School defends expulsion of Wade family friend

PLANTATION, Fla. – A South Florida prep school at the center of a dispute over the expulsion of a student who is friends with NBA star Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union says its handbook explicitly states that any student who uses profanity toward a staff member will be expelled. Wade and Union released a … Continue reading “School defends expulsion of Wade family friend”

PLANTATION, Fla. – A South Florida prep school at the center of a dispute over the expulsion of a student who is friends with NBA star Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union says its handbook explicitly states that any student who uses profanity toward a staff member will be expelled.

Wade and Union released a statement Thursday supporting senior Cyrus Nance, who was a basketball player at American Heritage High in Plantation, Florida. He was expelled last month after a verbal altercation with a coach of another team at the school. Wade's son also plays at the school.

Nance's attorney, Benjamin Crump, says discrimination was involved in the expulsion.

The school said in a statement Friday those allegations are untrue.

The school says their investigation shows the evidence supports the school's disciplinary action.

Wade, Union aiding student seeking reinstatement to school

PLANTATION, Fla. – Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are backing attorney Benjamin Crump in an effort to help an expelled student and family friend get back into high school.

Wade and Union released a statement Thursday supporting senior Cyrus Nance, who was a basketball player in his first year at American Heritage High until he was expelled last month after a verbal altercation with a coach of another team at the school.

Crump says "every fact in this case points to discrimination." Nance would like to return to school.

Zaire Wade, the oldest son of the longtime Miami Heat star, also plays at the school. Nance is friends with Zaire Wade and the Wade family.

Crump says the school has refused to release Nance's transcript until his mother signs a non-disclosure agreement and pays a fee. Wade and Union say they will stand by Nance until he and his mother "get the transparent due process" that they seek.

School officials, citing privacy concerns, did not directly respond to the allegations.

The Latest: Bomb threat hoax targets US schools, businesses

NEW YORK – The Latest on the nationwide emailed bomb threats (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Businesses and schools across the U.S. were evacuated because of a bomb threat hoax.

Officials in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Anchorage, Alaska, say businesses received emailed bomb threats Thursday that were part of what they believe is a nationwide hoax.

Police are working with the FBI to investigate every threat.

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3:15 p.m.

Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.

The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice."

The Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff's office and the Boise, Idaho police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.

Across the country, some schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.

Authorities: Bomb threats across US appear to be hoax

NEW YORK – Authorities say bomb threats sent Thursday to dozens of schools, government buildings and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.

Law enforcement agencies across the country dismissed the threats, which they said were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice." The sender claimed to have had an associate plant a small bomb in the recipient's building and that the only way to stop him from setting it off was by making an online payment of $20,000 in Bitcoin.

"We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city," the New York City Police Department's counterterrorism unit tweeted. "These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time."

Other law enforcement agencies also dismissed the threats, which were written in a choppy style reminiscent of the Nigerian prince email scam.

The Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff's office and the Boise, Idaho, police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.

The FBI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Across the country, some schools closed early and others were evacuated or placed on lockdown because of the hoax. Authorities said a threat emailed to a school in Troy, Missouri, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of St. Louis, was sent from Russia.

The bomb threats also prompted evacuations at city hall in Aurora, Illinois, the offices of the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, a suburban Atlanta courthouse and businesses in Detroit.

"Organizations nationwide, both public and private, have reported receiving emailed bomb threats today," Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shannon Banner said. "They are not targeted toward any one specific sector."

Penn State University notified students via a text alert about threats to a half-dozen buildings and an airport on its main campus in State College, Pennsylvania. In an update, the school said the threat appeared to be part of a "national hoax."

Officials at Columbine High School in Colorado were dealing Thursday with a bomb threat of a different sort. Students were being kept inside for the rest of the school day after someone called in a bomb threat against the school.

The Jefferson County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office said the caller claimed to have placed explosive devices in the school and to be hiding outside with a gun.

There is nothing to validate the threat was found at Columbine, where 12 students and a teacher were killed by two students in 1999, according to Sheriff's spokesman Mike Taplin.

Two dozen other Colorado schools were also temporarily placed on lockout, meaning their doors were locked but classes continued normally, as the threat was investigated.

Delaware schoolboy reportedly bullied over Trump surname

WILMINGTON, Del. – Officials with a Delaware school district say they've taken steps to support a middle-school student who reportedly has been bullied for the past two years because his last name is Trump.

Brandywine School District officials say Joshua Trump's parents raised concerns about their son's safety last week with staff at Talley Middle School in Wilmington.

Officials agreed to allow Joshua to ride a different school bus, but on his first ride on his new bus Thursday, other students "inappropriately repeated his last name multiple times."

