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Oldest working teacher, 102, suffers stroke, asks for help

The country's oldest working teacher is taking a break from the classroom after suffering a stroke. Now, her family is asking for the public's help to get her back on her feet.

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Agnes "Granny" Zhelesnik has been teaching at the Sundance School in New Jersey since she was in her 80's, according to education website The 74. She spent most of her life as a stay-at-home mom, but when her husband passed away, she took a job as a home economics teacher, teaching 5-year-old students basic skills like baking and sewing.

According to Inside Edition, Zhelesnik recently collapsed at school. She suffered a stroke, and doctors told her she needed physical therapy to help her regain control over the left side of her body.

The family told Inside Edition that she was originally placed in a "depressing" rehab facility, where patients were put in isolated rooms with nothing to do but stare at the walls.

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"My mother and I came home crying. We just couldn't leave her there," granddaughter Nikki Ardizzone told the entertainment site. "There was not one other person like her" in the facility, she said. "It was depressing. She said at night she wanted to scream."

The family managed to get Zhelesnik discharged from the rehab center, but insurance will only cover short-term care at home. To raise money for round-the-clock care, the family started a GoFundMe page.

So far, it has raised over $9,000.

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Preschool kicks out toddler with Down syndrome, NJ sues for discrimination

New Jersey is suing a national preschool chain over allegations that it discriminated against a 3-year-old girl with Down syndrome, when it tossed her out of classes, because she wasn't potty trained.

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In a 17-page complaint filed in New Jersey Superior Court on Wednesday, authorities singled out Chesterbrook Academy in Moorestown, the former school of a girl identified in court records as "Jane." Jane was expelled after the state alleged she failed to meet an arbitrary toilet-training "deadline," while other students were held to different standards.

"The state's position is that Chesterbrook had a duty under the law to accommodate this 3-year-old girl – who had been enrolled there since infancy – and that doing so would not have been significantly burdensome or fundamentally disruptive to its services and programs," state Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in a news release. "The company's hardline corporate decision has harmed this child and her entire family."

According to the complaint, Jane was moved from a beginner to an intermediate-level class in January 2015 without any input from her family. The school's principal, who was newly-appointed, informed Jane's parents that "a corporate policy" required the toddler to be potty trained as part of the intermediate class.

Jane's parents responded with a note from the girl's physician that said that due to her Down syndrome, Jane was developmentally delayed. She is not expected to be fully potty trained until after she turns 5 years old.

Two days later, Jane's parents got another note from the principal warning them that Jane would be dis-enrolled if she failed to become potty trained "within seven days," according to the complaint.

Jane was kicked out of the school when she failed to meet that deadline, according to the Attorney General's Office. Meanwhile, "other, non-disabled intermediate students were allowed to remain despite needing changing assistance in connection with toileting," authorities said.

During a subsequent investigation by the attorney general's Division on Civil Rights, Chesterbrook officials claimed Jane was expelled not because of her delayed development but instead because "Jane had exhibited disruptive behavior."

"However, during the Division's investigation, Chesterbrook officials were only able to document two examples of such behavior," officials said in a news release.

Chesterbrook is part of the Nobel Learning Communities Inc. school chain, which operates elementary and preschools in 19 states. In New Jersey, the group operates seven schools, including the Chesterbrook facility.

"This case is particularly troubling, because Chesterbrook and its parent company have faced similar allegations in the past despite holding themselves out as the 'gold standard for ADA classroom compliance,'" Division on Civil Rights Director Craig Sashihara said.

Authorities pointed to multiple cases going back 10 years of alleged discrimination, including a 2009 Department of Justice lawsuit filed against Nobel Learning Centers and settled in 2011 with the promise that the system would "implement a disability non-discrimination policy," among other stipulations.

"Given their past assurances to comply with the law and to train their staff on the governing legal standards for dealing with young children with disabilities, we expected better -- more compliance, more sensitivity, and less intractability -- when responding to the needs of a 3-year-old girl with Down syndrome," Sashihara said.

In a statement released to, a spokesman for Nobel Learning Communities Inc. declined to discuss the details of Jane's case due to the ongoing nature of the lawsuit.

"However, our schools are dedicated to serving the needs of a diverse student population, including many with disabilities," the statement said. "We are proud of our comprehensive policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal laws governing the rights of all students."

