High school students in Lebanon, Tennessee are facing criminal charges after a food fight they allegedly started in their cafeteria on "Taco Day,".
"We all stood up and said 'food fight!' And just started throwing food," Daren Romkee a senior at Wilson Central High School said. "This is going down in the books."
It started as a senior prank, but the food fight got so crazy that students were throwing chairs and turning tables over.
Some of the seniors involved are also not going to be allowed to walk during graduation, a punishment that senior John Davidson says is too harsh.
"I think everything else we got is tolerable. You gotta do it. But walking the line, that's taking away something that's once in a lifetime," he said.
So far, eight students have been charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct, but Sheriff Robert Bryan said that "there are probably more charges to come."
Some groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, are concerned that the over-criminalization of students in schools leads to something they call the schoolto prison pipeline that, they argue, hurts students and their families and does little to increase safety.
The teen lost his mother to cancer when he was a child, leaving him with his father and older brother. Soon after the death of his mother the three found themselves living in a homeless shelter for two years, .
When Furlong was in sixth grade, his family finally moved into a home butmoney was scarce and they often went hungry. Then, just a few weeks before graduation, Furlong found himself without a home once again.
"At some point I wanted to quit" he told the local media. "It was horrible. A kid should not have to go through that."
Furlong spent a couple weeks at his girlfriend's house before moving in with an aunt and uncle yet managed to keepup his incredible 4.65 GPA through all the turbulence of moving from place to place.
"I try to accomplish everything I need to do," he said. "I know that I have everything to lose. So I just push myself. School is all I have, family is all I have. I am doing it all for me and what I have been through. I am doing it for my mom."
On June 4th, he will graduate as his high school's valedictorian with plans to attend Florida State University and study civil engineering.
Even after all that Furlong has overcome, he still faces obstacles. The formerly homeless valedictorian can't afford the cost of tuition and has not had any luck with academic scholarships yet.
However, thanks to the generosity of strangers, this story has a happy ending. A GoFundMe page that was started for Furlong last week has already exceededits goal of raising $20,000 so that this determined teen can go to college debt-free.
A truly inspiring story made possible by sheer will to overcome, and by the generosity of people all over the world.
But instead, Kaylen Woodard's quick thinking is being credited with stopping the attempted abduction of the youngster's 10-year-old neighbor on Chicago's South Side.
When Marcy's mother, Tracey Edwards, looked out the window to check on the kids, she saw her daughter running toward the house. She ran outside to try and find the man who attempted the abduction, but he was already gone. A police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
"We call Kaylen our little hero," Edwards told local media sources. "We are blessed he was there."