Colorado police were called to a 12-year-old boy's home after he accidentally waved a toy gun during a virtual class.
Isaiah Elliott was home alone when a teacher called police to say he played with a toy gun during virtual art class.
The teacher admitted she knew the gun was a toy - it was a black and green plastic toy with the words "Zombie Hunter" on the side. But the teacher perceived the toy gun as a threat.
The boy's mother, Dani Elliott, was at work when she received a call from the school's principal saying officers were on their way to her home.
Elliott says she was terrified - especially because her son is Black.
"I never thought: 'You can't play with a Nerf gun in your own home because somebody may perceive it as a threat and call the police on you,'" Elliott said.
To add insult to injury, Isaiah was suspended for 5 days and now has a criminal record with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
He also has a disciplinary mark in his school records for bringing a "facsimile of a firearm to school" -- even though he was in his own home.
Elliott vented her frustration at the school and the police. She said her son has attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and he is easily distracted, so he played with his gun.
"With the cultural events going on right now, especially for young African Americans, you calling the police and telling them that he could have a gun, you put his life in jeopardy," Elliott said.
In a statement on Facebook, the Grand Mountain School administration blamed disinformation on the internet for the public uproar.
"We never have or ever will condone any form of racism or discrimination," the statement said. "Safety will always be number one for our students and staff. We follow board policies and safety protocols consistently, whether we are in-person or distance learning."
An Alabama high school principal is going viral with his Cornavirus-themed "Can't Touch This" parody video.
The video is a parody of MC Hammer's '80s hit song "U Can't Touch This." Childersburg High School Principal Quentin Lee wears tailored suits, a face mask and gloves as he dances around while wielding tools to sanitize classrooms.
The video racked up 5 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on July 28. "COVID! Is stressing me, all the updates from the CDC. Lysol! Can't be found, I've looked all around this town," Lee raps.
He sneaks up on students using a digital thermometer, a measuring tape for social distancing, and a can of Lysol spray. "You can't touch this!" he tells the students.
Lee told a reporter he hopes his efforts brings a smile to the faces of students and gives them confidence when they return to school in the fall.
"We are working tirelessly to make sure school is a place where students can be accepted, loved and clean," he said. "Everybody needs love, regardless of political party or ethnic background. If we can allow people to laugh and forget about their problems, then we've accomplished the goal."
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued a warning to parents to make arrangements tp "tele-school" their children as the coronavirus moves closer to a pandemic.
Senior CDC official Nancy Messonier said she called her children's school and asked if there are plans for tele-schooling if the school closes to prevent the spread of the virus.
"We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad," Messonier said.
So far, 57 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. 40 of the cases came from the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship.
More than 80,000 people are infected and 2,700 people have died worldwide. But the numbers are believed to be much higher.
A Harvard professor predicts 40-70 percent of the world's population - 3 billion to 6 billion people may become infected with the coronavirus.
A student who fought with a substitute teacher at a Miami high school faces criminal charges. The fight was captured on cell phone video and went viral online.
The incident happened on Monday, Jan. 13, at Miami Central High School in North Miami.
The video footage shows the substitute teacher and the aggressive student brawling in a classroom as other students record the chaos on their cell phones.
The teacher, who has short hair, traded punches with the unidentified student before putting her in a headlock. The student trapped the teacher against a desk then body-slammed her to the floor.
A male student pushed the girl off the teacher and held her down while the teacher climbed atop the girl and pinned her to the floor. The video doesn't show what sparked the fight.
A Miami-Dade Public School spokesperson said the student was not supposed to be in the classroom.
"All indicators point to the student having been the aggressor," said Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, chief communications officer for MDCPS, in an emailed statement to Bradenton.com.
"This is a regrettable and isolated incident between a student and a teacher, who otherwise maintained an amicable relationship. The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department continues to investigate this unfortunate matter," Gonzalez-Diego said. "It is evident the employee used great restraint in her attempts to de-escalate the situation."
The teacher will not be disciplined.
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A Florida teacher was arrested and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, for carrying an unruly 14-year-old boy out of his classroom.
Jeffrey Paffumi, 47, said the boy disrupted the classroom by playing music on his laptop computer. When Paffumi turned the music down, the student "slapped his hand away and turned the music back on," according to a police report.