Authorities are seeking compensatory and punitive damages and an agreement to allow the Division on Civil Rights to monitor Chesterbrook for a period of five years.

Man pays off all students' overdue lunch fees at elementary school

Parents of 89 students don’t have to worry about their child’s overdue lunch balances thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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Jerry Fenton, a motel owner in Burlington, Iowa, donated about $700 to Grimes Elementary, his former school, to cover all overdue lunch balances there.

“I find it hard to believe that in this day and age there are kids that go hungry. It’s just unfathomable in this day and age,” Fenton told WQAD.

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The outstanding balance was $458, so his donation will help cover future overdue balances, as well.

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Teacher berates boy after not standing for Pledge of Allegiance

A 12-year-old student in Florida claims he was scolded by his teacher when he did not stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

“I don’t believe in standing up for it, because there’s more than one religion,” sixth grader Mark Dawson said to WFLA. “I believe in more than one religion and more than one nation."

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Dawson attends Liberty Middle School in Hillsborough County, where the school district's policy states that students do not have to take part in the pledge, "as long as they don't get in the way of other students who want to say it," WFLA reports. 

Dawson said  that after his teacher yelled at him, she then told him to leave the classroom. A school spokesperson said to WFLA that the teacher "was in the wrong" and allegedly did not know about the school policy. 

Dawson's family members told WFLA that they might sue the school district for infringing on the boy's rights, according to WFLA. 

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Student may lose leg after alleged incident with school employee

A 13-year-old boy may have a leg amputated at an Atlanta hospital as a result of an injury he sustained from a school contract employee, the boy’s attorney said Tuesday.

The injury happened in September when the student was “thrown to the floor” multiple times at a Columbus school, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

The amputation is scheduled for Tuesday night at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, attorney Renee Tucker, who represents the boy and his mother, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Egleston officials confirmed that the boy is at the hospital, but they declined to discuss his condition, citing privacy regulations.

The boy was enrolled in the district’s AIM program when the incident allegedly happened at Edgewood Student Services Center. The program is for students who have been temporarily removed from their regular school because of violations of behavior rules, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.

A Muscogee County School District spokeswoman issued a statement on the incident.

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to our student who is undergoing medical treatment and to his family,” spokeswoman Valerie Fuller said. “We are committed to conducting a thorough review of the alleged incident at the AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center to determine all of the facts.

“The person involved in the alleged incident at AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center is not an employee of the Muscogee County School District. Bryant Mosley was provided by Mentoring and Behavioral Services, a contract service provider, to the Muscogee County School District. Mr. Mosley is not presently providing services to the Muscogee County School District.”

The boy was trying to leave the classroom for the main office so he could call his mother to pick him up when the alleged incident happened, Tucker said. The contract employee stopped the boy and slammed him to the floor to prevent him from leaving, Tucker said. The student said he was thrown to the floor a second time when he tried to leave again.

The district’s statement said, “It is our understanding that there were issues concerning the safety of the child and others in the room, which called for the use of restraint per state guidance. Physical restraint is allowed in Georgia public schools and educational programs in those situations in which the student is an immediate danger to himself or others and the student is not responsive to less intensive behavioral interventions including verbal directives or other de-escalation techniques.”

No Homecoming King or Queen at this high school and people are crying ‘shame’ at the students

Officials at Rumson-Fair Haven High School in Monmouth County, New Jersey, cancelled the annual tradition of electing a king and queen of the school to be presented at the school’s homecoming football game.

In the days leading up to Friday night’s game, RFH teachers and administrators discovered that the students had rigged the vote in order to embarrass two students who may not have otherwise been elected together.

The prank would be complete when the unlikely duo appeared together at Friday’s homecoming game.

Several parents spoke to WABC about the decision to cancel the traditional fall activity.

“It’s disappointing that they would be mean-spirited to other students,” Jennifer Sullivan said.

Another parent commented that the whole ordeal was sad.

That same parent’s son said that cancelling the event was overall a loss for the school.

“It’s tradition, there’s no point in cancelling it,”Joseph Sestito III said.

Superintendent Pete Righi didn’t show much sympathy for the cancelled tradition and explained to Red Bank Green that there would be no tolerance for “mass bullying.”

“They’ve rigged the voting,” Righi said of the students. “I’m frankly embarrassed that it happens.”

