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    There seems to be a lot of crappy things that exist in high schools now that wasn't there when most of us were -- the pervasiveness of bullying; sexting; Justin Bieber. But, as demonstrated in this truly, truly impressive video by a high school in Indiana, there clearly are some things that are significantly more awesome.

    In an effort to show their school spirit, Avon High School involved the entire school (including some faculty) in a lip-sync of over 60 pop songs, and the result is nothing short of amazing. Honestly.

    Check out this video (which appears to be done in one take!) of everyone in high school -- the jocks, the nerds, the theater people, the stoners, everyone -- uniting for the sake of school spirit.

    It's almost enough to make you want to go back to high school. Almost.

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    The absolute best way to contend with unruly teens is up for debate, but one high school English teacher certainly presented a pretty good case for handling one of his students with the power of a red pen. According to a post on Reddit that has now gone viral, a senior at a high school called McKinley posted a letter to their teacher's door. The message was laced with profanities galore and meant to relay that the student, taking it upon him or herself to speak on behalf of their fellow students as well, was fed up with the teacher. Expletive, expletive!

    While we don't know if the student got sent to detention or suspended as a result, what we do know is that the teacher did at least in part respond by editing the student's various grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and other style errors with a red pen. The best part: The "advice" the teacher offered at the bottom.

    Check it out ...

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    What an absolutely heartbreaking story. Ten people, including five high school students, were killed in a tragic fiery crash that took place on a California highway Thursday night. The students and their adult chaperones were traveling on the I-5 from Los Angeles to visit Humboldt State University in northern California when a FedEx truck crossed a median and hit the charter bus head-on. Both vehicles erupted into flames, killing five students, three chaperones, and the drivers of both the bus and FedEx truck.

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    A new prank video that's surfaced a little late for April Fools' Day might just win for prank of the year. Here's what you need to know: This Aquinas College professor has one rule in his classroom. If a phone rings during class time, the student must answer it on speaker phone. Seems like a fair rule that's sure to keep kids' phones on silent, right?

    Well, needless to say, the kids took advantage of the rule and completely fooled the professor with a prank that he admits he'll treasure forever. And maybe his students will realize that some calls should remain, ahem, private.

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    Should this guy win a Teacher of the Year Award? Apparently a math teacher in Belgium was getting so fed up with his rowdy math class, he didn't threaten them with detention, after school work, extra homework, starvation, taking away their iPhones, whatever it takes to get teens to pay attention these days. Nope, he threatened them with Game of Thrones season 4 spoilers!

    That's right, apparently after they kept interrupting his lesson, he asked which of the students watch the insanely popular HBO show. About three-quarters of them did.

    "Well, I've read all the books," the teacher replied. "If there's too much noise, I will write the names of the dead on the board. They are enough to fill the whole year and I can even describe how they die."

    Tyrion Lannister would be proud. I'm sure he's raising his wine glass to this educator right now -- that is, if he doesn't die in season 4!

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    Not that any of us ever cut class when we were in high school, but (cough, cough) those of us who did probably wasted a whole lot of time goofing around at the park or stuffing our faces with fast food. That might have been the initial goal three 17-year-old seniors from California had in mind this week when they broke out of school in search of McDonald's burgers and fries, but they decided to make a little pit stop on their way to the restaurant -- in order to save a 94-year-old woman and her dog from a house fire.

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    Every parent asks themselves the same old question: how do I make sure my child is a good person? To be honest, the answer is usually pretty boring. The experts will give you a long list of talking points on charity and selflessness and OMG, was that a yawn? You can try to teach your kid to be charitable by spending the day going through their closet to find stuff to donate to the local shelter ... or you could try what a school in Washington state is doing. They're torturing their students into being good citizens. Torturing them with Justin Bieber that is. 

    How, exactly, does one torture a bunch of teenagers into being better people?

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    What should've been a fun event at a California high school last night wound up being nothing short of terrifying, after a stage collapsed during a musical performance. The incident occurred at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim.

    About 250 girls from a sister school, Rosary High, were on stage performing in "Red and Gold," an annual theater challenge involving singing and dancing, when the stage gave way.

    And after seeing this video of the accident which was captured by someone in the audience, you can only imagine how horrified everyone in the auditorium must have been.

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    When was the last time your boss used the word "dissentious" at your Monday morning meeting? According to the College Board, which produces the much-dreaded SAT exam, the fact that the answer to this question is probably "never" is reason enough to get rid of those pesky and difficult vocabulary words that are, well, known as "SAT words." Test-makers are also planning to make other big changes to the college entrance exam, including changing the scoring system from 2,400 points back to the 1,600-point system it once used. And if your teen just hates writing essays, no biggie. The essay portion will be optional.

    Hmmm ... maybe high schools could just hand out college degrees at graduation and we could eliminate the test altogether?

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    In most teens' minds, the day they turn 18 is going to be a glorious one. All of those stupid rules they had to follow at home will suddenly be lifted like some great fog. Overnight, parents will begin to respect their newfound freedom and independence -- yet continue to provide them with warm meals, because who the heck wants to have to cook for themselves at 18?

    Rachel Canning is having a difficult time adjusting to 18. The New Jersey teen is suing her parents for refusing to pay for her college tuition and living and transportation expenses, despite the fact that she's no longer living at home and, according to her parents, left willingly because she didn't want to follow their rules.

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