QUIRKY WORLD: 14-year-old suspended from school for wanting more homework

HOMEWORK WALKOUT

QUIRKY WORLD: 14-year-old suspended from school for wanting more homework

ENGLAND: A 14-year-old boy has been excluded from school for two days after leading fellow pupils in a class walkout — because he wanted more homework.

Aaron Parfitt organised the mass gathering on the playing fields of his school in Blackpool, Lancashire, after complaining he was not getting enough homework to help with his maths after he had failed an exam, and about a high turnover of teachers in the subject. Up to 100 pupils joined him.

Last year, Bispham High School was threatened with closure and put into special measures after it was labelled “inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors, who said there was too much “mediocre teaching” at the school. Acting head teacher Deborah Hanlon-Catlow told the Blackpool Gazette this was “a challenging time for the school”.

Cricketer suspended for penis sketch

AUSTRALIA: An Australian cricketer was suspended for a bizarre incident in which he scratched the image of a penis and testicles into the pitch.

South Australian paceman Daniel Worrall was slapped with a penalty of four suspension points, which is equal to two four-day matches or four one-day or T20 games.

Worrall was reported for unbecoming conduct and bringing the game into disrepute after the incident last Friday during a Futures League match between South Australia and Victoria. Worrall scratched the image into a wicket due to be used for another match.

“We are extremely disappointed in Daniel’s actions; it is not in line with the behaviour we expect,” said South Australia Cricket Association high-performance general manager Jamie Cox. “We do believe this out of character for Daniel; he regrets his behaviour and has accepted the penalty.”

COURT TOURISTS

USA: While visiting New York — a city synonymous with theatres and nightlife — Jenny Baumann, 26, from Munich, Germany, chose to perch on a scarred wooden bench in a utilitarian room in lower Manhattan to see a night court in action.

“It’s very interesting to hear real cases,” she said as she watched a judge decide whether to set bail for people facing charges ranging from choking a girlfriend to stealing a six-pack of beer.

It is one of New York’s more peculiar tourist traditions, a place visitors extol on travel websites while many residents hope never to end up there.

Dozens of jurisdictions across the US hold sessions at night, but Manhattan Criminal Court occupies a unique spot in the public’s imagination, thanks to TV’s Law & Order and the comedy Night Court.

FRETTING MP

ENGLAND: Guitar-playing prisoners have been ordered to return their electric and steel-stringed instruments after the Government banned them, a Labour frontbencher has said.

Kevin Brennan, himself a guitarist, demanded to know why the Tory-led coalition had ordered the return of the types of guitar on which the majority of modern rock and pop music is played. He said the likes of Johnny Cash and Billy Bragg have shown the importance of music and guitars in rehabilitating offenders.

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright, who plays the trumpet, said the specifics of why electric and steel-stringed guitars were axed were beyond his level of expertise, but added that he would ensure the restrictions were appropriate. “You have, perhaps predictably given your level of expertise, got to a level of detail on musical instruments I’m not currently cognisant with,” he said.

CHARACTER MOURNED

USA: Fans upset about a main character’s death in the just-concluded episode of MTV’s Teen Wolf now have a special place to go to let off steam.

The network said it is launching a website for fans to pay tribute to the character Allison Argent, who was killed by a demon. On the site, cast members offer “eulogies” and actress Crystal Reed explains that her character was killed off because she wanted to move on and do something else.

Killing a TV character is not new, but MTV is taking an interesting step by offering an advertiser-sponsored site, TeenWolfMemorial.com, for fans to mourn their loss.

GAME SWAP

USA: Gamers are to be allowed to swap their used titles for vouchers at US chain Wal-Mart.

Under an expansion plan, the world’s largest retailer will let video game owners trade in used games online and in Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores for store credit — but not cash.

Previously, the company offered trade-ins on a more limited basis online. It will also offer refurbished used games in its stores for the first time.

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