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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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 "... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

Ex-Student Charged 23 Years After School Burned to Ground

Fingerprint on fire extinguisher was key

(Newser) - A man has been charged with burning down his high school—23 years ago. Macedonia High School in South Carolina was "totally destroyed" in the Aug. 4, 1996, arson, in which books, papers, and other materials were set alight in hallways, according to Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis. Only... More »

School's Solution to Tardiness Problem Doesn't Go Over Well

Tennessee high school spray paints bathroom mirrors

(Newser) - Chattanooga, Tennessee's Central High School was having issues with tardiness, but the way it dealt with those issues is not going over well. According to a graduate of the school whose sister still attends it, the bathroom mirrors were painted over. "Even prisons have mirrors," wrote Shelby... More »

Alabama School Fights Vaping in Unusual Way

Bathroom stall doors are no more

(Newser) - An Alabama high school has decided to remove some of the doors from its bathroom stalls in an effort to stop students vaping in campus bathrooms, reports the AP . Gary Horton, principal at Wilson High School, tells WAFF the removal of some of the stall doors in the boys restroom... More »

New High School Has Features to Foil Shooters

'It will be the most secure high school building in the state'

(Newser) - A high school in western Michigan has been redesigned to make it harder to kill the students inside. The $48 million project, which includes the building of new sections at Fruitport High School and the renovation of old ones, adds features including curved hallways that would reduce sight lines for... More »

School Principal to Mom: The Holocaust Is a 'Belief'

And she pressed the issue

(Newser) - "Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened." So said a Florida high school principal when pressed about the school's curriculum, and one mother wasn't having it. Friction began when the school mom, who chose to remain unidentified, emailed Principal William Latson of Spanish River High School in... More »

Cost to Cover Up George Washington at School Could Approach $1M

1936 mural at Calif. high school is causing 'a lot of emotional stress' for some

(Newser) - It doesn't seem unreasonable at first glance that a school named after George Washington would have a depiction of him somewhere on its premises. But a mural featuring the country's first president that appears in the lobby of San Francisco's George Washington High School has kick-started what... More »

Student Accuses Her Principal of Stealing His Speech

An Ashton Kutcher speech does bear a striking resemblance

(Newser) - A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class says he didn't mean to use someone else's work, the AP reports. Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss has issued a statement saying he should have cited his sources in... More »

Barbershop Owner Pays Off Debts for 14 Students

They can now graduate from NC high school

(Newser) - A North Carolina barbershop owner has raised enough money to erase the debts of more than a dozen high school seniors who risked not graduating if they didn't pay them off, the AP reports. Season Bennett learned 14 seniors at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte wouldn't get... More »

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