Young, gay student who fired stun gun at school expelled

Darnell “Dynasty” Young, the 17-year-old openly gay student who was suspended for bringing a stun gun to school to ward off bullies, has now been expelled, MSNBC reports. In a statement obtained by the network, Indianapolis Public Schools said Young will not be able to re-enroll in the district until January 7, 2013. The incident in question occurred on April 16, when six students allegedly surrounded Young, called him names and threatened to beat up him. Young then pulled the weapon from his bag and fired it in the air. Minutes after, he was handcuffed.

In an appearance on CNN yesterday, Young’s mother, Chelisa Grimes, told the network she believes she did the right thing by giving her son the weapon.

“I do not promote violence — not at all — but what is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do,” Grimes told CNN. “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”…Read More

NBC hosting education summit in September

American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science on a list of 30 industrialized nations
American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science on a list of 30 industrialized nations

NBC News is convening its own summit with education and political leaders next month to talk about ways to improve schools in light of statistics showing the U.S. lagging in student achievement.

The two-day “Education Nation” event in New York will be carried online and is part of a week of programming concentrating on education issues on NBC News broadcasts such as “Today” and “Nightly News,” as well as the MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo TV networks.

It’s also a chance for NBC to promote some of its education technology products, including a news quiz and historical archives of NBC broadcasts available to schools—something that ethics organizations will be watching closely.…Read More

Put your face in space

Want to fly aboard the space shuttle? You can get some face time in orbit, digitally speaking, through the space agency’s “Face in Space” web project, MSNBC reports. The concept is simple enough: Choose which shuttle mission you want your data to fly on, type your name into the online form, upload a digital image if you wish, size the picture to fit inside a virtual shuttle’s window, and click the button. Your name and picture will be added to a computerized file that will be transferred to the shuttle of your choice during the mission. You can choose between STS-133 on Discovery, now due to fly no earlier than September; or STS-134 on Endeavour, set to launch in November or later…

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