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  • Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students

    10/18/2015 11:50:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 18, 2015 | JAMIE STENGLE
    DALLAS (AP) -- The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb led to widespread ridicule of school officials and accusations that Islamophobia may have played a part. It earned Ahmed Mohamed an invitation to the White House, where the Irving teen will attend astronomy night Monday. But it also got him a three-day suspension, which he says the district insisted he serve even after it was clear it was just a clock.
  • The Bible And A Belt

    08/08/2015 2:29:54 PM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    FB ^ | Joey And Rory
    THIS just in
  • Trans-identification: egoistic indulgence v. discipline

    06/20/2015 5:16:23 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/20/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Discipline starts with the individual When transferable identity reaches the level of media coverage where it eclipses vital issues of government gone awry, itís time to pull on the galoshes. Thereís a sea of manure to slog through and one misguided person after another is being sucked into the mire only to find that it gets deeper and more noisome the further he ventures. (Yes, here will be invoked the proper grammatical use of the male gender term to indicate all persons. Political correctness be hanged.) Behind the problem of individuals believing their identity is other than what they see...
  • More school districts report chaos after Ďwhite privilegeí theory influences discipline rules

    SAN FRANCISCO Ė Last week we were stunned to learn that chaos has been the norm in the St. Paul, Minnesota school district, due to a student disciplinary policy that replaces suspensions with time-outs, counseling and other less punitive measures. We also learned that the controversial policy was influenced by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a radical San Francisco-based consulting firm that claims black students lag behind academically, and tend to have more disciplinary problems, because American K-12 education is designed to benefit white students Ė aka ďwhite privilege.Ē Now itís becoming obvious that several other large school districts around...
  • Baltimore Protests: What Smacked Baltimore Teen Has to Say About His Mom

    04/30/2015 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 4/30/2015 | STEVE OSUNSAMI and MEGHAN KENEALLY
    The teenage boy publicly shamed when his mom smacked him around at the Baltimore riots this week said he knows she "really cares about me." A video shows Michael Singleton being dragged from the protests and whacked by his mother, Toya Graham, after she saw him on television and recognized a key piece of clothing. "What caught my eye was his sweatpants," she told ABC News. "Even though he had on all black, I knew those sweatpants he had on, they had a stripe on the side of it and then his eye contact met mine. And I knew that...
  • Should I Tie My Children's Allowance to Their Chores?

    04/23/2015 7:40:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/23/2015 | Jen Wilkin
    Teaching children responsibility is a primary task for parents. The question of whether or not an allowance should be paid for completing chores requires parents to consider training in two areas simultaneously: responsibility for work and responsibility for money. I don't think that there's necessarily one right answer to the question of whether completion of chores should be tied to monetary reward or not, but I can tell you how we handled the issue and why. We decided not to tie allowance to chores. We set clear expectations for what the kids were responsible for (unloading the dishwasher, doing their...
  • How liberal discipline policies are making schools less safe

    03/15/2015 8:10:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies ^ | March 14, 2015 | Paul Sperry
    New York public-school students caught stealing, doing drugs or even attacking someone can avoid suspension under new ďprogressiveĒ discipline rules adopted this month. Most likely, they will be sent to a talking circle instead, where they can discuss their feelings. Convinced traditional discipline is racist because blacks are suspended at higher rates than whites, New York Cityís Department of Education has in all but the most serious and dangerous offenses replaced out-of-school suspensions with a touchy-feely alternative punishment called ďrestorative justice,Ē which isnít really punishment at all. Itís therapy. ďEvery reasonable effort must be made to correct student behavior throughÖrestorative...
  • Pope Francis: parents can smack their children for bad behavior

    02/05/2015 1:19:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | February 5, 2015 | Nick Squires in Rome
    Pope Francis believes it is fine for parents to smack their children as punishment for bad behaviour. He made the remarks, which were condemned by campaigners for child protection, in front of thousands of people at his weekly general audience in St Peterís Square during a homily about the responsibilities of fatherhood. The Pope recalled a conversation he had had with a father, who told him that on occasion he hits his children if they have been naughty. The Pope, smiling and miming the action of slapping a child on the bottom, said: ďOne time, I heard a father say,...
  • Pondering Punishment as an Act of Love

    02/05/2015 7:38:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Punishment as an Act of Love By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the first reading from today’s Mass (Wednesday of the fourth week of the year) came this admonition:My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.In our times, we have tended to set love and punishment in opposition; we also set mercy and punishment in opposition. But this is wrong. It is possible, at least with human beings, that a certain punishment can be excessive. But of itself, punishment...
  • When Does Spanking Become a Crime?

