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Middle school students chant 'build the wall'

A video showing middle class students in Michigan chanting “Build the wall” has gone viral.

The incident was reported Wednesday at Royal Oak Middle School, according to the Detroit Free Press. A brief video clip posted on Facebook shows students in the cafeteria chanting, “Build the wall.”

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President-elect Donald Trump has promised to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico to address illegal immigration.

This happened today at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak Michigan. It is so sad. Latino children were crying.The taunts, the "Build that Wall" with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!Posted by Dee Perez-Scott on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin released a statement about the incident, which said that a "small group of students engaged in a brief" chant and that school personnel addressed the issue. Lewis-Lakin said the school district is “committed to providing a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment for all students."

Kindergarten students share words of wisdom with Trump

Young students at the Mission Grammar School in Roxbury had some "words of wisdom" to share with Donald Trump after he was elected president.

The 5- and 6-year-old students explained how to be a "Super Friend" and asked President-elect Trump to keep the world safe.

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The letter reads:

Dear President-Elect Donald Trump. K2 would like to share our words of wisdom with you about being a Super Friend president in 2017. 1. Be nice to ALL people. 2. If you feel like you are going to use a bad word, just tuck, take 3 deep breaths and come back and say kind words. 3. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all! 4. Please keep our world safe! We would like to grow up and become the President some day. Remember, if you need help being a Super Friend contact K2 Scholars at Mission Grammar, Roxbury, MA.    

Thousands of college email accounts hacked

The FBI is warning colleges and universities about cybersecurity concerns for student email accounts.

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Jonathan Powell was arrested this week, accused of hacking into more than 2,000 emails at two universities and accessing student directories and log-in information at 75 other schools.

Authorities say he used password reset tools, stealing students' personal information, specifically searching for embarrassing photos.

"That is actually terrifying and I feel like I should change my password right now," Georgetown Law student Shanaye Williams said.

The hacking did not stop at email accounts.

It also targeted Apple iCloud, Facebook, LinkedIn and Yahoo! Accounts. 

The FBI is encouraging universities to take greater protection measures.

"This case should serve as a wakeup call for universities and educational institutions around the country," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in statement. "There is no greater threat to our security and personal privacy than the cyber threat, and hackers must be identified, stopped and punished."

The FBI's Office of Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit is prosecuting the case. 

Powell is charged with one count of fraud in connection with computers, which could land him a five-year prison sentence.

9 students suspended over 'happy crack' candy in South Carolina

Some South Carolina parents are outraged after their children were suspended for violating a school drug policy.

WCIV reported that leaders at Eagles Nest Elementary School in Dorchester County told the parents of nine students that their children were caught buying powder.

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The problem though is that the powder turned out to be a mixture of Kool-Aid and sugar.

School leaders call it "happy crack" and said that anything that appears to be an illegal substance is a violation of school policy.

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Parents say the punishments are ridiculous, claiming there was no ill intent, and that the mixture is similar to Pixy Stix.

One parent said she didn't even know what "happy crack" was when school officials called her last week to say her son was being suspended.

"The way she called me, I thought my son died," she said. "She said there's this epidemic going on at school with happy crack. I Googled it. I'm like Kool-Aid and sugar, are you serious? I was appalled. I was floored. I really didn't think it would go to this extreme."

There was a hearing, and the children's expulsion was reduced to a simple infraction. The school has not said how it will handle cases of the powder in the future.

College professor edits Latina student's essay: 'This is not your language'

A college student said she felt "disrespected and invalidated" when her professor wrote a discriminatory comment while editing an essay the student wrote for class. 

On the paper, she said the professor wrote, "Please go back and indicate where you cut and paste." She also said the professor circled "hence" on the paper and wrote, "This is not your word."

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Suffolk University senior Tiffany Martínez wrote about her experience in a blog post titled "Academia, Love Me Back" on Thursday. She wrote that the professor "challenged (her) intelligence" in front of other students in her class. 

"This morning, my professor handed me back a paper (a literature review) in front of my entire class and exclaimed 'this is not your language,'" Martínez wrote. "On the top of the page (she) wrote in blue ink: 'Please go back and indicate where you cut and paste.' ... They assumed that the work I turned in was not my own ... On the second page the professor circled the word 'hence' and wrote in between the typed lines 'This is not your word.'" 

