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#ICYMI: Huntsville City schools discipline numbers and a grocery checkout attack

WHNT News 19's investigative team dug up some interesting numbers this week on discipline in Huntsville City schools.

Here's a quick recap of that story and more, in case you missed it.

By the numbers

A new report, obtained by WHNT News 19 investigative reporters, shows black students are still being punished at a much higher rate than white students in Huntsville City schools. That's not what the district wants to see.

As part of a consent agreement both the district and U.S. Department of Justice agreed to, the Huntsville City School District is required to reduce the amount of African-Americans disciplined.

The district's student discipline report for the 2015-2016 school year though, suggest things are actually getting worse. Here's our report explaining why...

To look up the numbers for your child's school, click here and look for our downloadable version of the original report.

Checkout line attack

In one of the crazier stories to catch our attention, a woman claims she was assaulted in the checkout line of a grocery store for taking too long to use coupons.

Surveillance video appears to show the woman, Megan Wilson, purposely spilling her drink on the man behind her in line. She claims it was an accident.

"When I turned to walk away, my hand hit the little thing and it spilled on him," Megan Wilson told her local TV station, "And I said, 'Oh my bad,' and I turned and went to go grab my cart and he grabbed me by the back of the head and smashed my face into the cart."

Wilson, a self-proclaimed coupon mom, said the man behind her started it all when he began harassing her for using too many coupons.

Meet the Harry Potter spider

A slightly terrifying little creature is perhaps now less so because of its clever name. Take a look at the Eriovixia Gryffindori... a new species of spider named for the sorting hat from the Harry Potter books and movies.

Scientists in India have taken inspiration from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series of books and movies in naming a distinctive new species of spider. The triangular creature resembles the Hogwarts "sorting hat" that's used to place young wizards and witches into their respective school "houses." The spider has been named Eriovixia gryffindori, a nod to Gryffindor house, into which Harry Potter himself was sorted on his first day as a Hogwarts student.

Scientists in India have taken inspiration from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series of books and movies in naming a distinctive new species of spider. The triangular creature resembles the Hogwarts "sorting hat" that's used to place young wizards and witches into their respective school "houses." The spider has been named Eriovixia gryffindori, a nod to Gryffindor house, into which Harry Potter himself was sorted on his first day as a Hogwarts student.

Scientists just couldn't resist paying tribute to J.K. Rowling's fantasy series when they spotted the spider's triangular shape.

A Christmas heartbreak

A sick little boy's last wish was to see Santa. He got it, only to pass away in Santa's arms. You can read the full story here. Fair warning though, be ready to cry some serious tears.

Surprise, from your Best Buy friends

This next story represents the best of the holiday spirit. A surprise gone viral inside a New York Best Buy captured the hearts of many this week. Workers pitched in to buy a Wii U gaming console for a young man, who came in early every single day, to play the display version.

At first the boy seemed confused but here's what his parents are saying now.

May we all be inspired to show the same generosity this season.