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According to the news, local teens are pouring alcohol over their bare skin, setting themselves on fire, recording it, and posting it online. That this is a trend.

Many questions.  Is this how self-harm is manifesting in some kids?  Is it a cry for attention?  Will the framing of this as a stupid new trend that kids are doing (which may be true for some) prevent others from seeing that for some kids this may be a huge cry for help?

High school teachers, are you seeing this at your schools?   How is it being handled?

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“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.

She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.

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Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO - NY Daily News

And the thing is that if he were white, he’d still be alive.

Obama extends caps on student loan payments to about 5 million people - The Washington Post

Most student-loan borrowers already have the option to limit payments to 10 percent of their income under recent legislation and regulations. Obama’s order on Monday extended that option to about 5 million others who were not covered by the previous changes, including those who took out loans before October 2007.

“The past couple of years, we’ve done future students, we’ve done current students, and now we’re trying to take a step back,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters Monday.

Duncan said the expansion of the payment caps will be “fantastic for the economy” by allowing young people to spend or invest that money elsewhere. But officials said the new regulations are not likely to be implemented until December 2015 at the earliest. Student-loan debt now tops $1.2 trillion. Obama has publicly endorsed legislation sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that would allow students to refinance both public and private loans at lower interest rates. It would be paid for by closing a tax loophole available to the wealthy.

Daycare owner saves life of 4-year-old found in storm rubble

"She never left her side, she protected her," said Willie Mitchell.

Ashtyn remains in the ICU at Blair Batson Children’s hospital. She’s improving, but she suffered multiple bruises, a broken leg, and liver damage.

"Ima be forever grateful to her forever because she gave the ultimate sacrifice so my baby could live," said Mitchell. "She gave her life for Ashtyn.

"A judge last week allowed 11 teens and their parents to become third-party defendants, a novel ruling that could have broader consequences when bullying is litigated. The judge and lawyers say it’s the first time a New Jersey judge has been asked by a school district to add students as defendants in a bullying case.

“As difficult as it is for my client, we’re very pleased with the message that the decision sends,” said Brian Cige, a lawyer for the now-18-year-old plaintiff identified in court documents only by his initial, V.B. “There needs to be personal responsibility for both kids and their parents for their behavior.”

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NJ schools can bring alleged bullies into lawsuit - Education Week

thedailyfeed:

Thousands of young illegal immigrants waited in long lines yesterday for the chance to remain legally in the U.S. for the next two years.

Obama signed an executive order in June allowing the children of illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before turning 16 and are now under the age of 31 to come out of the shadows and apply for the temporary legal status.

After coming to America 12 years ago at the age of 10, Abel Gomez has already received his GED in New York, and hopes to go on to college in the U.S. to study accounting.

“I’m so excited,” Gomez, 22, told The Daily at the Mexican consulate in New York City. “It’s the opportunity that a lot of people are waiting for.”