Teenagers in The Times: January 2019

Teenagers in The Times: January 2019

Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Teenagers in The Times. This roundup of the 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.

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43 Teens, 1 Adult: Los Angeles Teachers Describe a Typical Day in a Crowded Classroom

We asked some of the more than 30,000 teachers who went on strike last week to tell us how they teach their largest classes.

500,000 Students Are Affected by the L.A. Teachers Strike. Most Are Latino.

Even before the walkout, these students suffered from years of limited funding; California spends less per pupil than the national average.

When College Rapists Graduate

This Opinion essay states, “If they’re not held accountable at school, what’s to stop them from becoming the villain of another woman’s #MeToo story once they enter the work force?”

Who’s to Blame for Fast Food on Campus? You

There’s a simple reason so many colleges have chain restaurants: Students want them.

No Tuition, but You Pay a Percentage of Your Income (if You Find a Job)

Income Sharing Agreements are gaining the attention of higher education and Wall Street. One early success story is getting a boost from venture capital.

Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’

Financial and enrollment woes at schools like the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have led to a scramble for fixes, such as dropping longstanding liberal arts degrees.

The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class

Student demand for computer science courses is outstripping the supply of professors, creating a student divide of computing haves and have-nots.

Trump Administration to Nearly Double Size of Detention Center for Migrant Teenagers

The federal government is closing a controversial tent city for migrant children in Texas. But officials are now moving to nearly double the capacity of a similar facility in Florida.

Inquiry Into Migrant Shelters Poses Dilemma: What Happens to the Children?

Federal officials face a balancing act as they investigate alleged wrongdoing at Southwest Key, the largest provider in an overburdened shelter system.

Jayme Closs, Who Saved Herself From a Kidnapper, Will Get $25,000 in Reward Money

The 13-year-old, whose parents were killed when she was abducted, will receive the money from the food company where her parents worked for nearly three decades.

Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Kidnapping

Jake T. Patterson, 21, was held pending murder and kidnapping charges, the authorities said. Jayme, 13, had vanished when her parents were fatally shot in a rural Wisconsin town.

She Wanted to See Her Boyfriend. She May Have Been Beheaded for It.

Days after a 16-year-old’s mutilated body was found in a small Indian town, the police arrested her father, who they believe arranged her killing.

Teenager Captured With ISIS Fighters Is From Trinidad, Not the U.S., Officials Say

A 16-year-old caught on the front lines in Syria had been taken by his mother to the battle zone when he was 12, his sister and American officials said.

American Boy, 16, Caught Fighting for ISIS in Syria, Militia Says

The teenager, whose capture was announced by the Syrian Democratic Forces, would be the only American minor apprehended fighting on behalf of the Islamic State on the battlefield.

‘The Taliban Made Me Fight’: What to Do With Child Recruits After They Serve Time?

Afghan children as young as 8 have been imprisoned after being caught preparing suicide attacks. Officials worry about what to do when they grow up.

Israeli Teenagers Are Suspected in Deadly Stoning of a Palestinian Woman

Five youths are being investigated for “grave terrorism offenses, including murder,” over the death of Aisha Rabi on a West Bank road.

China Using Taped Confessions to Intimidate Young Communists, Students Say

The authorities appear to be escalating efforts to crush a student-led campaign for workers’ rights that has evaded Beijing’s control.

Poland Cracks Down on Escape Rooms After Deadly Fire

Five 15-year-old girls died in a locked room after a building that lacked basic safety measures caught fire. The operator faces criminal charges.

A Christian Youth Group Turned Me Jewish

This Opinion essay writer states, “As a teenager, crushes were my religion. I obsessed over boys from a born-again Christian youth group like a fanatic, and I found peace in this faith.”

My Relationship Guru Is a 14-Year-Old Girl

“As a queer, closeted teenager, I had to learn about romance from the sidelines. A decade later, I’m still struggling to get in the game,” writes Garrett Schlichte in a Modern Love essay.


Science, Health, Technology and Sports

U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Alysa Liu, 13, Becomes Youngest Winner

Liu stole the show with two triple axels and defeated the defending champion, Bradie Tennell, who fell during her free skate.

‘When I Skate It Just Feels Free’

Figure Skating in Harlem helps young women of color see themselves on ice.

At 17, Amanda Anisimova Bucks the Odds and Knocks Off a Seed

Anisimova beat 11th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-2, at the Australian Open to reach the second week of a Grand Slam event for the first time.

In Texas, the Land of Football, It’s Rugby to the Rescue

Why rugby? Because its tackling techniques emphasize use of the shoulder, which increasingly appeals to football coaches leery of concussions. Even in Texas.

He’s 16 Going On Stardom: Meet Broadway’s Next ‘Evan Hansen’

Andrew Barth Feldman, a high school junior on Long Island, is an ardent theater fan who has been acting since he was 8. Now he’ll be leading the cast in his favorite show.

Is a Film About a Transgender Dancer Too ‘Dangerous’ to Watch?

That’s what trans activists say about the Netflix drama “Girl.” But the movie’s supporters say it’s something cisgender viewers need to see.

After the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary, #MeToo Has Finally Returned to Black Girls

“Let’s keep it there,” say the writers of this Opinion essay, co-founders of a nonprofit that uses art to empower young people to end violence against girls and women.

‘Pledge’ Review: Don’t Haze Me Because I’m Different

Three nerdy college freshmen rush a creepy, off-campus fraternity in Daniel Robbins’s tight, twisty torture movie.

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Cult Director Waxes Arthurian

Joe Cornish bestows Excalibur upon a boy who is fleeing bullies, and the legend comes alive, just when a divided country needs a hero.

Revisiting Anne Frank’s Diary — ‘A Warm and Stirring Confession’

In 1952, Meyer Levin reviewed “The Diary of a Young Girl” for the Book Review. Here’s an excerpt.

Reframing Refugee Children’s Stories

In “We Are Displaced,” the Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai gathers stories from girls around the world who, like her, have had to flee their homes.

When the Grown-Ups Stumble, These Kids Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

In new novels by Brenda Woods, Dan Gemeinhart, Alicia D. Williams and more, young protagonists learn the hard way that adults don’t have all the answers.

Growing Up in New York, Just Like Holden and Francie. Only With Basketball.

The heroine of Dana Czapnick’s debut novel, “The Falconer,” feels most at home shooting hoops at her prep school gym.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Returns to High School in New Comic Books

Boom! Studios will reboot Buffy and friends with a new look at their pre-college days.

Review: In ‘The Passage,’ the Bloodsuckers Are Vampire-Adjacent

A new Fox series based on the best-selling novels by Justin Cronin pits a preteen girl against the vampirelike victims of biomedical experimentation.

Spinning Into a Storm of Her Own Making

Watch part of a solo that Bianca Berman, 14, choreographed and will perform as part of Ellen Robbins’s “Dances by Very Young Choreographers.”