Seven seniors at a Southern California high school were facing disciplinary action for participating in a game called “Beat the Jew” in which losers were subjected to “incineration” or “enslavement,” a school administrator said Friday.
The game involved some students playing the role of Nazis who blindfolded and dropped off other students playing Jews who must find their way back to the campus, said Sherry Johnstone, assistant superintendent of personnel for Desert Sands Unified School District.
It was not immediately clear what either punishment comprised for losing players, she said.
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Remember that scene in the movie, “A Christmas Story” where the little boy gets his tongue frozen to a metal pole? Well it happened Monday in Spokane Valley.
It was a reminder to every one of what not to do. A 13-year-old girl stuck her tongue on a metal pole at the old Pratt Elementary in ten degree weather and it froze there.
She did it right after her friend stuck her lip on the pole and it came off. When the tongue froze to the pole, her friend called 911 and firefighters had to come out and pour water on it to get it unstuck.
Captain John Lovell from the Spokane Valley fire department told KREM 2 news, “evidently she hadn’t seen Christmas Story and didn’t believe it would happen, even though her friend had done it right before her so hopefully they learned a lesson here.”
It’s a disturbing game with devastating consequences, and a new WTHR survey suggests it is rampant in Indiana schools.
“Ball tapping” is the act of intentionally hitting or kicking a male in the genitals. Earlier this month, an Eyewitness News investigation showed the game has become commonplace in some area schools, resulting in serious injuries for students.
As part of the investigation, WTHR also conducted a statewide survey of school nurses. The results are in, and they show the problem of ball tapping is more common and widespread than many school officials had realized.
School nurses from 163 Indiana schools participated in the anonymous survey, and 33% of those nurses said they’re aware of ball tapping happening at their school within the past twelve months. But a closer look at the statistics shows the problem is much more serious in some schools than in others.
23% of school nurses who work at the elementary level say they’ve seen or heard of ball tapping at their school. That number nearly doubles in high schools, where 43% of school nurses say they’ve seen it. And in middle schools, 62% of school nurses said they’re aware of students engaged in ball tapping.
Seven male students at Vinton County High School have been suspended as authorities investigate a “fight club” that featured rumbles in school bathrooms and videos on YouTube.
School officials were tipped to the pre-arranged fights after videos of the brawls were captured on cell phones and posted on YouTube, an Internet site that features videos.
Sheriff Dave Hickey said today that deputies are continuing to investigate to determine if more students are involved. Evidence will be given to the county prosecutor’s office for consideration of potential criminal charges, he said.
None of the students apparently were injured during the series of fights, which apparently began last month, the sheriff said. School officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
THEY look like a symbol of childhood innocence. But these colourful bracelets are behind an “insidious” craze of primary school kids performing sex acts that it is feared will soon sweep through Queensland.
Rather than a mere fashion statement, the so-called “shag bands” are linked to gradations of sexual behaviour. A Facebook page about the innocuous-looking bands has already been inundated with more than 12,000 fans.
The game involves a boy or girl trying to break the rubber band off the wearer’s wrist. If it snaps, the wearer has to perform the favour corresponding to the colour. Snap an orange band and get a kiss, snap a yellow and get a hug. But snap a black, light blue or light green band, and the “prize” is something far more sinister. A gold-coloured bracelet opens the way to all the favours.
Experts have an alert for parents as the school year begins: there are brand new ways kids are taking and hiding drugs.
”Drug use typically triples between 6th grade and 8th grade,” according to Stephanie Siete of Community Bridges, a Valley substance abuse, treatment and detox center.
From her own collection she reveals the hiding spots for drugs, including water bottles and energy drinks that twist open to reveal a hidden compartment for storage.
But she said the latest trends include “snorting vodka shots.”
More graphic yet, she said teens are doing anal beer bongs and soaking tampons in vodka.
A Deltona teenager was hospitalized on Wednesday after suffering multiple burns while imitating a video posted on YouTube.
Russell Gortzig Russell Gortzig, 13, said his friend siphoned gasoline from a riding lawnmower and poured it on Gortzig.
The teen said he held the lighter away from him, but a combination of the spark and fumes caught his shorts on fire.
“Skin missing all the way down to his ankle on the front and the back,” mother Linda McCrea said.
McCrea said the boys were trying to copy a stunt they saw on the video sharing Web site, YouTube, where a man in a banana suit lights himself on fire.
She warned other parents to closely monitor the online activities of their children and wants YouTube to tighten its user guidelines.
She believes YouTube is partially to blame for her son’ pain.
A WOMAN is suing an Egyptian hotel claiming her daughter got pregnant – from using the swimming pool.