I was hurt badly this morning and publicly humiliated in front of my peers by a professor. They assumed I plagiarized my...Posted by Tiffany Corin Martínez on Thursday, October 27, 2016

Martínez told Buzzfeed News that the professor "spoke loudly enough that students at the back of the room heard and asked if (she) was OK after class."

"I spent the rest of the class going back through every single line, every single citation to make sure that nothing had been plagiarized, even though I knew I hadn't," she told Buzzfeed. 

Martínez, a Latina with aspirations of earning a Ph.D and becoming a college professor, wrote that she has battled stereotypes throughout her academic career. She discussed the disappointment she has felt with consistent assumptions that she is "weak, unintelligent and incapable."

"As a minority in my classrooms, I continuously hear my peers and professors use language that both covertly and overtly oppresses the communities I belong to," she wrote. "In the journey to become a successful student, I swallow the 'momentary' pain from these interactions and set my emotions aside so I can function productively as a student."

After Martínez's post gained attention online, Suffolk University president Marisa Kelly released a statement saying the school "must redouble efforts to create a more inclusive environment."

"Suffolk University is committed to making every member of our community feel welcomed, valued and respected," Kelly wrote. "I take (Martínez's) concern seriously on behalf of the institution as the acting president, and I take it seriously as an individual personally committed to diversity and inclusion."

Kelly also announced that faculty members will go through mandatory microagression training sessions on how to better interact with students.


In her Momentum blog, Acting President Marisa Kelly addresses the University's commitment to making every member of our...Posted by Suffolk University on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Oldest working teacher, 102, suffers stroke, asks for help

The country's oldest working teacher is taking a break from the classroom after suffering a stroke. Now, her family is asking for the public's help to get her back on her feet.

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Agnes "Granny" Zhelesnik has been teaching at the Sundance School in New Jersey since she was in her 80's, according to education website The 74. She spent most of her life as a stay-at-home mom, but when her husband passed away, she took a job as a home economics teacher, teaching 5-year-old students basic skills like baking and sewing.

According to Inside Edition, Zhelesnik recently collapsed at school. She suffered a stroke, and doctors told her she needed physical therapy to help her regain control over the left side of her body.

The family told Inside Edition that she was originally placed in a "depressing" rehab facility, where patients were put in isolated rooms with nothing to do but stare at the walls.

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"My mother and I came home crying. We just couldn't leave her there," granddaughter Nikki Ardizzone told the entertainment site. "There was not one other person like her" in the facility, she said. "It was depressing. She said at night she wanted to scream."

The family managed to get Zhelesnik discharged from the rehab center, but insurance will only cover short-term care at home. To raise money for round-the-clock care, the family started a GoFundMe page.

So far, it has raised over $9,000.

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Preschool kicks out toddler with Down syndrome, NJ sues for discrimination

New Jersey is suing a national preschool chain over allegations that it discriminated against a 3-year-old girl with Down syndrome, when it tossed her out of classes, because she wasn't potty trained.

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In a 17-page complaint filed in New Jersey Superior Court on Wednesday, authorities singled out Chesterbrook Academy in Moorestown, the former school of a girl identified in court records as "Jane." Jane was expelled after the state alleged she failed to meet an arbitrary toilet-training "deadline," while other students were held to different standards.

"The state's position is that Chesterbrook had a duty under the law to accommodate this 3-year-old girl – who had been enrolled there since infancy – and that doing so would not have been significantly burdensome or fundamentally disruptive to its services and programs," state Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in a news release. "The company's hardline corporate decision has harmed this child and her entire family."

According to the complaint, Jane was moved from a beginner to an intermediate-level class in January 2015 without any input from her family. The school's principal, who was newly-appointed, informed Jane's parents that "a corporate policy" required the toddler to be potty trained as part of the intermediate class.

Jane's parents responded with a note from the girl's physician that said that due to her Down syndrome, Jane was developmentally delayed. She is not expected to be fully potty trained until after she turns 5 years old.

Two days later, Jane's parents got another note from the principal warning them that Jane would be dis-enrolled if she failed to become potty trained "within seven days," according to the complaint.

Jane was kicked out of the school when she failed to meet that deadline, according to the Attorney General's Office. Meanwhile, "other, non-disabled intermediate students were allowed to remain despite needing changing assistance in connection with toileting," authorities said.

During a subsequent investigation by the attorney general's Division on Civil Rights, Chesterbrook officials claimed Jane was expelled not because of her delayed development but instead because "Jane had exhibited disruptive behavior."

"However, during the Division's investigation, Chesterbrook officials were only able to document two examples of such behavior," officials said in a news release.

