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Deputy Placed on Leave After Slamming Student to Ground

Florida teen appeared to lose consciousness

(Newser) - A school resource officer seen slamming a female high school student to the ground so forcefully that she appears to lose consciousness will be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the local sheriff says. In a video circulated on social media , the deputy can been seen body-slamming the...

Failing Grades Are 'Off the Rails' This Year

Teachers say it may have been too soon to bring back the A-F system

(Newser) - This is a school year like no other—and students are getting failing grades like never before. With students still learning from home in many areas, districts around the country are reporting a massive increase in F grades, with disadvantaged students falling furthest behind. At McNary High School in Keizer,...

High School Paper Outs Secret of State Police

Kentucky police used Hitler quotes in training new officers

(Newser) - A high school newspaper in Kentucky reports that state police have relied on quotes from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf in training new officers, per the Daily Beast . According to the Manual RedEye —the student paper at duPont Manual High School in Louisville—Kentucky State Police have used a...

One High-Profile Student Heads Back to School

Greta Thunberg is headed back to class after a year off, 'and it feels so great'

(Newser) - After a year off school to campaign on pressing for tougher action on curbing climate change, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg says she's returning to class. "My gap year from school is over, and it feels so great to finally be back in school again!" the 17-year-old...

School Reverses Itself on a COVID Suspension

Hannah Watters 15, will be back in class Monday after posting a photo of packed hallway

(Newser) - A Georgia teen will be back in school Monday after her high school reversed itself on her suspension. Hannah Watters, 15, got into trouble with officials at North Paulding High School when she posted a photo and a video earlier this week showing crowded hallways and few students wearing masks....

Activist Confronts School Board Member, Goes Viral

Gary Chambers wasn't having it when Connie Bernard defended school named for Robert E. Lee

(Newser) - An activist who showed up at a Louisiana school board meeting has gone viral after he confronted one board member who defended keeping the name of a school named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and seemed to be shopping online during the Thursday meeting, per ABC News . "I...

Thomas Jefferson Goes Down in Latest Statue Removal

It happened in Portland, Ore., as a peaceful march took place nearby

(Newser) - Statues around the country of Confederate leaders and Christopher Columbus are meeting their demise, and now a stone tribute to the third president of the United States has found a similar fate in front of a high school in Portland, Ore. Per the Oregonian , the statue of Thomas Jefferson in...

Backlash on Principal's Prom Mandate: Why Just the Girls?

Principal says female attendees need to get their outfits approved ahead of time

(Newser) - A mandate sent out by a high school principal in Louisiana about the upcoming prom and the attire that female attendees are allowed to wear is getting mixed reaction. NBC News reports that Kim Pendleton, who only recently took on the principal job at Shreveport's Southwood High School, sent...

Teen Was Leaving School. Cop Threatened to Shoot

Florida high school student had an orthodontist appointment

(Newser) - William Miller, 17, was in a pickup truck trying to leave the campus of a Florida high school when, amid an argument with a school resource officer and a school discipline assistant, the officer—a deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office—threatened to shoot the teen. Miller's...

School Principal: Sorry for 'Visceral Reaction' to Kobe's Death

Washington state's Liza Sejkora said NBA star's death was 'karma'

(Newser) - While many are still mourning the death of Kobe Bryant , others are more ambivalent, considering the late NBA star had been arrested and accused of rape when he was 24 (the charges were eventually dropped, and Bryant settled with his accuser). Liza Sejkora, the principal of Camas High School in...

Kobe's High School Jersey Was Stolen—and Now Returned

He wore No. 33 as a teen

(Newser) - He was known as No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers, but when Kobe Bryant shot hoops at Lower Merion High School in the Philadelphia suburbs, he was No. 33. The jersey he wore back then was swiped from the Ardmore school in 2017, but now, in the wake of...

School Tells Senior to Cut Dreadlocks or Skip Graduation

Length is the issue, not style, district insists

(Newser) - Graduation is three months away at Barbers Hill High School. That's how long DeAndre Arnold has to decide whether to cut his dreadlocks, USA Today reports. If he doesn't, he won't be permitted to walk across the stage at graduation, the Texas school has told him. And...

Parents Outraged Over 'Absolutely Appalling' Homework Question

Assignment focusing on DNA mentioned rape and sperm samples

(Newser) - A Texas school district says it has taken "corrective action" after a question about rape appeared on a ninth-grade homework assignment. About 90 biology students at Klein Collins High School near Houston received the assignment focusing on DNA, which included what the Klein Independent School District calls an "...

Student Shot Dead in School's ROTC Room

DA says Texas teen mistakenly killed friend

(Newser) - A 16-year-old student mistakenly shot his friend in their Houston-area high school’s ROTC room before fleeing and being arrested several hours later, officials say. The two were in a room at Bellaire High School with four other students but no adult Tuesday afternoon when the 16-year-old took a semi-automatic...

Mom: I Was Brutally Beaten on Way to Principal's Office

Maria Guadalupe Jimenez says she wanted to report on bullying against her daughter

(Newser) - A California mom says she was attacked earlier this week for trying to report bullying at her daughter's high school, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Maria Guadalupe Jimenez was apparently trying to visit the principal at James Logan High School in Union City with her daughter and husband, when...

Rise in Teen Marijuana Vaping Is Eye-Popping

Percentage of 12th graders who tried it over the past year nearly doubles

(Newser) - The good news is that teen alcohol, cigarette, and hard-drug usage is down. But the flip side of the coin is that marijuana and nicotine vaping are sharply up. The National Institute on Drug Abuse's annual Monitoring the Future survey gathers the responses of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders,...

High School Replaces Frogs With Synthetics

In a first, PETA helps fund the switch

(Newser) - The learning is real in biology class, but at a high school in Florida, the frogs are not. Students at JW Mitchell High in New Port Richey dissected synthetic frogs last month for the first time, CNN reports. PETA provided funding for the frogs to SynDaver, a company that says...

The 3rd Quarter Started. Then, 'Absolute Madness'

Man and young boy injured after gunfire erupts at New Jersey high school football game

(Newser) - Just a day after five high school students were shot by a classmate in Santa Clarita, Calif., two fatally, gunfire rang out at a high school football game on the opposite coast, injuring two. The Cherry Hill Courier-Post reports Friday evening's playoff game between Camden and Pleasantville on the...

Teacher's Halloween Get-Up Gets Him Put on Leave

Unidentified instructor raps while in blackface in class at California high school

(Newser) - A California high school teacher is on administrative leave following the "inappropriate, unprofessional, and insensitive" decision to wear blackface for Halloween. A student posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing the Milpitas High School teacher in blackface at the front of a classroom while dressed as rapper Common,...

Girl, 15, Suspended for Warning About 'Rapist in Our School'

Aela Mansmann, parents are appealing the 3-day punishment

(Newser) - Dozens of high school students walked out of classes near Portland, Maine, on Monday in support of a teen who warned about "a rapist in our school" and was then suspended for bullying. "I definitely am ashamed to say I go to Cape Elizabeth High School with this...

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