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Update: 8:55 p.m. ET The adult killed in Tuesday's Texas school shooting is identified as fourth grade special education teacher Eva Mireles, 44.
 

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Update: 7:55 p.m. ET Fox News confirms 18 children and 1 adult are dead in Uvalde, Texas. The gunman was fatally shot by police. He is not included in the death toll. Schools have been canceled in the Uvalde school district for the rest of the year. Today's shooting is the second deadliest school shooting in US history and the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.
 
Update: 7:30 p.m. ET Texas Senator Roland Gutierrez just confirmed that 18 children and 2 adults (in addition to the gunman) are now confirmed dead at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Fox News reports that the gunman reached out to a random girl on Instagram before the shooting to tell her he was about to do something big. The girl told authorities he was a stranger to her.
 
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Update: 6:45 p.m. ET The Texas elementary school gunman reportedly shot his grandmother before heading to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.

18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 14 children and a teacher before he was fatally shot by police.

13 children are being treated at area hospitals. A 45-year-old male is being treated for a graze wound, and a 66-year-old woman is in critical condition.

It isn't clear if the 66-year-old woman is Ramos's grandmother.

Ramos was armed with a handgun and possibly an assault rifle. Video footage shows a crashed pickup truck outside the school. Officials confirm Roma abandoned the vehicle outside the school.

Ramos posted photos of his weapons on social media. He also DM'd a stranger about his murderous intentions before going to the school.
 

 
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14 children are confirmed dead after a teenage gunman barricaded himself in a Texas elementary school on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old gunman was shot and killed by police, according to DailyMail.com. Police said several more children were wounded in the attack.

The shootout happened at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 40 miles from the Texas border.

The gunman allegedly opened fire on border patrol agents who were in pursuit. He then barricaded himself inside the elementary school.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirmed that two children were dead on arrival and a male teacher is also confirmed dead.

Other schools in the district are on lockdown as the investigation into the shooting continues.

The school district said the city's civic center will be used as a pickup area where parents will be reunited with their children once everyone is accounted for.

Stay tuned for more info on this developing news story.

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An openly gay elementary school teacher in Parrish, Florida says the state's new parental rights law will impact his relationship with his 5-year-old students.
 
RELATED: Outrage as Florida Gov. DeSantis signs ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill into law
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the controversial "Parental Rights in Education" bill into law on Monday, March 28. The legislation, also known as the "Don't Say Gay" law, bans teaching LGBT+ subjects, including gender identity, to minors ages 5-8.

"It really hits hard in my heart professionally and personally," Cory Bernaert told MSNBC. "Professionally, it truly makes me feel like I am not trusted as a professional."

He added that LGBT+ subjects are currently not included in the school's curriculum.

However, Bernaert says, "We should be able to have discussions, and that's what we're encouraged to do in kindergarten."

He said "my kids do have questions. They wanna know who my partner is in pictures outside of my classroom, and I should be able to speak to that."

When asked if he worries that he won't be able to talk about his gay lifestyle with the children, Bernaert said, "Absolute— you are 100% correct. That's what we do as educators: we build relationships. And in order to build relationships, you talk about your home life. You talk about what you do on the weekends. That's building community."

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He added: "It scares me to death that I'm not gonna be able to have these conversations with my [students]. 'Cause they're gonna ask me what I did on the weekends. I don't wanna have to hide that my partner and I went paddle boarding this weekend."

Bernaert said one of his students has two moms. He fears that he won't be allowed to discuss her 2 moms with the other students as a teachable moment.

"The kids are curious about her two moms. They wanna know about her 2 moms," he said. "If they go to her and ask her about her 2 moms - and she doesn't know what to say - they're gonna come to me."

The kindergarten teacher said he will follow his 5-year-old students' "discretion" and "be true and honest with them because it's who I am."

Twitter users weighed in on the subject. Some users said a teacher's job is to educate his students, not socialize with them.
 


 

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Actress Raven-Symoné and the cast and crew of her show "Raven's Home" joined LGBT+ Disney workers who walked off the job in protest of Florida's "Parental Rights in Education" bill.

The cast and crew of Raven's Home joined the protest on Wednesday after Disney CEO Bob Chapek walked back comments saying that corporate statements do nothing but divide a company and its customers.