    01/12/2015 8:15:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/12/2015 | Alex Shelby
    ďYou canít spank me, thatís abuse!Ē was the response of a Florida manís 12-year-old daughter shortly after he grabbed the paddle (Iím taking some creative license with her quote, but I donít think Iím far off). So this dad did what was, apparently, a relatively common thing in Florida: he called the police to come supervise the paddling, which ultimately passed their inspection. The incident that occurred on December, 29, 2014, has received an unusual amount of media attention. Perhaps itís the unwelcome notion of government intervention in parental affairs, or the outrage that so many kids think consequences donít...
  • Minneapolis School District Now Needs 'Permission' to Suspend Any Black, Hispanic Student

    11/10/2014 2:17:18 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 11-10-14 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent's approval. The MPS has been stung by reports that students of color are 10 times more likely to receive a suspension than white students. The Minneapolis school system has an enrollment of over 32,000 students. Seventy percent are non-white. School superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, a black woman, maintains that she wants to "disrupt" the current suspension trends. Superintendent Johnson says that her new policy is aimed at forcing local school administrators to deeply "probe" the reasons for...
  • The NFL and Adrian Peterson: Stop the Smug Media Sermons on Corporal Punishment

    09/18/2014 6:42:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2014 | Ian Tuttle
    Beguiled once again from her purpose ó to apply to Tom Sawyerís jam-stealing rump the well-deserved business end of her switch ó Aunt Polly falls to ruminating: ďEvery time I let him off, my conscience does hurt me so, and every time I hit him my old heart most breaks.Ē Mark Twain is careful to end The Adventures of Tom Sawyer while Tom is still a boy ó ďthe story could not go much further without becoming the history of a man,Ē he warns ó but with Tom encouraging his pal Huck Finn to quit his ragamuffin ways and...
  • barkley: 'every black parent in the south' would be in jail for disciplining kids

    09/14/2014 5:46:15 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 108 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | September 14, 2014
    Barkley told CBSís Jim Rome that if tough standards were applied, that would lead to a lot of black parents potentially being in jail. ROME: It doesn't matter where you're from, right is right, and wrong is wrong. It doesn't matter where you're from Ė BARKLEY: I don't believe that because listen we spank kids in the South. I think the question about did Adrian Peterson go overboard. But listen Jim we all grew up in different environments. Listen, every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble or in jail under those circumstances. BARKLEY: Oh...
  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/12/2014 7:42:44 PM PDT · by xzins · 305 replies
    NBC 4 ^ | Sep 12, 2014 | Sam Schulz
    An arrest warrant was issued Friday in Texas for Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a child abuse charge for using a branch to spank his son. He won't play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The Vikings said they had deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game Friday evening, just after his lawyer and the Montgomery County sheriff's office confirmed he was Read Adrian Peterson's lawyer Rusty Hardin's statement in full below: Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a...
  • Los Angeles schools make discipline less harsh

    08/18/2014 9:12:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Students at the nationís second largest school district will be shielded from prosecution and sent to administrators for low-level offenses as part of a sweeping reform to the way school police respond to bad behavior. Zoe Rawson of the Community Rights Campaign says students caught fighting or possessing alcohol or marijuana will receive interventions by a guidance counselor or school administrator, a shift that will prevent students, especially minorities, from becoming mired in the criminal justice system. Ö
  • Court Rules In Favor Of Father Who Spanked Son For Cursing

    07/28/2014 10:49:00 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/2014 | Fox News
    NEW YORK, NY- When is spanking a crime? A New York court just ruled in favor of a Long Island Dad who hit his 8-year-old son for cursing. The court found that spanking was a reasonable use of force. And other states are okaying it too. Spanking is at the center of the New York state court case. The state appellate court dismissed neglect charges against a Long Island father who spanked his 8-year old son for cursing at an adult, saying spanking did not constitute excessive punishment. Criminal defense lawyer Arthur Aidala says the judge says as long as...
  • DEBATE: Is Spanking a Reasonable Use of Force? (Keith Ablow says ďneverĒ)

