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Student spends thousands after accidentally given $1M in financial aid

A university student in South Africa received an extraordinary amount of financial aid by mistake -- $1 million worth -- and spent more than $60,000 of it before authorities realized the error, CNN reported.

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The mistake occurred at Walter Sisulu University. The $1 million was accidentally loaded onto the student’s financial aid debit card. It was supposed to be a $100 stipend for food and books and immediately available to the student, according to Intellimali, the company responsible for issuing the student debit cards. Four zeros were added to the direct deposit, CNN reported.

Another student, who noticed the woman’s suddenly extravagant spending habits, alerted university officials. Intellimali and university officials claim the student spent tens of thousands of dollars in a few weeks, and are now examining her transaction records to determine the total amount, CNN reported.

The student’s account has been blocked and the remaining balance has been retracted, CNN reported.

In compliance with South African law, university officials declined to release the student's personal details but have confirmed she is not responding to media inquiries and has made no official statement, CNN reported. A formal investigation has begun and Intellimali officials said they would take legal action against the student for misappropriation of funds.

WATCH: Woman pulls gun during school supply shopping dispute at Walmart

A Michigan woman pulled out a gun over a school supply shopping dispute at Walmart, police said.

The incident took place Monday at a Walmart in Novi, Michigan. Novi Police Det. Scott Baetens told WJBK that the dispute was over a notebook in the back-to-school aisle. There was only one notebook left, and two shoppers were attempting to claim it when a verbal argument turned into pushing and shoving, and ultimately, one woman pulling out a gun, police said.

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Customers and staff scattered after the gun was brandished, as can be seen in video capturing the chaotic scene shared by a bystander.

The woman who pulled out the gun carries a concealed pistol license valid in the state of Michigan, police said. The gun was loaded, but there was no round in the chamber, WJBK reported.

The four women involved in the incident, who range in age from 20 to 51, could face charges, police said. An investigation is ongoing.

It's not clear who got the notebook, authorities said.

Maryland private school bans Washington Redskins gear, citing ‘racial slur’

A Bethesda, Maryland, private school has made a decision about the Washington Redskins’ NFL logo and team name, saying it “feels profoundly at odds with (its) community’s mission and values.” 

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The Green Acres School website posted a pop-up letter from the head of school that announces that any and all Washington Redskins gear will be banned from the school premises heading forward.

In the lengthy letter, Head of School Neal M. Brown said third-graders and sixth-graders raising questions in class were the impetus behind moving forward on a long-time internal discussion.

The letter reads, in part, as follows:

“Last year, our community engaged in thoughtful and open discussions about the wearing of the Washington professional football team logo and the use of the term “Redskins” on campus. We first talked about it in the Staff Diversity Committee, then as a full staff, then with all of our Middle School students, and finally with several parents who joined members of the administration and the Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Students in grade 3 also raised the issue during their study of Native Americans, and then they and the 6th graders engaged in a discussion of ethnically and/or racially–derived sports team logos as part of last year’s celebration of MLK Day. “... The term ‘Redskin’ is a racial slur. Its use, whether intentional or not, can be deeply insulting and offensive. It is a term that demeans a group of people. Similarly, the team’s logo also can reasonably be viewed as racially demeaning. At best, the image is an ethnic stereotype that promotes cultural misunderstanding; at worst, it is intensely derogatory.”

Brown asserted that Green Acres is “an inclusive and uplifting community” that “welcome(s) people of any race, national or ancestral origin.”

“We cannot continue to allow children or staff members --however well intentioned -- to wear clothing that disparages a race of people,” he wrote.

Also on the website, the school describes itself as committed to the “principles of progressive education and to ongoing exploration of what this means in the 21st century.” The school teaches kids as young as 3 years old and as advanced as the eighth grade.

After the decision was made and the news got wind of it, Brown spoke with Fox 5 DC about his rationale.

He said that the football team name and logo, in his view, violated the school’s mission and diversity statement by being “at best ... an ethnic stereotype” and “At worst ... deeply demeaning.”

Green Acres School has been around in 1934. It was the first racially-integrated school in Montgomery County, Maryland.

High school secretary fired for changing grades sues district, alleges discrimination

A high school secretary in Memphis who was fired for changing grades is suing the school district, alleging discrimination.

Shirley Quinn, who worked at Trezevant High School, is claiming the men involved in the grading scandal were able to keep their jobs.

She said she was fired because she's an older woman.

Quinn said last month that she simply did what she was told when she worked in the main office at Trezevant High School. 

“A teacher, if they asked me to change a grade, I would. That's what I did. I changed grades. That was my job, in my job description,” said Quinn. 

Shelby County Schools found grade discrepancies at the school in the fall of 2016. 

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The district investigated four employees, including Quinn, head football Coach Teli White and two other male coaches. 

