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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...

At Colleges Across the Nation, 'the Experiment Is Faltering'

Lockdowns, disciplinary measures are what schools are contending with as virus numbers rise

(Newser) - College students and their parents kept their fingers crossed as higher-education institutions across the nation opened up over the past few weeks for the fall semester, hoping that school safety measures would keep COVID-19 at bay and allow students to approach some sense of academic normalcy. But, as Pilar Melendez...

Amid Call for 'No Mask Monday,' Kids Just Say No

Just 6 of 35K students in Utah's Washington County district played along

(Newser) - Almost 1,000 people attended a Friday protest outside the offices of the Washington County school district in Utah, calling for an end to the mask mandate in schools, from which sprung a new form of protest: No Mask Monday, per KTVX . But it hasn't found much of a...

For Poorer Students, School Shutdowns Illustrate a Problem

Some families don't have internet or computers at home

(Newser) - The pandemic that has launched a massive, unplanned experiment with distance learning has created extraordinary hurdles for schoolchildren left behind by the digital divide, per the AP . School districts and governments are now racing to give the millions of US students without home internet a chance of keeping up. Nationwide,...

Spring Breakers Get the Coronavirus
Spring Breakers
Get the Coronavirus

Spring Breakers Get the Coronavirus

15 Florida students test positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - Spring breakers partied hard in Florida last week despite the coronavirus pandemic and now, well, some bad news: Five from the University of Tampa have tested positive for COVID-19, WKBN reports. The school says they were "traveling together with other UT students during spring break" and "are self-isolating,...

Calif. School Shooting Had Surprise First Responders

That was the 'silver lining,' says LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

(Newser) - Amid yet another school shooting, a ray of hope: two off-duty officers and a detective who rushed to help, USA Today reports. "Off-duty first responders were there and did not hesitate, turned around and went right into the source of the gunfire to attempt to neutralize it, and they...

Tainted Drugs Probed in USC Student Deaths

Opioid overdose suspected in at least one case

(Newser) - Tainted drugs may explain some of the nine student deaths at USC this semester. No link has been confirmed yet and autopsies and toxicology tests are pending, but investigators are exploring whether contaminated drugs contributed to some of the deaths of the nine males, reports the Los Angeles Times . Though...

9 Student Deaths Since August Cause Alarm at USC

That's up from 6 deaths in all of last school year

(Newser) - Shortly after administrators acknowledged a series of deaths at the University of Southern California, another student was found dead. The body of a male student, aged 27 or 28, was found in an apartment off campus Monday afternoon, according to university officials, who sent letters to students and parents on...

'Disgusting' Backpack Meets Grim, Modern Need

The Guard Dog Security product includes a Kevlar-like armor panel

(Newser) - In a nod to grim reality, bulletproof backpacks are popular items ahead of the upcoming school year. The Washington Post links to tweets and articles testifying that the product, made by Guard Dog Security, is selling at Kmart, Office Depot, and OfficeMax. "After the Parkland incident, we sold out...

Oregon Students Win Right to Take 'Mental Health Days'

Activist say they want to remove stigma

(Newser) - Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the US. But don't...

Cops Applaud 'Courage' of Kid Who Brought Meth to School

Young boy essentially turned in parents

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are praising a young boy for bringing drugs to school—because he did so to get help regarding his parents. The New York Daily News cites a Facebook post from the Kennewick PD that relays what happened Wednesday when the "elementary school-aged child" showed up...

7th Graders' Trip to Boston Museum Takes a Racist Turn

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts accused of racial profiling

(Newser) - The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston admits it has some work to do after a middle school teacher complained that her students—who she notes are "all black and brown"—were racially profiled and mistreated by other visitors. Marvelyne Lamy of Davis Leadership Academy in nearby Dorchester...

Over 150K Students Skip Class to Protest
Over 150K Angry
Students Ditch School

Over 150K Angry Students Ditch School

They fear growing up in an altered climate

(Newser) - Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change, the AP reports. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as...

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