Middle school

Sarah Henderson (L) and children from Mrs. Morrow's kindergarden class at Sunderland Elementry school recite the Pledge of Allegiance September 17, 2002 in Sunderland, Maryland.

Mom Defends Boy Arrested in ‘Racist’ Pledge of Allegiance Dispute

The mother of a Florida sixth grader, who was arrested for allegedly threatening a teacher after he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, defended her son’s actions, telling NBC Nightly News that she told her son he should stand up for himself.

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Slap-boxing Hits Texas School: It is not ‘Horseplay,’ Say Parents

Slap-boxing, the fighting with open hands instead of fists, has hit a middle school in Austin. A 12-year-old boy at the Texas school did not want to participate in the violence but was told he would be beat-up if he did not. Parents are upset that a school official called it “horseplay.”

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Common Core: SF Delays Algebra 1 to High School

Because of the implementation of Common Core Standards, the San Francisco Unified School District will delay offering Algebra 1 to middle school students, forcing them to wait until high school.

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Middle School Students Given Explicit ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Puzzles

Parents in a Monessen, Pennsylvania are irate at school officials after Fifty Shades of Grey-themed word search puzzles were given to their middle school children. In the latest round of controversy regarding the sexually explicit series, several teenaged students were

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‘Camp Gyno’ Returns with Key Choices to Be Made in Middle School

The star of last year’s “Camp Gyno,” the popular video about the first girl at camp to get her period and feel empowered by it, returns to the Internet now as a middle-schooler who makes some bad decisions and must deal with the consequences.