This week’s shooting at a Michigan high school was the deadliest school shooting in three years and has led to fear, anger and anxiety at school districts around the state. And so have closings in dozens of schools because of threats and out of an abundance of caution. Our Student Reporting Labs and colleagues at Detroit Public TV talked to educators about how they are talking to students.
Public schools across the U.S. are taking a break for Thanksgiving after a more traditional fall semester that saw students largely back in their classes in person. But many teachers and staff did not return this year.
Communities need to be able to spot a fake story when they see it and stop it in its tracks. That’s why today, the Google News Initiative (GNI) is building on our commitment to strengthen media literacy in the U.S. through partnerships with PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs, the News Literacy Project, and Poynter’s MediaWise program.
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On Monday, we heard from the PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs about the TikTok trend “devious licks” — videos of students stealing or vandalizing school property. Now, a counter-response has emerged. Dubbed “angelic yields,” these TikTok videos encourage students to replace stolen items or do kind acts to improve their school. Here’s the latest from the Student Reporting Labs.
Just last month, a viral theme on the social media platform TikTok led to widespread damage in schools across the country. Known as the “devious licks” challenge, it encouraged students to record themselves stealing or vandalizing school property, then posting the video online. Our Student Reporting Labs network asked young people and school staff about its effects on school communities.