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Teen sandwich lover opts for wacky senior photo shoot at Subway

Zach Sweeney is not shy about his love for sandwiches.

The 18-year-old's sandwich obsession is so strong that he decided he wanted his senior photo shoot to be at one of his favorite locations: Subway.

Arizona photographer Chad Castigliano, of Chronicker Photography, was happy to oblige the offbeat request, according to KPNX. Castigliano posted the photos on Facebook on May 9, and the results have gone viral.

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Sweeney appears to be a natural in front of the camera as he poses inside the Subway restaurant and enjoys a sub sandwich.

Sweeney is surprised by all of the attention his senior photos have received, telling KPNX that he just wanted to do something different and be himself instead of taking traditional senior photos. He hopes his photo shoot will inspire other teens to be themselves.

Teacher accused of giving students 'A' grades in exchange for massages

A New Mexico teacher is accused of handing out "A" grades to female students who were willing to give him a back massage.

The actions of Daniel Tena, a social studies teacher at Gadsen High School, are under investigation after a 16-year-old student filed the complaint with school officials, according to KRQE. The student said Tena told female students they could either do classwork or give him a back massage. Two girls who opted to give Tena a massage received "A" grades, according to the complaint. 

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The 16-year-old student's father was furious when he found out about the incident.School district officials told KRQE that Tena has been placed on administrative leave.

Teacher caught on camera shaking, shoving students

Parents want answers from school officials in Detroit after a video captured a substitute teacher becoming physical with third-grade students.

The incidents took place Friday at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School, according to sources who provided the video to WJBK. In the video, a male substitute teacher can be seen outside the classroom shaking a male student by the shoulders. In a second incident, the teacher shoves back a female student to prevent her from entering the classroom.

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When WJBK showed parents the video, they were outraged.

According to what sources told WJBK, the third-grade class assigned to the substitute teacher hasn't had a permanent teacher in months and the students can be difficult to manage. 

School officials have not released a public statement about the incidents, and it is not known if the teacher faces disciplinary actions, according to WJBK.

Harvard will hold black-only graduation ceremony

Black graduate students at Harvard University will soon be a part of a first-of-its-kind ceremony.

On May 23, the prestigious university will hold an individual ceremony for black graduate students, according to a report by The Root. The ceremony, which took a year to plan, celebrates “fellowship,” not “segregation,” Michael Huggins, a graduate student who will receive a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School this month, told The Root. 

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“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance,” Huggins told the online publication. “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.”

More than 120 students have registered to partake in the ceremony, which will be held at Holmes Field, near the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students raised more than $27,000 to pay for the ceremony and a reception that will follow. The student body hopes to organize a similar ceremony for black undergraduate students at Harvard next year, Huggins said.

The graduate students still plan to participate in the school’s main ceremony later this month. Last year, Harvard was named the No. 2 best college for African-Americans by Essence and Money magazines.

“This is not about segregation,” Huggins told The Root. “It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners.”

Tiffany Trump to attend Georgetown law school in Washington, D.C.

Tiffany Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and Marla Maples, has reportedly decided to attend Georgetown University for law school in the fall.

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Tiffany’s half-siblings, Eric and Ivanka Trump, both attended Georgetown. Eric Trump graduated in 2006 with a degree in finance and management, while Ivanka attended the school for two years before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania.

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“I am so proud of Tiffany. Georgetown University is a truly amazing school, and she is going to love her time in Washington, D.C.,” Eric Trump told The Daily Mail.

Tiffany Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last May, and it was soon speculated that she was planning to attend Harvard or Columbia after taking her LSAT.

School bus aide appears to hit child with autism in shocking video

The parents of an elementary school student with autism say they have obtained a video allegedly showing a school bus aide hitting their daughter across the face.

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“My blood boils,” the girl’s father, Nicholas Rushing, of New Lenox, Illinois, told WLS-TV. “I think about it, and it just makes me mad. She shouldn’t have to go through that.”

Rushing obtained the video which appears to show his 6-year-old daughter being hit across the face twice.

