Education: Oddly Enough
Thursday 03 September 1998
Going to Pot: When it comes to drug use, teachers and students will never agree, it seems. According to a new survey by the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse in the US, 71 per cent of high school students think more than half of their fellow students have tried marijuana, compared to only 26 per cent of teachers. Only 13 per cent of high school principals think the drug problem is getting worse, compared to 51 per cent of students and 41 per cent of teachers. Still, 49 per cent of teachers and principals believe a teenager can be a weekend weed-smoker and still get good grades.
Forbidden Fruit: Is a half-eaten apple a deadly weapon? An appeals court got to the core of that question with the case of Gavin T, a student whose tossed apple knocked a teacher unconscious. The 1st District Court of Appeal said the assault by fruit wasn't a criminal act. Gavin was eating lunch outside when he decided to throw a half-eaten apple at a wall to see it splatter. By accident, the apple flew through a gap in a door and hit a teacher. The teacher was knocked unconscious. Gavin was charged with felony assault. Although a lower court found that he did not intend to hit the teacher, the teenager was found guilty anyway. The appeals court overruled his punishment.
Animal Hospital: Student nurses have been accused of putting lives at risk after a spate of fire hoaxes at a Greater Manchester hospital. Just one week after a blaze destroyed four operating theatres at Wythenshawe Hospital, nurses at Trafford General have been blamed for a series of hoaxes; letting off alarms which are linked directly to fire stations. Fire chiefs intend to get tough on offenders. Only last month, fire-fighter John Ashton suffered serious injuries when his fire engine crashed while answering a hoax call.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Ashya King missing: Police hunt five-year-old boy with brain tumour snatched from Southampton hospital by his parents
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
- 5 Friends reunion: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox perform mini sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Great British Bake Off 2014: Diana Beard quits after falling ill
Friends reunion: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox perform mini sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Breaking Bad season 6 hoax: Vince Gilligan has not confirmed a new series
Strictly Come Dancing v X Factor: Simon Cowell blasts BBC over scheduling war
Doctor Who series 8: Ofcom will not investigate lesbian kiss
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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