Magdalena Kwiatkowska’s 13-year-old returned to Poland from their holiday expecting a baby.
Magdalena believes the teenager conceived from stray sperm after taking a dip in the hotel’s mixed pool.
She is now seeking compensation from the hotel.
A travel industry source said: “The mother is adamant that her daughter didn’t meet any boys while she was there.
“She is determined to go ahead with the case.”
A TEENAGE girl who claimed 56 stars were tattooed on her face while she slept has admitted she lied and was awake the whole time.
London’s Daily Telegraph reported Kimberley Vlaminck, who said she fell asleep after asking for only three stars, lied because her father was “furious”.
She initially insisted she dozed had off after asking the tattooist for just three small stars – then woke in horror to find her face was covered.
A teenage girl is suing a tattoo artist for £10,000 after she allegedly asked him for three stars on her face – but ended up with 56.
Eighteen-year-old Kimberley Vlaminck paid £55 for ‘the graffiti that has ruined my life’ in her Belgian home town of Courtrai.
She claimed the Romanian tattooist who performed the artwork misunderstood her French and English. She claims she fell asleep while he was doing his work… and awoke to ‘this nightmare’.
But today, Rouslan Toumaniantz – himself covered from head to foot in tattoos and piercings – said he would help pay for treatment to remove the tattoos.
‘I maintain that she absolutely agreed that I tattoo those 56 stars on the left side of her face,’ he told newspaper La Derniere Heure. ‘
A witness, a woman who was present, has already been questioned by police, and she confirms it.
Kimberley says the tattoos have ruined her life
Rouslan Toumaniantz, who runs the tattoo parlour, says Kimberley asked for 56 stars.
‘But be that as it may: Kimberley is unhappy and it is not my wish to have an unsatisfied client. There is a way to remove the tattoos with the help of a laser. I accept to pay for half the cost.’
Pittsburgh police say a high school student will be charged with animal cruelty and theft for swinging a snake around in a biology class.
Police say the incident occurred Monday at Allderdice High School. Police aren’t identifying the 17-year-old suspect because he’s being charged in juvenile court.
The snake survived and was being treated by a veterinarian.
According to Ebony Pugh, a spokeswoman for Pittsburgh Public Schools, the student removed the snake from its cage and twirled it several times, like a “windmill.”
The teacher ordered the student to put the snake back in its cage and then told the student to go to the office. The school referred the matter to police.
The “/b/tards” strike again.
The teenaged pranksters of 4chan.org’s /b/ discussion board flooded YouTube with pornographic clips Wednesday and Thursday, according to various reports.
YouTube has strong filters and dedicated employees seeking out and deleting porn from the site, but it wasn’t enough to handle the onslaught of uploading clips. To get around the filters, many of the clips appeared innocuous for the first 20-30 seconds, the tech blog Ars Technica reported, but then cut abruptly to hardcore sex scenes.
A spokesman for Google, which owns YouTube, said most of the porn had been removed by Wednesday afternoon.
“It may take some time for video search results and thumbnail images to disappear from the site,” Scott Rubin told ArsTechnica.
“Typically, this should not take more than a couple of days, but the videos themselves are no longer viewable.”
The local Sizzler must have been closed.
Two upstate New York campers broke into a dairy farmer’s barn, stole his calf, shot it with arrows and then slit its throat before slicing off a couple steaks, police said.
“They were out camping and decided they wanted something to eat,” State Police Investigator John Stubbe said of the cattle rustling.
“One guy led the calf by a rope around its neck, and the other shot it twice with an arrow. It still wouldn’t die, so he cut its throat.”
After cutting off a couple of steaks from the 2-month-old calf named Emmy, the two discarded the rest of the carcass.
David Lochner, 21, and Timothy Welch, 18, were arrested Wednesday on burglary charges. Police said more charges are pending, including cruelty to animals.
A TEENAGER who laughed at a cat’s “screams” as he hurled it off a second storey rooftop into a swimming pool was fined $1000 in Cairns Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The court heard that Christopher Jeffrey James, 18, paused before throwing the cat – his ex-girlfriend’s mother’s pet – as his friend got his mobile phone ready to record the cruel show.
“The video footage clearly shows a man throwing a cat from the roof of a two-storey house,” police prosecutor Constable Siobhan O’Rourke said.
“There is the sound of a cat’s scream as he does this.”
“The cat lands in a nearby swimming pool and swims to the edge then runs into nearby bushes.
“Voices are heard laughing in the background.”
Waking up to find a strange man asleep on your couch with his wet trousers round his ankles is perhaps not the best way to start the day.
But that was the experience for one homeowner in Texas, who responded to the unwanted intruder by calling police.
