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Feb. 27, 2013 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

Teens suspended for 'Harlem Shake' video

HIGHLAND, Mich., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A suburban Detroit school said students were suspended for making a version of the "Harlem Shake" viral video featuring a live duck and sexual dancing.

A spokeswoman for Huron Valley Schools said the students at Milford High School in Highland were suspended after making the video, which first features several students appearing to study while one boy dancing before cutting to several clips of students dancing in sexually suggestive styles, The Detroit News reported Tuesday.

One student held a live duck during the dance scenes.

"The students lied to the teacher to gain access to the classroom and went as far as to use a live animal in the video," Huron Valley Schools spokeswoman Kim Root said. "Our kids have to be held accountable, now."

Root did not say how many students were suspended or the length of their punishments.

"With increased access to social media by our students, we cannot take this activity lightly," she said.

The incident comes after a group of 13 students were suspended from Brownsville Area High School in Pennsylvania for making a "Harlem Shake" video at school.


Police: Aunt let boy, 11, drive car

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said a woman accused of sending her 11-year-old nephew to pick up his sister in her car was charged with child endangerment.

Authorities said an Austin schools police officer pulled over the maroon Saturn sedan near Lanier High School around 5 p.m. Jan. 17 and discovered it was bring driven by the Wooldridge Elementary School fifth-grader and the boy's 9-year-old brother was in the passenger seat, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.

The driver told the officer his aunt had given him the keys to her car and told him to pick up his sister.

Police said the aunt, Carolina Romero-Gonzalez, 40, was interviewed by an officer and denied giving the keys to her nephew. However, she was interviewed a second time Jan. 24 and admitted to giving the keys to the boy.

Police said a warrant has been issued for Romero-Gonzalez' arrest on the felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child. Bail was set at $7,500.


Russian city plans meteorite monument

CHELYABINSK, Russia, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Officials in a Russian city said they are holding a contest to design a monument commemorating the recent meteorite that caused more than a thousand injuries.

Chelyabinsk city officials said they are planning to hold a competition to solicit design proposals from the monument and to design a logo for souvenirs including calendars and magnets, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

"The meteorite that flew over the Chelyabinsk Region, will be remembered by the residents for a long time. The citizens witnessed a unique global-scale event. That's why the authorities and proactive citizens were thinking about how to immortalize this interplanetary visit," the local government said in a statement.

The meteorite hit the ground Feb. 15, setting off a shockwave that damaged thousands of buildings and injured more than 1,500 people.


Police: Man called 911 for a cheeseburger

NEW CASTLE, Ind., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Police in Indiana said a man who repeatedly called 911 to ask for a cheeseburger was arrested on an active warrant.

New Castle police said Gregory Jackson Sr., 52, was arrested at his New Castle apartment Friday night after calling 911 "multiple times requesting a cheeseburger," the Muncie Star Press reported Tuesday.

Jackson was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to show up at a hearing two days earlier.

Police said Jackson has been convicted of public intoxication at least 13 times since the early 1990s, most recently Feb. 15.

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