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by Dom the Conservative

June 11, 2014

An entire class of first grade students were rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after their 6-year-old student distributed a dangerous substance to his class at Commodore John Barry Elementary School Tuesday, according to KYW-TV.

The 6-year-old girl handed out 11 bags of heroin to his friends. Two of the packets discovered by the teacher had been opened by the children, and one had been chewed open, investigators say. Lt. John Walker explained, "We know that one of the packages clearly looks like it was bitten and we do have one student saying that the young lady who did bring the substance to school did have that packet in her mouth." One concerned parent, Kristina Perry, said, "Apparently she was playing with the packet and showing it off."

by Jacob Sullum

June 11, 2014

The NRA's criticism reflects shifting attitudes toward publicly displayed guns.

Are people who assert their Second Amendment rights by bringing rifles and shotguns into stores and restaurants "weird" and "scary"? At least one staff member at the National Rifle Association (NRA) thought so, and he expressed that view in an online commentary that the organization felt compelled to retract last week after it caused an uproar among gun rights advocates. To some extent, the episode reflects divisions among Second Amendment activists, many of whom view the NRA, despite its reputation for adamantly resisting gun control, as insufficiently zealous. But the brouhaha also highlights a shift in American attitudes regarding the public display of guns.

by Katherine Mangu-Ward

June 11, 2014

In April, Ethan Chaplin was twirling his pencil in class when another kid-a bully, according to Chaplin-called out: "He's making gun motions, send him to juvie!"

The 13-year-old was yanked out of school and thereby commenced his 15 minutes of fame as sites like Huffington Post, as well as local cable news stations, took up his cause arguing that a suspension for pencil twirling was zero tolerance run amok. The Vernon Township school district's interim superintendent claimed Ethan had never been suspended, but conceded he had been out of school for two days...

by Alison Flood

June 10, 2014

Little Brother has been dropped from Florida high school programme over fears parents might object

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow's novel about teenagers rebelling against the surveillance state, has been pulled from a school reading programme in Florida this summer following what the author said were concerns from the school's principal over its questioning of authority and its "lauding" of hacker culture. According to the National Coalition Against Censorship, Little Brother was chosen for a school-wide summer reading programme at Booker T Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida "after an extensive process by the professional staff". It has subsequently been withdrawn "because of concerns that some parents might object to scenes involving sex and violence and the idea of questioning authority", said the American free speech organisation. Doctorow wrote on his blog Boingboing that the principal, Dr Michael Roberts, "cited reviews that emphasised the book's positive view of questioning authority, lauding 'hacker culture', and discussing sex and sexuality in passing ... In short, he made it clear that the book was being challenged because of its politics and its content."

June 10, 2014

A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm, especially poor and minority ones, by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire.

"I'm really glad that the judge has done that," said Carolyn Riolo, a grandparent who supports the judge's decision. "You have to have good teachers to teach children, you know, how to be good adults." In a landmark decision that could influence the gathering debate over tenure across the country, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that students have a fundamental right to equal education.

by Robby Soave

June 10, 2014

Campuses want to foster tolerant and inclusive environments, which is why many public universities have decided to restrict the rights of religious students to form their own groups.

If that makes no sense to you, keep in mind that college administrators have very curious ideas about what tolerance requires. At California State University, for instance, students will no longer be able to form groups where membership or leadership is predicated on support for the group's mission.

by Ethan A. Huff

June 9, 2014

The vaccine debate has never really been a fair one because of a general misunderstanding of immunity, especially within the medical and scientific communities.

In her book Vaccine Illusion, Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych addresses this issue, highlighting how vaccines actually destroy natural immunity and make people more susceptible to disease. Released as a downloadable e-book, Vaccine Illusion provides a thorough analysis of vaccine dogma and how mainstream beliefs about antibodies and immunity came to be. An immunologist herself, Dr. Obukhanych takes her readers on a journey that covers the history of vaccination, the concept of "herd immunity," immunologic memory and its role in conferring natural immunity apart from vaccines, and more.

June 9, 2014

On Wednesday, 7-year-old Darin Simak brought a different backpack from his usual one to Martin Elementary School. At first, he failed to recognized something that the school considered a weapon in the bag's outside pocket.

However, when Darin noticed the replica toy gun, knowing the rules, he decided to turn himself in. Darin took the toy to his teacher and said: "I'm not suppose to have this." Instead of telling the first grader to keep the toy in his bag and to never bring it to school again, the teacher called the principal and Darin was suspended.

by Melissa Fenton

June 9, 2014

It is officially the beginning of June. The Pinterest pages, Facebook feeds, and family magazine features are loaded up with all the activities you should do with your kid's summer. AS. IF. As if we need more activities. MORE I say!

I am done. Sort of like I how I was done with the school year, but I am already done with summer. And by done, I mean I am done with all the forced smile-inducing, uber planned and supervised, over-the-top summer life experiences I am supposed to provide for my kids. You know what I want my kids to experience this summer? The same type of summer I would have experienced in the late 1970's. The exact same one. I survived it, and they will too. As a matter of fact, it must have been pretty memorable because 30 years later I can tell you exactly what it entailed. It entailed FUN. Fun we made all on our own. What. A. Concept.

by Joel Christie

June 9, 2014

A Texas mother is demanding her local school district removes a widespread ban on sunscreen, saying her daughter recently got severely burnt during a field trip and that skin cancer runs in her family.

The North East Independent School District in San Antonio imposed the restriction because it considers sunscreen toxic and fears students will eat it. The policy applies to 72 schools in the area. But according to parent Christy Riggs, its a rule that is completely unwarranted.

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