    07/22/2014 1:48:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 22, 2014 10:44AM
    Nine out of 10 parents admit that spanking their children is sometimes appropriate. This week, a New York court ruled in favor of a father charged with child abuse, saying that it was a ďreasonable use of force.Ē On Fox and Friends this morning, psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow said itís ďnever a good ideaĒ to spank kids. ďThe bottom line is itís always the end of the discussionóhitting your kids. Itís never the beginning of a discussion. It teaches them nothing,Ē he said.
  • Little Boy Expelled From School For Rolling Up A PIECE OF PAPER, Pointing It Like A Gun

    06/17/2014 7:15:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17 2014 | Eric Owens
    Another little boy has gotten in trouble at school for having something that represents a gun but isnít actually anything like a real gun. This time, eight-year-old Asher Palmer rolled up a piece of paper, called it a gun and pointed it at other kids, reports the New York Post. Officials at the special-needs school in New York City which Palmer attended then expelled him. The school is the Lang School, a ritzy private bastion which specializes in educating students with language difficulties. Annual tuition is $51,500. ďAsher is exactly the type of student Lang is supposed to be serving,Ē...
  • 13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl

    06/03/2014 6:17:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 6=2=14 | Tim Dickinson
    The late Michael Hastings wrote the definitive magazine profile of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for Rolling Stone in June 2012. Now that America's Last Prisoner of War has been released, in a prisoner exchange for five high-ranking Taliban officials, Hastings' piece continues to offer crucial context Ė about why Bergdahl volunteered for service in the first place, about how this intense, moral young man became so horrified by America's "good war" that he walked away from his unit's remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, and about the abortive negotiations that could have secured Bergdahls release years ago. Here 13...
  • Chuck Hagel Promises to Reconsider ĎDiscriminatoryí Military Hair Regulations

    05/02/2014 7:32:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/02/2014 | BRIDGET JOHNSON
    WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ Some legislators are going to battle with the Defense Department over Army uniform regulations they say discriminate against African-American women wearing their hair naturally.The Army issued AR 670-1 changes in a 57-page directive [1] in mid-March addressing male and female grooming standards, fingernails (‚Äúmales may not wear nail polish‚ÄĚ), jewelry, tattoos, and other items for clarification.The male standards focused on strips of hair left on otherwise shaved heads, sideburn length (no lower than the bottom of the ear opening), and how wide a regulation mustache can be (not up into the nose and not past the corners of...
  • Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    04/16/2014 6:26:09 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 41 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/15/14
    SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) ¬Ė Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school. Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony¬ís High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school. As CBS 2‚Ä≤s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island. ¬ďThe African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym,¬Ē Cregan said. The...
  • Equality in Discipline

    04/16/2014 4:04:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | April m16, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    George Leef, director of research for the North Carolina-based John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, authored a Forbes op-ed article titled "Obama Administration Takes Groupthink To Absurd Lengths." The subtitle is "School Discipline Rates Must Be 'Proportionate.'" ( Let's examine some of the absurdity of the Obama administration's take on student discipline. Last January, the departments of Justice and Education published a "guidance" letter describing how schools can meet their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin. Its underlying threat is that if federal bureaucrats learn...
  • New Jersey High School Senior Suspended for Flying Confederate Flag

    03/30/2014 6:25:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 3/28/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    17-year-old Gregory Vied was suspended for flying a confederate flag atop his pickup truck, "which was parked in the student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township." According to News 12 New Jersey, Vied said he was suspended on March 25th after being repeatedly told he could not fly the flag.
  • Teen: Suspended for Confederate flag on truck

    03/29/2014 5:17:56 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 94 replies ^ | March 28, 2014
    <p>By FOX NEWS - A New Jersey high school student says he was suspended from school after refusing to remove a Confederate flag on his truck.</p> <p>Gregory Vied, 17, told News12 he was suspended for flying the flag on his pickup truck, which was parked in a student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township.</p>
  • Longtime peace activist removed from ministry after concelebrating Mass with woman priest

    03/29/2014 5:21:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    NC Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Brian Roewe
    A longtime peace and human rights activist arrested countless times, Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011. The letter removing the 76-year-old's public priestly faculties -- a copy of which NCR obtained March 21 -- came from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which reviewed documentation related to the Nov. 22, 2011, liturgy Zawada concelebrated with Roman Catholic Womanpriest Janice Sevre-Duszynska. "Having carefully examined the acts of the case, and the vota of the former Minister General and the Rev. Zawada's Provincial Superior, this Dicastery...
  • Student Suspended for Taking Razor From Classmate (Who Was Self-Harming)