Raven shared a video on Instagram which she captioned:

"In support of our LGBTQ+ family and all of those who will be damaged by the 'don't say gay bill' we the cast of Ravens Home are walking out. In todays world it is imperative that we take stands, show support, and move forward not backwards. Every family every person and every child deserves to be recognized no matter their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Education that reflects the truth and the world we live in is something we must fight for [sic]."

The "Don't Say Gay" bill, aka "Don't Groom kids" bill, prohibits teaching LGBT+ subjects such as gender identity to minor children in grades K-3.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis says the bill's goal is to "empower parents" in their children's education.

The bill's supporters say the law is important because it imposes restrictions on would-be predators who seek out teaching jobs to gain access to minor children.

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This video will warm your heart. A viral TikTok video shows how students at a Las Vegas elementary school reacted to the news that they don't have to wear masks anymore.

After a teacher announced the news, the entire classroom erupted in cheers, dancing and tears. The children couldn't contain their excitement after finally being free of face masks for the first time in 2 years.

Their celebration went viral on Twitter.com where the video gained over 5.5 million views.

While the teacher's announcement seemed spontaneous, half of the kids in the classroom were already mask-free.

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Most school districts mandated face masks on schoolchildren during the peak of Covid-19 — even though kids are rarely affected by the Covid-19 virus and deaths among children are less than flu deaths statistically.

"This makes my heart warm," wrote one Twitter user. Another user wrote: "Congratulations children. You're free again."

A third user tweeted: "Kids can be kids again."

Face masks are not mandated for schoolchildren in the red states of Florida and Georgia.

Watch the adorable video below.

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A Michigan school district denied a disturbing report that a principal placed litter boxes in school restrooms for students who identify as cats.

The incident apparently originated at a December school board meeting, when a parent said the principal at her child's school placed "a litter box in one of the unisex bathrooms for the kids that identify as cats."

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She said the school principal put the litter boxes out to accommodate children who identify as "furries."

Furries are defined as a community of people who identify as animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.

"I'm all for creativity and imagination," the mother said, "but when someone lives in a fantasy world and expects other people to go along with it, I have a problem with that."

Video footage from the school board meeting went viral online and was even shared by the Michigan Republican Party's co-chair.

When the story gained traction on Facebook and in the NY Post, Superintendent Michael E. Sharrow issued a statement.

"At the December 20 Board of Education meeting, a community member addressed the Board of Education. During her comments she stated that litter boxes were provided within MPS student restrooms for those who identify themselves as "furries."

Let me be clear in this communication. There is no truth whatsoever to this false statement/accusation! There have never been litter boxes within MPS schools.

It is such a source of disappointment that I felt the necessity to communicate this message to you. In this divisive/contentious world in which we currently find ourselves, I ask that if you hear wild accusations that don’t sound like something in which your Midland Public Schools Board of Education, Administration, District would be part, take a moment to send an MPSConnect message to me."

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Ashley Heun was shocked when her 13-year-old daughter came home Tuesday with a letter from Southaven Middle School.

The letter, titled "Why Do Girls Suffer from Body Image?" explained that middle school girls have a negative body image and suffer from emotional issues due to their weight.

The letter read:

"We, the counselors of Southaven Middle School, would like to have an opportunity to offer some healthy literature to your daughter on maintaining a positive body image. We are also providing girls with shapewear, bras and other health products if applicable."

The letter gave parents the option of checking yes or no if they want their daughters to receive counseling and shapewear products.

"I had to read it a few more times, to make sure I was actually reading what I was actually reading," Ashley Heun told USA Today. "I mean, I was shocked, I was absolutely shocked. And honestly, I was angry."

Heun emailed the principal, John Sartain, to share her concerns about offering her daughter SPANX.

"My 13-year-old daughter. Shapewear. If my daughter begged me for shapewear, I would tell her no. I would be concerned about her if she even asked. Now I find out that you are ENCOURAGING her to wear it."

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Sartain called Heun on Wednesday morning to explain that the middle school received a donation of SPANX, bras, and other undergarments.

He said the lingerie distribution program had been canceled after Heun and other parents raised concerns.