Official addressed the incident and say the school is providing additional support for Joshua, including mentoring, social and emotional support, and a name change in the database so that all staff refer to him by his father's surname, Berto, instead of his mother's surname, Trump.

USC slammed for expelling student over alleged rape without questioning witnesses

The University of Southern California will have to overturn the expulsion of a student accused of rape because the school investigators did not question central witnesses and couldn’t locate “physical evidence” to determine the validity of the allegations, a California appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

The court said the accused student was denied a fair Title IX proceeding, because in addition to investigators apparently not being interested in interviewing the witnesses, their testimonies about the alleged nonconsensual anal rape were riddled with “inconsistencies” and raised questions whether the perceived blood they saw in the accuser’s apartment was actually paint.

The opinion, first published by The College Fix, noted that the university was quick to decide to expel “John Doe” and ignored its own rules to request clothing and medical records from “Jane Roe.”

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The USC case stems from an incident over four years ago after Doe and Roe met at an alcohol-fueled party, where students splattered paint on each other and where Roe behaved “very flirty” with men, according to the evidence reviewed by the appeals court, and ended up with Doe in her room later in the night.

Roe told Title IX investigator Kegan Allee that she blacked out and her memories of the incident are coming from her friend named Emily, according to the College Fix. She said “there was blood on the sheets and mattress” and she was “covered in blood in her rectal area and on her thighs” in addition to paint.

“He was having sex with me but I wasn’t responding back. He flipped me over and pushed my head down. … The only thing I remember saying was ‘condom’ because I was probably really nervous he wasn’t using one,” she said.

“The most vivid memory is the pain from the anal intercourse. I shouted from [the] pain. I’m pretty sure it was loud. There was aggression to make him stop.”

Roe reportedly messaged her friend saying she “was taken advantage of but it’s fine” and that “it happens.” She also called another friend about the encounter, though couldn’t say if she had “verbally consented.”

Doe’s friend Carter, meanwhile, said the accuser initiated the sexual encounter and his friend stopped after he thought she wanted to have anal sex.

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The university suspended Doe based on the allegations, claiming he is “a clear and present danger” to the campus, even as the evidence such as her clothing from the night, medical records, and the used condom was not provided to the defense so it could test it independently.

The Title IX investigator ruled that Doe “knew or should have known, regardless of his own intoxication,” that the woman was “too drunk to consent to sexual activity.”

Allee added that even if the accuser did “appear” to consent to vaginal sex, she was nonetheless “too incapacitated” to consent.

The appeals court slammed the school for over-reliance on one of the interviewer’s written notes rather than trying to locate and record physical evidence of the alleged crime, stating “there was no physical evidence” to back the school investigator’s findings.

The ruling is the latest setback for the Obama-era directive on campus rape, named “A Dear Colleague Letter” that set the procedures for colleges that receive a sexual assault report.

The procedures include setting how long campus sexual investigations should take, what standards of evidence should be used, and prohibiting colleges from just sending a case to the police.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT UNVEILS NEW TITLE IX GUIDANCE FOR CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT: HERE'S WHAT WOULD CHANGE

Education experts have long criticized the directive and standards used in the prosecution of sexual assault on campus, claiming the accused students often do not receive significant protections and due process rights – turning university investigations into so-called “kangaroo courts.”

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Last month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled the overhaul of the procedures, adding more protections for those who have been accused of assault and harassment.

The proposed Title IX changes would limit the definition of sexual harassment and allow for the cross-examination of the accused by the accuser’s defense team.

The proposal also seeks to “clarify that in responding to any claim of sex discrimination under Title IX, recipients are not required to deprive an individual of rights that would be otherwise guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution; prohibit the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) from requiring a recipient to pay money damages as a remedy for a violation of any Title IX regulation; and eliminate the requirement that religious institutions submit a written statement to qualify for the Title IX religious exemption."

DEVOS TO ROLL BACK OBAMA-ERA TITLE IX REGULATIONS DEEMED UNFAIR TO THE 'ACCUSED'

Multiple students have been clashing with universities, claiming they were punished despite not finding enough evidence.

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Matt Boermeester, also of the University of Southern California, was accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX. He was suspended – just weeks before graduating – and barred from campus and contacting his girlfriend, the victim of his alleged sexual assault.

The investigators found Boermeester guilty of the crime even as his girlfriend, Zoe Katz, denied the allegations. “Nothing happened that warranted an investigation, much less the unfair, biased and drawn-out process that we have been forced to endure quietly,” she said.

TRANSGENDER MSU STUDENT’S SEX ASSAULT CLAIM LEADS ACCUSED TO FIGHT BACK IN LAWSUIT

Michigan State University, meanwhile, charged a student with sexual harassment even though local authorities did not charge him with any type of crime.

