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Multiple students arrested after brawl at Indianapolis high school

Thirteen students were arrested after a brawl Thursday at an Indianapolis high school, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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The fight, witnessed by more than 100 students, occurred at Arsenal Tech High School, WXIN reported.

Authorities said no weapons were involved during the fight, which began inside the school’s cafeteria and spilled out into the courtyard, the Star reported.

At least seven people were injured and three were taken to the hospital, the newspaper reported. The students arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, the Star reported.

At least one officer used pepper spray to control the crowds, the newspaper reported.

"This is what happens when you put 600 more students on a campus this big. You mix multiple gangs," Merry Juerling, a parent of one of the students, told WXIN. "It is clear they are setting this place up to fail. When you mix 600 new students and multiple gangs this is going to happen and I’m not OK that my child is not safe."

NYU offering free tuition for medical students

The New York University School of Medicine announced Thursday that it will be offering free tuition to all of its students, WNBC reported.

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The college, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” for graduates, made the announcement during its annual “White Coat Ceremony” for new students and their families, The New York Times reported. The tuition break will cover all current and future students, the newspaper reported.

In a statement, NYU said that it would be the only top-ranked medical school nationally to offer full-tuition scholarships to all students.

Tuition had been expected to be approximately $55,000 for the upcoming school year, WNBC reported.

There are 93 first-year students, and another 350 students who have up to three years left before graduating, the Times reported.

While the tuition burden has been lifted, students still will need to fork over about $29,000 annually for room, board and other expenses, WNBC reported.

Middle school teacher charged with molesting student on campus

A Georgia middle school teacher has been arrested and charged with molesting a student at a Clayton County school. 

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Investigators said the teacher, Darriel Bailey, worked at M.D. Roberts Middle School in Jonesboro. He's accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student, according to a warrant. 

WSB-TV's Tom Jones spoke to parents, who were appalled.

"What kind of teacher would do that?" one parent said. "When did he have the opportunity to do something like this at school?"

Parents were also outraged that the school system didn't tell them about the arrest. Some parents told Jones that they received no information from the school about the arrest.

"It definitely should have been noted to every parent of a student that goes here," Veeka Harris said. 

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Warrants say Bailey exposed himself to the boy and asked him to go to the bathroom to perform indecent acts. 

When the boy said no, the warrants say Bailey enticed the boy to participate on at least three occasions. 

Clayton County schools said they can't comment on pending legal or personnel matters.

At least one parent said she would use the incident as an opportunity to educate her sixth-grader. 

"We talk about this at home for this reason," Takisha Golden said. "Those teachers are in a position of authority over children, and they need to know that stuff like this can happen."

Bailey faces charges of child molestation, sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual assault. He is being held without bond. 

Florida law requires 'In God We Trust' to be displayed in all schools

A bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in March now means students will see “In God We Trust” displayed at all schools in the state.

WPTV reported that the law requires the state motto to be shown in a “conspicuous place.”

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According to state statute 1003.44, “Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ designated under s. 15.0301, in a conspicuous place.”

According to the Florida Department of State, “In God We Trust” was adopted by the state legislature as part of the state seal in 1868. It was officially designated as Florida’s state motto in 2006.

21 Savage provides free school supplies to over 2,500 students

More than 2,500 people lined up in the Georgia heat last week to share in the generosity of 21 Savage.

>> Man shot at back-to-school event attended by rapper 21 Savage

The Atlanta rapper hosted his third annual “Issa Back 2 School Drive” on Aug. 5 to benefit students from DeKalb County Schools. The event, which last year attracted about 700 people, outfitted students in grades K-12 with backpacks, shoes, uniforms and school supplies.

Kids and their families snaked along the sidewalk of the 285 Flea Mart off Glenwood Road in a shopping center the lanky “Whole Lot” rapper, 25, said he used to hang around as a teen. Many of the beneficiaries also received free haircuts and food from tents stationed in the parking lot.

It was a scene that made 21 Savage quietly proud.

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“I might rap about a lot of stuff, but that’s just a reflection of what I’ve been through,” he said while seated in his manager’s truck a few feet away from the throng of fans. “In real life, everything I do, I want to bring everybody together. I want to give back to the community, help the kids, get them uniforms, books, book bags, everything they need ... just do better. That’s where it starts, the kids.”

U.S. Rep. Henry "Hank" Johnson, D-Georgia, and his wife, DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, also attended to check out the scene.

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The event and supplies were funded by 21 Savage and his Leading By Example Foundation. Other sponsors included City National Bank, Spotify, Epic Records and 10:22 p.m. Records.