Heun reached out to the news media to address her concerns.

"While I know they had good intentions, it was just very ill conceived," Heun said. "And I appreciate the fact that they want to help, because there are girls out there who don't have access to bras or other essential items, for whatever reason."

Heun said the decision to outfit her daughter in SPANX and Spandex should be made by her, not the school.
 

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A Florida teenager was arrested after bringing a loaded handgun to school on "National Shoot Up Your School Day" on Friday.

Miramar, Florida police confirmed a teenager was taken into custody for having a loaded handgun at Miramar High School on Friday, according to CBS Miami Affiliate CBS 4.

Additionally, South Plantation High School is on lockdown while the Plantation police investigate an incident there.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are on high alert after a TikTok challenge, which originated on an anonymous account, warned students not to attend school on Friday, Dec. 17.

"Beware don't go to school tomorrow threats are being made to all schools nationwide bomb and shooting threats stay safe --- if you need to skip school cause your parents are being dumb and making you go then do so [sic]."

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Another TikTok user wrote: "prayers for everyone who has school [tomorrow] be aware of the "National shoot up your school day."

Police were made aware of the threats by concerned TikTok users on Thursday night.

"Every threat to a school community is taken extremely seriously and we work closely with the NYPD to investigate threats made to any school community," New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter wrote in an email to parents Friday morning.

Police in Nassau County checked classrooms in the district's 450 buildings but no schools were closed.

Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told ABC 7: "'All schools in the United States will be targeted on December 17.'Stay safe. Stay home.' That's gone viral. We are going to be out there ... visiting every one of our schools."

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The principal at LeBron James' I Promise School in his native Akron, Ohio has resigned after slapping a student.

Brandi Davis resigned after an investigation into allegations she slapped an 11-year-old student in the face and he suffered a split lip.

The mother of the student released a statement to The Beacon Journal, claiming her son "had a busted lip and was bleeding." The student was reportedly wearing a face mask when the school principal hit him.

The incident happened in September when the mother received a text message from Davis alerting her that she slapped the boy for using profanity.

The mother said she asked Davis why she put her hands on her son, to which Davis responded that she had "just reacted and slapped him."

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James opened his I Promise School to much fanfare in 2018. The NBA star tapped longtime educator Davis to be the school's first principal.

The future NBA legend missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade, and it was his dream to give underachieving children a quality education.

240 academically challenged students were chosen from a random pool of 3rd and 4th graders with the lowest marks on aptitude tests.

Davis was an educator with the Akron Public School district for more than 20 years and was well respected throughout the community.

The student's mother said that made the incident even more shocking.

Davis was not charged following the incident.

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23 students were arrested at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana for fighting over the course of three days.

The violence ended when a group of Black fathers decided to take matters into their own hands and patrol the school's hallways.

The fathers call themselves "Dads On Duty" and they have already made a difference in a school that was known for violence among the students and toward teachers.

Southwood is a majority Black high school where the students are primarily raised by single mothers in fatherless households.

Parent Michael LaFitte saw a need for strong Black fathers to patrol the hallways to represent the father figures that some students lack at home.

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"We're dads. So, we decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us," LaFitte, told CBS Evening News.

Another dad said, "Because not everybody has a father figure at home." LaFitte added, "Or a male, period, in their life. So just to be here makes a big difference."

The men don't just patrol the hallways to protect their own children, they also get to know the students on a first name basis.

Dads On Duty are examples of real men for young Black males. They encourage students to do better in class -- things a father would do at home.

Dads On Duty has 40 members who volunteer to work shifts at the school as peace-keepers.

The group is so successful that there are are plans to take Dads On Duty national with chapters in cities where school violence is rampant - such as Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta.
 

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Condoleezza Rice shared her thoughts about public schools teaching critical race theory (CRT) to children on ABC's The View.

Rice appeared on Wednesday's episode of The View with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, and Sara Haines.

Rice, the 2nd Black U.S. secretary of state in history, said parents ought to have a say in what their children are taught in schools.

She noted that home schooling is increasing in the United States because parents are fed up with the liberal curriculum in schools.

"[Parents] are actually homeschooling [children] in increasing numbers. And I think that's a signal," Rice said.

