It's been two months since the body of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo was found in the river of New York, and now his older brother, Danny, has written a letter to the City of New York, thanking people for coming together to try and find the autistic teen.
"When it matters most, this city comes together in larger numbers than any other community," Danny wrote. "This tendency for New Yorkers to come together also held true during the city-wide search for my younger brother, Avonte Oquendo. Let this be a reminder that at the end of the day, as tough as New Yorkers are, we can come together as one to achieve common goals that are in the best interest of our children, our loved ones, and our city."
Avonte left his school in Long Island City on Oct. 4, leading to a city-wide and state-wide search for the autistic teen who was barely able to communicate with others. Subway drivers made announcements reminding riders to keep an eye out for the teen, along with a description of what he was last wearing. Entire communities came together to pray and lead searches for Avonte. more >>
A 9-year-old girl wanting to show her support for a friend has been suspended from her school in Grand Junction, Colo. The school states that she is breaking the official dress code, while her family and friends are fighting the suspension in order to keep their girl in school.
"It felt like the right thing to do," 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro told KUSA.
She decided to shave her head, with her parents' permission, in support of her friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Kamryn did not want her friend to be the only one without hair at the school, and shaving her head was the one thing she could do to make sure Delaney fit in. more >>
A religious freedom law firm is demanding an apology from a California school district on behalf of two students who were reportedly told by teachers that they couldn't pass out "coins" with inscribed biblical messages while at school.
Freedom X, a nonprofit law firm that seeks to protect the religious rights of Christians and conservatives, sent a letter to the Apple Valley Unified School District earlier in March demanding that the district apologize to its clients, the Peterson family, for reprimanding students Steven and Patrick after the two boys passed out the coins at school.
Steven, a third grader, and Patrick, a fourth grader, are two of five children of Allen and Kelly Peterson, who retained the Freedom X law firm after learning their sons had been reprimanded by teachers at Desert Knolls Elementary School. One side of the fake coin reads the Bible verse John 3:16, while the other side reads: "Where will you spend eternity?" more >>
A North Carolina jury has decided in favor of a conservative professor of criminology who claimed that his academic institution denied him a promotion for ideological reasons.
The jury ruled Thursday in favor of Mike Adams, who back in 2006 was denied a promotion to a full professorship by the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
When Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow asked professors at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., to participate in a Creationism debate modeled after the Ken Ham-Bill Nye event last month, the professors not only refused, but allegedly mocked the idea on social media. A student reported that a professor even threatened the group via email for reporting what the students saw as "bullying."
Warning his colleague Bryan Bibb against appearing in the debate, Religion professor Roger Sneed commented on Facebook: "They're seeking you to give legitimacy to a completely [expletive laden rant redacted] load of foolishness." English professor Margaret Oakes advised him similarly, and said, "Don't dignify the stupidity by acknowledging it."
Lauren Cooley, a CSBT advisor, told The Christian Post on Thursday that as soon as the professors heard the group's plans to invite Answers in Genesis lecturer Terry Mortenson, they attacked his ideas and the students' desire to invite him to campus for a debate. more >>
A national gay rights organization has taken issue with a Roman Catholic Archdiocese's recently implemented "morals clause" added to their private school teacher contracts.
"As support for LGBT equality continues to grow, particularly among Catholics, the Cincinnati Archdiocese is enacting draconian restrictions on Catholic school employees," Paul Guequierre of the Human Rights Campaign wrote in an entry on the group's website Tuesday that calls for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to reconsider its new rule. "HRC is calling on Diocese leaders to model Christian values and not discriminate against LGBT teachers or straight allies in their employment practices."
Guequierre argued that the new measure for Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese is discriminatory and will remove employment protections for teachers. more >>