Masood Jan is stressing out over his five finals next week at UC Berkeley, the hyper-competitive, top-rated public research university.
But some of his anxiety melted away Monday, thanks to close-up time with some unusual therapy animals: llamas.
The freshman from San Ramon, who hopes to major in molecular and cell biology, is spending six hours a day studying for finals in chemistry, math, physiology, psychology and English. He said his 40 minutes with the llamas, petting their soft fur and feeding them carrots and alfalfa pellets, definitely relaxed him.
Josie Hahn, who attends Polytechnic High in Long Beach, is not a survivor of a school shooting. Neither is Sofia Lizardi of Venice High or Edna Chavez of Manual Arts. But all three seniors are part of a movement that found full voice after a 19-year-old wielding a semiautomatic rifle killed 17 at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last month.
On Saturday, these students and hundreds of thousands of others are expected to take part in at least 838 marches and other official and unofficial events worldwide in what organizers have called the March for Our Lives.
Katherine Rosen, a pre-med student in her junior year at UCLA, was in chemistry lab when she knelt to put something in her desk drawer. A classmate came up behind her and stabbed her in her neck and chest.
She survived the life-threatening injuries, returned to school and sued UCLA for negligence, charging the campus was aware of her classmate's "dangerous propensities" and failed to warn and protect her.
A Pico Rivera teacher whose anti-military rant was caught on video and drew widespread condemnation has been terminated from his post, the school board president said.
El Rancho Unified School District voted unanimously Tuesday evening to fire Gregory Salcido, who taught history at his alma mater El Rancho High School, said Board of Education President Aurora Villon. He has 30 days to appeal the decision.
On Saturday, demonstrations are planned across the country to protest government inaction on gun violence and mass shootings and to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting last month.
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A proposal to help find spots for Cal State applicants who are shut out of the most popular campuses passed a key committee Tuesday at the trustees meeting in Long Beach.
The trustees are expected to vote Wednesday on the plan to chip away at a problem so serious that about 32,000 eligible applicants were turned away from the nation's largest public university system last fall because of oversubscribed programs and campuses.
At the Los Angeles Times, we try to do our part to raise the next generation of storytellers. Our High School Insider program offers young journalists a helping hand, with classroom resources, special conferences, paid internships and a chance to get their work published on our website.
Some of our HS Insider reporters were on the job March 14, when students all over the nation organized walkouts and other activities to honor the 17 people killed a month earlier at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and to push for stricter gun control to try to prevent future mass shootings. You can read their accounts here.
At 10:17 a.m., the students returned to class, but not without a profound new realization of the role their generation will play in changing the world for the better.
Sarah Wang, junior, Arcadia High School
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