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Five Lake Gibson High School students were arrested in St. Augustine for charges to include armed robbery. The teenagers arrested are Christopher Dewey, Anthony Fernandez, Umbuju Grant, Quinshon Odom, and Remi Watson. It is also believed they had stolen property in their vehicle from other cars.

Three of the students are football players at Lake Gibson High School. One will be named player of the year by the Ledger. You can read the Ledger article here the Tampa Tribune article here, ABC Action News here, BayNews 9 here, Jacksonville News here, and the St. Augustine News here.


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Polk County School students will be out of school on Friday, October 23, 2009! This day is a Teacher Workday. Students will return the following Monday.

Other random 10/23/2009 trivia: it is the 296th day of the year and falls during the 43rd week of the year; it is National Mole Day (no kidding), and the birthdays of Weird Al Yankovic, Johnny Carson, and Michael Crichton; for all you science geeks, the sun rises at 7:34 a.m. and sets at 6:52 p.m., giving you 11 hours and 18 minutes of daylight.

You’re welcome.

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This is the current story at this time. Other stories here, here, here (has video).

Associated Press
Originally published 01:59 p.m., October 16, 2009
Updated 01:59 p.m., October 16, 2009

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC — A student died Friday after stabbing a police officer at a South Carolina high school just as school was starting, authorities said.

Several media outlets said the officer shot the student. Police and school officials declined to comment on whether shots were fired.

The 16-year-old boy asked to speak with the officer at Carolina Forest High School in Conway, then pulled a knife after the two went into an office, Horry County schools spokeswoman Teal Britton said. (more…)

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Here are some important Polk County School Board dates from this year’s calendar:

10/23/2009 – Teacher work day; students are off

11/10/2009 – Report cards go out (expect tears and sadness from some)

11/23-27/2009 – Thanksgiving holidays (no school)

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A first grade student is facing 45 days in reform school for bringing his Cub Scout dinner tool (pocket knife with spoon, fork, and bottle opener) to school to use as an eating utensil.

According to the story…

A Swiss Army-type combination of fork, spoon, bottle opener and knife, the tool has been Zachary’s favorite ever since he got it to take on Cub Scout camping expeditions. “He eats dinner with it, breakfast and everything else, so it never occurred to him that this would have been something wrong to do,” the 6-year-old’s mother, Debbie Christie, told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Tuesday from Newark, Del.

It looks like the school board may change it’s policy to give administrators and teachers the “freedom to use their commonsense when it’s obvious that a child presents no danger”. The child has already been suspended from school for 5 days and is now home schooled for the time being. There is a website asking the public to support his plight. UPDATE: His 45 day suspension was waived and the policy was quickly changed.

Question for the readers: Which is best? Mandatory punishment or Administrative discretion?

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twin towers









2,974 total people from 90 different countries killed in the 9/11 attack

24 people still missing

341 Fire Fighters from the FDNY killed

23 Officers from the NYPD killed

37 Officers from the NY Port Authority killed

8 private EMS/Paramedics killed

55 military personnel killed

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This coming Monday (September 7th) is Labor Day and all Polk County public schools are closed. Labor Day is often called the “last gasp of summer”. According to the US Department of Labor

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Despite the holiday’s origin and founders (both which are debatable), students are more than happy to miss a school day in celebration of the event (SROs also seem to feel the same). You can view future holidays on the Polk County School Board calender here.

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