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  • A Texas school district has reversed its decision to deny a grieving family a yearbook memorial page for their daughter, who killed herself last week. Hannah Rose Hollis, a 17-year-old senior at Pearland High School, had recently celebrated her acceptance into Texas A&M University, where she would follow in her older sisters’ footsteps in the fall. The celebration turned to heartbreak for her family and friends on March 19, when Hollis committed suicide. “If she would’ve just known how much we loved her, she would’ve known it was a mistake,” Hannah’s sister, Holleigh Hollis, told KPRC 2 News in Houston.  >> Read more trending stories Hannah Hollis’ death prompted students, friends and family to request a memorial page for her in Pearland High’s yearbook. The request was denied, students said. The Hollis family told the news station the denial was based on the way Hannah Hollis died.  “This administration tells us that they won’t make this page because they think that if children see it, then it will urge them to do the same thing,” Holleigh Hollis said. “I completely disagree with that.” The denial prompted a student to create a Change.org petition, urging school administrators to change their minds. “I did not personally know Hannah, but as someone who struggled with demons of their own, I am horrified that we cannot honor one of our own because of how this beautiful soul passed,” creator Ericka Chang-Kalandros wrote in the petition.  Chang-Kalandros wrote that while Hollis’ death was a tragedy, her life was a blessing. The yearbook staff sought to “honor her beautiful life rather than romanticize her death.” “The stigmas surrounding mental illness have never been more prevalent in our school than right now,” Chang-Kalandros wrote. “Because of these stigmas, we cannot honor our fellow classmate, athlete, and, most of all, friend. Not only will this page allow her friends and family to see that we are united as a student body behind them through these difficult times, it will also bring awareness to those who suffer in silence as Hannah did.” More than 6,000 people signed the petition. Many of them gave written reasons for signing. “I’m signing, because no one deserves to go through what she went through alone,” Hannah Armstrong, of Pearland, wrote. “The school needs to show that they will help and support anyone who needs it.” “I’m signing, because, no matter the circumstances, this is a life gone too early,” wrote Diane Perthuis, of Houston. “She died of something that affects too many of our youth.” “Mental illness is a disease like any other, and millions suffer in silence because of the stigma it brings,” wrote Sharon Shotwell, of Pearland. “She should be in the yearbook and honored like anyone else.” Read all of the reasons people signed the petition here.  The school decided, in the aftermath of the petition and after meeting with Hollis’ family, to allow the memorial page. A Pearland ISD school board member, Charles Gooden Jr., wrote on his Facebook page that the district’s plan all along was to determine the wishes of the Hollis family before moving forward with any memorial. “Students were not told ‘no’ to their request to remember Hannah in the yearbook. They were asked to wait to determine the wishes of the family,” Gooden wrote. “Having dealt with the loss of my brother when he was 17, I see that as a totally reasonable request. We are just dealing with a misunderstanding. “We have now learned that the Hollis family has expressed support for a memorial page in the yearbook,” he wrote. School administrators also released a statement on Wednesday, addressing the issue. “From the beginning, Pearland High School's and Pearland ISD's intention was and has been to allow the Hollis family time to grieve. We have now had an opportunity to visit with the family to discuss how to best honor Hannah. PHS will have a remembrance page in the yearbook for any Oiler they have lost, and this will include Hannah. We will continue to provide support for all students, and have Hannah's friends and family in our thoughts and prayers.” Hollis’ obituary describes her as “one of the brightest, most talented and lovely young women anyone could have ever known.” Her family wrote that she fell in love with television cooking shows at the age of 3 and, as soon as she could read, “always had her nose in a cookbook.” Her gifts went far beyond the kitchen, her family wrote, and when she was older, she worked as a summer camp counselor, caring for the youngest campers.  “Hannah was generous with both her time and her heart, always putting others’ feelings before hers,” the obituary read.  She was a gifted student and member of the school’s varsity golf team who also worked as a lifeguard. Having earned full acceptance to Texas A&M, she planned to become an anesthesiologist, according to her obituary.  “Truly extraordinary, blessed with so many gifts, Hannah was the most amazing young woman and to know her was to know a truly beautiful soul,” the obituary read. “She will be loved and missed forever.”
  • A huge gold coin with an estimated value of $4.5 million was stolen from a museum in Berlin, Germany, early this week. The giant coin, weighing 221-pounds and more than an inch thick, was taken from the Bode Museum early Monday morning. It’s called the Big Maple Leaf and was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, the museum said in a statement. >> Read more trending news The monster coin features Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other side. The coin was taken from a bullet-proof glass case that was “violently” smashed to gain access to the coin, officials said. “We are all shocked that the burglars have overcome our security systems, which have been successfully protecting our objects for many years,” museum director Michael Eissenhauer said. “We hope the perpetrators will be caught and the precious coin returned undamaged to the Coin Cabinet of the Bode Museum,” Eissenhauer said. There were other valuable, much smaller coins on display that were not taken. Police are still trying to figure out how the thieves got it out of the building, although they did find a ladder to a second-floor window behind the building, the museum said. The coin was in the Guinness Book of World Records for its “unmatched” degree of purity, Reuters reported.
  • It's about keeping student athletes free from injury.   A unique partnership involving the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL, Florida Blue, Brooks Rehabilitation, Memorial Hospital, as well as the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, is looking to expand.   The partnership, known as Project 17, has already helped bring certified athletic trainers to seven Duval County high schools, but by 2018 that number will be even higher.   Full-time trainers are being added to 5 more schools in Duval, with the ultimate goal of 17 total schools by the year 2020.
  • A person walking in a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood makes an unsettling discovery. We’re told a woman’s body was found off Railway Avenue, near Harding Avenue. The victim is a white female between 20 and 40 years old, according to JSO Sergeant Chuck Ford.  There are no obvious indications of the cause of death, so Ford says they are treating this like a homicide investigation. JSO is processing the scene and speaking with people in the area in an effort to piece together exactly what happened.  Ford says they will wait for findings from the Medical Examiner to know the cause of death. It’s unclear how long the body has been there, but Ford says it doesn’t appear to have been too long, as they were able to get some visual clues about the race, age, and gender of the victim.
  • A domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend in Puerto Rico reportedly led to the brutal death of the woman’s Chihuahua.  According to the BBC, Luis Arroyo, 40, killed the 2-month-old puppy by biting off its head on Feb. 4 in the mountain town of Lares.  >> Read more trending news Arroyo, who was unemployed, had been living with his 38-year-old girlfriend for six months when he punched her and decapitated her puppy, the report said. He pleaded guilty to charges of domestic abuse and animal abuse, and was sentenced to seven years in prison, the BBC reported. Arroyo is also required to pay a $3,000 fine relating to the case, according to the BBC. Read more here.

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