Officials at New Mexico's Mora High School refused to allow Dennasia Cordova to go on a field trip with the rest of her class because she has diabetes and they would not be able to follow her medical plan. The school then marked it down as an unexcused absence.
France's highest court has upheld a judgment against a dozen people who tried to encourage supermarket shoppers to boycott Israeli products. The court found the activists guilty of inciting racial hatred or discrimination and ordered them to pay a $13,200 fine, plus court costs.
The Saudi justice ministry plans to sue a Twitter user who called the death sentence handed down by a Saudi court for apostasy "ISIS-like." The ministry says it will not stand for any slander of the country's judicial system.
Seven years ago, the Student Federation at the University of Ottawa asked Jennifer Scharf to provide a free weekly yoga class. Now the federation is pulling the plug because of worries about "cultural appropriation." She offered to change the name of the class to "mindful stretching" to avoid offending anyone, but that led to a disagreement about how the phrase should be translated into French. So the group just decided to drop the class.
Officials in Auckland, New Zealand, banned the sale, consumption, or possession of alcoholic beverages in the area around Western Springs Stadium on the day of a December AC/DC concert.
Karen Keller, who teaches kindergarten at a public elementary school in Bainbridge Island, Washington, will not allow her male students to play with Legos. "I always tell the boys, 'You're going to have a turn,'" she told the Bainbridge Island Review, "and I'm like, 'Yeah, when hell freezes over,' in my head." Keller is angry because girls tend to play with dolls and crayons while boys go for the Legos. She believes that forcing both genders to make different choices will empower the girls.
Officials at Revere High School in Massachusetts banned Caley Godino from the cheer team because of a political remark she made: When one of her teachers tweeted about the low turnout for a recent mayoral race, Godino responded that only 10 percent voted because 90 percent of the city's residents aren't legal. "If you are going to stand up and say something that other people will find offensive, then you need to be prepared to deal with the ramifications of that," says Superintendent Dianne Kelley.
Houston police officer David Carter was fired after a local TV station found he'd been writing speeding tickets while off duty and mailing them to the vehicles' owners without ever pulling them over. Carter claimed to have "paced" the vehicles in his personal vehicle.