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Alabama's teacher-student sex law is unconstitutional, judge rules

Two Alabama teachers accused of having sex with students had their charges dismissed by a judge who declared the state’s teacher-student sex law unconstitutional.

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Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson issued the ruling Thursday that, at least for now, will keep former Decatur High School teacher Carrie Witt and David Solomon, an ex-aide at Falkville High School, from facing charges.

>> Florida teacher accused of sexually abusing, grooming 8 students

According to AL.com, Witt, 44, was arrested in March 2016 when police said she had sex with two teenagers — one who was 17 and the other 18 — when they were her students at Decatur High School. Solomon, 27, was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student.

>> Teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse of female student

The law the judge has deemed unconstitutional prohibits any school employees from having sex with students who are younger than 19. Teachers or other school employees in violation of the law can be charged with a Class B felony that carries a punishment up to 20 years in prison. They must also register as sex offenders if convicted. Consent is not a defense.

>> Florida man, 73, banned from beaches for 'seeking his sugarbaby,' officials say

However, the law is harsher on teachers and school employees than other citizens, who do not face criminal prosecution for having sex with 16-year-olds. State prosecutors, AL.com reported, have argued the law is constitutional and designed to protect students.

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After backlash, school removes ban on hair braid extensions

A Massachusetts charter school that came under fire for what some students and parents considered a discriminatory policy banning hair braid extensions has quietly removed the rule.

Boston 25 News first reported on the issue when parents raised concerns about it earlier this year. 

The handbook for 2017-2018 at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School no longer bans hair extensions, hair that's more than 2 inches in thickness or height, or hair coloring.

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The attorney general's office in May told the school its dress code appears to violate laws against racial discrimination.

The issue came to light when the parents of twin 15-year-old black girls said their daughters were punished for wearing extensions, while white students hadn't been punished for violating of hairstyle regulations.

School administrators have said hair extensions and other banned styles were distracting to students.

The school's director and spokesperson didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday.

Louisiana high school student arrested for allegedly punching safety officer

The first day of school at a Louisiana high school had a testy start Wednesday as a senior was arrested for allegedly punching a school safety officer multiple times, KLFY reported.

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The 17-year-old teen was arrested at Acadiana High School after he was sent to the front office for a dress code violation, Scott police Chief Chad Leger said. The boy’s hair was not a natural color, which prompted the violation, KLFY reported.

He was instructed to call a parent to take him home, and he was not going to be disciplined, officials said. The boy was told to eat lunch while waiting for his parent, but a teacher found him a few minutes later hiding in an unauthorized area of the school, Leger told KLFY.

When a school safety officer began to escort the student to the front office, the boy turned and punched the safety officer twice in the head. Leger said.

The teen was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges of interference with the operations of an educational institution, disturbing the peace, resisting an officer with violence, and battery of a school teacher, KLFY reported.

School bus companies facing driver shortage nationwide

School has begun in several states, and many bus companies nationwide said they face a driver shortage, USA Today reported.

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Twenty-two percent called the shortage "severe," and 5 percent said they are "desperate" to find drivers, according to a School Bus Fleet magazine survey of the nation's 50 largest school bus operators, the York (Pa.) Daily Record reported.

The process of becoming a school bus driver requires at least 14 hours of classroom training, at least six hours of on-the-road training and passing numerous written exams and a driving test, the Daily Record reported.

Applicants must also pass a drug test and physical, criminal history checks by the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police, and a child abuse history check.

Starting pay at the 50 largest companies rose to $16.90 an hour in 2017, up from $16.24 in 2016, according to School Bus Fleet.

Low salaries and a schedule that requires working split morning and afternoon shifts are among the biggest challenges companies face.

"Those two issues can be a hurdle," Nicole Schlosser, School Bus Fleet's managing editor, told USA Today.

Ohio school district trains staff to shoot intruders

Intruders beware: Thirty-two teachers and staff in Ohio’s Mad River Local Schools are now armed and ready to kill.

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When school gets back in session Monday, each school building will have a number of the trained staff members who are able to access hidden gun safes, the combinations of which are known exclusively to the individual staff member and the superintendent.

MORE: Mad River will give school staff access to guns

The district is the first in Montgomery County to assemble an “armed and trained response team,” said Superintendent Chad Wyen. But he said the district is part of an emerging trend.

“It’s way more prevalent than people realize,” Wyen said of the district’s decision to arm employees. “Sixty-three out of 88 counties in Ohio have a district with a response team.”

RELATED: New law to ban cellphone use while driving in Tenn. school zones

In southwest Ohio, Wyen has worked with Sidney City Schools, in Miami County, which has a similar plan. Wyen has also worked with Georgetown Exempted Village Schools, in Brown County, east of Cincinnati.

RELATED: Latest move in school safety? A panic button

Mad River Local Schools staff members interviewed to join the volunteer team, then attended one of two courses offering Ohio Peace Officer Training, which is the basic requirement for becoming a police officer. The team also trained at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office gun range.

So far, Wyen said, the response has been positive. He said only one parent has called him opposed to the plan.

Latest move in school safety? A panic button

Getting police and first responders to help students and staff is now more efficient than ever in one Georgia school district.

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Schools in Gwinnett County, Georgia, are now equipped with panic buttons and safety protocol.

Parents told WSB-TV they are on board with the new system.

“Maybe quicker response and quicker timing would save lives,” parent Stece Condra said.

Condra is the parent of a student at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia.

He is learning about the new emergency notification buttons that have been installed in each Gwinnett County public school.

Condra said he is glad school officials are being proactive.

