France banned serving alcohol with school lunches in 1956, but only for kids under 14. Before the 1950s, French children were not only allowed to drink wine, beer or cider in the canteen, but they were encouraged to do so.
In Finland, knitting and making textile stuff is part of the school curriculum.
Two 16-year-olds got lost in the Canadian wilderness while snowboarding, but were able to stay warm by burning their homework. The two boys were rescued the following day and managed to avoid frostbite, sustaining only minor injuries.
In 2009, a 52 year old man used forged papers to enroll as a high school student at Waterford High School.
In 2000, fundamentalist Mormon leader Warren Jeffs ordered his followers to pull their children out of public schools, leading one school district to drop from 1,200 students, to less than 250.
The last school that was desegregated was Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Mississippi. This happened in 2016. The order to desegregate this school came from a federal judge, after decades of struggle. This case originally started in 1965 by a fourth-grader.
Italian law forbids school cafeterias from serving deep-fried foods such as potato chips, french fries, and even fried chicken.
Italian school lunches have to include a starchy dish (alternating rice, pasta and soup), a main course (based on meat, fish, eggs or cheese), two or more vegetable side dishes and plenty of fresh fruit. Nutritional standards regulate dish rotation: at least ten meals in the 4-week cycle must include cooked vegetables, ten meals contain pulse, starchy foods or grains and cereal, eight meals comprise fresh fruit for dessert, with portion size set according to dish and age group.
In 2008 a school Camden, NJ forced students to eat their lunch off the floor for 2 weeks after a child accidentally spilled water while refilling a water cooler. 7 students won a $500,000 legal settlement. The vice principal has since transferred. The children’s teacher was fired after encouraging them to tell their parents about the punishment. The teacher won a $75,000 settlement earlier.
Elementary school children in Japan came together online by creating a virtual graduation ceremony in a Minecraft-rendered graduation hall with students attending as Minecraft avatars.
In 2014, a high school student was suspended for two months for jokingly replying “Actually, yeah” to an internet post that asked if he made out with a teacher. He sued the school board for being unjustly suspended, and won a $425,000 settlement.