Teacher Jennifer Caswell charged with rape, found with 15-year-old in hotel room

An Oklahoma teacher who decided that an illicit relationship with a teen boy was worth the risk of travel and a rendezvous at a Mississippi hotel has been charged with several counts of rape after police caught her with the 15-year-old. According to authorities in Olive Branch, Miss., Jennifer Caswell, who was already under scrutiny back in her home state of Oklahoma for alleged inappropriate activity with a student, Huffington Post reported Aug. 18, was arrested after being caught in a Best Western hotel with the boy she had been accused of having a relationship with in Hollis, Okla.

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How schools’ delayed start in Ferguson is affecting kids

UDPATED at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Aug. 19: School was supposed to start last Thursday for the kids of Ferguson, Missouri.

But when rioting escalated Wednesday night, Ferguson-Florrisant School District officials made the decision to cancel classes for two days due to safety concerns. On Sunday night, when riots continued to ensue, officials made the decision to cancel classes once again with the hope of reopening on Tuesday. But due to “continued unrest,” school will remain closed for the remainder of the week.

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Police: 2 California teens planned school shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, California (AP) — Two teenage boys in Southern California were arrested after making specific plans to kill three staffers then gun down as many students as possible at their high school, police said.

The boys, who did not yet have weapons but were trying to get them, had been under constant surveillance since the school district informed police of their plans last Thursday, South Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said.

He would not elaborate on the plans, but Solinsky said they were "very specific" and included named targets.

"This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior," Solinsky said in a statement Monday. "It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy."


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Bomb threat, ransom demand cancel first day for Utah school

A bomb threat, accompanied by a $10 million cash ransom demand, canceled classes Tuesday on what was supposed to be the first day of the new school year for West Lake High School in Saratoga Springs.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the school, at 99 N. Thunder Blvd. (200 West), and the area around it, including some streets, remained cordoned off by law enforcement officers as of 7 a.m. as a thorough search of the property was being conducted.

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APNewsBreak: Ex-Iowa coach denies bullying players

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Longtime Iowa women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum tells The Associated Press that her firing was unwarranted and based on false claims by former players that she bullied and mistreated them.

Speaking for the first time since her Aug. 4 firing, Griesbaum said she did nothing to justify the abrupt end of her 14-year tenure leading one of Iowa's most successful women's athletic programs. She denied claims that she created an atmosphere of intimidation that included verbal abuse, bullying and communication problems that caused some players to quit and upset their parents.

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Cherokee High School placed on lockdown after second bomb threat found in bathroom


Cherokee High School was placed on lockdown Monday afternoon after a second graffiti bomb threat was found in a restroom at the school.

According to a Hawkins County Schools news release, the lockdown was initiated, a thorough search was conducted and law enforcement was notified.

After it was determined that there was no threat to the school or students, the lockdown was lifted and normal operations resumed.

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Cost of raising a child in U.S. tops $245,000, USDA says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An average middle-income family in the United States can expect to spend about $245,000 over 18 years to raise a child born in 2013, the U.S. government estimated on Monday.

The Department of Agriculture's annual "Cost of Raising a Child" report showed child-rearing costs - which reflect food, housing, childcare, education and other expenses - were up about 1.8 percent from 2012.

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Awkward! The transition to middle school can be tough on kids and parents

NEW YORK — There is a reason why when people post pictures of themselves during their middle school years on Facebook for “Throw Back Thursday,” we all stop and take notice.

We recognize the fear or uncertainty or absolutely angst in their eyes.

Raging hormones. Changing bodies. Awkward social interactions. No longer a child but not yet an adult. Those are just a few of the zillion reasons why most of us would never want to go back to that time, and why some parents of beginning middle schoolers are freaking out as school starts.

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