“Hopefully they put it in and never have to use it. That's the best bet,” Condra said.

Officials started to put the program in place two years ago, beginning with panic buttons installed in elementary schools.

Now they're in every school in the district, just in time for the first week of school.

School resource officers like Joe Barnes at Peachtree Ridge High School will now have immediate backup if an intruder gets in.

“To know that help is on the way as soon as someone presses that button is a nice feeling,” Barnes said.

The system puts the school on immediate lockdown and sends alerts to school police dispatch and the county's 911 center.

It is all in real-time because dispatchers will be looking at live camera feeds.

“The school staff is being trained to push it when there is a life-threatening emergency, such as an active shooter,” Barnes said.

The security measure is a significant topic of discussion as school officials across the country consider the best ways to keep students safe. According to a Feb. 2016 ABC News report, each week, on average, one shooting took place on a school or college campus in 2015. The report showed a total of 270 shootings of any kind at a school between April 1999, when the infamous Columbine shooting occurred, and February 2016.

Must-see: Mom's hilarious 'first day of school' photo goes viral

School's back in session, and nobody is happier than this Alabama mom.

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According to WTVM, Jena Willingham's children – Wrangler, Emmy and Sykes – headed back to Beulah Elementary School in Valley on Monday. Willingham celebrated the occasion by sharing a photo of herself lounging in the pool, drink in hand, as her kids, clad in school attire, look on.

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"Happy First Day of School everyone!" reads the now-viral post, which has been shared more than 9,000 times on Facebook.

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WTVM reported that Willingham said "her children have been arguing all summer, and she told them she was counting down the days until school starts so that she could have a pool day."

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Harvard admits majority nonwhite freshman class

Harvard’s incoming class of students, most of which will graduate in 2021, is majority nonwhite. 

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Of the students admitted from minority groups, 22.2 percent are Asian, 14.6 percent are African-American, 11.6 percent are Latino and 2.5 percent are Native American or Pacific Islander, according to Harvard, putting the percentage of minority students at approximately 50.8 -- slightly more than half of all incoming freshmen.

Conflicting reports claim the class may or may not be the Ivy League university’s first majority nonwhite group in nearly 400 years.

But a 2016 report by the Harvard Gazette showed last year’s incoming class to be 51.4 percent nonwhite.

Admissions data on Harvard’s website show only 16.5 percent of students for the class of 2021 come from New England. More than 15 percent of the people admitted come from the Pacific U.S., 18.7 percent of incoming freshman come from the South and 21.3 percent come from the Middle Atlantic. Twelve percent of the class come from international locations.  

Nearly 40,000 people applied for admittance to Harvard for the 2017-2018 school year. Just over 2,000 were admitted.

>> Related: ‘Blackish’ actress Yara Shahidi announces she's attending Harvard University

According to the Los Angeles Times, at least two other Ivy League schools, Princeton and Cornell, also offered admission to majority nonwhite students.

>> Related: Malia Obama decides which Ivy League college she'll attend

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration plans to reexamine affirmative action admissions policies at American colleges and universities that may discriminate against white applicants.

Florida teacher accused of sexually abusing, grooming 8 students

A new lawsuit alleges that a Florida high school teacher had inappropriate relationships with at least eight students and that the school board was notified in 2008 but took no action.

>> Teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse of female student

According to the Miami Herald and New York Daily News, Jason Meyers is accused of abusing and molesting multiple female students throughout his 14 years as an educator, grooming some of his creative writing students and encouraging them to write sexually explicit material. The lawsuit filed against the Miami-Dade School Board claims that he had sexual relationships with a minimum of eight students known as “Jason’s girls” and that school officials were aware of the allegations.

>> Florida man, 73, banned from beaches for 'seeking his sugarbaby,' officials say

Among the allegations, Meyers allegedly told one student to study Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” and to pay attention to passages about an older man seducing a young girl. He also reportedly gave another student promiscuous clothes to wear, told her to break up with her boyfriend and instructed her to give one of her poems an explicit title. The lawsuit also claims that he forcefully kissed and groped one student and had sex with another student in his classroom.

>> Catholic school teacher gets prison time for sexually assaulting 2 female students

The lawsuit also accuses the school district of being aware of Meyers’ behavior and transferring him from Dr. Michael M. Krop High School to Miami Palmetto Senior High School.

“As alleged, the School Board knew that Mr. Meyers posed a serious risk of sexual abuse against our community’s children. Yet it did virtually nothing to stop him,’’ said Miami attorney Mark Schweikert, who filed the suit along with partner Ronald Weil. “Instead, the School Board merely relocated the risk posed by his predatory behavior from one school to another.”

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Meyers was arrested in February 2016 on charges of sexual battery of a minor involving one student.

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Teachers unveil 'beautiful' surprise for middle-school girls

Teachers at a middle school in Alabama have given the girls' bathroom an inspirational makeover, just in time for the start of the school year.

Girls attending Simmons Middle School in Hoover will be greeted by the message, "You are beautiful" when they wash their hands or look at their reflection in the mirror. The bathroom stalls also bear inspirational messages, including, "Beautiful girl, you can do amazing things," "Be the best version of you," "Dream it, believe it, achieve it," "Happy girls are the prettiest girls" and "Be your own kind of beautiful," AL.com reported.

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Five seventh-grade teachers participated in the bathroom makeover, according to AL.com. "Middle school is tough. Girls need a little love and encouragement," teacher Laura Ann Missildine told AL.com.

The teachers plan on working on a similar project for the boys' bathroom, AL.com reported.

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