Officers arrived and arrested 19-year-old Nathan Ray Jones, who had enjoyed a night on the tiles before entering the house in Cheyenne through an unlocked door.
Meet Elizabeth (Lizzy) Frisinger 18, isn?t she precious? She is also mind blowingly stupid. Elizabeth, a Senior in Cleveland went on a class trip where she lost her virginity on the beach. Apparently it was ?gr8?.
We know this because young Lizzy was so excited about her conquest she texted her friend, except it wasn?t her friend, she had accidentally texted her dad. Class trip finished. Cue a slap to the forehead and wide spread humiliation on the interwebs.
A gifted 15-year-old student from India had to be rushed to the hospital after drinking liquid nitrogen during a science class at Princeton University.
The class was part of a program run by the Connecticut-based Summer Institute for the Gifted. It isn’t affiliated with the university.
The students were performing a popular experiment in which liquid nitrogen is used to make ice cream.
British teenagers partying on the ledge of a cliff were left to sober up overnight after rescue crews decided they were too drunk to be rescued, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The teens called the Coast Guard when a friend suffered an epileptic fit near Long Quarry Point, outside Torquay, Devon. Rescuers were not able to airlift all eight boys and girls to safety, due to rainfall and rough terrain.
In the end it was decided to winch the ill teen off the cliff, and leave the rest, whom the Coast Guard described as “under the influence,” where they were.
Police and firefighters were called to the University of Texas’ Jester Hall to free 26 cheerleaders who had crammed themselves into an elevator.
A group of 14- to 17-year-olds attending Texas Cheer Camp in Austin decided to see how many girls they could squeeze into the elevator around 6 p.m. Tuesday, campus police said.
The elevator successfully descended from the fourth floor to the first, but the doors refused to open.
The panicked girls managed to wiggle a few cell phones free to call for help. But it took about 25 minutes before a repairman was able to fix the door, police said.
“It’s dangerous actually,” said Rhonda Weldon, director of communications for the UT Police Department. “They’re lucky that that’s all that happened.”
As many as 300 people joined a melee that began inside a Raleigh mall and spilled outside the shopping center during the fight, police said Sunday.
Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said the gang-related brawl began inside Triangle Town Center Mall on Saturday night at about 8 p.m. Off-duty officers working at the mall requested assistance, and Wake County sheriff’s deputies N.C. Highway Patrol troopers also responded
Sughrue said a 15-year-old was stabbed during the incident. He was taken to WakeMed and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A police officer was also injured with a “significant” cut to his knee that he suffered during a chase. He was taken to Duke Raleigh Hospital for treatment and is expected to recover, Sughrue said.
A 13-year-old Dillon boy was arrested after officers said he took his interest in law enforcement too far by joyriding in a stolen police car.
His mother, who police said saw no problem with her son’s hobby, also was arrested.
Residents called police Sunday to say they’d seen the boy driving around in a police car, Dillon Police Sgt. Jason Turner said.
Officers didn’t even know the car was missing until then, Turner said.
The boy had also taken the car the previous Sunday, drove around Dillon and then returned the car to the police station, Turner said.
A 17-year-old South Carolina boy on an church outing was killed Saturday when he was struck by the popular “Batman the Ride” at Six Flags Over Georgia. It was the second Batman ride-related death at the Cobb County park.
According to the police and a statement from the amusement park, the boy and a friend climbed over two 6-foot fences — the park perimeter fence and a second one surrounding the ride — to get to the roller coaster. Park officials said there were numerous signs warning would-be intruders of the danger.
The victim was decapitated when the ride struck him, police said. The youth was not identified.
“The areas where the individuals entered were clearly marked with signs marked ‘restricted area. Authorized personnel only,’ and a sign on a locked gate that read ‘Danger zone. Do not enter. Authorized personnel only,” park spokeswoman Hela Sheth said to reporters, reading from a prepared statement.
Hat tip to Kara!
“Once I stopped laughing, he was pretty easy to catch because he was tripping on the lower portion of the costume”Saturday, June 28th, 2008
A 19-year-old man dressed as a penis was arrested for disturbing a high school graduation today at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Calvin Morett of 337 Pyramid Pine Estates allegedly interrupted the Saratoga Springs High School graduation by marching across SPAC’s stage in an inflatable 6-foot penis costume while diplomas were being given out, Saratoga Springs Police Sgt. Sean Briscoe said.
Morett purchased the full-body costume and sprayed parts of the 5,000 people in the crowd with Silly String, Briscoe said.
A Florida teen has lost his arm, but not his spirit, after an alligator attacked him Sunday during an early morning swim in a Florida canal.
