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Fukushima School in Limbo, Two Years After Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima School in Limbo, Two Years After Nuclear Disaster

Akiko Fujita/ABC News(NAMIE, Japan) — Two years since taking over at Ukedo Elementary School in the town of Namie, the 54-year-old school principal Michie Niikawa has yet to welcome her first class of students, greet teachers or visit classrooms. Most…

California Student Catches Alleged Thief: Her Teacher

California Student Catches Alleged Thief: Her Teacher

ABC News(LINDEN, Calif.) — A California high school student was shocked at what she found when she decided to play detective and stop a string of thefts from backpacks during gym class.Justine Betti said she decided to hide in a locker to see if she c…

California Preschool Closing After Alleged Sexual Activity Between Students

California Preschool Closing After Alleged Sexual Activity Between Students

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A Carson, Calif., preschool is closing after parents learned of alleged sexual activity between 4- and 5-year-olds, according to an attorney representing the alleged victims.Some students in the preschool class at the First Lut…

Sandy Hook Parents and Teachers to Put on a Brave Face for Students

Sandy Hook Parents and Teachers to Put on a Brave Face for Students

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(MONROE, Conn.) — When the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School arrive at their new school building for the first day of classes on Thursday, they will be greeted by their beloved pet turtle, Shelley, and a winter wonder…

Utah Boy Brings Gun to School and Gets Arrested

Utah Boy Brings Gun to School and Gets Arrested

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(KEARNS, Utah) — Prosecutors in Kearns, Utah, are preparing criminal charges against an 11-year-old boy who brought a .22 caliber handgun to school with him on Monday, which he claimed was in response to last week’s shootings …

Twenty-Two Kids Slashed in China Elementary School Knife Attack

Twenty-Two Kids Slashed in China Elementary School Knife Attack

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — What was supposed to be another day of learning at an elementary school in central China instead turned to one of terror, as a man slashed 22 children and one adult with a knife.The injuries were gruesome, and reportedly i…

Newtown, Conn. Shooting: Young Kids, Survivors Cope with Horror

Newtown, Conn. Shooting: Young Kids, Survivors Cope with Horror

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — Witnesses at Sandy Hook Elementary School reported horrific scenes as a shooter took 27 lives today — the shattering sounds of gunshots, children locked in the bathrooms and parents crying outside in the …

Connecticut School Shooting: 4 Tips to Help Kids Cope

Connecticut School Shooting: 4 Tips to Help Kids Cope

Douglas Healey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Every parent trying to come to grips with the scope of the tragedy in Connecticut is wondering how to talk to their kids about it.Alan Kazdin, a professor of child psychology at Yale University, offers four tips…

Politicians Call Connecticut Shooting ‘Senseless,’ Some Urge Gun Restrictions

Politicians Call Connecticut Shooting ‘Senseless,’ Some Urge Gun Restrictions

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Politicians on Twitter and in written statements reacted with horror to the school shooting that left 27 people dead, including 18 children, in Newtown, Conn., Friday.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was…

Ohio Student Suspended for Growing Out Hair to Donate

Ohio Student Suspended for Growing Out Hair to Donate

Robin Aufderheide(CANTON, Ohio) — Zachary Aufderheide has run afoul of his Ohio high school’s dress code because of his desire to grow his hair long enough to donate it to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs to needy children who’ve lost…

Boy Ordered to Transfer Schools for Carrying Cystic Fibrosis Gene

Boy Ordered to Transfer Schools for Carrying Cystic Fibrosis Gene

John Coletti/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) — A California middle school has asked that an 11-year-old boy be transferred elsewhere because he carries the gene for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that is not considered contagious….

Obama Says He ‘Goofed Off Way Too Much’ in Grade School

Obama Says He ‘Goofed Off Way Too Much’ in Grade School

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — At a forum on education issues in New York City Tuesday, President Obama was asked whether he had ever failed a test in grade school, to which he replied, “Oh, yes.”“Absolutely,&rd…

Washington State School Closed as Threat of Violence Probed

Washington State School Closed as Threat of Violence Probed

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAMMAMISH, Wash.) — An online post with a picture of a gun and a threat of violence prompted police and officials with the Issaquah School District to close Skyline High School Thursday in Sammamish, Wash.Shortly after 9 p.m. Wedne…

Syrian Children Miss School Due to Conflict

Syrian Children Miss School Due to Conflict

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(DUBAI) — Thousands of Syrian kids are missing the start of school because their lives are disrupted by the ongoing conflict. UNICEF says at least 200,000 Syrian children have been displaced from their homes within the cou…

Texas Teacher on Leave After Kids Draw 9/11 Pictures

Texas Teacher on Leave After Kids Draw 9/11 Pictures

ABC News(EL PASO, Texas) — An elementary school teacher in El Paso, Texas, is being investigated for an assignment in which he had fourth graders draw depictions of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, according to school district officials.For an assig…

Chicago Strike Highlights Teacher’s Pay

Chicago Strike Highlights Teacher’s Pay

ABC News/Ma’ayan Rosenzweig(NEW YORK) — Teacher pay is back in the headlines as Chicago school teachers went on strike Monday.The average teacher salary is $71,236 in the Chicago Public School district, which includes elementary schools and high schoo…

Most Kids Not Learning About Financial Responsibility in School

Most Kids Not Learning About Financial Responsibility in School

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — America’s children may be back at school, but how much are they learning about money?  Apparently, not much.According to a new poll of parents by RetailMeNot.com, 70 percent say their children are not being …

Texas Teacher Convicted of Group Sex With Students

Texas Teacher Convicted of Group Sex With Students

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A jury found a Texas high school teacher and mother of three guilty today of having sex with four male students while being videotaped. Brittni Colleps, 28, a former English teacher, was convicted of 16 counts of having improper r…

School Snack Laws Effective in Curbing Weight Gain, Study Finds

School Snack Laws Effective in Curbing Weight Gain, Study Finds

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — State laws that curb the sale of junk food in schools may be helping combat childhood obesity, according to the findings of a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.In the first national study to measure th…

Report: Suri Cruise to Attend $40,000 School

Report: Suri Cruise to Attend $40,000 School

Ray Tamarra/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Six-year-old Suri Cruise may soon be jet-setting not just with her famous, divorced parents, but for school, too.Suri will reportedly start first grade at Avenues, a brand-new $40,000 a year school in New York City…

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