Discussion Starter: Teen’s Shooting Leads to Violent Protests
21 August 2014
In The News Ferguson, Mo.—Confrontations between police and demonstrators have roiled this St. Louis suburb, following the police shooting of an unarmed teenager. Angry crowds have taken to the streets, turning Ferguson into what Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called a “war zone.” On August 9,..
Discussion Starter: Comedian’s Suicide Stuns Fans, Family
14 August 2014
In The News San Francisco—Beloved funnyman Robin Williams was found dead Monday in what authorities called a suicide. The 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor had reportedly been battling severe depression and also had a history of alcohol and drug addiction. Shocked relatives and fans wondered how Williams,..
Discussion Starter: Kids Play With Fire in Online Dare
07 August 2014
In The News Lexington, Ky.—In a disturbing and dangerous trend, teenagers are receiving serious burns while trying to prove their bravery. “Fire challenge” videos posted on YouTube and other social-media sites show young people putting accelerant on their skin, lighting themselves on fire, and then..
Discussion Starter: Monteith’s Mom Addresses “Horrendous” Loss
02 August 2014
In the News New York—One year after Glee actor Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose, his mom said she’s finally “beginning to accept it.” Calling her son’s death “horrendous,” Ann McGregor said she couldn’t even look at a picture of him until a few..
Discussion Starter: Instagram User Claims Size Discrimination
22 July 2014
In The News Chillicothe, OH—After 19-year-old Sam Newman posted “body love” selfies on Instagram, her account was disabled—because of her size, she claimed. The social media site later apologized, saying it made a mistake, and reinstated her account. Newman, a former bullying victim who engaged..