A 9-year-old girl wanting to show her support for a friend has been suspended from her school in Grand Junction, Colo. The school states that she is breaking the official dress code, while her family and friends are fighting the suspension in order to keep their girl in school.
"It felt like the right thing to do," 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro told KUSA.
She decided to shave her head, with her parents' permission, in support of her friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Kamryn did not want her friend to be the only one without hair at the school, and shaving her head was the one thing she could do to make sure Delaney fit in. more >>
A religious freedom law firm is demanding an apology from a California school district on behalf of two students who were reportedly told by teachers that they couldn't pass out "coins" with inscribed biblical messages while at school.
Freedom X, a nonprofit law firm that seeks to protect the religious rights of Christians and conservatives, sent a letter to the Apple Valley Unified School District earlier in March demanding that the district apologize to its clients, the Peterson family, for reprimanding students Steven and Patrick after the two boys passed out the coins at school.
Steven, a third grader, and Patrick, a fourth grader, are two of five children of Allen and Kelly Peterson, who retained the Freedom X law firm after learning their sons had been reprimanded by teachers at Desert Knolls Elementary School. One side of the fake coin reads the Bible verse John 3:16, while the other side reads: "Where will you spend eternity?" more >>
The boy whose "My Little Pony" backpack was labeled a "trigger for bullying" by school officials in North Carolina is now able to bring it back to the classroom. Grayson Bruce and his story went viral earlier this week, leading to a meeting between his mother and school officials, who decided that they would work together to keep Grayson safe from bullies and still allow him to enjoy his "My Little Pony" backpack and gear.
"We are considering all options for getting Grayson back in school," Grayson's mother, Noreen, told USA Today. "We are pleased the school system is working closely with us. All of the options include Grayson taking his 'My Little Pony' bag to school."
The dispute arose when Grayson was being bullied for bringing the "My Little Pony" backpack to school. Officials told him he could no longer bring it, as it was only egging bullies on and was a "trigger" for bullies. The story soon gained national attention from the public and older teens and men who call themselves "Bronies" in honor of their passion for all things "My Little Pony." more >>
A 15-year-old teen has died after being shot outside a home in Shelton, Connecticut. Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to come forward, as the only lead they have is a threatening text message.
Kristjan Ndoj was shot in the head and leg by an unknown assailant after receiving threatening text messages over a girl. He was shot on Saturday and placed on life support, but his family removed the support and he passed away at Bridgeport Hospital.
A 12-year-old girl will get the opportunity of a lifetime in an effort to save her young life. Alexis Shapiro suffers from a brain condition that makes her feel hungry all the time and has caused her to put on 140 pounds in just two years. Now the little girl will get the gastric bypass surgery she desperately needs.
"She's nervous. Excited, but nervous," Alexis' mother, Jenny Shapiro, told NBC News. "The last time she had surgery, her life totally changed."
Just two years ago, Alexis underwent surgery for a benign tumor in her brain. Thankfully, the tumor was able to be removed, but the procedure left Alexis with hypothalamic obesity and pan hypopituitarism, both factors that have caused her metabolic system to be completely skewed and led to the massive weight gain for the little girl. more >>
A Calif. school district has agreed to accept a third grader's donation of the Bible to the school library with the help of a Christian legal group.
Advocates for Faith & Freedom recently announced that it has successfully helped Victoria Nelson, a third grade student of the Temecula Valley Unified School District in California, submit a Bible to her school's library as part of the "Birthday Book Program."
The Christian legal group had previously gained national media attention by helping other students in California, including Brynn Williams and Isaiah Martinez, fight for their religious freedom rights at their public elementary schools. more >>