Knoxville high school: TBI

(Newser) - After a student was fatally shot at a Tennessee high school on Monday during an altercation with police, authorities initially said the teen had fired upon and wounded a school resource officer. Now, a revised story from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which in a Wednesday statement identified the student...

Rutgers Blazes a New Path With Its COVID Mandate

Students will need to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes this fall

(Newser) - It may be a nationwide first: New Jersey's Rutgers University on Thursday announced that students will need to show proof of vaccination in order to attend in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester. Exemptions may be requested for medical or religious reasons, reports CNN . The Middlesex Daily Voice notes...

NZ's Prime Minister Has a Plan to Reduce 'Period Poverty'

Jacinda Ardern announces that free menstrual products are coming to schools in June

(Newser) - Students will soon have access to free period products across New Zealand, following a similar move in Scotland . Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday that all schools would offer free menstrual products for the next three years, at a cost of about $18 million. The products will be made available...

Inmates Amassed $32K, Gave It Away
Inmates Amassed
$32K, Gave It Away

Inmates Amassed $32K, Gave It Away

Nearly 800 California prisoners donated to scholarship fund for teen

(Newser) - California inmates make as little as eight cents an hour sweeping floors, building furniture, and clerking. If they have an industry job, they can do better, making $1 an hour, or around $100 per month, per CBS News . That's why it took three long years for a group of...

Boko Haram Kidnaps More Than 300 Students

This time, boys were abducted from a school in Nigeria

(Newser) - Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadi rebels have claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of students in one of the largest attacks in years on a boys school in northern Katsina state, per the AP . More than 330 students are missing from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara after...

University of Michigan Students Told to Shelter in Place

Order comes amid spike in COVID cases, though athletes are exempt

(Newser) - Campus life will play out in dorm rooms over the next 14 days at the University of Michigan, which is now under a stay-at-home order. University officials announced the two-week mandate on Tuesday, saying social gatherings on campus were "the main cause of recent COVID-19 spread on campus, in...

Kids' Zoom Class Went From Normal to Criminal in Real Time
Kids' Zoom Class Went From
Normal to Criminal in Real Time
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Kids' Zoom Class Went From Normal to Criminal in Real Time

One of their classmates got robbed during online class in Ambato, Ecuador

(Newser) - A class of Ecuadorian students had their Zoom class go from perfectly normal to terrifying in an instant: Per the Daily Dot , a teacher was instructing a class of two dozen students online when, to the horror of the kids watching, one of their classmates got caught in the middle...

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