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Tiffany Trump to attend Georgetown law school in Washington, D.C.

Tiffany Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and Marla Maples, has reportedly decided to attend Georgetown University for law school in the fall.

>> PHOTOS: Tiffany Trump through the years

Tiffany’s half-siblings, Eric and Ivanka Trump, both attended Georgetown. Eric Trump graduated in 2006 with a degree in finance and management, while Ivanka attended the school for two years before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania.

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“I am so proud of Tiffany. Georgetown University is a truly amazing school, and she is going to love her time in Washington, D.C.,” Eric Trump told The Daily Mail.

Tiffany Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last May, and it was soon speculated that she was planning to attend Harvard or Columbia after taking her LSAT.

School bus aide appears to hit child with autism in shocking video

The parents of an elementary school student with autism say they have obtained a video allegedly showing a school bus aide hitting their daughter across the face.

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“My blood boils,” the girl’s father, Nicholas Rushing, of New Lenox, Illinois, told WLS-TV. “I think about it, and it just makes me mad. She shouldn’t have to go through that.”

Rushing obtained the video which appears to show his 6-year-old daughter being hit across the face twice.

The girl’s parents said they found out about the incident when the superintendent of New Lenox School District 122 called them and showed them the video earlier this week.

“It just makes me want to cry, to be honest with you,” the girl’s mother, Madeline Norley, told the station. “As a mom, just seeing that, it’s disgusting.”

The couple said that because of their daughter’s autism, she is unable to speak in a way that would allow her to tell her parents that she had been hit.

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No charges have been filed.

The district’s superintendent emphasized Friday that the bus aide is not a district employee. She said the aide works for the district’s bus contractor, Lincoln Way Special Education District 843 in Frankfort.

“I cannot provide a specific comment at this time. There is an ongoing investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred on a student school bus,” said Sarah Rexroad, 843’s executive director.

The girl’s parents said all they ask is for bus aides to be properly trained to handle these types of situations.

“When she’s having that meltdown, she needs that space and be able to mellow it out herself. And she does it,” Rushing said.

Teacher fired after shocking photo shows her dragging student

A picture of a teacher in Ohio dragging a child down a school hallway has resulted in that teacher losing her job.

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The teacher has not been identified. She worked with Youngstown children as an Alta Care Group employee, WKBN reported.

“We’ve been interviewing people and investigating and trying to find out what happened and that ... it’s still in its infancy,” Youngstown City School District spokeswoman Denise Dick told WKBN. “They are still talking to people. We haven’t talked to everyone that we want to talk to yet.”

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“The Youngstown City School District presented the photo to us,” Alta CEO Joe Shorokey told the New York Daily News. Alta Care Group provides Head Start programming to classrooms in Youngstown and Mahoning County, where the incident took place, according to the newspaper.

Shorokey said she was “immediately terminated” after she “mishandled” the student.

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In a statement, Shorokey said, “The behavior of that teacher was inexcusable and will never be tolerated. I want to make sure it is clear that the individual who was terminated does not reflect the values of the dedicated and skilled professionals at Alta Head Start. These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated.”

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Third-grader grows giant cabbage for school

A Georgia third-grader is gaining a lot of attention for a huge cabbage he's grown for a school project. 

Jackston Scarboro attends Johnson County Elementary School in Wrightsville, Georgia. 

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His mother, Wendi Scarboro, said Jackston brought home the cabbage about eight weeks ago as part of a science project -- and it’s still growing.

Wendi Scarboro first posted a few pictures of the cabbage on Monday. Since then, it's gained the attention of thousands. 

The proud mother said she is so happy her son and his teacher are being recognized for their hard work, dedication and success on his science project. 

"Thank you, Miss Macy Tanner, for being such an amazingly supportive teacher," she said.

UK law student caught using invisible ink during exam

A law student in Great Britain was caught using invisible ink and a UV light to cheat during an exam, NBC News reported.

