Katelyn Norman, a 14-year-old from Tennessee, suffers from an aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Last weekend, her doctors told her ”it has spread a lot, my cancer, and that it’s the beginning of the end of my days.” Katelyn wrote up a bucket list, which included attending her high school prom, and her school obliged, planning a prom especially for her that was set to take place on Tuesday evening.
Unfortunately, on the way to the dance, Katelyn experienced difficulty breathing and and had to be airlifted back to her room at Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Undeterred by the setback, Katelyn’s school brought prom to her: in a hospital room decorated with streamers, Katelyn’s date gave her a corsage, and she was presented with a “Prom Queen” sash. When Katelyn looked out the window, she saw hundreds of people from her community gathered in a vigil for her. “We just want to give her what she ain’t going to see,” says Katelyn’s mother. “Just try to fulfill what she wants to do, which isn’t much, but it’s something to her.” See a couple more pictures of Katelyn’s special night after the jump… Keep reading »
I watched this 17-minute documentary called “Dirty Girls” and my heart fell out of my chest for these girls. Shot by then-high school senior Michael Lucia in 1996, the film investigates a group of 13-year-old girls with a reputation for being “dirty” –as in unwashed and unclean. The “Dirty Girl” crew is spearheaded by two sisters, Amanda and Harper, who just don’t give a fuck what other people think of them. The girls make a riot grrl zine that they distribute around school — and some of the worst criticism they get is (surprise, surprise) not from boys, but from other girls, many of whom appear to espouse an “alternative” aesthetic, too.
Man, high school. Keep reading »
I was listening to Pandora yesterday and randomly–so, so randomly–Garth Brooks’ song “Friends In Low Places” came on. From the first few notes, I was instantly transported back to my rural high school gym, line dancing in a PE uniform and hating my life. But you know what? In that moment I also felt a pang of nostalgia for my tiny Oregon high school (my graduating class had a whopping 75 people in it), and I thought about all the other strange and awful and wonderful experiences I had there. So in honor of Garth Brooks and muddy trucks and parties in the woods, here are 10 ridiculous things that happen at rural, small town high schools… Keep reading »
We got into a discussion yesterday about famous people who went to our high school — those who we knew and those who we didn’t. It got really interesting when Julie told us about an infamous member of her graduating class. Not to be all name-droppy, but here’s a complete list of the most infamous/famous alums from our high schools after the jump. No, we didn’t include ourselves on the list. But who knows, maybe someday … Keep reading »
How’s this for crazy — 24-year-old Carissa Hads of Massachusetts was arrested after posing as a 17-year-old boy in order to gain the affections of a 15-year-old girl who had no idea she was actually a girl. Dye allegedly used a “an artificial flesh-colored penis” to simulate real male genitals, and wore a back brace in order to conceal her breasts.
And she apparently treated the teen girl like her actual girlfriend, purchasing several cell phones for her, along with a Kindle Fire tablet. The girl used the cell phones to take and send nude pictures of herself to Hads, who was posing as a teenage father named “Wilson.”
Hads is being charged with traveling across state lines for the purpose of coercing of enticing a minor to have sexual intercourse.
Strangely, though, Hads is hardly the only person that’s impersonated a teenager. Whether in order to woo teenage lovers or to escape the realities of becoming an adult, there are several cases of both men and women who posed as high school students. I literally have nightmares about going back to high school (it’s my standard anxiety dream that I’m back in high school and totally unprepared for a test and can’t remember where my classroom is), so these stories are totally fascinating to me. After the jump, eight stories of adults pretending to be teens.
I’m just going to put it out there: Zach Galifianakis is the man of my dreams. He’s chivalrous, hilarious, aerodynamic, beautifully bearded, and friends with Tim and Eric — what more could I want in a life mate? Despite how well Zach and I obviously know each other, I never would have suspected that this is what he looked like in high school. So handsome! [Crushable]