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Meet the teacher who made headlines walking his students home daily

Published: Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 11:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

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It’s the picture that’s gone viral: An elementary school teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, caught on camera walking the young students home from school.

Carl Schneider, a third- through fifth-grade special education teacher at the school, told FOX13 he actually feels a little silly about all the attention.

“This is just part of my routine and it's something that I look forward to,” said Schneider. “I was kind of surprised but at the same time I'm also really glad that people know the teachers in this community are really invested in the community.”

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It started as an effort three years ago to make sure the nearly 200 Whitney Achievement Elementary students make the mile and a half walk home safely.

“When we started to launch the school we recognized that there was a need in the community for children to be able to get home safely,” said Principal Debra Broughton.

But it’s turned into more.

Schneider told FOX13 it’s helped break the formal boundaries of teacher-and-student and build a more open relationship with the kids.

“I have a student on a behavior so every day I give his dad a copy of his behavior sheet and we have a quick debrief about the behavior of the day,” said Schneider. “I don't teach kindergarten but I have three to four kinderdartners who look for me every day and we all hold hands and walk together.”

Schneider has four other teachers helping him walk the 40 students home: Kevin Sullivan, Auriel Rolle-Polk, Allison Thompson and Valeria Bostick. All of them wave and shout “hello” as they walk past not only parents but also neighbors passing by.

“When you build healthy relationships with students, with parents, with partners in the community, that's how transformation really takes place,” said Broughton.

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Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)
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This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)(AP)

President Donald Trump on Thursday said attorney Michael Cohen represented him “with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal” weeks after he told reporters that he had no knowledge of a $130,000 payment paid to the adult film star by Cohen.

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During a phone interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Cohen did “a percentage of my overall legal work -- a tiny, tiny fraction.”

“Michael would represent me … on some things,” Trump said. “He represents me — like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.”

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the admission “another gift from the heavens in this case” in an interview on MSNBC.

“It’s a hugely damaging admission by the president because according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn’t know anything about the agreement, he didn’t know anything about the payment, Michael Cohen went off and did this on a lark and Mr. Trump knew nothing about it,” Avenatti said. “He tripped himself up.”

Cohen negotiated a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016 in exchange for her signing a nondisclosure agreement barring her from talking about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported in January.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One earlier this month that he was unaware of the payment or where the money had come from.

Avenatti told CNN Thursday that Trump’s most recent comments would only bolster his efforts to force Trump and Cohen to testify under oath about their knowledge of the payment to Daniels.

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“It’s going to add considerable momentum to our efforts to depose the president and put him under oath, because now we have two contrary statements in less than a month,” Avenatti said.

Daniels, who was born Stephanie Clifford, is suing to break the nondisclosure agreement, claiming the document is invalid because it was never signed by Trump.

Cohen filed notice Wednesday that he would not answer questions in the Daniels case, exercising his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Aggravated Indecent Assault

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Trump VA nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws name from consideration

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM
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Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting.

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DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Avicii Dead at 28

The family of Swedish dance music DJ Avicii has issued a statement days after his death.

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Variety reported that the family of Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, thanked fans and others for their support.

We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs. 

Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world. 

We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. 

With love, 

The Tim Bergling Family

Bergling was found dead in Muscat, Oman, a city in the Middle East, April 20. The cause of death is not yet known, but authorities have ruled out foul play.

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