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The woman had legitimately taken her law textbook into an exam, NBC News reported. But the book had 24 pages of secret notes and the woman used a "black light" attached to her pen to read them. Her actions were spotted by fellow students and the exam’s supervisor.

The incident was revealed in the annual report of Britain's Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA), which deals with cases in which students believe they have been treated unfairly by their universities or colleges.

According to the report, the student did not deny the offense, but “appealed on the basis of unfair penalty, extenuating circumstances, and procedural error.”

The appeal was rejected, according to the report.

 

Winner of Miss Black UT pageant criticized for ‘not being black enough’

A University of Texas student is facing backlash online after winning a campus-area pageant.

Rachael Malonson, a senior journalism student at UT, was recently crowned Miss Black University of Texas.

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But when the Iota Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Psi, the predominantly black fraternity that hosts the annual pageant, announced Malonson as the winner, Twitter users immediately started responding, criticizing Malsonson for not being “black enough.”

Others on Twitter came to Malonson’s defense, including her brother.

Malonson, originally from Magnolia, told the Dallas Morning News she’s “always had to battle” this type of criticism, because her father is black and her mother is white. But the pageant is open to anyone with African-American heritage, a fraternity member told KVUE, including biracial women. Malonson thanked her supporters on Twitter.

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Michigan students broadcast 13 reasons to live

Students in a Michigan high school are giving 13 reasons to live, the Oakland Press reported.

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During a 13-day period that began Monday, the morning announcements at Oxford High School have included recordings of students revealing problems they are experiencing, and thanking classmates who have helped them. The project is a takeoff on the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” where the main character gives 13 reasons why she wants to die. But, for students at Oxford High School, they are giving 13 reasons to live.

This project was conceived by Oxford High dean Pam Fine in memory of Megan Abbott, a freshman who committed suicide four years ago.

“I watched the series. I thought it accurately depicted the problems that teenagers in high school are facing now,” Fine told the Oakland Press. “But it was incredibly troubling to me that suicide was portrayed as being, almost, inevitable, like she had no other option.

“The idea was to come up with 13 reasons why not, because that was not portrayed in the show. … Even though it can get very dark, there is always hope. Our message is that there are no 13 reasons why. Suicide is not an option.”

The project was kept secret, Fine said. So, while students were expecting to hear the normal Monday morning announcements, they were surprised to hear the voice of senior Riley Juntti.

“Worthless. Self-centered. No morals. Easy. Grimy. Cake face. You would be better off dead. That’s just the start of what you would label me as every day for two years,” Juntti said in her recording.

At the end of the recording, instead of naming the person she was talking about, she thanked a classmate. “This tape is for you Elise Godfrey. You saw me when no one else did and continued to listen, share and appreciate the small things with me. Thank you for your kindness I can not repay. You are one of my 13 reasons why not.”

Afterward, Juntti’s telephone and social media accounts were swamped with support from her classmates – some of whom she has never met. One tweet read, “Riley Juntti is braver than anyone for doing what she did,” the Oakland Press reported.

Juntti said she was not afraid of any backlash her announcement might cause.

“Standing up for what is right has always been more important to me than my peers’ approval, and this project wasn’t an exception,” she told the Oakland Press. “Oxford has come together to create an environment this past week where talking about mental illness is socially acceptable. ... I’ve helped people come forward with their struggles and that’s more than what I can ask for from this project.”

Tuesday morning’s announcement was by Jordan Jadan, the captain of the Oxford Wildcats’ basketball team. Unknown to his classmates, Jadan has had a rough year, the Oakland Press reported. He moved in with his grandmother after his mother moved to Florida for a job. He said he has been receiving several explicit and degrading text messages from a previously close family member.

“I’ve had no one to talk to, and it’s been hard,” Jadan told the Oakland Press. “I know I could have given up a long time ago. … My reasons to live are my two little sisters and my mom.

“There’s always someone who cares about you. You’re never alone. There’s always something to live for.”

The remainder of the recordings, which will air daily until May 17, will be selected from submitted stories, Fine said.

Teachers are squirming over fidget spinners

Fidgeting in class has taken on a new meaning, and teachers don’t like it.