Kasey Edwards, 18, of Okeechobee, Fla., lost his left arm after grappling with the 11-foot long alligator in a canal at 2 a.m. Sunday.
“I felt something lock down and had the sensation of needle nose pliers, just a gigantic set of them, clamping down,” Edwards told FOX affiliate WFLX-TV.
Edwards admits he and his friends were drinking before he decided to jump in the 25-foot-deep canal in Nubbin Slough in Okeechobee County.
A routine fire drill at Hightstown High School in Mercer County turned terrifying for one student.
As students gathered outside on school grounds one morning last week, someone came up behind a 16-year-old junior, a member of the Sikh faith, and allegedly set the boy’s turban on fire.
His hair was singed in several places, but he was otherwise unhurt, according to his uncle, Harjot Pannu.
“He felt like a bee stung him, and he patted on it,” said Pannu. “Next thing he knew, a teacher came over and told him he was on fire.”
An 18-year-old Hightstown senior, Garrett Green, was arrested hours later and charged with arson and criminal mischief, said Ben Miller, an investigator with the Hightstown Police Department.
A gang of London teenage girls is suspected of destroying three houses and killing a man with a homemade liquid bomb during an argument over a boy.
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, witnesses say a purple, smelly liquid was poured into a mailbox of one of the homes, which set off a massive explosion.
The intended target of the attack, Charlotte Anderson, was injured in the blast and rushed to the hospital with severe burns. Her next-door neighbor, Emad Qureshi, 26, who was at home with his parents, was killed when he was crushed by falling debris, it was reported.
A 13 year old from Texas who stole his Dad’s credit card and ordered two hookers from an escort agency, has today been convicted of fraud and given a three year community order.
Ralph Hardy, a 13 year old from Newark, Texas confessed to ordering an extra credit card from his father’s existing credit card company, and took his friends on a $30,000 spending spree, culminating in playing “Halo” on an Xbox with a couple of hookers in a Texas motel.
The credit card company involved said it was regular practice to send extra credit cards out as long as all security questions are answered.
The escort girls who were released without charge, told the arresting officers something was up when the kids said they would rather play Xbox than get down to business.
A fight that broke out at a troubled South Los Angeles school escalated into a campuswide brawl involving as many as 600 students before it was quelled by police in riot gear.
The melee, which students said started around noon Friday between rival black and Hispanic gangs, forced authorities to shut down Locke High School and keep students in their classrooms. After restoring order, they rounded up students who hadn’t returned to class and separated them by race, holding Hispanics in the gym and black students in another room.
Four people were arrested, three students for fighting and one non-student on suspicion of possessing a knife, Los Angeles school district spokeswoman Susan Cox said.
Several students were injured and treated at the scene, but nobody was hospitalized, officials said.
Two teenage boys have been jailed for life for the murder of a woman who was killed for dressing as a Goth.
Sophie Lancaster was kicked and stamped to death by Brendan Harris, 15, and Ryan Herbert, 16, in Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Lancashire, last summer.
The pair turned on Miss Lancaster, 20, in an act of “feral thuggery” as she tried to get them and three other youths to stop attacking her boyfriend.
Harris must serve a minimum of 18 years and Herbert 16 years, the judge said.
Police say two people have been injured and five people arrested after dozens fought in the streets of the Rockland County village of Nyack.
Orangetown police say fights among 40 to 50 people broke out Wednesday afternoon.
It took police officers from seven departments to finally break up the fights, which continued across Nyack for an hour.
Police say some involved in the fight were armed with knives, bats and an ax.
It’s a violent and illegal form of entertainment that’s popped up at a high school here. They’re called “fight clubs” and they could have some students in La Vernia in big trouble.
La Vernia police say a group of teens would meet in a school bathroom and then start fighting. They got caught because they used the internet to let everybody know what they were doing.
“We don’t think this is entertainment or funny,” said Dr. Tom Harvey, La Vernia ISD superintendent.
Video was released late Monday afternoon showing a brutal beating at the hands of a gang of teenage girls. Their motivation for the attack was allegedly so they could post the video on YouTube and MySpace.
The victim reported the attack after she was beaten so badly she had to be treated at the hospital. That’s when the sheriff’s office started looking into it and learned about the video.
The sheriff calls it shocking, saying he’s never seen anything like it. It was a vicious attack all captured on home video inside a Polk County home.
When 16-year-old Victoria Lindsay arrived at her friend’s house where she had been staying, six girls were waiting. Immediately, they started yelling and one girl began pummeling the victim.
On the video, the girls can be heard encouraging the fight in the background, even taunting Lindsay to fight back, all while one of them held the camera. The victim’s family has said it was an elaborate plot to injure and embarrass Victoria Lindsay. Lindsay’s parents couldn’t believe their daughter had to endure the attack.
