Cam Newton’s Dad Attempted to Extort Mississippi State

Cecil Newton, father of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, has been accused of trying to extort money from Mississippi State in exchange for his son’s signature on a letter-of-intent. Kenny Rogers, a recruiter for an NFL agent and former MSU team member, has also been accused of soliciting money on behalf of the Newton family. USA Today reports that Rogers was told it would take $100,000 to $180,000 for the Bulldogs to sign Newton out of Blinn College.

“If somebody’s asking for that kind of money, I don’t have it,” Rogers said in an interview Thursday. “I just called somebody I was close to, to see if he knew of anybody, or to let him know about it so he could tell somebody else what was going on.”

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Teachers Allowed to Hit Students in 20 U.S. States

the 20 states allowing student hitting

The 20 States in red currently allow teachers to legally hit their misbehaving children

Most parents recognize that even in the most well-respected and established education institutions, their children will inevitably misbehave, which will subject them to punishment in accordance to the school’s disciplinary guidelines.

In fact, in most instances, parents, teachers and administrative professionals understand and agree that negative reinforcement is sometimes deemed necessary when disciplining a disruptive pupil. Most, however, envision a trip to the principal’s office or a missed after school activity an appropriate punishment.

One thing they probably don’t envision is a child being hit with a belt or wooden paddle as an appropriate punishment for misbehavior. Read the rest of this entry »

Lesbian Fear Cancels Prom in Mississippi High School [UPDATED]

Constance McMillen, Via Huffington Post

Constance McMillen, Via Huffington Post

UPDATE: Constance McMillen was awarded $35,000 from the Itawamba County School District for violation of her civil rights (July 21, 2010).

A high school in a Mississippi school district canceled its spring prom because a student, Constance McMillen, asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo to the yearly gala.

Rather than owning up to the real reasons why the prom was cancelled, school officials are instead citing that it is “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.” “Recent events” being a request by openly gay McMillen to invite her girlfriend to the prom.

McMillen told CBS News, “I just want to go to the prom and bring my date, just like everyone else gets to.”

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