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Today we take a look at a controversial new form of school discipline in the pandemic, a tragic train overpass collapse in Mexico City, and a new way to experience the ancient Coliseum in Rome.
Here’s what we’re watching this Tuesday morning.
‘A total nightmare’: Schools condemn children to virtual lessons under cover of Covid safety protocols
Raynardo Antonio Ocasio, a 6-year-old kindergarten, has been banned from his class since September.
After attending in-person classes for four weeks last fall at Zeta Charter School, across from his apartment in upper Manhattan, Raynardo was banned from the school’s virtual classes for not wearing a mask. and followed other Covid-19 safety rules.
The school said expelling Raynardo was necessary to ensure the safety of teachers and students at a frightening time in the pandemic.
More than seven months later, Raynardo is still taking classes virtually, failing to develop his social skills and struggling to learn, his mother Mayra Irizarry said.
Additionally, education advocates say removing students from face-to-face classes because of their behavior may violate the rights of those students, especially if they are disabled.
“This is the new face of denial of access to public education,” said Lorraine Wright, a civil rights and educational justice advocate in Virginia. “It’s just a new way to send kids to an alternative environment. Now it’s just easier and covered under the guise of Covid protection.”
Best Tuesday Stories
At least 23 dead after Mexico City metro viaduct collapse
A metro overpass collapsed on a road in Mexico City on Monday evening, killing at least 23 people, including children, authorities said. Dozens more were taken to hospitals, some with serious injuries, the city’s mayor said. By Phil Helsel, Michelle Acevedo and Yuliya Talmazan | Read more
Five charged after nearly 100 people were found in their Houston home in alleged smuggling operation
Houston Police were investigating a report of a possible kidnapping on Friday when they found 97 people, none of whom were authorized to be in the United States, inside the two-story home, officials said. By Phil Helsel | Read more
In Israel, it was first tragedy, then the search for whom to blame.
Days after a deadly stampede resulted in the deaths of 45 people on a religious holiday in northern Israel, many are now wondering who is at fault. Some, including activists from within the community, are calling on the ultra-Orthodox to look at their own role. By Rachel Elbaum | Read more
NOTICE: How White Rural Covid Rejectors Could Prevent American Herd Immunity
Two doctors who practice in Florida and Michigan write about watching the national race to vaccinate their fellow Americans with optimism and concern. By Dr Rob Davidson and Dr Bernard Ashby | Read more
High-ranking general abandons his opposition to change in military policy on sexual assault
In a potentially significant shift in the debate over combating sexual assault in the military, Gen. Mark Milley has said he is dropping his opposition to a proposal to make decisions on sexual assault prosecutions out of the hands of commanders. . By The Associated Press | Read more
BETTER: Could you spend 1,000 hours outdoors this year? Here’s how to meet the challenge
Could you spend three to four hours outdoors each day? Mom Ginny Yurich saw the benefits of more free play outside was for her children: “They are happier, they sleep better, they don’t get sick … We are all thriving.” Now she is encouraging other families to give it a try. By Gabrielle Frank | Read more
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A funny thing
What would the ancient Colosseum in Rome, with up to 50,000 people, look like from a gladiator’s point of view?
You might soon find out.
The Italian Ministry of Culture has announced plans to furnish the 2,000-year-old building with a new retractable floor to allow visitors to “see the majesty of the Colosseum” from its center.
Watch a video on the high-tech project here.
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