Gimme 5: News That Parents Should Know (But Might Have Missed)

This week, scary clowns terrorize schools, kids compete in an annoying, slightly scientific game, and the FDA has an urgent announcement for parents with teething babies. Scroll down to get the scoop on five of the latest stories in education news.

Scary Clown Threats Cause Some Schools to Close


What might have started as a harmless prank has grown into national hysteria. Earlier this summer, reports of people dressed as scary clowns were luring children into the woods. Now, there are school-targeted threats made by participants in the scary clown movement. In any case, the parents and educators are being encouraged to avoid any clown costumes during the halloween season. (Washington Post)

Competitive Bottle Flipping Game Sweeps the Nation

After one high schooler showcased his bottle-flipping skills at his school’s talent show, the video of his performance went viral and sent middle schoolers everywhere into a competitive, bottle-flipping extravaganza. Most lunch ladies and parents have responded with general annoyance. (Boston Globe)

Education – Not Just Trump v Clinton – On the Ballot

State-level elections take on extra weight for education this year. Aside from the presidential race, there are also races for governor, state education chief, and legislative seats, plus ballot measures on education funding and charter schools. (The Atlantic)

FDA Warns Parents to Stop Using Teething Tablets & Gels

baby-teethingThe CVS drug store chain has pulled a line of homeopathic teeth products from its shelves this week after the FDA has recommended parents stop using them. The FDA has not recalled the products, but is concerned after finding reports of children having seizures after using them. Parents who have used tablets and gels are advices to take their child to a doctor if they experience any negative side effects. (CNN)

Parents Donate Son’s Brain For Autism Research

Michael, who had a severe form of autism, also had a history of epilepsy. About 20% to 30% of children with autism spectrum disorder develop epilepsy by the time they reach adulthood. Michael’s family hopes that his brain may help scientists gain crucial insights into autism spectrum disorder, which Michael lived with and that affects about one in 68 children in the United States. (CNN)


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