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Mother says 12-Year-Old son Suspended From Worcester Middle School for Hugging Gym Teacher



A 12-year-old student in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been suspended for hugging a gym teacher.

The foster mother of the Forest Grove Middle School student is asking for change after the boy was suspended for 10 days and given a record of physical assault of a teacher.

“I was told he had put his hands on a teacher,” said Julie Orozco. “I was shocked and asked for details on what happened, and then I was told that he hugged his gym teacher.”

“At the end of the day, I just hugged her, nothing really happened,” the seventh-grader said.

NBC10 Boston is not identifying the 12-year-old boy, but Orozco says he fully admits he was fooling around with friends in gym class when the teacher told him to sit out.

“And then I went over just like, and I gave her a hug and said, ‘Please, I don’t want to sit out’ because I like the game,” he said.

After sitting out for five minutes, the teacher allowed him to play.

“I don’t expect the teacher to have to be OK with being touched or being hugged, but I do expect as an educator that she educate what the boundaries are in her classroom,” Orozco said.

She says after several phone calls, emails and an eventual hearing, she got his school record reduced to “disruption of school” and his suspension reduced to four days. But she says there’s nothing in the school handbook about hugs and she doesn’t want this incident to be held against him in the future.

“If you can admit to me that you didn’t have a mechanism or a process, or any way of informing students what your expectations were, but then in the same breath you say to me, ‘He’s 12, he should know hugs are not OK,’ it’s confounding,” Orozco said.

Reached by phone, the school district’s safety director said the district has no comment on the matter.

Orozco has been invited by the school committee to speak at their meeting Thursday about what her son is going through.

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Nine shot, multiple killed at family gathering in Fresno, California



According to NBCNEWS At least nine people were shot, several of them fatally, when someone opened fire on a backyard family gathering in Fresno, California, on Sunday night, police said.

No further information was immediately available, including the number of people who were killed. An unspecified number of other victims were listed in critical condition at hospitals.

Police Lt. Bill Dooley said that no suspect or suspects had been identified in the shooting in southeast Fresno, which came as the family and friends were watching a football game in the backyard when one or more people sneaked in and began shooting.

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13-year-old sexually assaulted in broad daylight while checking mail at apartment complex



According to ABCNEWS Houston Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the man they say sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl at her apartment complex in broad daylight.

On Aug. 31, authorities say an unknown man entered the teenager’s apartment complex located in the 6200 block of Antoine Street and raped her.

During Monday’s press conference, HPD detective Vanessa Garcia said the teen was waiting on mail in a common area of her apartment building when the assault happened.

Surveillance video shows the man pacing around the apartment building before attacking the 13-year-old.

“I do believe, based on the facts, that he is a member of the community,” Garcia said. “He was very bold to sexually assault her at 1 p.m. when people were walking by. Someone could have seen something.”

“I don’t feel protected over here,” said Mae Terry, a resident of the complex who got a notice about the assault on her door. “I really want to move because my grandmother is bed ridden, and we don’t have any protection here. What if he tried to break in? My grandma can’t move.”

Terry believes the man looks like someone who frequently visits one of the nearby corner stores. However, because the assault happened on Aug. 31, and residents are just now seeing the video, she worries that the man may have already left the area.

Investigators believe the man may have been watching the teenager for a while before attacking her.

“The male was watching her and had been watching her for a while. When she was alone, he saw the opportunity to grab her and brutally sexually assault her,” Garcia said.

Authorities described the suspect as a black male, wearing long pants and a muscle shirt, with a thin build, and facial hair.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You can also make an anonymous tip online at

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Tickets for Kanye West ‘Sunday Service’ selling online for up to $500



If you were able to get a free ticket, you’re in luck, if not, tickets which are sold out at Ticketmaster, are now going for up to $500.

People also posted ads on Craigslist, selling tickets for up to $200.

West is set to attend the 11 a.m. service in the auditorium for a conversation with Pastor Joel Osteen on West’s faith journey and overcoming adversity.

Following that, West will hold his own Sunday Service at Lakewood at 7 p.m.

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