    03/20/2014 11:55:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    WAVY ^ | Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Andy Fox
    We teach kids that honesty is the best policy, but at one Virginia Beach middle school it might be better to keep the truth to yourself. Last Thursday at Bayside Middle School, sixth grader Adrionna Harris came to the aide of a classmate who was cutting his arm. She faces expulsion for taking a razor from the student, throwing it away and convincing him what he was doing wasnít right. She thought she was doing the right thing, so on Friday she told the school administration what happened. The way school officials responded led to this question: was the schoolís...
  • Ohio 5th Grader Suspended for Pretending Finger Was a Gun?!

    03/08/2014 12:54:42 PM PST · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2014 | Staff
    Did an Ohio elementary school jump the gun in its punishment of a 10-year-old? Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in North Columbus, Ohio, suspended a fifth grader for three days after he pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at another studentís head. Paul Entingh said his 10-year-old son, Nathan, was just messing around during science class. "He asked his friend to borrow a pencil and when his friend dropped it, my son Nathan was playing around and he did that with his fingers. Pointed it at the kid, said 'boom,'" Entingh told Fox 28. Paul and Nathan were...
  • School forces half-naked, sopping wet student to stand outside, frostbite results

    03/04/2014 7:21:17 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2014 | Robby Soave
    <p>A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female studentĖdressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wetĖto stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.</p>
  • Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun

    03/04/2014 8:26:45 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6,608 replies
    Newser ^ | 3/4/14 | Kate Seamons
    America's kids have been suspended for pretending that pencils were guns, but an Ohio school may have topped that. A 10-year-old student at a Columbus elementary school was handed a three-day suspension for making a finger gun and pretending to shoot a classmate. The suspension letter more formally referred to his weapon as a "level 2 lookalike firearm," reports the Columbus Dispatch. Devonshire Alternative Elementary School's principal says students have been frequently told not to play pretend gun games, with a district rep saying kids were warned consequences would follow. Those consequences hit hard last week for fifth-grader Nathan Entingh,...
  • Bullying's a problem. Could this proposed Minnesota law be a solution?

    02/09/2014 7:12:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-9-14 | Christopher Magan
    It's expected to be the most passionately debated piece of education policy for the legislative session that begins Feb. 25. Supporters say that Minnesota's current law, at 37 words, doesn't do enough to prevent bullying and that sweeping change is needed. "Nobody should be OK with the fact that all we have to protect students and make schools safe from bullying is 37 words," Kurzer-Zlotnick said. "To me, that's ridiculous." Opponents argue that the 20-page bill goes too far by taking away local control and imposing costly new layers of bureaucracy on schools. "I think it's a bad bill," said...
  • School ditches rules and loses bullies (New Zeland)

    01/28/2014 6:42:18 AM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies
    TVNZ OneNews (New Zeland) ^ | Jan. 28, 2014 | tvnz staff
    Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school. Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don't cause bedlam, the principal says. The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.
  • Mother supports son, 18, who was kicked out of high school for starring in gay porn

    01/22/2014 10:55:26 AM PST · by madprof98 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/21/14
    End of Title: . . . to pay family billsThe mother of a student who was kicked out of high school after starring in gay porn to help pay his family's bills said she couldn't be prouder. Melyssa Lieb, from Cocoa, Florida, said she vehemently supports her son, 18-year-old Robert Marucci, who was suspended from his high school after classmates discovered his explicit career. 'I think he's the most awesome person in the world,' she told WKMG through tears. 'He stood up and he was the man of the house when I couldn't be.' Following outrage over his suspension, the...
  • Sowell: Politics Versus Education

    01/13/2014 12:59:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department's latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life. Among the few bright spots in a generally dismal picture of the education of black students are those successful charter schools or voucher...
  • DOJ Says Schools Unfairly Punish Minorities

    01/13/2014 8:53:58 AM PST · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    Attorney General Eric Holder slammed schoolsí disciplinary standards that result in a ďdisproportionate number of minorities being penalized. These school administrators may feel that theyíre being fair because the same rules apply to all students. But Iím saying this kind of simplistic notion is not good enough.Ē Holder suggested that ďdifferences in the subcultures of students from different racial, social, and economic backgrounds must be considered. Minorities who have been subjected to generations of oppression have a right to strike back against this oppression. An action that might justifiably be regarded as unwarranted if committed by a member of the...
  • Alex Rodriguez suspended for 162 games