Two students referred to as “Nathan and Melanie” in legal documents were already in a romantic relationship when Nathan put his hand under Melanie’s shirt. The accuser, who now identifies as a man, made a formal complaint to the university 16 months later for the “one-time, non-consensual touching.”

Melanie cited being transgender as the key reason for coming forward and claimed to fear encountering her ex-lover in the male bathrooms.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

Columbia student seen ranting in video: I’m not a racist

NEW YORK – A Columbia University student who screamed "We're white men! We did everything!" in a widely shared video said Tuesday that he is not a white supremacist or a racist.

Julian von Abele in an emailed statement that he was "theatrically and sarcastically demonstrating that whites are not allowed to embrace their cultural achievements" during the exchange with other students early Sunday.

A video filmed by a bystander shows von Abele shouting to a group of mostly black students that "White people are the best thing to ever happen to the world."

His voice cracks as he yells, "We invented science and industry and you want to tell us to stop because, 'Oh my God, we're so bad!'"

The other students push back in the video, with one calling him a "degenerate."

University administrators released a statement Sunday denouncing the "racially charged incident" and calling the footage "alarming." They said in a further statement Monday that the incident would be "investigated thoroughly, beginning with interviews of witnesses."

The Columbia officials said they were in the process of creating a working group on bias incidents.

Members of Columbia's Black Students' Organization said in a Facebook post that they were discussing actions to take as a community "to make sure that we can come together with a common narrative/message and have a plan of what we want to come from this incident."

Von Abele, a sophomore physics major, said he did not assault anyone or "denigrate anyone's race" during the exchange that started outside Columbia's Butler Library at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

He said he was reacting to "the divisive rhetoric that blames all the ills of society on white men." He added, "I regret that I subsequently engaged in an exchange that was admittedly overzealous and was not the right venue to discuss the value of identity politics."

Wharton professor writes op-ed arguing against academics as a success indicator

A university professor has penned an op-ed in The New York Times arguing that academic success in college does not necessarily guarantee success in later life.

“The evidence is clear: Academic excellence is not a strong predictor of career excellence,” wrote Adam Grant, a Professor of Psychology at Wharton, in his essay “What Straight-A Students Get Wrong.”

Grant described watching his students over the years obsess over achieving perfect grades, often to the detriment of their own health. But perfect grades, he argued, often come at the expense of other qualities, like creativity and leadership.

COLUMBIA UNIV. DENOUNCES WHITE STUDENT'S 'ALARMING' RANT

“Getting straight A’s requires conformity. Having an influential career demands originality,” Grant wrote.

As proof of his claims, Grant cited famous people who did above average or poorly in school. Steve Jobs, for instance, “finished high school with a 2.65 G.P.A.” and “J.K. Rowling graduated from the University of Exeter with roughly a C average.”

Rather than taking easy classes so as not to ruin their perfect G.P.A., Grant proposed students take difficult classes that take them outside their comfort zones – even at the risk of getting a B.

Detractors who disagreed with Grant’s take have called his piece “simplistic,” “filled with inaccurate stereotypes” and reeking of privilege, ABC 13 reported.

Grant concluded the piece by lamenting the long hours he spent as a student “memorizing the inner workings of the eye” rather than “trying out improv comedy."

Employers, Grand said, should it make clear they “value skills over straight A’s,” while students need to “[r]ecognize that underachieving in school can prepare you to overachieve in life.”

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

‘Truth isn’t truth’ tops list of notable quotes in 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The assertion that "truth isn't truth," made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2018.

Rudy Giuliani's statement came in an August interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" when he told host Chuck Todd that Trump might "get trapped into perjury" if he were interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

It was one of several Trump-related quotations on the list assembled by Fred Shapiro, an associate director at the library.

The yearly list is an update to "The Yale Book of Quotations," which was first published in 2006. Shapiro chooses quotes that are famous or revealing of the spirit of the times, and not necessarily eloquent or admirable.

Kentucky city removing statue of anti-immigrant editor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The statue of a Kentucky newspaper editor whose anti-immigration and anti-Catholic editorials sparked a deadly riot is being removed from Louisville's main public library.

The Courier Journal reports the city of Louisville announced Monday that the statue of George Dennison Prentice will be moved Tuesday to a storage facility.

The statue was vandalized after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and again in February.

Mayor Greg Fischer said libraries foster education and inclusiveness, while the Louisville Journal founder pushed a message "that led to the 1855 Bloody Monday riot where at least 22 people were killed." Protestant mobs with the nativist "Know-Nothing Party" attacked German and Irish-Catholic neighborhoods that backed Democrats.

The statue's fate is undetermined. The city says Prentice's burial place, Cave Hill Cemetery, wouldn't take it.

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Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com