Paffumi said the boy called him a "cracker".
"Show me how tough you are. Wanna Call me a 'cracker,'" he told the boy.
Paffumi lifted the boy out of his chair and carried him to the classroom doorway, then pushed him out into the hallway. Paffumi told police he removed the student from the classroom because the boy was "being disobedient."
The incident occurred during first period at Buddy Middle School in Palm Coast, Florida on Tuesday.
Later that night, the student told his parents about the incident. An unidentified student sent them cell phone video of the incident.
Even though the boy's father said his son was wrong for slapping the teacher's hand, the parents filed a police report with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.
The teen said the teacher did not restrict his airway and the boy was not harmed in any way.
"As a teacher you have to control your temper even when students test you," said Sheriff Rick Staly. "This is an unfortunate incident involving a teacher and student... Corporal punishment like the old days is not allowed today."
Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager said in a news release: "We immediately removed Mr. Paffumi from the classroom following the incident... I have stressed to my executive team the importance of handling this investigation with the utmost seriousness it deserves."
He added that an internal "investigation will encompass the incident in its entirety and not just what is captured on a camera."
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Girls in one Illinois public school district will now share restrooms and locker rooms with boys who identify as girls.
The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 voted unanimously to give male-to-female transgender students unrestricted access to girls locker rooms and restrooms.
Previously, cross-dressers and male-to-female transgenders had to use the nurse's office or private stalls to change clothes, according to CBS 2 Chicago.
The school board took up the issue after a MTF transgender student, known as "Student A," wanted to use the girls' locker room, but was denied access in 2015.
The federal Office of Civil Rights, under the Obama administration at the time, said denying access to women's restrooms was a violation of non-discrimination law and gave the district 30 days to comply or else jeopardize its Title IX funding.
The district caved and allowed that student to use a private changing stall in the girls' locker room, but that wasn't sufficient. MTF trans and cross-dressers want to observe biological females in female-only spaces.
Using a private restroom defeats that purpose. Which is why there is no push by the LGBT community for private restrooms for trans individuals.
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Teachers are being encouraged to use a "Gender Snowperson" graphic to teach students about gender identity in sex education classes.
The gender snowperson image was tweeted by Teacher2Teacher, a left leaning nonprofit organization that provides lesson plans and other resources to teachers.
Teacher2Teacher is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The organization identified Johnny Cole, a "diversity officer" for the Lexington School District, as the source of the image.
The image shows a genderless snowman on a board accompanied by stickers that explains the gender identity ideology. One sticker says:
Girl, Boy, Neither
Who you are and how you feel as a person."
Another sticker reads:
Who you love or are attracted to".
A third sticker says:
Sex Assigned at Birth
Girl, Boy, Intersex
Pronoun assigned at birth".
Twitter users were confused and baffled by the agenda behind the lesson.
"What is the target age for this lesson?" asked one Twitter user.
"This is just awful. This is not something prepubescent children should have to deal with," wrote another user.
A third user tweeted: "Why is the snowman white?".
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A Texas schools superintendent is under fire for telling a woman to cut her grandson's dreadlocks or put him in a dress for wearing his hair too long.
The unusual demand was made after the school notified the grandmother that her grandson was in violation of the school's dress code.
Randi Woodley and parents of children attending a Texas school say the school board altered the dress code to discriminate against Black children.
"I went to the principal's office, where she explained to me that my grandson's hair was too long," Woodley told KETK.
Woodley said she attended the school board meeting where she addressed the restrictive dress code with Tatum Independent School District's superintendent.
"He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school and, when prompted, my grandson must say he's a girl," Woodley said.
The school district's policy states: "No ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male buns or puffballs are allowed on male students. ALL male hair of any type SHALL NOT extend past the top of a t-shirt collar, as it lays naturally."
But Woodley says the dress code targets Black boys like her grandson who wear dreadlocks past their collars.
Parent Kambry Cox told KETK that her son thinks something is wrong with his dreadlocks.
"With my son's dreadlocks, sometimes they do fall in front of his face, so I felt it would be easier to put his hair up, but then that's a problem," Cox said.
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