In Mesa, Arizona, Engligh teacher and cheerleader coach Cristina Mallon has been forced to resign after a YouTube video showed her performing a “seemingly harmless cheer with pompoms.” She got suspended and then bounced after a complaint that a book she assigned — Jake Reinvented — was inappropriate. So, she’s gone.
In Huntsville, Arkansas, teacher Jerick Hutchinson was scheduled to make a presentation to students on how to skin a raccoon, but the parent who was to bring the coon in, brought in a live one in a trap. So Jerick took the raccoon out back and killed it with a nail gun. He stays.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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