“When I walked in the door, I felt like they were out to get me. There was nothing I could say,” said Quinn. 

Quinn alleged in the lawsuit that she was treated differently than the others involved.

"Despite the fact that the investigation is 'ongoing,' Ms. Quinn is the only employee who was prematurely terminated from her position," the lawsuit said.

"All of the similarly situated young male employees have retained their employment with Shelby County Schools," the lawsuit contended.

“We did an extensive investigation, and (were) only able to document one person. That one person was Shirley Quinn," said Dorsey Hopson, the district’s superintendent.

Hopson said the investigation in the fall of 2016 only connected grade changes to Quinn's computer.

“Although we thought there had to be more, but in the spirit of due process, just because you think somebody did something, you have a strong, sneaky suspicion somebody did something, you can't act on them,” said Hopson. 

Quinn was fired before Ronnie Mackin penned his explosive resignation letter, which launched new investigations into the district’s grading practices.

In the lawsuit, Quinn demanded to be reinstated and to be reimbursed for lost wages and benefits.

A Shelby County Schools spokesperson said Friday that the district is unaware of the lawsuit, which was filed three days ago at Shelby County Circuit Court.

South Carolina principal backs off ‘leggings’ comments

A South Carolina high school principal said she did not intend to “hurt or offend” any students with comments she reportedly made during an assembly earlier this week, WCIV reported.

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In a statement issued by the Berkeley County School District, Stratford High School Principal Heather Taylor said she has met with students to address a comment she made during a 10th-grade assembly on Tuesday, and to assure the students she is "one of their biggest fans and invested in their success.”

Taylor did not specify what she said during the assembly, but WCDB reported that she said girls “look fat” in leggings unless they are a size zero or 2. In a recording obtained by WCDB, a woman alleged to be Taylor tells students that leggings are not meant to be worn as pants alone, and that they “show everything” when worn that way.

“The sad thing is with that, ladies — if someone has not told you this before, I'm going to tell you this now — unless you are a size zero or a two, and you wear something like that, even though you are not fat, you look fat,” the woman said in the recording, WCIV reported.

“I’m not a size zero and I kind of felt targeted because of my size,” said Allison Veazey, a sophomore at Stratford.

Others posted angry replies on Facebook, WCIV reported.

"I hope your comment about the kids weight didn't push them over to committing unthinkable actions," Facebook user AJ Lorinchack said, according to WCIV. "You are responsible for all of the kids that go to your school. Due to your poor choice of words you may have instilled a lot of horrible things in the student community.”

“This is absolutely appalling. Shame on you for body shaming,” said Facebook user April Doane-Diaz, who claimed to be a Stratford graduate.

Other posters on Facebook came out in support of Taylor, WCIV reported.

"This is actually ridiculous," Carlos Hernandez said. “A bunch of Facebook moms with nothing better to do than to flame probably Stratford's best principal yet. … If you want to actually change something, go to the school board. This is just petty.”

'Jews vs. Nazis' beer pong game gets students suspended, expelled

Students from an Atlanta private school are facing disciplinary action after a photo posted online shows them playing a game of "Jews vs. Nazis" beer pong at an off-campus house party.

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WSB-TV confirmed that the photo shows students of the Lovett School playing the game earlier this month.

The picture clearly shows cups filled with beer in the shape of a Jewish star on one side of the table and a Nazi swastika on the other.

>> Teacher fired for allegedly 'dragging' kindergartner across gym

Five students were suspended and the student who set up the game and took the photo was expelled after Rabbi Peter Berg alerted the elite prep school's head master of the incident.

“The fact that someone could even conceive of such a game, and then play it and think it’s funny is beyond words,” Berg said.

>> CEO: Apple to donate $2 million to anti-hate groups

Lovett School leaders would not speak to WSB-TV on camera but a spokesperson sent us an email saying in part: "Character education is at the heart of all we do at Lovett, and we deeply appreciate the individuals and organizations across our community who are helping us to continue to learn and grow from this very troubling incident."

>> KKK's request to burn cross on Stone Mountain denied

This all comes the same time the Anti-Defamation League reports a significant spike in cases of anti-Semitism in metro Atlanta and around the country.

The ADL reports an 86 percent spike in cases of anti-Semitism, schools included. Berg sees the Lovett School Nazi beer pong case as an opportunity.

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"We as a community, as a country, have to get our hands and wrap our hands around the problem of hate speech in general, to understand how horrifying that image is to Jewish people," Berg said.

Teacher fired for allegedly 'dragging' kindergartner across gym

An Ohio teacher was terminated after he reportedly “grabbed a student by the wrist during gym class at Rosa Parks Early Learning Center, twisted his arm, and dragged him across the gym floor,” according to a letter detailing Dayton Public Schools' accusations.