Chesterbrook is part of the Nobel Learning Communities Inc. school chain, which operates elementary and preschools in 19 states. In New Jersey, the group operates seven schools, including the Chesterbrook facility.

"This case is particularly troubling, because Chesterbrook and its parent company have faced similar allegations in the past despite holding themselves out as the 'gold standard for ADA classroom compliance,'" Division on Civil Rights Director Craig Sashihara said.

Authorities pointed to multiple cases going back 10 years of alleged discrimination, including a 2009 Department of Justice lawsuit filed against Nobel Learning Centers and settled in 2011 with the promise that the system would "implement a disability non-discrimination policy," among other stipulations.

"Given their past assurances to comply with the law and to train their staff on the governing legal standards for dealing with young children with disabilities, we expected better -- more compliance, more sensitivity, and less intractability -- when responding to the needs of a 3-year-old girl with Down syndrome," Sashihara said.

In a statement released to, a spokesman for Nobel Learning Communities Inc. declined to discuss the details of Jane's case due to the ongoing nature of the lawsuit.

"However, our schools are dedicated to serving the needs of a diverse student population, including many with disabilities," the statement said. "We are proud of our comprehensive policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal laws governing the rights of all students."

Authorities are seeking compensatory and punitive damages and an agreement to allow the Division on Civil Rights to monitor Chesterbrook for a period of five years.

Man pays off all students' overdue lunch fees at elementary school

Parents of 89 students don’t have to worry about their child’s overdue lunch balances thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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Jerry Fenton, a motel owner in Burlington, Iowa, donated about $700 to Grimes Elementary, his former school, to cover all overdue lunch balances there.

“I find it hard to believe that in this day and age there are kids that go hungry. It’s just unfathomable in this day and age,” Fenton told WQAD.

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The outstanding balance was $458, so his donation will help cover future overdue balances, as well.

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Teacher berates boy after not standing for Pledge of Allegiance

A 12-year-old student in Florida claims he was scolded by his teacher when he did not stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

“I don’t believe in standing up for it, because there’s more than one religion,” sixth grader Mark Dawson said to WFLA. “I believe in more than one religion and more than one nation."

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Dawson attends Liberty Middle School in Hillsborough County, where the school district's policy states that students do not have to take part in the pledge, "as long as they don't get in the way of other students who want to say it," WFLA reports. 

Dawson said  that after his teacher yelled at him, she then told him to leave the classroom. A school spokesperson said to WFLA that the teacher "was in the wrong" and allegedly did not know about the school policy. 

Dawson's family members told WFLA that they might sue the school district for infringing on the boy's rights, according to WFLA. 

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Student may lose leg after alleged incident with school employee

A 13-year-old boy may have a leg amputated at an Atlanta hospital as a result of an injury he sustained from a school contract employee, the boy’s attorney said Tuesday.

The injury happened in September when the student was “thrown to the floor” multiple times at a Columbus school, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

The amputation is scheduled for Tuesday night at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, attorney Renee Tucker, who represents the boy and his mother, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Egleston officials confirmed that the boy is at the hospital, but they declined to discuss his condition, citing privacy regulations.

The boy was enrolled in the district’s AIM program when the incident allegedly happened at Edgewood Student Services Center. The program is for students who have been temporarily removed from their regular school because of violations of behavior rules, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.

A Muscogee County School District spokeswoman issued a statement on the incident.

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to our student who is undergoing medical treatment and to his family,” spokeswoman Valerie Fuller said. “We are committed to conducting a thorough review of the alleged incident at the AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center to determine all of the facts.

“The person involved in the alleged incident at AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center is not an employee of the Muscogee County School District. Bryant Mosley was provided by Mentoring and Behavioral Services, a contract service provider, to the Muscogee County School District. Mr. Mosley is not presently providing services to the Muscogee County School District.”

The boy was trying to leave the classroom for the main office so he could call his mother to pick him up when the alleged incident happened, Tucker said. The contract employee stopped the boy and slammed him to the floor to prevent him from leaving, Tucker said. The student said he was thrown to the floor a second time when he tried to leave again.

The district’s statement said, “It is our understanding that there were issues concerning the safety of the child and others in the room, which called for the use of restraint per state guidance. Physical restraint is allowed in Georgia public schools and educational programs in those situations in which the student is an immediate danger to himself or others and the student is not responsive to less intensive behavioral interventions including verbal directives or other de-escalation techniques.”

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