Teenagers in The Times: April 2019

Teenagers in The Times: April 2019

Here is the April 2019 edition of Teenagers in The Times. This roundup of news and feature stories about young people that have recently appeared across sections of NYTimes.com appears on the first Thursday of each month during the school year.

For ideas about how to use Teenagers in The Times with your students, please see our lesson plan and special activity sheet, both of which can be used with this or any other edition.


Civics, Politics, Economics and Business

Bronx Teenager Who Became a Symbol for Ending Cash Bail Is Arrested on Slashing Charge

Pedro Hernandez, 19, who has accused the police of framing him in the past, was charged with slashing a man during a robbery.

Ex-State Trooper Who Fired Taser at Teenager on A.T.V. Is Convicted of Manslaughter

Damon Grimes, 15, was driving an all-terrain vehicle when officers tried to pull him over. After one used his stun gun, Damon crashed, and died soon after.

For Sri Lanka’s Children, the Deepest Scars Are Not Physical

Some suffered terrible injuries in the bombings. But for many others, witnesses to unimaginable scenes of carnage, the wounds are psychological.

Knives Were Left on Japanese Prince’s School Desk, Police Say

The Tokyo police were investigating security footage indicating that an adult had trespassed on the grounds of the school attended by Prince Hisahito, 12.

Raniya Wright, 10, Died of Natural Causes, Not Because of School Fight, Officials Say

Investigators said that Raniya, whose death caused an outpouring of grief and made national headlines, had a birth defect that caused a blood vessel in her brain to burst.

‘We Must Be Better’: A Young Black Student Takes His Own Life

Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old black student at Huntsville High School in Alabama, killed himself. His family said he had been the target of homophobic bullying.

Los Angeles Archdiocese Pays $8 Million to Teen Girl Abused and Kidnapped by Coach

Advocates for abuse victims said the settlement highlighted the problem of abuse committed by non-clergy members at Catholic institutions.

Agreement Allows 2,700 Children in Central America to Join Parents in U.S.

The children had previously been granted conditional approval to enter the country as refugees under an Obama-era initiative, until the Trump administration canceled the program.

27 More Graves May Have Been Found at a Notorious Florida Boys School

The latest discovery adds to 55 graves already uncovered at a reform school that was infamous for beatings, abuse, forced labor and neglect.



When Your Diet Affects Your Social Life

This student at Samford University in Birmingham writes, “My dietary restrictions were limiting my college experience more than I thought.”


Arts, Media and Culture

Review: With All-Boy Choirs Up for Debate, an Ensemble Soars

The storied Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, performed for the last time in America under Stephen Cleobury, its leader since 1982.

Ballet’s Biggest Matchmakers (Student, Meet Scholarship)

The Youth America Grand Prix is a competition in which the real prizes are scholarships. For those, you only need to catch the eye of one director.

Abuse Allegations Rock Vienna Ballet School

“The students who were subject to physical or emotional abuse have our deepest sympathy,” the ballet academy of the Vienna State Opera said in a statement.

For the Performing Arts Students in This Novel, Drama Is a Way of Life

Susan Choi’s “Trust Exercise” follows the intense relationships and betrayals among high school friends and their teachers.

Fast Times at Citywide Academy for the Performing Arts

In her new novel, “Trust Exercise,” Susan Choi trains her lens on a group of high school drama students, zooming in first on their teenage years, then focusing on them years later.