Welcome to the November 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. During the school year, we publish a new edition on the first Thursday of each month.

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Education

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From left, Nadine Lee, Charlotte Ruhl, Lauren Marshall, Joseph Felkers and Iman Lavery, all 18 and first-year students at Harvard University, in their dormitory on campus in Cambridge, Mass.Credit

Young supporters listened to former President Barack Obama speak at a rally in Las Vegas last month.CreditJoe Buglewicz for The New York Times
Young soldiers march in Asmara during Eritrea’s Independence Day celebrations, as the country went on alert for possible war over a border dispute with Ethiopia in May 1998.CreditAssociated Press Photos/Sami Sallinen

Cameroon Students Have Been Released, Officials Say

While the circumstances of the mass kidnapping remain unclear, more than 70 teenagers were returned to their school by masked men.

Cameroon School Kidnappings Are Reported Amid Secession Battle

The school is in a part of Cameroon where separatists have been fighting the government to form their own country. Students have been caught in the middle.

Suicides Among Japanese Children Reach Highest Level in 3 Decades

A total of 250 children in elementary, middle and high schools committed suicide last year, the highest number since 1986, Japan’s Education Ministry said.

Bullying Video Prompts Outrage and Refugee Support in Britain

Footage showing a 15-year-old tackled to the ground and doused with water has provoked an outpouring of sympathy and fund-raising.

The Nauru Experience: Zero-Tolerance Immigration and Suicidal Children

A recent visit to Nauru revealed the effects of Australia’s offshore detention policy and its impact on mental health.

Girl, 13, Who Wrote Essay on Gun Violence Is Killed by Stray Bullet

“Little children are victims of senseless gun violence,” Sandra Parks wrote in an essay about her hometown, Milwaukee. Two years later, she was dead.

Over the past three years, the number of 6-to-12-year-olds playing flag football, now more than 1.5 million, has surpassed those who currently play tackle football.CreditEmily Kask for The New York Times
The Cal Hacks 5.0 competition drew students to the University of California, Berkeley, including, from left, Haitao Zhang, Ingrid Wu and Emily Hu, all students at Berkeley. Some students at the hackathon expressed a reluctance to work for big tech firms.CreditMax Whittaker for The New York Times
Punk rock will never die.CreditDaniel Jack Lyons for The New York Times
Sunny Suljic at Courthouse Skateshop in Los Angeles.CreditJessica Lehrman for The New York Times

Sunny Suljic of ‘Mid90s’ Checks Out His Favorite Skate Shop

The 13-year-old actor is a star of Jonah Hill’s coming-of-age skateboarding movie.

Race and Class and Youth Football in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Albert Samaha’s “Never Ran, Never Will” spends two seasons with the Mo Better Jaguars, tracking the lives of the team’s young, nonwhite, often at-risk players.

Y.A. Novels That Explore Love in Many Forms

A cross-cultural romance, a love triangle, a fake relationship and a girl in search of her birth mom in the latest realistic Y.A. fiction.

Young Adult Fantasy Novels That Sweep Readers Away

Old-school haunted mansions, a climate apocalypse, a world where survival depends on falconry, and a girl born with a tunnel through her body.

Two New Audiobooks Inspire Teenagers to Make Real Change

Both “We Are Not Yet Equal” and “We Say #NeverAgain” shine a spotlight on social justice issues.

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Source :nytimes

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