"First of all, parents ought to be involved in their children's education... I think parents ought to have a say. We used to have parent-teacher conferences; We used to have [Parent-Teacher Association's]. There are lots of ways for parents to be involved, and they should be."

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Rice, 66, said CRT was not helpful to Black or white students and that white students were being made to feel guilty for systemic racism in the United States.

"The way we're talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past," said Rice.

Rice added that she didn't feel teaching CRT in schools was "productive" to Black or white children.

"I don't think that's very productive or Black people feel disempowered by race. I would like Black kids to be completely empowered to know they are beautiful in their Blackness, but in order to do that, I don't have to make white kids feel bad for being white. So, somehow this is a conversation that has gone in the wrong direction."

Rice added:

"We teach the good and we teach the bad of history. But what we don't do is make 7- and 10-year-olds feel that they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin."

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School districts around the country include LGBT+ history and LGBT+ rights in school curriculum.

In one school district in Minnesota, heterosexual high school students are being asked to participate in LGBT+ sexual role-playing in the classroom.

The curriculum involves coaching children to role-play adult sexual scenarios.

The role-playing exercises are part of the "Comprehensive Sexuality Education" (CSE) program.

The curriculum was designed by Advocates for Youth, a group that is partnered with Planned Parenthood, according to reports.

The role-playing is part of the "3R" principle, which stands for "rights, respect, responsibility."

The teenagers are given examples of sexual relationships and they are asked to role play the scenarios.

The role-playing examples include:

"Terrence" is described as "You date girls you like, but haven't done much sexually with them; you've kissed a couple of them, but didn't find it very exciting. Now you feel very attracted to Morgan. When you kissed him last week, it felt wonderful, but also confusing. You just can't stop thinking about Morgan and imagining his touch. You think you want to have sex with him, but you don’t want your family or friends to find out, because they would disapprove."

Two girls, "Andie" and "Diana" are alone in a basement and considering having sex. Andie thinks Diana "is great and feel that this could be the relationship you've always wanted. You've never felt like this before and don't want to do anything to turn Diana off. You feel open to all kinds of things with Diana, including commitment and sex. You plan to use protection if you and Diana decide to have sex."

"Zee", a biological girl, is considering having sex with trans teen "Sydney", a biological boy who identifies as a girl: "Biologically you were assigned female at birth but you hate all of the boxes that society puts people in and identify as genderqueer. You work hard to have a gender-nonconforming appearance and style. You enjoy gender-bending and you feel like with Sydney you have finally met someone who really 'gets you.'"

Teenagers who are resistant to the role-playing exercise are taken aside and lectured about homophobia, intolerance and acceptance of others.

Then the entire class is asked "to reflect on what's happening and why. Direct the students back to your class ground rules — and reinforce the agreement to be respectful — and that making homophobic comments is not respectful."

Parents can opt their teenage children out of the class at any time. One school district denied asking elementary school children to role play.

Richfield Public Schools in Minnesota issued a statement to Yahoo News.

"We do NOT teach elementary students about anal sex, show them graphic images, or ask them to role play, as has been reported by some media outlets. There are no activities in the secondary curriculum that have students role-playing situations in front of the entire classroom."

Parents protested the curriculum at a Richfield Public School board meeting (below)
 

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The entire Hudson School Board in Ohio must resign or face child porn charges over a sexual writing assignment given to students.

Hudson Mayor Craig Schubert announced his decision at a school board meeting on Monday, after students at Hudson High School were given sexually explicit writing assignments.

Students in the Liberal Arts II writing class were told to "write a sex scene you wouldn't show your mom," and "Describe your favorite part of a man's body using only verbs."

The students were also instructed to "Write an X-rated Disney scenario."

It isn't clear if the teacher who handed out the assignments must also resign or face criminal charges.

Red-faced Mayor Schubert spoke at a school board meeting, garnering loud applause from outraged parents who read the papers their children wrote.

Schubert told the school board he spoke with a judge who confirmed that the students' writings could be considered child pornography.

"It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom.

"I've spoken to a judge this evening and she's already confirmed that. So I'm going to give you a simple choice: either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged."

The mayor then stormed out of the room to loud applause from the angry parents.