According to Righi, it seemed unlikely that the school would explore future homecoming games, and that he believed the tradition had “outlived its usefulness.”

WATCH: High school athlete sings national anthem after recording fails

A high school volleyball player blew her team away when she stepped up to sing the national anthem after the audio system failed.

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Marina Garcia is a senior at Holmes High School in San Antonio. As she and her teammates prepared for the national anthem before a volleyball game, they noticed the CD wasn’t working.

So Garcia stepped up to the microphone and sang the anthem instead, wowing everyone in the gymnasium with her voice. A video of the moment was posted to social media, where it quickly went viral, getting hundreds of likes.

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Garcia says she was proud to be able to do it, especially during a time when there has been so much controversy surrounding the national anthem.

“I have family members that were in the military that fought for freedom, and just to see other people that don’t understand that is kind of offending to me, but I understand it’s their opinion,” Garcia told KSAT.

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The heartwarming reason a police chief follows a school bus for special-needs children every day

Before sunrise every morning, Ralls, Texas, Police Chief Steven Longoria follows a school bus as it picks up seven special-needs students.

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“It started probably mid to last school year,” Longoria told KLBK.

Longoria said he got several complaints from concerned parents that people were not stopping for the bus as kids were boarding in the dark, early hours of the morning.

“Safety is a top priority, especially for special-needs kids,” Longoria said. “It’s just something we have to do. It’s hard enough to keep a lot of them on the bus. You don’t want one getting off and getting hit by a car that doesn’t want to stop.”

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Longoria lives in a small town and knows all the kids on the school bus. His kids often play with them at his house.

He said he’s happy to go the extra mile in the morning to make sure everyone gets to school safely.

“We have pretty good citizen support here,” Chief Longoria said. “But to know the kids appreciate it as well as the adults – it makes us feel like we are doing the right thing here.”

Student finds security guard's loaded gun unattended in men's restroom

A letter was sent home to parents Thursday after a student found a security guard’s loaded gun unattended in the men’s restroom at Ringgold High School in Washington County, district officials said.

Superintendent Karen Polkabla said the student immediately reported the discovery of the loaded gun to a teacher. The teacher contacted Executive Officer Colleen Spahr, who put the weapon in the security office safe.  

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Polkabla said it was determined that the weapon belonged to another security officer within the district. She said measures are being taken to ensure no similar incidents happen, and commended the student.  

"I must praise the student. The student deserves praise. He immediately went out and got a teacher,” she said.  

Polkabla released the following formal statement:

"Student safety is very important to the Ringgold School District. Policies and procedures have been developed and implemented by the Ringgold School District police to protect the students in each of our buildings. Today, one of those procedures was not followed, as a result a service weapon was left unsecured. Since this is a personnel matter, I cannot comment any further. "Highest praises go to the students and school personnel who followed established procedures which insured our students were safe at all times. We will continue to work diligently to protect our students."

Ringgold High School Principal Jason Minniti also addressed the incident in the following letter to parents, which was posted on the district’s website:

“Dear Parents,   “Recognizing parents' rights and needs for timely and accurate information about student safety, I want to share with you an incident that occurred today at Ringgold High School.   “An incident regarding a weapon occurred at the high school today.  I want you to have accurate information first.   “This afternoon, a student reported to a teacher that he discovered a weapon in the men's restroom near the front of the building.  The teacher immediately contacted Executive Officer Colleen Spahr who secured the weapon in the security office safe.  Upon investigation, it has been determined that this weapon belongs to another security officer within the district.  Proper measures are being made to ensure nothing like this happens again.   “As with all matters of student safety, we have taken this very seriously and have acted accordingly.  This is one area where I need your help.  Please encourage your child to let a teacher, administrator, or any school staff member know if a situation exists which could ever place them or others in danger.   “Only by working as a school community in partnership with parents can we create and maintain the level of safety and security that we want for our children and that they certainly deserve.   “Sincerely, Jason Minniti, Ringgold High School Principal”

Teacher arrested for allowing students to fight

A teacher in Oklahoma was arrested last month after she reportedly let two of her students fight.

Police said Julie Boshers, 52, enabled child abuse by injury.

Boshers has taught with the school for 10 years.

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Police said the teacher knew that two students were going to fight, but instead of stopping the fight, she and several students went outside to watch.

Another student reportedly stopped the fight.

Boshers was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail.


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