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.
Something just seems a little off about this failed prom propsal, as the keen observers at Uproxx pointed out. How could this kid have not known if she already had a date, especially if there was going to be a gigantic show of it? Here's some choice quotes in an interview the guy had with the Daily Mail:
‘I spent a bit of time planning the proposal, I really thought she was going to be the one.
‘Apparently she already had a date and I had no idea.
‘At the time I felt pure embarrassment. You can’t even put it into words. I was like, ‘Oh my god, I was just rejected in front of 2,000 people.'
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.