The Hudson School Board members include one female and 5 males.

According to Dailymail.com, "Ohio law prohibits sending 'harmful' or obscene material to, or sharing it with, a minor, though this statute usually refers to sexting or sending obscene images."

Parent Monica Havens, a public school teacher for 11 years, told The Plain Dealer:

"I can't even wrap my brain around as a teacher, I don't care if it's for college credit, these are minors. When these topics are encouraged and read by adults, that is pedophilia.

"This is grooming, and all of you need to be replaced,' Havens told the school board. "You have dedicated yourself to woke social justice."

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An outraged parent's criticism of Critical Race Theory (CRT) is going viral online. Ty Smith, a father of two sons, spoke out against the anti-race movement at an Illinois school board meeting.

Smith, who holds two medical degrees, questioned the theory of teaching Black children that they are oppressed.

"How did I get where I am right now if some white man kept me down?"

Smith complained that CRT teaches children how to hate each other. CRT also teaches Black children that they will never get ahead because of white people.

"You're going to deliberately teach [Black] kids, 'this white kid right here got it better than you because he's white'? You're going to purposely tell a white kid that black people are all down and oppressed? How do I have two medical degrees if I'm sitting here oppressed?"

Smith, who hosts the "Cancel This" program on Cities 92.9FM talk radio, appeared on Fox News to talk about the video going viral.

He said he taught his two sons (ages 17 and 19) to treat people with respect -- not based on the color of their skin.

At the end of the video, a woman shouts at Smith, "Don't scream." The video ends abruptly as people turn on her.

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The mother of the 6-year-old girl who was paddled by a school principal is under investigation after police interrogated her kids.

The family's attorney, Brent Probinsky, tells TMZ, the little girl and 2 of her siblings -- plus a cousin who lives in the home -- were pulled out of class Tuesday by officials with the Florida Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFACS).

Probinsky tells TMZ the unidentified mother is under investigation for reports of child neglect at home.

This comes as the mother filed a lawsuit against the School District for the paddling incident.

Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling the child for damaging a school computer.

According to TMZ, the children were asked if their mother is abusive in the home, to which the children said no. Probinsky says the investigators then told him they wanted to follow up with the mother to ask why she didn't step in and intervene during her daughter's paddling.

Apparently, investigators were acting on a tip about the mom allegedly being neglectful at home. TMZ claims "there doesn't appear to be any evidence of that."

Probinsky says it's an outrage that law enforcement is investigating the mom, when the real culprit's on camera in the paddling video.

As Probinsky previously explained -- there's a number of reasons the mom didn't step in ... for one, she's undocumented and was afraid of repercussions.

Probinsky claims the the mother didn't know what was happening when she recorded the paddling due to a language barrier. However, Carter and the school clerk are both fluent in Spanish.

The school district is also investigating the paddling incident. Corporal punishment is not allowed in the school district.

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A Latina mother who recorded her daughter being paddled by an elementary school principal has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling a 6-year-old female student for damaging a school computer.

The unidentified mother was called to the school on April 13 to pay a $50 fee for the damaged computer. She said when she arrived to pay the fee, she saw her daughter, the principal, and a school clerk waiting inside the principal's office.

She said Carter and the clerk escorted her and her daughter to the child's classroom where Carter beat the minor child with a wooden paddle in front of other students.

The mother began secretly recording as Carter and the clerk bent her daughter over a table.

The mother said she didn't understand what was happening due to a language barrier. She said she recorded the paddling because she didn't think anyone would believe the cruelty taking place at the school.

"The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I've never hit my daughter like she hit her," the mother told WINK News in Spanish. The mom said she never hits her daughter at home.

She said her child suffers from psychological and emotional disorders, as well as physical bruises from the paddling.

The video sparked outrage after it was posted on social media. many were shocked that this archaic, outdated mode of punishment was still occurring in public schools.

The mother pressed assault charges, and the Clewiston Police Department has turned the investigation over to the State Attorney's Office.

School district officials said Carter's actions went directly against the anti-corporal punishment policy in the school district.

Paddling and other forms of cruel corporal punishment have been outlawed in most civilized jurisdictions. But there are still pockets of resistance in the Deep South.