School Survival


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High School Student Facing 8 Years in Prison for Prank

WGRZ.com is reporting that a prank has gone horribly wrong for 18-year-old Tyell Morton. The high school senior, who reportedly has never been in trouble before, was arrested last week after school surveillance cameras captured a picture of a man dressed in a hooded sweatshirt and wearing latex gloves, concealing a package and leaving without […]

Civil rights group threatens to sue if Birmingham schools don't stop using pepper spray

The Southern Poverty Law Center is demanding that school resource officers in Birmingham city schools stop using pepper spray on unruly children. SPLC, a civil rights advocacy group, said there are far too many instances of students being sprayed with pepper spray in Birmingham, often because of small fights, bad behavior or excessive talking. The […]

Girl, 11, refused sale of pencil sharpener because it is classed as a 'dangerous object'

Clutching a pack of coloured pencils as she went up to a till, 11-year- old Charlotte Howard expected to be on her way with her purchase moments later. But the schoolgirl left empty handed when she was told she could not buy the pack because it contained a pencil sharpener. It was only when her […]

Who's High? A School Suspends a Student for Bloodshot Eyes

by Maia Szalavitz California may be considering the full legalization of marijuana, but in Texas, a student was recently suspended from school for having red eyes. In Trophy Club, Texas, 16-year-old Kyler Robertson chose to attend classes just two days after his father was stabbed to death. His mother had urged the grief-stricken boy to […]

"Above all, do no harm"

by Maureen Costello Some things that happen in school are just not right. It’s not right for a six-year old boy to be handcuffed and shackled to a chair by an armed security officer because he “acted up” in school. But that’s exactly what happened at the Sarah T. Reed Elementary School, in New Orleans, […]

UK Teachers To Use Physical Force On Students

Teachers are to get tougher powers - and clearer guidance on using physical force - to deal with unruly pupils, the Government will announce. Courts will be told to heed new guidlines on force being used to remove youngsters from classrooms or restrain troublemakers. Search powers are to be beefed up too, allowing kids to […]

School Bullying: A Tragic Cost of Forced Schooling and Autocratic School Governance

by Peter Gray Let's say you are 15 years old, or 13, or 11, and for some reason--a reason over which you have no control--you have been singled out by your schoolmates as an object for scorn and humiliation. Every day at school, for you, is another day in hell. You are called "whore," "bitch," […]

11-year-old girl arrested for throwing toy gun at dad

A father tried to give his 11-year-old daughter a time-out, but she ended up getting charged with a misdemeanor. Around 9:30 p.m. March 24, the girl and her 7-year-old brother got into a fight over who got to sit in a certain chair, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The father ended […]

Girl arrested for doodling sues school

New York - A 12-year-old girl who was hauled out of her New York City school in handcuffs for doodling on her desk has started legal action against the city over her arrest. A lawyer for Alexa Gonzalez filed legal papers seeking $1m in damages, saying the Queens girl was subjected to overly harsh treatment. […]

School Suspensions Lead to Legal Challenge

As school let out one day in January 2008, students from rival towns faced off. Two girls flailed away for several seconds and clusters of boys pummeled each other until teachers pulled them apart The fistfights at Southside High School involved no weapons and no serious injuries, and in some ways seemed as old-fashioned as […]

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