Riot police have taken to the streets of several cities in Mexico to … defend emo kids?
A series of attacks on dyed-hair, eye-makeup-wearing emo kids began in early March when several hundred people went on an emo-beating rampage in Querétaro, a town of 1.5 million about 160 miles north of Mexico City.
The next week, shaggy-haired emo teenagers were harassed again by punks and rockabillys in the capital, prompting police protection and a segment on the TV news. Most recently, a Mexican newspaper reported that metal heads and gangsters have warned Tijuana’s emo kids to stay away from the town’s fair next month.
But the so-called emos are organizing, too. Last week, they demonstrated against the violence, pictured above, and Wednesday some met with police in Mexico City.
“They’re organizing to defend their right to be emo,” wrote Daniel Hernandez of LA Weekly on his personal blog, which has provided stellar coverage of the whole affair.
A group of Fairview High School students is suspected of organizing an after-school “fight club” that involved at least 12 students and as many as 60 spectators.
Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said Thursday that 10 Fairview students, all boys, have been ticketed on suspicion of public brawling. Police think they were part of a club of friends that regularly met near the South Boulder Recreation Center for public “street fighting.”
“Apparently, they were gathering in the field after school hours … where they were engaging in fights,” Huntley said. “They see this as sort of a recreational, spectator-type sport where they just wanted to go out and fight.”
Huntley said police started receiving calls about the fights in February but were never able to catch anyone in the act — until a female Fairview teacher broke up one of the fights March 6, which resulted in two teens being ticketed.
A drunken 15-year-old boy stamped to death a young student because she was dressed in the distinctive fashion of a ‘Goth’, a court was told yesterday.
Sophie Lancaster, 20, and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, 21, had been meandering home through a skate park late on a Friday night when they were set upon by a gang of teenagers in a savage and unprovoked attack, the jury heard.
The five-strong gang acted “like a pack of wild animals”, first targeting their violence on Mr Maltby, an arts student also dressed in the style of a Goth or mosher, raining punches and kicks on his head as Miss Lancaster pleaded with them to stop, it was alleged. It was as Miss Lancaster was kneeling down cradling her boyfriend’s head that the accused, along with another teenager who has already pleaded guilty to murder, are said to have turned their attention to her.
The two teenagers kicked and stamped on her head, the jury at Preston Crown Court was told.
The tour of Julia Anscomb’s once beautiful home on the Sussex coast began in the kitchen.
“This is where we found Bailey,” she explained. Bailey is a lovable, shaggy-haired mongrel puppy and much loved family pet.
When Mrs Anscomb and her husband returned from a weekend away recently, Bailey was lying unconscious on the floor.
He’d been drugged. The incriminating evidence was left at the scene: discarded ecstasy tablets.
“He did eventually wake up, but for days he was very quiet, hardly moved and wouldn’t eat his food,” revealed a visibly distressed Mrs Anscomb yesterday.
Near the spot where the “comatose” canine was spreadeagled – and where Mrs Anscomb was now speaking – is a brand new luxury fridge. At least it used to be. Someone has vandalised it with a knife.
“It cost £600 and, as you can see, it is now covered in scratches,” said Mrs Anscomb. “It’s ruined.”
As for what happened to the washing machine (or, to be more accurate, on top of it), Mrs Anscomb, 37, could barely bring herself to say; she has been told it was where “group sex” had taken place.
A birthday and New Year’s party resulted in charges against 28 area youths, police said Friday.
Vermont State Police announced the citations Friday during a press conference at the barracks in New Haven. The accused, mostly teenagers, were allegedly the attendees at a party that did roughly $10,000 worth of damage to the Homer Noble Farm in Ripton, a national historical site that was once the summer home of poet Robert Frost.
Police only released 27 of the names, saying the 28th defendant is in college out of state and had not yet been served with paperwork.
All were cited for unlawful trespass, according to police, with five citations for unlawful mischief — to the people police said were observed partaking in the destruction — and one of each for furnishing alcohol to minors, enabling consumption of alcohol by minors and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police did not identify the person cited for the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Two Australian graffiti artists drowned when a flash storm swept them along a drain they had been spray painting in Sydney before trapping them at its barred ocean outlet, police said.
A third graffiti artist, who remained conscious during the ordeal, managed to squeeze himself through the bars and into the ocean where he was rescued by surfers on Sunday.
“It’s believed three people, two men and one woman, were allegedly spray painting the walls of a stormwater drain at Maroubra (Beach), when it started to rain,” police said in a statement on Monday.
