Minneapolis teacher, Starri Hedges, is now dealing with upset parents after taking kids from middle to high school age on a field trip to a local adults-only emporium named Smitten Kitten. The store itself offers educational workshops which the students took part in from a library section of the store that was separate, but apparently in view of, the products they offer. Angry parents were not aware of the trip before it took place but since the school in question is a K-12 private school, it is unclear whether any laws were broken.
Hedges herself admitted to the Star Tribune that she "unfortunately didn't communicate well enough with parents ahead of time." While that was unquestionably poor judgment, the rest of the issues surrounding the trip remain in a grey area. Investigation is ongoing to the conditions of the shop and context of the trip to determine if Hedges or the store violated any laws by bringing the students there.
A bus driver was shown throwing a student off the bus in what seemed to be a sudden, tyrannical incident in a video filmed by someone riding the bus. After the school board insisted that he be fired, the bus company released a dashboard video showing that moments before the other video begins, the student who was thrown off the bus hit the driver in the face with a large bag. With this new perspective, the school board has promised an apology to the bus driver.