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 high school student posted this image on her Facebook page in outrage over her schools graduation dress code guidelines directed specifically toward female students. The detail of expectations and focus on shaming of female students into covering their bodies, particularly if they have any weight related imperfections ("sausage rolls") compared to the much more relaxed guidelines directed toward the "gentlemen" is what some people find so upsetting. The school district has made a response to lament the "unfortunate word choices" that were written in the letter drafted by a long since retired author.
Ghost peppers are known as one of the hottest peppers available. This student brought one to his Long Island, NY school. When he let a few of his friends try some of the pepper they ended up in pain and he ended up with detention. He says the school likened bringing the ghost pepper to bringing LSD to school. The school principal maintains that the punishment will stand. The family's lawyer argues that the school should not be able to limit what kids can bring with them to lunch.
A Virginia high school teacher has resigned while under investigation for allegedly showing students her before and after breast augmentation pictures. Three students have come forward to say that she showed them these images and other, even more inappropriate pictures of herself on her phone at school. Police searched her phone and found nothing according to The Smoking Gun but a search warrant is being obtained to look for additional data on the phone such as hidden or protected files.
Louisiana teacher Camille Brennan allegedly gave two female students brownies laced with marijuana on May 1st. One of their parents reported it the same day. Brennan has admitted to giving students the brownies and has resigned from her job as a teacher. She has been arrested on two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile but other charges may also be filed as the investigation continues.