Fidget spinners are toys with a ball bearing in the middle with three prongs, USA Today reported. Hold the spinner with your thumb and forefinger, and then spin it by tapping one of the prongs.

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Kids love them — but schools are rapidly becoming a no spin zone for the toys because they are becoming a distraction, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“Frankly, we've found the fidgets were having the opposite effect of what they advertise," Kate Ellison, a principal of Washington Elementary School in Evanston, Ill., told the Tribune.

Schools in other states, including Minnesota and Massachusetts, also have banned fidget spinners.

“We found that early on they were a distraction to learning, because kids were pulling them out of their pockets,” John McDonald, assistant principal at Delano Elementary School in Minnesota, told the Star-Tribune.

In Hawaii, teachers are telling students to leave the toys at home. David Gaudi, head of school at Saint Mark Lutheran School in Kaneohe, told Hawaii News Now that the fidget spinners were causing noisy, disruptive classrooms.

"So it was the teachers who approached me with the issue of it being a major distraction," Gaudi said. "We did hear about a lot of arguing over the fidget spinners."

Experts say fidget spinners can help children with ADHD and autism, Hawaii News Now reported.

“A fidget spinner helps gives kids focus,” said Jessica Wong-Sumida, executive director of the Hawaii Autism Society. “It gives them something to do while they are listening to the teacher. It really gets them to concentrate.”

While some educators agree, they also claim that fidget spinners are a distraction.

“It's a tool. We recognize that. But it's also a toy,” Matt Barbini, deputy superintendent of an Illinois school district, told the Daily Herald. “Some students may very well require a fidget or sensory device as part of an individual plan, so we can't ban it ... but if it disrupts instruction, or creates an unsafe environment, we need to act responsibly.”

Exasperated teachers can be found condemning the fidget spinners on Twitter under the hashtag #teacherproblems.

PHOTO: Teacher finishes lesson plans while in labor

A teacher in Burleson, Texas, is being praised for completing her lesson plans while she was in labor.

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Photographer Andrea McDonald of Rooted in Love Photography captured pictures of educator Jennifer Pope finishing up her lesson plans before handing them off to her husband, who was to deliver them to a substitute teacher in the parking lot.

>> Related: Mom completes college exam while in labor 

She posted the photo to Facebook, along with some words of admiration.

“This post is about showing the dedication of a teacher,” wrote McDonald, who was a teacher for many years. “No lie, she gave birth less than an hour later.”

The photo quickly went viral, getting more than 21,000 likes and 7,000 shares.

Many people commented about their appreciation for teachers.

“I once went dumpster diving for a missing retainer a student accidentally threw away. You would be amazed at what a teacher will do for her students!” Jenni Picard wrote on Facebook.

“Been there! I did my final grades between contractions. Way to go! You are amazing!” wrote Tabitha Benter.

McDonald said Pope’s husband is also a teacher. 

“Teachers love their students as their own. Even in labor and when they’re home sick, they care,” McDonald told parenting site Scary Mommy.

School hosts early graduation ceremony for student with cancer

A Texas teen who is receiving aggressive treatment for cancer was granted an early graduation ceremony.

Matthew Menara, 18, was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor in December, according to WFAA. The cancer had spread and required specialized treatment in Houston.

Menara worked hard to complete his schoolwork so that he would be able to graduate on time. Since he remains in Houston for treatment, and may still be there when his class at Western Hills High School graduates in June, school officials traveled four hours last weekend to hold an early graduation ceremony for Menara.

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The ceremony was held at a Houston hotel, and included Menara's extended family. Menara received his cap and gown, a diploma and a program, all especially printed for him, according to WFAA. 

It is the hope of school officials that this was just a dress rehearsal, and Menara will return to Fort Worth in time to walk during his school's graduation ceremony. Menara began a high-dose chemotherapy regimen days after the ceremony ahead of stem cell treatment.

The family has established a GoFundMe account to assist with travel expenses while Matthew receives treatment.

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