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    The mother of the teenage girl who was raped by a boy in a skirt in a Virginia school bathroom says she and her husband were pressured to remain silent about the incident, and had no idea their daughter's attacker had been allowed back in school until last month.  'We were silenced for many months,' Jessica Smith told DailyMail.com, in her first interview since her daughter was sexually assaulted by a 15-year-old classmate at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County in May.  'We were told not to say a word that could jeopardize our daughter's case.' The Virginia school district was thrust into the national spotlight earlier this year over accusations that it had covered up the attack.    The story exploded when her husband Scott Smith was dragged out of a school board meeting with a bloodied mouth after cops intervened when the furious dad confronted an audience member on June 22.  After the teen was arrested in July, school officials quietly transferred him to another high school in the district, even keeping the victim's parents in the dark. ...
    A Tennessee father has gone viral after publicly blasting parents who refuse to make their children wear face masks in schools, while shutting down those who use religion as an excuse to opt out of mask mandates. Justin Kanew, 42, took to the podium at a local school board meeting earlier this week to passionately criticize anti-mask parents, accusing them of failing to 'grasp the concept' that face coverings should be worn in order to 'take care of others'.  '[My daughter] is five years old but she understood that concept, and it's disappointing that more adults around here can't seem to grasp it,' he said, while also calling out the 'sad' people who are 'using the Bible to get out of the mask mandate'.  'Avoiding masks is not in the Bible but taking care of others is,' he said, insisting that there is 'no biblical justification' for avoiding mask mandates. Justin Kanew introduced himself at Monday's meeting as a 'dad in Williamson County' and passionately defended the introduction of a mask mandate Kanew's speech to the Williamson County Board of...
    President Joe Biden condemned protesters who abused doctors and nurses for arguing in favor of school mask mandates on Thursday as he praised officials who were standing up to governors where such orders have been banned. 'This isn’t about politics,' he said at the White House. 'This is about keeping our children safe.'  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent decision to urge all students and staff to wear masks regardless of vaccination status has caused confusion and political rows just before a new school year was due to start. Several Republican states, including Florida and Texas, have moved to prevent schools issuing mask mandates, much to the consternation of health officials.  Biden said he was disturbed to watch video of doctors and nurses being harassed in Tennessee after they left a school board meeting where they had spoken in favor of mandatory masking.  'As they walked out, these doctors were threatened, these nurses were threatened,' he said.  'You know health care workers are heroes. They were the heroes when there was no vaccine.  'They are doing their best...
    Wealthy fashion blogger Leandra Medine has come under fire for her polarizing podcast interview in which she admitted she thought she was 'poor growing up' — despite living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and attending an elite private school. The 32-year-old is best known for her now-defunct style blog Man Repeller, which she founded as a college student. The site shuttered in June 2020 following allegations of discrimination and criticism over its lack of diversity. In the latest episode of designer Recho Omondi's podcast, The Cutting Room Floor, Medine reflected on her experiences and what she learned since the controversy, openly admitting that she 'never realized' her privileged existence.  'I remember objectively growing up in a privileged environment and feeling like I was always on the brink of being homeless,' she told Omondi, per The Cut. 'I thought I was poor growing up, that I didn’t have anything.'  Backlash: Leandra Medine, 32, has come under fire over comments she made about her privileged upbringing on designer Recho Omondi's podcast, The Cutting Room Floor Disclaimer: Omondi said getting the interview required three different...
    By Serena McNiff HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- For Morgan Compton, 7, who has attended school remotely for nearly a year, the stress of the pandemic manifests itself in meltdowns. On one particular day, Morgan "threw a fit and decided to go upstairs," said her mother, Tracy Compton. Hearing the sound of his daughter's tears, Compton's husband, John, who also works from home, got involved. Meltdowns are familiar to any parent of young children, but when they occur during a school day -- with other young siblings trying to learn through a screen and two parents working remotely -- chaos ensues. "Now we're all yelling, she's crying more, and I'm trying to encourage her to go back into class because now she's missing learning," Tracy Compton said. After 45 minutes of cajoling their tearful child -- plus putting in a call to the school's counselor -- they were able to calm her down and get her back to class. Almost all of the more than 180,000 students in the Fairfax County, Va., school system...
