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.
High school students and activists in Phoenix are fighting back against the presence of school resource officers (SROs). They argue that their presence doesn’t offer any kind of safety or improve education, but does strengthen the school-to-prison and school-to-deportation pipelines. The 15 students, all from the Phoenix Union High School District, launched a #CopsOuttaCampus hashtag to support their cause, according to USA Today. Puente Arizona is a local immigrants-rights organization that helped the students organize an even this past Thursday where they expressed their concerns.
Multiple students at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are accusing school administrators of abusive practices during 2015 and 2016. These claims were supported when Todd Hollis released a damning video showing school Officer Steve Shaulis get into a physical altercation with Que’Chawn Wade, 14.
By the end of the incident, Wade was on the way to a local hospital to have a tooth sewn back in after Shaulis punched it out, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Thessalonika A. Embry, 18, has already accomplished more than some people twice her age. At 14 she earned a bachelor’s in Psychology. At 16 she earned an MBA in Organizational Leadership. And on top of all of that, she’s working on a Black history-focused app for Apple and Google and is already a published author.
Oh, and she’s on track to earn her Ph.D. this fall in Business Psychology. While she could surely go into any field she’d choose, Pschology spoke to her because, “it studies why we do what we do and that has spilled over in my dissertation.”
If Trayvon Martin were alive today, he might be graduating from college around now. Instead, it’s been more than five years since he died and his family never even got to see him graduate high school. To help honor Trayvon’s dream of becoming a pilot, Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla. will grant him a posthumous Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science, according to HBCU Digest.
American University officials are investigating the sudden appearance of bananas hanging across campus. To make matters worse, references to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a Black greek letter organization, was targeted in what the university president is calling a “crude and racially insensitive act of bigotry.”
HBCUs already have a very complicated relationship with the Trump administration. And it’s only getting worse.
Two conservative, student-led organizations at the University of California – Berkeley have sued the school after it cancelled Ann Coulter’s speaking engagement. The Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans allege that UC Berkeley cancelled the event because of Coulter’s reputation as a conservative, Trump-supporting media personality, according to The Daily Beast.
For many people, Upward Bound stepped in and helped them prepare for a future they may not have even imagined yet. Through tutoring, mentoring and many other activities, the program has helped students from low-income families prepare for and succeed in college and beyond.
Unfortunately, a focus on grammatical errors may be inhibiting the program from its important work.