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    New cellphone video appears to show a Florida substitute teacher body slam a student while breaking up a fight between at least two students. >> Watch the news report here Witnesses told ActionNewsJax that this happened Monday at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville. ActionNewsJax spoke exclusively with Towyhia McAffee, who says her 15-year-old son was the one tackled. “You slammed my son,” she said. “You picked him up and slammed him.” She said her son is the teen shown wearing a cast in the video. “Do you intend to make any kind of complaint?” ActionNewsJax reporter Russell Colburn asked. “Absolutely,” she said. >> Read more trending news  Last week, after at least five recent allegations of teachers hitting students came into the ActionNewsJax newsroom, Colburn sat down with superintendent Dr. Diana Greene to discuss training. “Is there ever a situation where a teacher would want to put their hands on a student?” Colburn asked. “There should never be a situation where a teacher wants to put their hands on a student, unless they are preventing they are preventing that student from hurting themselves or hurting someone else,” Greene said. Duval County Public Schools policy does state the teacher 'must act reasonably given the circumstances when they intervene.' McAffee said that didn’t happen here. “Something needs to be done about that,” she said. “That’s not right.” ActionNewsJax followed up with DCPS on this specific case for more information on the teacher and what may have led up to the fight, but officials said that because fighting is a student disciplinary situation, they won’t provide details or comment further.
  • A father in Tuscumbia, Alabama, surprised his daughter’s entire second-grade class with a field trip to her favorite place. But Jeremy Smith’s little girl wasn’t among the kids jumping and laughing at the town’s local trampoline business, Sky Zone. Jaleia Smith died in September after the family was involved in a car crash, WHNT reported. Weeks before the crash, Jaleia and her friends celebrated her 8th birthday at the same Sky Zone. >> Read more trending news  So, to remember his daughter, and to thank the school and students for everything they have done for him this year since Jaleia’s death, Jeremy Smith treated all 111-second grade students at G.W. Trenholm Primary School to a surprise field trip to the trampoline business, WHNT reported. Her friends still miss the little girl. “[We] try to have as much fun as we can, but sometimes we can’t have as much fun as we would have if she was here,” Mia Awwad told WHNT.  Jaleia’s friends have tried to keep her memory alive too over the past school year. They retired her student number and planted a tree in her memory. They also left messages to Jaleia on the chalkboard in her classroom, according to WHNT.
  • Sisters Hailey and Hannah Hagor of North Carolina spent the weekend selling lemonade to pay off their classmates’ lunch debt. >> Watch the news report here >> Fired lunch lady was 'dishonest,' didn't follow rules, food vendor says Student lunch debt at Southwood Elementary in Davidson County is up to $3,100. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  “There's one family that owes $800,” the girls’ mother, Erin Hager, said. “I don't know how many years worth that is, but it's a big deal.' >> Read more trending news  The girls also sold chili, hot dogs and chips. >> See the girls' Facebook page here More than $40,000 is owed to schools across Davidson County.
  • The Latest on severe weather in the central United States (all times local): 7:25 a.m. Much of Kansas remains under flood warnings or watches as heavy rains are expected to push streams and rivers out of their banks. The National Weather Service says more than 3.5 inches of rain fell onto already-saturated ground in parts of Kansas Monday and overnight, and more is expected Tuesday. New Cambria, a central Kansas town near Salina, asked residents on Monday to voluntarily evacuate for up to 48 hours. Officials say Saline County faces the potential for record flooding along Mulberry Creek near Salina and Smoky Hill River near New Cambria. Pittsburg officials say an apparent tornado touched down south of the city Monday afternoon, damaging outbuildings and knocking down power lines and trees. Roof damage was also reported to Grubbs Hall at Pittsburg State University. No injuries were reported. ___ 6:45 a.m. The National Weather Service says a confirmed tornado has been spotted near the Tulsa International Airport. A tornado warning was issued early Tuesday morning for the area. Forecasters say the tornado is moving to the northeast at about 50 mph (80 kph). The tornado comes as part of a powerful storm system that spawned dozens of tornado sightings Monday and caused significant flash flooding in parts of Oklahoma. The stormy weather is expected to continue Tuesday in eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and western Illinois. ___ 6:15 a.m. A powerful storm system that spawned dozens of tornado sightings is now causing significant flash flooding in parts of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation shut down Interstate 40 in El Reno, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City, because of high water Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches of rain has fallen since Monday. In Stillwater, emergency responders were rescuing people from their homes because of high water. The Storm Prediction Center had warned of an unusually high risk for severe weather Monday for parts of Oklahoma and Texas. Damage was reported in many areas, including the town of Mangum, but no deaths have been reported. Forecasters say more stormy weather is expected Tuesday, especially in Arkansas, Missouri and western Illinois.
  • Authorities say police visited the motel room of a Texas man suspected of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl but didn't see the child, who was eventually found safe about two hours later. Michael Webb is charged with aggravated kidnapping after authorities say he snatched the girl as she walked with her mother Saturday night in Fort Worth. The child was found early Sunday at the motel in nearby Forest Hill. The Star-Telegram reports Forest Hill officers questioned the man after a motel clerk called police, but they left when they didn't see the child. Officers returned at about 2 a.m. Sunday after receiving another tip and found the girl inside the room. Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis says the department is looking into the officers' handling of the earlier call.
