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Only in America: The school too sensitive to honor its honors students

A middle school almost cancels a celebration for honors students for fear of hurting feelings — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Rhode Island middle school canceled its traditional Honors Night over fears its "exclusive nature" would hurt some students' feelings, but restored it when there was an outcry from parents. Principal Alexis Meyer originally announced that top students would be saluted in inclusive, "team-based" ceremonies. But in the face of strong criticism, she reinstituted the separate honors event.