During a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” 21 Savage launched a “Bank Account” campaign to help young adults learn financial responsibility and donated $1,000 to 21 kids in partnership with the nonprofit organization Get Schooled.

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Police departments post humorous back-to-school photos 

Friday was the first day of school in many parts of the United States, and while the levels of excitement varied among students, it was also evident among police resource officers.

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Several police departments, using the hashtag #SROchallenge, posted photographs on social media of their staff members who were going back to school.

Here are a few examples.

Atlanta school eliminates morning Pledge of Allegiance recitation

An Atlanta charter school will not recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of its morning meeting agenda.

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School on Grant Street made the announcement Tuesday in a news release by its elementary campus president Lara Zelski.

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Students will be given the opportunity to say the pledge at another point during the school day, and the decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” according to the release.

The release went on to say “Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.”

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Students will continue to be asked to stand to participate in the school’s Wolf Pack Chant each morning, and “teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting,” the release said.

The statement said “This pledge will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.”

Purdue disassociates itself from Papa John's founder

Purdue University stripped the name of the founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain from an economic research center and offered to return the $8 million he donated to the school in April after he allegedly made racial slurs last month, the Journal & Courier reported.

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John Schnatter’s name was removed from the Center of Economic Research and also from Purdue’s webpage, the Lafayette, Indiana, newspaper reported. 

Purdue’s board of trustees conducted a vote Friday morning to disassociate the school from Schnatter and offer to return the money he gave the school in April.

“The board believes this action is necessary to avoid distraction from the center’s work, counterproductive division on the campus, and any inference of any deviation from the university’s often-stated stance on tolerance and racial relations," the trustees said in a statement.

The announcement came hours after Ball State University, Schnatter’s alma mater, said it would not remove Schnatter’s name from a campus building, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Schnatter’s comments about race relations, including alleged racial slurs were made public in a report July 11 by Forbes.com, the Journal & Courier reported.

The center’s name will be changed back to the Purdue University Research Center in Economics, the Star reported.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels said Purdue had received $1 million of the $8 million pledged by the Schnatter Family Foundation, the Journal & Courier reported. 

David Hummels, dean of the Krannert School of Management, said the center was prepared to adjust.

“Our intention was to use the gift money to support faculty hiring,” Hummels told the Journal & Courier. “We believe we can still be successful in attracting support for that purpose because the center has done, and will continue to do, excellent work. But it might be on a longer timescale than we originally planned.”

Tennessee teacher accused of kissing 16-year-old student at school

A Tennessee teacher has been indicted after she was accused of having inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old student.

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Angela Martin, 33, taught at Northeast Prep Academy in Memphis. A grand jury indicted Martin on two misdemeanor counts of sexual contact by an authority figure.

Her bond was set at $2,000.

According to the district attorney, Martin gave the student a note during his second period call last school year. The note explained how much she liked him, authorities said.

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In late October, investigators say Martin kissed the student underneath a stairwell near her classroom.

On another occasion, police said Martin took the student to a restroom inside her empty classroom and kissed him. 

The teacher has since resigned.

Florida transgender teen wins lawsuit against school board

A federal judge ruled in favor of a Florida high school student who sued the St. Johns County School Board over claims of discrimination.

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Drew Adams, 17, who is transgender, will head into his senior year at Nease High School knowing he can use the bathroom of his choice.

“I can go into my senior year focusing on college applications, IB testing instead of lawsuits,” Adams said. “Now I can finally be like any other kid at my school, like any other boy, and I’m really excited about that.”

A federal judge said he can now use the boys' bathroom,

“I’ve been all smiles,” Adams said. 

Last June, Adams and his mother sued the St. Johns County School Board after he was told he could only use the gender neutral or girls' restroom.

Adams used the boys' restroom when he started his freshman year at Nease without any incident. At some point, Adams said someone anonymously reported that he was using the boys’ restroom, and he was no longer able to use it. 

A federal judge disagreed. In his ruling the judge said, “the evidence is that Drew Adams poses no threat to the privacy or safety of his fellow students. When it comes to his use of the bathroom, the law requires that he be treated like any other boy.” 

Adams’ attorney, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, said Thursday’s ruling sets the stage for other transgender cases. 

“I think it will show to other school districts across Florida and across the country that they better watch out, and they can’t discriminate (against) transgender students. Otherwise they will be subject to lawsuits because they will be violating the Constitution and federal civil rights law,” he said.

“Today is a reminder for me that we can always have hope, and we always need to have hope,” Adams said. 

The school district will have to pay $1,000 in damages and attorney fees to Adams. 

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