Teenagers in The Times: September 2020

Teenagers in The Times: September 2020

Here is the September edition of Teenagers in The Times, a roundup of the news and feature stories about young people that have recently appeared across sections of NYTimes.com. We publish a new edition on the first Thursday of each month.

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A Police Officer Shot a 13-Year-Old With Autism in Salt Lake City

The authorities said the officer shot the boy while responding to a call about a “violent psych issue.” The teenager, Linden Cameron, was fleeing and did not have a weapon, his mother said.

Young Women Take a Frontline Role in Thailand’s Protests

Women, many of them students, are speaking out against a patriarchy that controls the military, the monarchy and the Buddhist monkhood, Thailand’s most powerful institutions.

Outcry in Hong Kong After Police Tackle 12-Year-Old Girl

Children’s rights groups started a petition demanding a public apology from the police force and an investigation over the girl’s treatment.

Futures in Peril: The Rise of Child Labor in the Pandemic

With schools closed and families desperate for income, millions of children are being forced into work that is often dangerous, arduous and illegal.

As Covid-19 Closes Schools, the World’s Children Go to Work

Former students are taking illegal and often dangerous jobs in India and other developing countries, potentially rolling back years of progress in social mobility and public health.

With More Black Women, U.S. Open Shows Serena and Venus Legacy

“It’s amazing to see so many girls that look like me playing in the tournament and the main draw,” said Hailey Baptiste, 18, who received a U.S. Open wild card.

A Deep U.S. Open Run Becomes a Pitch For College Tennis

For years, college tennis was seen as a dead end for aspiring pros. Jennifer Brady, a semifinalist at the U.S. Open, is the latest player to show it does not have to be.

College Football’s Worst Fear in the Pandemic: The Death of a Player

Jamain Stephens was known as a big man on campus. His death raised questions about how his university is handling the coronavirus and prompted athletes to think about their own risks.

A Girl Wanted to Try Out for Boys’ Tennis. Ginsburg Helped Make It Happen.

In the early 1970s, a law professor named Ruth Bader Ginsburg took on a case that paved the way for a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey to play on a boys’ high school team.

With Kids in Sports Bubbles, These Parents Are Desperate for a Way In

Many parents are used to following their pro-athlete offspring from game to game. With the pandemic keeping them out of stadiums, some are getting creative.

‘H Is for Happiness’ Review: Using Fuss to Fight Off a Funk

The cuteness and cheer of this film is offset by a refreshingly direct take on depression and despair.

I Was Bullied for Being Arab. Nine Inch Nails Threw Me a Lifeline.

As a teenage girl paralyzed with fear, one of the darkest albums of the 1990s, “The Downward Spiral,” gave me the guts to rebel against my tormentors.

What It Means to Be the ‘Token’ Black Kid in a Rich, White World

In “Greyboy,” Cole Brown recounts the lives of privileged outsiders, himself among them.

A Teenage Producer With a TikTok Hit Brings New Zealand to the World

Jawsh 685’s “Savage Love” became a global pop smash. Next up: graduating from high school and, hopefully, getting on a plane.

Kenny Ortega, Teen Whisperer

With the new Netflix series “Julie and the Phantoms,” the man behind “High School Musical” hopes to create another generation of young stars. How does he do it? By seeing teenagers for who they are.

Review: ‘We Are Who We Are’ Captures Not-So-Innocents Abroad

Luca Guadagnino’s HBO series is a heady teen drama of hormones and self-discovery on a U.S. Army base in Italy.