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David Cameron was accused of dragging the kindergarten boy “on or about” Nov. 28, 2016, according to a March 15 letter DPS Treasurer Hiwot Abraha wrote Cameron detailing the specifications of the grounds for termination.

The school board approved a resolution to terminate Cameron during Tuesday night’s meeting. Attempts to reach Cameron for this story at a telephone number listed online were not successful.

The Dayton Daily News obtained the letter using Ohio’s public records laws.

“The kindergarten student expressed that you were hurting him, yet you did not release him,” the letter states. “On Feb. 23, 2017, you were present at an administrative hearing regarding the charges and specifications surrounding this matter. It was noted in the hearing that you have been counseled previously regarding appropriate student disciplinary procedures.”

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Cameron initially requested a hearing before a referee appointed by the Ohio Department of Education, according to the resolution from the meeting. But the document says Cameron “withdrew his request and waived any right to a hearing” before the Aug. 2 meeting.

Cameron was placed on leave for several months after the incident.

A 2014-15 staff roster for Fairview PreK-8 School lists Cameron as a physical education teacher. A 2016-17 staff roster lists Cameron as the physical education teacher at Rosa Parks ELC.

Cameron earned $65,006 in base compensation in 2016, according to the Dayton Daily News I-Team Payroll Project.

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Teacher accused of sex with students in cemetery sentenced

A former Alabama private school teacher accused of having sex with two students is going to prison. According to court papers, at least four of her encounters with the teens occurred in a local cemetery.

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On Monday, 31-year-old Charli Jones Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge of having sex with a student under the age of 19, AL.com reports. Parker was arrested in March; a few days later, her husband, Jamie, was taken in on nine counts of the same charge.

>> Alabama's teacher-student sex law is unconstitutional, judge rules

At the time of her arrest, Parker was still a gym teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Pickens Academy in Carrollton. She faced 13 charges and was able to enter a plea deal to bring it down to one charge.

>> Teacher accused of sex with student, having child with him

While Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison, she reportedly will only have to serve three years, followed by a five-year probation. She was ordered not to have any contact with the students, the New York Daily News reported.

>> Ex-'teacher of the year' gets 10 years in prison for hosting teen sex parties

Court papers allege that Parker had sex with the male students “at least 11 times” from October 2014 and March 2016. A deposition in the case accused her of “deviant sexual intercourse” and oral sex. Some of the encounters reportedly occurred at Graham Cemetery in Reform, Alabama.

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Parker’s lawyer pushed for the postponement of the sentencing until after an appeal of Alabama’s teacher-student sex law. In early August, a judge in northern Alabama ruled the law unconstitutional — a ruling that led to the dismissal of charges against two employees caught having sex with students. Parker entered her plea on Aug. 15 but did reserve her right to appeal if the constitutionality of her case should be overturned. Her husband’s trial is set for Nov. 27.

Take a look at this $72M high school football stadium in Katy, Texas

A new $72 million high school football stadium is ready for kickoff this season in Katy, Texas.

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The 12,000-seat Legacy Stadium is the most expensive high school football stadium ever built and will be shared by eight local high schools. It boasts a massive video screen, huge locker rooms, restrooms and concession stands.

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The stadium was voted on and paid for by taxpayers in the area, according to NBC News.

“It’s something that this community wanted,” Katy ISD superintendent Lance Hindt told KTRK. “I don’t think the cost was anything that they really looked into.”

The stadium’s first game is slated for Aug. 31.

– Rare.us contributed to this report.

Teacher at elite private school accused of sex with 16-year-old student

A teacher at an elite private school faces felony charges after the Los Angeles Police Department arrested her on suspicions of an illicit relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

>> Teacher accused of sex with student, having child with him

According to multiple media outlets, including the Los Angeles TimesFox News and the Daily Mail, science teacher Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was arrested Friday morning. Fox News, citing a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson, reports that she was charged with statutory rape. She was released on a $230,000 bond.

>> Ex-'teacher of the year' gets 10 years in prison for hosting teen sex parties

Palmitessa was a teacher at the Brentwood School, which is attended by some Los Angeles celebrities and their children. Adam Levine, Jonah Hill and Harrison Ford’s son are among the famous names who have gone to the school. Tuition at Brentwood ranges from $36,000 to $40,000, according to the LA Times.

Palmitessa has been employed there since 2010.

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statement from Brentwood principal Dr. Michael Riera reads:

"On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Brentwood School that Upper School teacher, Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, had been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate relations with a student and is expected to face charges. The LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student. We immediately placed Dr. Palmitessa on administrative leave.

"We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations. As always, our primary concern is the safety, health, and well-being of our students. To that end, we will do everything we can to cooperate with the official police investigation.

"We appreciate the importance of transparency and will keep our school community informed to the extent we can given our concern for the student, as well as our respect for privacy laws and the integrity of the LAPD’s investigation."

She is scheduled to appear before a court on Sept. 15.

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