American, South African hostages killed in Yemen

FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 file photo, Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped over a year ago by al-Qaida, poses for a picture during a parade marking the second anniversary of the revolution in Sanaa, Yemen. Somers has been killed in a failed rescue attempt, his sister said Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Lucy Somers told The Associated Press that she and her father learned of her 33-year-old brother Luke Somers’ death from FBI agents at 0500 GMT (12 a.m. EST) Saturday. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

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School staff bullies lesbian student with anti-gay slurs, calls her ‘it’: lawsuit

	Destin Holmes does not want any more LGBT students to go through what she did.

Destin Holmes does not want any more LGBT students to go through what she did.   SPLCenter via YouTube

Destin Holmes hopes her allegations of rampant homophobia in the Moss Point, Miss. school district will help bring an end to the harassment. She says the daily torment from teachers and students hurt her grades and left her hopeless.

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Kindergarten Teacher Lets Children Touch and Taste Her Blood

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As a gen­eral rule, you should always avoid another per­sons blood from get­ting into your body.

Cus­toms like “blood broth­ers” or “blood sis­ters” are dan­ger­ous and have many times put peo­ple at risk for con­tract­ing var­i­ous diseases.

On the other hand, if you get some­one else’s blood into your mouth, that’s a whole other ball­game, espe­cially if they are infected with a blood­borne ill­ness. The more blood that gets into your mouth, the greater the risk of infection.

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Quebec teachers strip search students during math exam

Quebec teachers strip search students during math exam

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SAINT-JEROME, QC – A school board north of Montreal has launched an internal investigation after school staff strip searched 28 high school students to find a cellphone during a year-end exam.

The board admits that staff at Cap-Jeunesse high school in Saint-Jerome, QC, “lacked judgment” for asking 28 Grade 10 students to remove their clothes when a phone went missing last week.

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Hero teacher who talked student gunman out of rampage

A Californian teacher who talked a teenage gunman into handing over his loaded shotgun was praised by police as a hero, and credited with saving the lives of his class.

Ryan Heber with his wife Emmy Lou.

Ryan Heber with his wife Emmy Lou.

Ryan Heber, a science teacher at the Union High School in Taft, where one student was left in a critical condition following America’s latest school shooting on Thursday, confronted the 16-year-old gunman seconds after he had shot his first victim.

“I don’t want to shoot you,” the gunman reportedly told Mr Heber, who had been grazed by a pellet but was still able to coax the teenager into giving up his weapon with the help of with a campus supervisor who had rushed to the classroom after hearing three shotgun blasts.

“This teacher and this counsellor stood there face-to-face not knowing if he was going to shoot them,” the local sheriff, Donny Youngblood, told a press conference Friday. “They probably expected the worst and hoped for the best, but they gave the students a chance to escape. The heroics of these two people goes without saying. They could have just as easily have left students, and they didn’t. They knew not to let him leave the classroom with that shotgun.”

The officials said one female student was taken to hospital with possible hearing damage after the shotgun was fired close to her ear, while another girl suffered minor injuries in the scramble to flee.

Police said that the young gunman, who has not been named because he is a minor, had planned the event as a revenge attack against two other students who had bullied him. His pockets were found to be stuffed with more than 30 shotgun cartridges.

The 9am attack at the school 120 miles north-west of Los Angeles has once again raised questions about school safety, coming just a month after 20 primary school children and six female teachers were killed in a gun rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Joe Biden, the US vice-president, is due to deliver a report to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that is expected to urge tougher gun controls, including a ban on assault weapons.

There remain doubts whether new gun laws banning assault rifles will pass Congress. The National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby that opposes any new controls, met Mr Biden on Thursday, but said it was only “checking a box” and remained confident that Congress would not act on gun laws. The NRA has proposed posting armed guards at every US school.

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