  • Maybe they just wanted to go for a joyride? Three bear cubs recently crawled into a man's car in Gatlinburg, Tennessee – and the shocking moment was caught on camera. >> Gatlinburg SkyBridge: Nation's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Tennessee According to WFIE, Chad Morris of Owensboro, Kentucky, was visiting the popular tourist destination last week when he spotted the undesignated drivers taking over his vehicle. Photos show the bears peeking out the windows, which Morris had left open, and getting cozy behind the steering wheel as their mother watches from the street. >> Read more trending news  'Is this real life?' Morris captioned the pictures in a Facebook book Thursday. 'Tell me we are being punked.'  >> See the Facebook post here >> Watch a video of the moment here In a Facebook comment, Morris said the bears eventually 'climbed out and took off back down the mountain.' 'I knew as soon as they got out and went down the hill, I put my windows up and they stayed up every time I parked,' Morris told WFIE. Thankfully, Morris’ new furry friends didn’t cause too much damage, though a bear did take “a chunk out of the seat,” he said. Read more here.
  • Police in Phoenix are trying to find the woman they said left a toddler in a stroller in the middle of a shopping center parking lot Saturday. The child, who is between 1 and 2 years old and was asleep in the stroller, is in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, KTVK reported. >> Read more trending news  The little boy was discovered by a bystander. The stroller was in a parking space near a fast-food restaurant, and was partially hidden under food wrappers and what police described as “other junk,” according to KTVK. “Someone who was on their way to work was walking by a pile of really just debris and among that debris was a stroller and inside the stroller was a little moving leg,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis told KTVK. The boy was taken to an area hospital to be checked out. He wasn’t hurt, KTVK reported.
  • A powerful storm system spawned a confirmed tornado Tuesday morning near Tulsa International Airport, after shutting down an interstate highway and prompting water rescues elsewhere in the state. More tornadoes, along with hail and damaging winds were predicted as the storms moved to the east. In Tulsa, forecasters confirmed a tornado near the airport at about 6:30 a.m. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but tornado warnings remained in effect in many parts of the state. Many flights were canceled or delayed at the Tulsa airport because of the storms. Along with severe weather, the storms brought a deluge of rain, causing the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to shut down Interstate 40 in El Reno, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City, because of high water Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches of rain had fallen since Monday. In Stillwater, home to Oklahoma State University, emergency responders were rescuing people from their homes because of high water. The Storm Prediction Center had warned of an unusually high risk for severe weather Monday for parts of Oklahoma and Texas. Damage was reported in many areas Monday night, including the town of Mangum, but no deaths have been reported.
  • A child was injured after being struck by a Boston Police cruiser Monday night. Boston Police say just after 7 p.m., they received a call of a pedestrian struck on Shawmut Avenue in Roxbury.  The pedestrian, who police said is a 1-year-old child, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after being hit. The child's mother tells us her daughter suffered a broken collarbone in the crash.  >> Read more trending news  No additional information was released.
  • A New Hampshire food service company is speaking out after a school cafeteria worker said she was fired for giving food to a student who couldn't pay. 'This employee was dishonest and was let go for not following procedures,' Brian Stone, president of Cafe Services' Fresh Picks Cafe division, said in a video posted to the company's YouTube account Monday. >> Watch the video here The statement came days after allegations by former Cafe Services worker Bonnie Kimball went viral, even prompting a tweet by celebrity chef José Andrés. >> See his tweet here >> Chef José Andrés hears plight of lunch lady fired after giving lunch to student who couldn’t pay Kimball, who worked in the Mascoma Valley Regional High School lunchroom for nearly five years, said she let a boy take $8 worth of food March 28 as a district manager looked on. The boy couldn't pay, so she didn't charge him, the Valley News reported. 'I quietly said, 'Tell (your) mom you need money,'' Kimball told the newspaper. She also said she wrote down the information, The Associated Press reported. The boy paid the tab March 29, the same day Kimball was fired, she told the Union Leader. >> Cafeteria worker fired for giving food to student who couldn't pay refuses offer to be rehired In a letter dated April 9, the food vendor said the district manager saw Kimball violate the company's 'cash handling procedures, the school's charge policy and federal regulation governing free meals,' according to the Valley News. The incident came as Cafe Services was vying to have its contract renewed with the school district. Board members voted May 14 to continue that agreement. Kimball told the Valley News that she had been following her direct supervisor's instructions to avoid causing 'any scenes with the contract.' Her boss had told her earlier this year to give food to students who couldn't pay and let them know they needed more money on their accounts, she said. 'We weren't supposed to pull trays,' Kimball told the Union Leader. School Board Chairman Cookie Hebert said the district's policy is that students be fed even if they can't pay; however, they are supposed to get 'the lunch of the day,' not 'a la carte' dishes, the Union Leader reported. The student in Kimball's case had taken the latter. >> Read more trending news  Shortly after Kimball's story made national headlines, Cafe Services offered to rehire her and give her back pay. Kimball refused, CNN reported Friday. In his statement Monday, Stone disputed many of Kimball's claims without mentioning her by name. 'The employee told the manager that she charged the student's account for the lunch, but the manager later confirmed there were no charges on the account, so what the employee said was not true,' Stone said. 'Every student in the lunch line gets a lunch, so there was no reason for her to not charge the account.' >> Read the full statement here Stone added that even though Kimball said the student frequently went through the lunch line, the boy's account 'hadn't been charged for anything' in three months. 'Now that there is a change in staff, this student's account shows regular activity,' Stone said.  Kimball responded to Stone’s allegations in a Monday interview with the Union Leader, saying she let the student take food without paying after he stopped qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches.  “He did not have money on his account if and when he came in,” Kimball told the newspaper. “Sometimes he paid cash, and sometimes (he put it) on his girlfriend’s account. Lots of times he would charge it to a friend’s (account).” Read more here.