Hickory Ridge High School student banned from own graduation over dress code violation

Back in my day, school dress code violations were meant to keep us from wearing jeans that were either big enough to swallow us whole or so tight that you spent 10 minutes taking them off. Today, they’re apparently meant to keep students from attending their own graduation. NBC Charlotte reports that a senior at Hickory Ridge High School, only identified as Summer, won’t be able to attend her own graduation because of a dress code violation that’s been mishandled from the start. 

Notre Dame graduates walk out during Mike Pence commencement

It may be time for Vice President Mike Pence to stop showing up where he isn’t wanted. If being called out by the cast of Hamilton was bad enough, he recently joined the ranks of politicians being booed and ignored while delivering commencements for college graduates.

While Pence was delivering the commencement at the University of Notre Dame and receiving an honorary degree, dozens of graduates stood up and walked out of the ceremony. 

Reading came first: how I journeyed from hotep to Black queer feminist

By Myles E. Johnson

“Solitude can be a must-be-desired condition. In silence, we listen to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.” – Maya Angelou

The search, as it were, began in wanting to deep-dive into something that was about me, and it began early. I wanted a nappy-headed God. I wanted a history dipped in tar, baby, and I wanted to know about political leaders with Jackson 5 nostrils. This history was not being served to me anywhere, so I reimagined my middle-school classes as spaces for me to find this new world where I was the sun, where I was centered. While my teacher taught the day’s arithmetic, I was slowly, quietly being radicalized by the contents of books. With each page turn, a bomb exploded, and a window was being opened, and nobody was any the wiser.

The authors that I discovered–including Alex Haley, Frederick Douglass, and WEB Dubois–are part of what guided my 13 year-old brain into the place it is currently, and where it is developing into. However, I had a desire for something that made sense of the world I was occupying the way religion does for a new initiate.

Black students given detention for wearing box braids

Black students are still getting in trouble for wearing Black hairstyles.

The latest example of this negatively-received approach comes from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that parents have come out to pushback against the school’s attempt to punish students for wearing box braids. 

Cincinnati school releases bullying video of 8-year-old boy who died by suicide

Given his young age, the circumstances of his death and, now, the context surrounding it, Gabriel Taye’s death is the kind that sticks with you. In January, the 8-year-old was found dead after he hanged himself with his necktie in his Cincinnati home, reports CNN.

School officials have now released a 24-minute video that captures an incident Taye was involved in days before that impacts the conversation of what led to his death.

Florida NAACP Calls For Bethune-Cookman President’s Resignation

Bethune-Cookman University in Florida has been swirling in controversy over the past week. After the initial announcement that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would be delivering the commencement address, there was vocal disapproval from both current and former students. The tension came to a head during the actual ceremony when graduates turned their back to DeVos and students booed her as soon as she began to speak.

Despite all of this, Bethune-Cookman officials have maintained their position to support DeVos’ appearance. As a result, the Florida NAACP has called for President Eddie Jackson to resign from his post, according to a press release.

14-Year-Old graduates college with a degree in Physics

For many parents, a day comes when you can’t help your kids with their homework anymore because 6th grade math isn’t as easy as it used to be. Imagine facing that humbling moment when your kid isn’t even a teenager yet. That would understandably be the case for a lot of us if we had a child as intellectually gifted as Carson Huey-You.

At the young age of 14, Huey-You is already graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Physics with a double minor in math and Chinese, according to NBCDFW.

99% of students arrested in New York public schools are Black and Latinx

Black and Latinx students in New York public schools only make up 27% and 41% of the population, respectively. However, data shows that they represent 99% of students handcuffed by NYPD school safety agents in 2016.

The New York Civil Liberties Union found that 259 out of 262 “child in crisis” incidents involved Black or Latinx students, according to The New York Daily News

Betsy DeVos booed during commencement at Bethune-Cookman

Graduating students at Bethune-Cookman University were as shocked as everyone else when it was announced Betsy DeVos would be speaking at their graduation. Probably more so. While many people expressed their disapproval of the school’s decision to invite her on social media and through online petitions, the graduates took the opportunity to do so in the flesh.

As DeVos attempted to preach to all in attendance to “hear each other out,” she was met with constant heckling and the turned backs of many of the graduates who clearly didn’t approve of her presence. 

Ohio teacher fired after dragging toddler down hallway

Schools are where families send their children to both learn and be kept safe for a few hours. At least, in theory. Unfortunately, there’s what appears to be a constant stream of children being out in harms way instead, no matter their age. The latest example of a child being put in danger while in the care of a school occurred in Youngstown, Ohio, according to WKBN.