Several members of a high school swim team were suspended after they impaled 15 car antennas with fetal pigs and smeared crawfish on hoods and windshields in their rival school’s parking lot, their coach said.
Roosevelt High School swim coach Steve Teter said members of his team retaliated after Dowling Catholic High School swimmers lobbed snowballs at them at an earlier meet.
The incident was discovered Tuesday.
“You could smell the formaldehyde from a block away,” Dowling Assistant Principal Ron Meyers said.
Police in New Zealand have questioned a teenager believed to be the ringleader of an international cyber-crime group.
The group is alleged to have infiltrated more than one million computers and skimmed millions of dollars from people’s bank accounts.
The teenager, who is 18, cannot be named for legal reasons but was known by an alias as “Akill”.
The FBI estimates that 1.3 million computers were under the control of “Akill” and more than US$25m (£12.1m) was illegally embezzled.
“Akill” was still at school when his hacking allegedly began, and he is said to be very bright and very skilled.
Two teenage girls were undergoing surgery this morning for injuries sustained when they fell some 50 feet while trying to climb down from a Newark highrise overnight, police said.
The 14-year-old girls, caught by a parent with alcohol Wednesday night, were trying to escape the adult’s anger by tying together sheets on a fifth-floor window and rappelling the building at 860 S. 11th St., said Detective Todd McClendon, a police spokesman.
“At some point during their descent both girls fell from the sheets and suffered various broken bones and severe bruises,” said McClendon said.
As an aside, the same thing happened to a close friend of mine several years ago. He was attempting to escape from the psycho ward of a hospital in Prague and also fell 5 stories. Fortunately there was a brand new Skoda Octavia car below him that helped buffer his impact. He survived. The Octavia was totalled.
Police arrested three Freedom High School students Thursday after learning of a plan to blow up the school by igniting gas from Bunsen burners in a science lab.
School officials say that plan was unlikely to work, but police say the students’ remarks were reason enough to charge them with felonies. Meanwhile, one boy’s grandmother said the incident has been overblown.
“I don’t know how real the threat was,” said Hillsborough schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty. “We’re in an environment where we have to take these things seriously.”
NEW warnings about the dangers of “tombstoning” were issued last night after the death of a teenager who leapt off a bridge near Loch Lomond.
Sean McSkimming, 17, from Alexandria, drowned in the River Leven on Friday night after jumping from Balloch Bridge along with friends.
The incident has highlighted concerns about the current tombstoning craze, which involves jumping off cliffs, piers, or bridges into rivers or the sea, often in groups. The habit has spread across the UK from the south-west of England.
Three hundred chickens died in panic early on Sunday when a drunken German teenager on a joyride crashed a van into their shed, police said.
“Apparently some of the chickens were so desperate to get away that they ran into the wall and died,” the spokesman said. “Others suffered heart attacks.”
He was just trying to do a good deed: pluck a stranger’s fallen swimsuit from the edge of the balcony above.
Matthew Savage reached, jumped, felt his fingertips touch the shorts – and then felt himself tumble over the railing of the sixth-floor balcony of his Myrtle Beach hotel room.
“I just closed my eyes,” the 17-year-old said, recalling the Friday night fall. He was recovering Saturday in his Tropical Winds hotel room on Ocean Boulevard, nursing mere scrapes and bruises on his back and legs.
In a stunt that would have been a sure-fire YouTube hit, Savage, of Gainesville, Ga., bounced off the balconies on the way down, slammed onto a slanted rooftop covering the hotel’s lazy river and slid off into the bushes.
A teenage boy climbed into a mailbox in Brooklyn yesterday and had to be rescued by police when the large green bin locked behind him, cops and neighbors said.
Rising to the challenge of a dare, the 16-year-old climbed into the box about 4:45 p.m. after his pals had shimmied it open at Avenue W and E. 27th St. in Sheepshead Bay.
Police freed him from the mailbox – used only by the U.S. Postal Service for storage – some 15 minutes later, police said. No charges were leveled against the teenagers.
A 16-year-old Berlin student was so worried he would have to repeat a year at school because of poor marks he convinced two friends to storm his class and steal the report cards with his bad grades.
“The student probably honestly believed that he could avoid repeating the school year if he made the report cards disappear,” said a spokesman for local police Monday.
A 17-year-old Livermore boy was seriously injured Monday night in Mt. Diablo State Park when he tried to fake a fall for a camera and then actually fell 75 feet onto rocks, a park ranger said Tuesday.
The teenager was on Sentinel Rock, a vertical formation near Rock City popular for its views, when he moved outside the handrail, lost his footing and fell into a crevice and became wedged between rocks, San Ramon Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Mike Brown said.
