Student Allegedly Stabbed at Piper High School in Sunrise

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A lock down at Piper High in Sunrise has been lifted after a student was allegedly stabbed by another student following a fight.

According to Broward School Superintendent, Robert Runcie, the student was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with non-life threatening injuries.

Sunrise Police say the alleged suspect is in custody.

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Palm Beach Elementary School on Lockdown Because of Books

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The same Palm Beach County elementary school that was put on lockdown several months ago because of a bobcat wandering the premises, was put on lockdown Monday morning due to a suspicious package.

Turns out, the package was a box of books.

Grove Park Elementary School, located at 8330 N. Military Trail, was evacuated after a package was discovered on the south side of the school's campus near the bus loop, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

See also: Palm Beach Elementary School on Lockdown Because of a Bobcat

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Florida International University Is a Big Fat Waste of Money, the Atlantic Says

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If you've attended, graduated, or paid for a stint in college in the past ten years, you've probably had one of those cold-sweat spells late at night in which you wonder: Sweet Jesus, was that worth it? The creeping realization: probably not.

Thanks to the sky-high price of a four-year degree (not to mention graduate school, 'cause you know you're not going to get a job without that upper-level paper), a whole generation of young Americans is saddled with some serious student loan debt.

Combine that with zero job opportunities and you begin to get a sense that this is a bum deal. So over at the Atlantic, they've crunched self-reported numbers from graduates with jobs to determine which schools and majors are the biggest waste of money. One South Florida institution is prominent on the list.

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Anti-Immigration Group: Don't Let Illegal Immigrants Pay In-State College Tuition Rates

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From the left, Rep. Dana D. Young, and Rep. Jeanette M. Nuñez
A group calling itself Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (or, FLIMEN) is putting on the full-court press to get legislators to derail HB 851, a bill that would allow all students who have studied in Florida for three consecutive years the opportunity to pay in-state tuition at a state college or university, regardless of immigration status.

On Thursday, the bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee by a 19-7 vote. The bill has also had overwhelming support from the Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee, chaired by Miami Republican Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and even Gov. Rick Scott.

FLIMEN, however, is calling on its members to get on the horn with their representative, senator or Governor Scott, and urge them to stop a bill that FLIMEN says will hurt legal citizens, take away jobs and depress wages, by helping illegals.

See also: The Anti-Immigration Group Targeting Marco Rubio Doesn't Want to Talk to New Times or Any Other "Liberal Opinion Media"

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Student Brings AR-15 Rifle and Ammo to Miramar High School

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A student at Miramar High School apparently brought an AR-15 machine gun and two fully loaded ammo clips as he drove into school on Monday, cops say.

The student never took the weapon into the school, and it's unclear how officials found out the student had a high-powered rifle in his car.

Police were called to the school, where they arrested the student on a charge of having a weapon or destructive device within 1,000 feet of a school.

See also: Florida Bill That Would Arm School Employees to Go Before Senate Panel

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Sen. Ted Cruz Reads Green Eggs and Ham to Palm Beach Schoolchildren

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This past September, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stole the national spotlight for a hot minute -- OK, 21 hours -- when he took over the Senate floor, giving a speech that included a full reading of Green Eggs and Ham. Cruz promised to filibuster to delay a vote on a bill that would defund Obamacare. (Cruz supported the bill but knew Democrats would kill it, so he implemented the stall tactic.) He vowed that he'd speak "until I am no longer able to stand."

Sadly for Cruz, he couldn't really filibuster -- technically, the vote had already been scheduled and would be going on regardless; Cruz didn't have the power to delay it -- but he still caused a scene.

As seen on C-Span2, he took the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. Around 8, his daughter's bedtime, he paused his rant about the Affordable Care Act to read the Dr. Seuss classic.

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UCF Student Accused of Posting Revenge Porn Is Unapologetic on Twitter

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Sean Shahid
University of Central Florida student Sean Shahid is a millennial. The 20-year-old has 674 followers on Twitter and 745 on Instagram. He also snapchats and posts Vine videos.

And when Shahid's ex-girlfriend was approached to testify in a case Shahid was involved in, Shahid threatened to post comprising photos of her on social media sites if she talked. His ex-girlfriend spoke to police and Shahid kept up his end of the deal, posting the sexually explicit photos and videos. His ex-girlfriend took screenshots and went to police.

While the details of the original case Shahid is involved in are vague (something with a car burglary), on January 29, Shahid was arrested on charges of stalking and tampering with a witness. (In Florida, it's not illegal to post photos of a person without their permission unless that person is under 18).

The photos of his ex-girlfriend have now been taken down, but Shahid's Twitter is a collection of sorry-I'm-not-sorry and slut-shaming excerpts by him and his friends.

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Video: Gibbs High School Fight Has Teacher Caught in the Middle With No Help

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A vicious fight at a Florida high school that was captured by a cellphone shows a helpless teacher caught in the violence after trying for several minutes trying to keep the students from going at each other.

The over-four minutes video, shot at Gibbs High School in Pinellas County on Tuesday, was shot by a male student who egged on two female students to fight, all while the teacher spends most of it playing peacemaker.

Eventually, the shouting match erupts into a physical fight, with the teacher thrown in the melee. The video was posted on line, and now parents are outraged over how no other school employee was there to aid the teacher.

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Students Revolt After Mark Zmuda, Former Cardinal Gibbons Teacher, Is Forced to Resign from Catholic School for Being Gay

Yesterday afternoon, I heard a story about a group of students at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Washington. They staged a sit-in to protest the forced resignation of their gay vice principal. This was due to his recent marriage to another man. Because the high school is a private Catholic one, this marriage had violated his contract. In protest of the decision, hundreds of students refused to go to class.

Later, I learned that the vice principal at the center of the controversy is Mark Zmuda, a former high school teacher of mine from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale.

Zmuda reportedly married Dana Jergens last July, seven months after gay marriage became legal in Washington. School officials said that he had violated his contract and that the decision to force his resignation was made by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

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Broward High Schools Receive No F's; Palm Beach Gets F's and D's

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The Florida Department of Education released its annual public high school grades for the state on Wednesday, and it was mostly good news for Broward and Palm Beach schools.

Most schools in Broward received an A or B grade, while the three that didn't didn't get anything lower than a C.

In Palm Beach, two schools got D's and two schools received F grades.

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