Two African-American brothers who play basketball for the Sheboygan Falls High School in Wisconsin were recently suspended from school after some parents complained that a goofy picture of them making "3-point" signs in the local paper "looked" gang related.
Now the community is in an uproar over the decision with the editor of The Sheboygan Falls News, which published the photo, coming to the defense of the players.
The paper, according to TMJ 4 took several photos of brothers Jordan, Jamal and Juwaun Jackson for a story chronicling their move to the school district. The paper decided to use a goofy picture that shows Sheyboygan Falls senior, Jordan Jackson, making the 3-point sign with his finger, but some parents complained to the school district that the brothers were making gang signs. more >>
A school district in Arizona is considering adding invocation prayers at their board meetings, pending the result of a United States Supreme Court decision on a similar matter.
Officials at Gilbert Public Schools met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of including prayer on the agenda for board meetings.
Jack Keegan, superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools, told The Christian Post that various details had yet to be hammered out as to how the invocation would operate. more >>
Christopher Strickland, a 19-year-old Home Depot employee living in Anchorage, Alaska, has unexpectedly garnered national and international attention after catching a falling baby at the retail store last Thursday. A nine second video taken from security footage that documents the teen's heroic act has gone viral on multiple online platforms, including YouTube, where it's received more than 230,000 views as of Friday afternoon.
"I don't care either way," Strickland said about being considered a hero, The Anchorage Daily News reported. Store manager Brady Wilson said "it was his character," and human resources manager-turned-media-handler Cheryl Edmond emphasized that "he literally saved her life."
The video shows Strickland waiting around to assist customers when suddenly a baby lose in her car seat flipped over and off of an orange shopping cart. As the baby began to fall, Strickland lunged to catch her. He then returned the baby to her father's embrace. more >>
A spokesperson for the Seattle archdiocese on Wednesday publicly addressed students and members of the community who are protesting the firing of gay Vice Principal Mark Zmuda from Eastside Catholic.
Zmuda stopped working at the private Catholic high school on Dec. 20, 2013. While the school claimed that he had resigned, the former vice principal said that he had been fired for marrying his husband.
Since his departure, a petition calling for his reinstatement has garnered nearly 21,000 online signatures, and on Wednesday a group of demonstrators marched to the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese to demand answers. more >>
A little league baseball coach in Sacramento, Calif. is suing one of his 14-year-old players after the boy victoriously threw his helmet in the air at a game, reportedly injured the coach's Achilles tendon.
In a lawsuit filed in Placer County recently, Alan Beck, a chiropractor who volunteers as a coach for a Lakeside Little League team, alleges that one of his 14-year-old players "carelessly threw a helmet, striking Plaintiff's Achilles tendon and tearing it" in a game last spring. The boy was reportedly charging to home base after scoring the winning play for his team when he ceremoniously threw off his batting helmet. The helmet hit the unsuspecting coach in the Achilles tendon, tearing it and sending the coach to the hospital.
The Vatican promised to make changes to the way it handles child abuse cases after a U.N. panel in Geneva on Thursday questioned why the Roman Catholic Church refuses to release more information about such incidents, and what it is doing to prevent future abuse.
"We will very gladly take this occasion as a constructive moment, an important occasion, to reaffirm the value and the procedures of the convention and to accept any good advice that is given for that can be helpful in the protection of children," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva.
The Roman Catholic Church was asked if it believes "that pedophilia is something that can be successfully overcome." The Convention on the Rights of the Child pointed to child sexual abuse cases concerning clergy who were moved instead of defrocked. more >>