Friends of the boy, who is hospitalized with multiple traumatic injuries, told rescuers he had been trying to stage a photo of a fake fall for a MySpace Web site when he slipped and fell for real, said Dan Stefanisko, supervising ranger at Mt. Diablo State Park.
Hat tip to Joey!
Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox might well be feeling, as in the words of her hit song, just like she’s walking on broken glass today.The popstar, 52, has been hit with a hefty repair bill after her 16-year-old daughter became the latest victim of gatecrashers who get wind of a party on the internet.
The mayhem happened after Annie’s teenaged daughter Lola innocently let slip she was having a get-together at home while her film producer father Uri Fruchtmann was away.
But the email which was meant to get to just 30 close school friends ended up frenziedly circulating to hundreds of others. It is understood that the information about the party spread on websites like MySpace.
Their £2 million family home in north London was trashed when more than a hundred youngsters forced entry.
Party-goers daubed graffiti on walls, broke pictures and lampshades, tore apart books, urinated and vomited on carpets, flooded the kitchen and had a pitch battle in the garden.
The danger of MySpace turning teenage parties into apocalyptic gatecrasher magnets has had parents scratching their heads. But even with security guards, wristbands, and a strict guest-list a party can still end in carnage, writes Monica Fuller in our reader’s column.
A SCOTS teenager relied on TV bushcraft techniques to survive two nights in an Australian rainforest after becoming lost while trekking.
William Bliss, 19, from Plockton, ate watercress and kept warm using bracken fronds while waiting to be rescued in Otway Ranges national park in Victoria, South Australia.
He had picked up such knowledge from watching survival expert Ray Mears’ BBC programmes.
A 17-year-old stabbed her newborn baby 135 times and disposed of her body in a garbage can outside her home in Oakdale, authorities alleged Thursday.
Nicole Marie Beecroft was charged Thursday with first-degree murder. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. She was being held in a juvenile detention facility. Bail was set at $1 million on Friday afternoon.
Forget being glued to their seats: Kids at a suburban San Diego County high school couldn’t even get through their classroom doors Friday. With only a day to go before spring break, vandals plugged locks on all the exterior gates and doors on campus with super-strength adhesive.
Riot police firing tear gas and brandishing batons clashed Tuesday with bands of youths who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train station, and officials said seven people were arrested.
Officers and police dogs charged at groups of marauding youths, some of them wearing hoods, who mingled with commuters and travelers at the Gare du Nord — one of Paris’ most important transport hubs
A teenager got an unexpected, terrifying ride down the Mississippi River on a giant slab of ice that broke off as he stood along the shoreline.
Amos Benjamin Cohen, 19, stood frozen with fear as the 6-foot-by-15-foot ice chunk swirled in the water, floating toward shore then drifting back to the middle of the river, witnesses and rescuers said.
“He stood there so still,” like the Statue of Liberty, said Sue Hillberg who spotted him from her mother’s kitchen window.
There’s March Madness, and then there’s March Badness.
A wild melee broke out at a high school basketball game inside Madison Square Garden on Sunday night between high school students, police officers, and others in attendance. The fight then spilled into the streets, and at one point shots were fired, police said.
CBS 2 has exclusive video of hundreds of fans fighting in the stands and of NYPD officers racing through the streets in response to continued violence. Cops reportedly made 21 arrests, though that number could still grow as the details of the melee are finally sorted out.
All Nathan Moore says he wanted to do was smoke pot and get drunk with his friends.
Killing Rex Baum was never part of the plan that day in 2004.
“It all started off as a game,” Moore said.
The 15-year-old and his friends were taunting the homeless man — throwing sticks and leaves — after having a couple of beers with him.
No big deal, Moore says, but he’s sorry for what came next.
It was a mistake, he said, a sudden primal surge that made him and his friends Luis Oyola, 16, and 17-year-old Andrew Ihrcke begin punching and kicking Baum.
A growing subculture “Emo” fad where teens cut themselves to express their personal pain has prompted concern from parents of children at a Central Florida school after some reported cutting incidents, according to a Local 6 News report.
The report featured a 12-year-old girl named Lisa, who attends Central Middle School in Melbourne, Fla., who had cuts on her body caused by a razor blade. She said the sight of her own blood brings instant relief.
“What does it feel like when you cut yourself?” Local 6’s Kimberly Houk said. “It feels like my anger is gone,” the 12-year-old said. “I just feel normal again.”
Back in the 80’s, we used to call these kids “Slash Monsters”. My friends’ girlfriend Sydelle was into this, thus earning herself the moniker “Syd Slasher”. This behavior is sooo last century…
Four teenagers were arrested Saturday in the death of a boy whose badly decomposed body was found in a trash bin, police said.
