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“If you try that at a Florida university, you are going to be expelled.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, regarding pro-Palestine protests at universities across the country. Activists at numerous colleges have set up encampments to protest the Israel-Hamas war, including in areas not approved by the schools. (The Hill — April 25, 2024)

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  • American University’s Brian Hughes, regarding a Maryland State Police report last month that alleges that three 12-year-olds were repeatedly targeting another middle school student with antisemitic harassment. FBI records show that last year there were roughly 900 reported hate crime offenses at K-12 schools, most of which targeted Black people with anti-Jewish offenses coming in second. (NPR — April 23, 2024)
  • Brightline Holdings founder and Chair Wes Edens, regarding the construction of a $12 billion high-speed passenger rail line between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area. Work began on the project on Monday, April 22. Officials predict that the first passengers will board trains by 2028. (Associated Press — April 22, 2024)
  • Jalen Beard, a senior at North Community High School in Minneapolis, regarding the prevalence of gun violence at the school. Firearm injuries are the leading cause of death for children and teens over age 1 nationwide. The federal government is investing billions of dollars to combat the issue, but some students say there’s a disconnect between what the government is offering and what they actually need. (NPR — April 19, 2024)
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