Paris Jackson is proof that you can be famous and drop-dead gorgeous, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get picked on at school. In fact, Michael Jackson‘s 14-year-old daughter tells Oprah Winfrey she’s being bullied at her fancy private school. The good news is she doesn’t let it get it her (or at least she claims it doesn’t work). The bad news is that no one – not even Paris Jackson – is immune from bullying.
Oprah, of course, tries to dig deeper, asking Paris why she thinks people don’t like her. And the poor girl has no answers. “Do you think they’re jealous?” asks Oprah. “I don’t know, maybe,” replies Paris. “Do you sense people trying to use you?” continues Oprah, to which Paris replies, “If I feel someone is being fake to me, I will just push away.” More
This is not “WTF lol” so much as “WTF grr,” so don’t read this if you’re not in the mood to get angry. More
If I had the chance to change places with Emma Watson, I might take it – she’s young, beautiful, smart, rich, and famous. But it turns out that having all of those things still doesn’t keep you from getting picked on. The New York Daily News reports that Emma quit her studies at Brown University because of teasing from classmates, who liked to yell out lines from the Harry Potter movie whenever they saw her. One popular taunt was shouting “three points for Gryffindor!” every time Emma had a right answer in class. I admit that that joke was sort of funny when I first heard it, but I can’t imagine how she put up with having people yelling stuff like that at her all the time. More
The following is a fairly accurate rundown of most nights I spend going out on campus in college:
1. Beverages of questionable quality are poured into red cups in our living room.
2. After twenty minutes, we leave and walk one block away – making sure to take the shortcut route that allows us to both arrive faster and also pass by the house of close guy friends, whereby we can survey if they have yet left their house. More
My ears are ringing with questions. Just call it the institutional inquisition.
Graduation is six weeks away. I don’t usually broadcast the inner workings of my every move to the whole wide world, but questions are flying at me from all angles about where I’m going and what I’m doing come graduation, and so on.
So what do I do? Well, whenever acquaintances approach looking inquisitive, I simply block out whatever they say, wait until they cock their head awaiting my response, put my hand in their face and say, “Talk to the hand!” More
Yesterday, I went to try a new coffee place started by a couple young graduates of my school. Obviously in a rush (albeit in good spirits), I ordered my drink, got a little annoyed they didn’t have skim milk, and replied to a text message. “So, you a student here? What’re ya studying? What year are you?” I replied with succinct, a succinct “yes,” followed by a declaration of my major, and finally, with a breath of air, I let out, “I’m a senior.” And then it came predictably, “What are you going to do next year?” More
High school students from wealthy families often have a leg up when it comes to getting into college. Many times they live in better districts, can afford lots of SAT prep, essay help and other expert help for the applications. And there’s also an argument that the Early Decision process unfairly favors rich kids.
Christopher Griffin, a high school guidance counselor, has written an essay for DistrictAdministration.com about the college admissions industry. And he has a rather unorthodox solution to fixing its inequities: namely ending the early decision process. More
It’s hard not to feel bad for this high school track athlete who clearly does not excel at hurdles. She may not be the worst hurdler in this race, but she is the one whose parents documented it and then set it to motivational music.
The video is pretty amazing, but mostly reminds me how lucky I am that my parents did not have access to a video camera and YouTube when I was in high school. I ran hurdles on the track team. And I’m pretty sure my dad could have come up with something way worse than this to mortify me with. Small blessings, I guess. More
Oh man, British colloquialisms are so great. According to the BBC, a study from the journal Substance Abuse, Treatment, Prevention and Policy found that children who dislike school tend to drink more and have sex more. What makes the study so great? English grammar:
“The study of 3,641 11 to 14-year-olds by a team at Liverpool’s John Moores University suggests those drinking once a week are 10 times more likely to have full sex.”
No partial sex for these bad students! More
Two years ago, there was a guy in my history class who I called “The Rockstar.” He wore leather jackets and a necklace and ripped jeans, and slouched with his legs wide open like Danny Zuko. In all reality, he was actually skinny, nerdy and almost girlish, but there in that classroom, he seemed like a hot commodity.
I’m not a particularly aggressive flirt, nor am I the kind of girl who falls for every guy she meets. For the most part, my lack of unrealistic fairytale expectations make me borderline cynical. But class crushes, damn, I have a tendency to fall victim to the illusion that they just might work out. More
MTV Needs to Think of a Better Slogan for Its Financial Aid Sponsorship – While we appreciate that Viacom is offering $100k for the university that has the best online resource to get students applying for financial aid, the “Get Schooled College Affordability Challenge” sounds like it was created by someone who didn’t major in English good. Is it missing a colon? (Cornell Sun)
James Franco Is Not Passing His Classes – He got a D in acting for his NYU class. Maybe he should just stick to General Hospital roles after all. (via Vulture)
6-foot-9 Teenager Can’t Fit on School Bus – A 14-year-old Brazilian girl has been forced to drop out of school because she’s too tall to ride the yellow bus. Where’s Ms. Frizzle when you need her?
Here’s a little Brad Pitt story that doesn’t have any official sources, so it could be absolutely false but I’m going to post it because a) it’s believable and b) it’s freakin’ cute! According to this story, Brad Pitt is … More