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    Cheating Scandal Worries Boston High School Students

    The nationwide college admissions scandal that came to light this week has left high school students worried that their dream schools might be out of reach.

    (Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019)

    Amid allegations that wealthy parents paid big-time money to cheat the college admissions system, many high school students in the Boston area are concerned about their futures.

    "We all know how far money can go," said Danelia Gossop, a senior at New Mission High school in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood.

    Gossop is waiting to hear back about her college applications.

    "It definitely casts a doubt in my mind," she said. "Like, what if my spot is taken already?"

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Junior Jada Coplin is also now questioning if the system really is rigged.

    "There's a reason why so many rich kids are able to get in," said Coplin. "It's like, 'Oh, so that's what they were doing.'"

    New Mission guidance counselor Val Gonclaves says these are some of concerns now being voiced by students there and at other Boston-area high schools.

    Gonclaves says some are now wondering if it's even worth putting in the time and effort to pursue their dream schools if the deck is already stacked against them.

    "Eighty-three percent of our students are considered low-income students," Gonclaves said. "If our students are not applying, how will they ever get in?"

    But Headmaster Dr. Naia Wilson says the worst-kept secret in academia is now finally out in the open and presents a teacheable moment.

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    "The inequity is very real in education. We have to work just as hard, if not harder," said Dr. Wilson.

    Senior Michel Moravia has already been accepted to Darmouth, Boston University and Northeastern University. He says h's proof you don't always need wealth and privilege to get in.

    "I come from a working class background, and I still made it. You could, too," said Moravia.

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