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Minnesota Schools are Investigated After Seven Students Commit Suicide

A public school district in Minnesota is being investigated by federal authorities due to “allegations of harassment and discrimination in the Anoka-Hennepin School District based on sex, including peer-on-peer harassment based on not conforming to gender stereotypes.” This investigation will delve into a serious issue that is facing many students today: bullying. Specifically, it came about after seven students from this school district committed suicide in less than two years after they were possibly bullied about their sexual orientation.

In 2009, the Anoka-Hennepin adopted a controversial policy that says the staff must “remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation” because “such matters are best addressed within individual family homes, churches or community organizations.” Supporters of the investigation claim that this policy prevents teachers from stopping bullies from attacking students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or have another form of sexual identity.

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Bullied Teens End Life in Suicide Pact

Middle schoolers Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz blame bullying for their suicide pact

In an apparent suicide pact, two female teenagers killed themselves at a sleepover last weekend. The middle-schoolers indicated that they were bullied at their Minnesota school.

Eighth-graders Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz ended their lives by hanging themselves. Facebook posts and cryptic notes pinpoint clues of them feeling outcasted and bullied.

Just weeks before their deaths, Haylee posted this disturbing note on Paige’s Facebook wall:

“I’m so nervous and I just want to get it over with … I love you, Paige.”

Though the two friends seemed to be fed up with their fellow classmates, Haylee and Paige found comradeship in each other. A few weeks ago, Haylee was suspended for fighting with a fellow student. Her reason: She was defending her best friend, Paige.

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PETA Pitches Anti-Dissection Ads in Schools

PETA Ads on Lockers

EDU in Review just recently brought you the article about the Centennial School District in Minneapolis, Minnesota and their plans to review and vote on a proposal to sell advertising space on school lockers to generate money for the school system.

The history making decision is scheduled to be decided on November 1, 2010 and political activist group PETA has sent a letter to the school board’s office to submit an anti-dissection advertisement, now that they have learned of the school’s potential plan. Read the rest of this entry »



School Sells Advertising Space on Lockers to Make Money

Photo Credit: David Brewster for the Star Tribune

Photo Credit: David Brewster for the Star Tribune

In a time when schools are still facing harsh budget cuts and teachers are paying out of pocket for school supplies, it comes as no surprise that schools are shamelessly scrambling for money anywhere they can.

The most recent cash flow fundraiser comes from the St. Francis schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where for $190,000-$200,000 a year, advertisers can pay to have their advertisements wrapped on school lockers, according to the Star Tribune.

The nearby Centennial school district is also reviewing proposals this week to strike a deal with School Media, the company that produces the advertisement campaigns.

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