Teenagers in The Times: March 2019

Teenagers in The Times: March 2019

We present the March 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.



Building Grit in Girls Through Mountain Biking

Experts say the sport encourages strength, confidence and a chance to splash in mud puddles.

Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Tackle Football Until After Seventh Grade

The measure, which is already facing headwinds, follows unsuccessful similar attempts by legislators in five other states.

Wisconsin School Bans Mock Cheerleading Awards After Harassment Accusations

Awards for “Big Booty” and ”Big Boobie” will no longer be given to high school cheerleaders after they were challenged by parents and the A.C.L.U.

Unvaccinated Student in Kentucky Sues After Being Barred From Playing Basketball

Jeremy Kunkel, 18, claims he shouldn’t be forced to be vaccinated against chickenpox. He contends that barring him from school violates his First Amendment rights.

Hello, Kevin Knox.’ A Knicks Rookie Breaks Out.

Knox, 19 and still adjusting to N.B.A. life, scored 19 points in the Knicks’ victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Bianca Andreescu Completes a Stunning Run to the Indian Wells Title

The 18-year-old Canadian, ranked 60th, is the youngest player to win the tournament since Serena Williams in 1999. Dominic Thiem beat Roger Federer for the men’s title.

Nathan Chen’s Yale Juggling Act

Some undergraduates head to Daytona for spring break. Nathan Chen, a Yale freshman, is heading to the World Figure Skating Championships.

High School ‘Alien’ Production Wins Internet Raves

For just $3,500, the drama club at North Bergen High School recreated Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror thriller on stage, reaching a global audience, too.

Review: ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ an Unnerving Alliance of Children and Art

Milo Rau, called “the world’s most controversial director,” asks a cast of young people to relate the story of a notorious Belgian pedophile.

Review: In ‘Good Friday,’ an Unblinking Look at Rape Culture

A drama set in a college classroom during a campus shooting, “Good Friday,” at the Flea Theater, is meant to unsettle and provoke.

Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture

“Readers, not a Twitter mob, should decide the fate of a book,” contends this Opinion essay writer.

Kids Searching for the Complicated Truth

On the cusp of their teenage years, the protagonists of these novels deal with death in the family, remembered childhood trauma and many varieties of parental pressure.

In Two New Novels, the Trouble Is Academic — and All Too Real

“Still in Love” and “Such Good Work” revisit the lessons and trials of the classroom.

Graphic Novels That Will Keep Kids Reading

Jerry Craft’s tale of an artistic black kid navigating a mostly white prep school, and Lincoln Peirce’s new series about a medieval girl who longs to be a knight.