Quintin A. Barnett, 15, was arrested on one count each of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Aspen Thermilus, 16, Keon Williams, 14, and Johnny Randle, 16, were each arrested on one count of accessory after the fact in a murder.
The four Miami teens were all being held in juvenile detention, Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss said. It was not known if any were represented by an attorney.
All four confessed to their involvement in the death of 14-year-old Rod K. Williams, though their individual accounts differed as to how he died Feb. 2 at Randle’s house, police said.
A 16-year-old high school junior has been charged with making bombs in a plan to target classmates in his school, a plot uncovered after a video was discovered on the Internet, police said.
Frank Fechteler, who attended Newington High School, was charged late Wednesday and ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail, state prosecutors said. He was arraigned Thursday in juvenile court.
Police said they seized weapons from Fechteler’s home in Newington after receiving a tip from a parent about the attack plan.
The plot was foiled when a teen who knows the suspect sent a link to an Internet video on YouTube.com to a person who did not know Fechteler, police said. The video showed area high school students firing weapons and igniting explosives, but it was unclear Thursday who had made the video.
Two high school students in Trenton, Ohio, face expulsion for allegedly posting a fake snow cancellation announcement on their school district’s Web site. The notice, posted Monday, said school was closed for the day due to winter weather. That confused many parents, since snow was not in the forecast. Some students actually stayed home.
A BRITISH teenager has had a full English breakfast tattooed onto his head overnight – including bacon, eggs, sausages, beans, and a full set of cutlery. Nineteen-year-old Dayne Gilbey, from Coventry in central England, spent six hours under the needle of tattoo artist Blane Dickinson after answering an add for a willing victim.
A high school lunch period was disrupted Monday by a greased, naked student who ran around screaming and flailing his arms until police twice used a stun gun on him, authorities said.
Taylor Killian, 18, had rubbed his body with grapeseed oil to keep from being caught, and got up after the first time he was shocked to continue running toward a group of frightened students huddled in a corner at Westerville North High School, Lt. Jeff Gaylor said
Two boys walked out of an unlocked juvenile detention home and took an early morning joy ride on a train — until authorities tracked them down. The boys managed to start up the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway locomotive early Tuesday morning after breaking through a side door into the building that houses the engine, said Sgt. Edward Kurtz of Nelsonville police. No cars were attached to the engine, which usually hauls tourists.
Police in Arkansas are keen to track down the thief who stole two six-packs of beer from a teacher’s house in the town of Mansfield – but left a bag of marijuana as a gift.
The dope was left in the same refrigerator that the beer was stolen from, at some point between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. last Sunday.
A brawl at Woonsocket Middle School on Monday led to the arrest of two parents and four students after one mother drove her daughter to campus to fight a rival, police said.
A 13-year-old Queens boy was killed last night when a Long Island Rail Road train slammed into him on the track as he scrawled graffiti, police and witnesses said.
But the most infamous photo of all was taken in a Condoms To Go store. Five smiling cheerleaders dressed in uniform posed with large candles shaped like penises. At least one of them appeared to be simulating fellatio. “It would be an overstatement to describe any of the photographs as pornographic, but it would be an understatement to describe them as harmless high jinks,” wrote Harold Jones, a lawyer hired by the school district to investigate the incident.
“Ghost riding the whip,” a stunt in which a driver gets out of his car and dances around and on top of the slowly moving vehicle to a thumping hip-hop beat, has gotten at least two people killed, led to numerous injuries and alarmed police on the West Coast and beyond.
A teenager has been hospitalized with facial injuries caused when a bullet he found fired while held in a vice, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.
The victim, Alex Carman, 15, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries to the right upper cheek.
Investigators say the Riverridge H.S. student found a 380 bullet on the side of a road, brought it home and put it into a vice. He apparently struck the the primer end of the bullet with a metal screw, causing it to fire.
An employee working the drive-through window at a McDonald’s will have a tale to tell. When the worker went to the open window thinking the car pulling up had already ordered, the people in the car threw a dead cat through the window, police said.
Santa Claus was forced to swap his traditional red and white hat for protective headgear after children pelted him with mince pies in Scotland. Santa was hit on the head by pastries thrown from a balcony as he handed out gold chocolate coins at a shopping center in the town of Paisley, near Glasgow, at the weekend.
A student at Wheaton North High School is accused in a vulgar case of food tampering. Police say he put his bodily fluid into salad dressing in the school cafeteria. CBS 2 news partner The Naperville Sun had the tip on the story. CBS 2’s West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports a letter is going home to parents warning about the possible health hazard.