The girl’s parents said they found out about the incident when the superintendent of New Lenox School District 122 called them and showed them the video earlier this week.

“It just makes me want to cry, to be honest with you,” the girl’s mother, Madeline Norley, told the station. “As a mom, just seeing that, it’s disgusting.”

The couple said that because of their daughter’s autism, she is unable to speak in a way that would allow her to tell her parents that she had been hit.

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No charges have been filed.

The district’s superintendent emphasized Friday that the bus aide is not a district employee. She said the aide works for the district’s bus contractor, Lincoln Way Special Education District 843 in Frankfort.

“I cannot provide a specific comment at this time. There is an ongoing investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred on a student school bus,” said Sarah Rexroad, 843’s executive director.

The girl’s parents said all they ask is for bus aides to be properly trained to handle these types of situations.

“When she’s having that meltdown, she needs that space and be able to mellow it out herself. And she does it,” Rushing said.

Teacher fired after shocking photo shows her dragging student

A picture of a teacher in Ohio dragging a child down a school hallway has resulted in that teacher losing her job.

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The teacher has not been identified. She worked with Youngstown children as an Alta Care Group employee, WKBN reported.

“We’ve been interviewing people and investigating and trying to find out what happened and that ... it’s still in its infancy,” Youngstown City School District spokeswoman Denise Dick told WKBN. “They are still talking to people. We haven’t talked to everyone that we want to talk to yet.”

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“The Youngstown City School District presented the photo to us,” Alta CEO Joe Shorokey told the New York Daily News. Alta Care Group provides Head Start programming to classrooms in Youngstown and Mahoning County, where the incident took place, according to the newspaper.

Shorokey said she was “immediately terminated” after she “mishandled” the student.

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In a statement, Shorokey said, “The behavior of that teacher was inexcusable and will never be tolerated. I want to make sure it is clear that the individual who was terminated does not reflect the values of the dedicated and skilled professionals at Alta Head Start. These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated.”

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Third-grader grows giant cabbage for school

A Georgia third-grader is gaining a lot of attention for a huge cabbage he's grown for a school project. 

Jackston Scarboro attends Johnson County Elementary School in Wrightsville, Georgia. 

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His mother, Wendi Scarboro, said Jackston brought home the cabbage about eight weeks ago as part of a science project -- and it’s still growing.

Wendi Scarboro first posted a few pictures of the cabbage on Monday. Since then, it's gained the attention of thousands. 

The proud mother said she is so happy her son and his teacher are being recognized for their hard work, dedication and success on his science project. 

"Thank you, Miss Macy Tanner, for being such an amazingly supportive teacher," she said.

UK law student caught using invisible ink during exam

A law student in Great Britain was caught using invisible ink and a UV light to cheat during an exam, NBC News reported.

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The woman had legitimately taken her law textbook into an exam, NBC News reported. But the book had 24 pages of secret notes and the woman used a "black light" attached to her pen to read them. Her actions were spotted by fellow students and the exam’s supervisor.

The incident was revealed in the annual report of Britain's Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA), which deals with cases in which students believe they have been treated unfairly by their universities or colleges.

According to the report, the student did not deny the offense, but “appealed on the basis of unfair penalty, extenuating circumstances, and procedural error.”

The appeal was rejected, according to the report.

 

Winner of Miss Black UT pageant criticized for ‘not being black enough’

A University of Texas student is facing backlash online after winning a campus-area pageant.

Rachael Malonson, a senior journalism student at UT, was recently crowned Miss Black University of Texas.

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But when the Iota Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Psi, the predominantly black fraternity that hosts the annual pageant, announced Malonson as the winner, Twitter users immediately started responding, criticizing Malsonson for not being “black enough.”

Others on Twitter came to Malonson’s defense, including her brother.

Malonson, originally from Magnolia, told the Dallas Morning News she’s “always had to battle” this type of criticism, because her father is black and her mother is white. But the pageant is open to anyone with African-American heritage, a fraternity member told KVUE, including biracial women. Malonson thanked her supporters on Twitter.

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