I like to have my characters look at the news and it gives the reader a feel for the world they are living in without adding a big chunk of information to the manuscript. Here are just a few I slipped into “The Middle of Nowhere”
A fourth grader in Mississippi was taken into DHS custody at school for asserting that President Wiggen was indeed, a “poopy head”.
A junior at Jefferson High School in Montpelier Vermont was expelled when she refused to cover her naturally red hair which the administrators deemed a distraction.
Inner city high school students in New York City staged a strike over wages. They remained in class and took instruction, but turned in all state standardized tests unmarked.