    During her winter break, English teacher Keara Williams has hit the phone, making call after call determinedly trying to make contact with her students and their parents. She needs to reach 28 students, including 11 seniors, who received an “incomplete” grade at the end of the fall semester. She tells them they will fail her class if they don’t complete make-up work to raise their grade to at least a D by the end of January. There is still time to get the work done, do not give up, Williams says. And she lets them know that she is here for them — all winter vacation if that’s what it takes to avoid an F. She has reached 13 students and left messages and emails with the others. But when she last checked her computer, only one had signed in online to look at the make-up work. Williams, like so many teachers in the Los Angeles school district, is grappling with wrenching grading decisions amid the hardships of the raging pandemic that has shuttered campuses for nine months....
    Ivanka Trump's high school best friend has revealed why she had chosen to remain 'loyal' to her former classmate up until now - years after their friendship ended over their opposing views on 'life'. Lysandra Ohrstrom, a 38-year-old journalist for The Observer and Huffington Post, published an article in Vanity Fair last week detailing Ivanka's bratty behavior when they were both students at elite private schools.  Ohrstrom attended Chapin, an all-girls private school on the Upper East Side, with Ivanka and also stood in her 2009 wedding to Jared Kushner as one of two 'maids of honor'.   In her essay, she alleged, among other things, that Ivanka was charming and precocious as a teenager which won over adults and made them think she'd shaken off her father's crassness but was, in private, just as obsessed with money and struggled to hide it.  Ohrstrom spoke out again in an episode of The Daily Beast's The New Abnormal podcast on Tuesday, in which she revealed what drove her to turn against her friend after years of silence.  Lysandra Ohrstrom, a 38-year-old...
    Boulder-based Augustus stumbled into the music world not long after guitarist Jim Herlihy and singer Colin Kelly got drunk at a concert together in 2013. "It was the classic 'get wasted at a show and think how great it would be to start your own band,'" says Herlihy with a laugh. Now 37, Herlihy says he played guitar in college but never imagined performing in real venues. "I didn’t realize I could make the jump from just someone who plays the guitar in your bedroom to someone who could play live. The line was blurred between fan of music and someone who played music."Related Stories Augustus Will Deliver Its New Album by Skateboard...Some Day Psych-Rock Quartet Augustus Talks New Album, Idle Tyler Stanfield's "Whiskey Heart" Isn't Really About Whiskey Songwriter Colin Kelly, 33, had a different experience: "I went to college for music and wanted to do this always, as far back as I can remember." Despite those differences, by the time the two friends launched the band, they knew they wanted to try to turn Augustus...
    With a failed or, better yet, lack of response toward the novel coronavirus, the Trump administration continues to ignore the severity of the pandemic as the numbers of individuals affected by it increase daily. Instead of taking active measures to control the virus, Donald Trump has been pushing schools to open nationwide, but not without consequences. According to data compiled by The New York Times, more than 5 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19. As schools open to in-person learning nationwide, hundreds of students and staff have fallen victim to the pandemic. In Georgia, after just one week of being open, a school mandated more than 800 people including students and staff to quarantine. Explaining why not sending his children back to school is a difficult but crucial decision, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta shared his insight in a personal essay Wednesday. “It is true that children are far less likely to get sick from Covid-19, as compared to adults, but they are by no means immune. They can become infected and they can...
    (CNN)Eighty-seven doctors signed a letter to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey urging the state leader to keep schools shut for at least the first quarter of the academic year."Many of us are also parents of school-age children," the letter says. "The tremendous pressure to return to in-person schooling in August is ill advised and dangerous given the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 in our community."The letter comes in response to an order issued by the governor last month which limits the amount of funding for schools who don't open for in-person instruction for at least five days a week. "We understand the terrible predicament that school districts across the state face as a result of this executive order: choosing between the financial solvency of their district and the health of their students, staff and community," the letter says. "No educator should be forced to make this choice."Read MoreArizona reported its highest death count since the pandemic on Saturday, with a total of 147 deaths, according to the Covid Tracking Project and Johns Hopkins University. The state's previous one-day record, set on July...
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