    01/11/2014 7:46:51 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 34 replies ^ | Saturday, January 11, 2014 | Jay Jaffe
    ... The ruling, issued by arbitrator Frederic Horowitz, is a reduction from the 211-game suspension Rodriguez was handed by MLB commissioner Bud Selig back in August, but itís still the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history. For the 38-year-old Rodriguez, it means the loss of an entire season and $25 million in salary. The Yankees will gain $27.5 million worth of salary relief for luxury tax purposes, since the average annual value of his deal is what counts there. That will aid the teamís attempt to get below the $189 million threshold to reset their luxury tax rate, but it...
  • Holder: School discipline racially biased, overly harsh

    01/08/2014 10:12:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies
    January 08, 2014, 12:54 pm Holder: School discipline racially biased, overly harsh By Ben Goad Attorney Gen. Eric Holder called upon the nationís school districts Wednesday to re-think ďzero toleranceĒ disciplinary policies that he said disproportionately punish minorities and push too many students into to the justice system. ďAlarming numbers of young people are suspended, expelled, or even arrested for relatively minor transgressions like school uniform violations, schoolyard fights, or showing ďdisrespectĒ by laughing in class,Ē Holder said during a speech in Baltimore. Holderís remarks accompany the release Wednesday of new federal guidance from the departments of Justice and Education...

    01/08/2014 6:02:42 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 8 Jan 2014 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    he Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules. Civil rights advocates have long said that a "school-to-prison" pipeline stems from overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that bring them out of school and into the court system. Attorney General Eric Holder said the problem often stems from well intentioned "zero-tolerance" policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s,...
  • Moral Intelligence and Public School Bullying

    12/22/2013 2:37:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2013 | Deborah C. Taylor
    On December 4, 2013 Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5-million member American Federation of Teachers(AFT), spoke on C-Span about bullying, particularly of gay students. Ms. Weingarten said, with surprise in her voice, that she doesn't understand why gay students are still bullied in public schools, because in 2013, "It's cool to be gay." She also said she is gay, and now speaks about it openly.As a psychotherapist, I tell clients that being surprised by another person's behavior often results from erroneous assumptions about the person, usually because you see them as you want them to be rather than as they...
  • Colorado 6-year-old suspended for kissing a girl

    12/10/2013 7:43:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Brietbart/AP ^ | December 10, 2013
    A 6-year-old boy has been suspended from a Colorado school for kissing a girl on the cheek. School officials in Canon City are accusing the boy of sexual harassment and they want it on his school record.
  • Teen Wears 'Jesus' Costume to School for Halloween,Told to Remove It for Being 'Offensive'

    11/02/2013 6:21:12 PM PDT · by massmike · 28 replies ^ | November 1, 2013|11:46 pm | KATHERINE WEBER
    A Chicago-area high school pulled a senior student from class on Thursday after he showed up to school wearing a Jesus costume for Halloween. Shortly after, the school then reversed its decision and allowed the teen to return to class wearing the costume. Angenetta Frison, mother of Marshon Sanders, a senior at Highland Park High School in Chicago's northern suburbs, said in a statement to a local news outlet that her son was asked to remove his Jesus costume after two teachers at his high school reportedly complained that the costume was offensive. The costume consisted of a long white...
  • Schools' zero tolerance policies fail students

    11/02/2013 1:16:36 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 8 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | October 18, 2013 | David Whiting
    With a 4-point grade average, a schedule stuffed with honors classes and a mission to Africa already behind her, Catelyn Meador doesnít seem like the typical teenager who would get suspended for bringing a weapon to school. Like hundreds of thousands of minors caught up in zero-tolerance policies since the craze began two decades ago, Catelyn is serving a sentence that, rather than teaching her something, only hurts her academic future. Already, the 17-year-old has had to drop AP chemistry and was told last week that the make-up math work she did while on a 5-day suspension wonít count. Fortunately,...
  • Student threatened with sex offender status commits suicide

    10/14/2013 8:40:03 AM PDT · by paudio · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/2013 | Robby Soave
    An Alabama high school student killed himself after he was threatened with severe legal consequences ó including registration as a sex offender ó because he went streaking at a football game. The student, 15-year-old Christian Adamek, died from wounds he sustained while attempting to hang himself, according to The Daily Mail. Adamek ran naked across the field at a September 27th football game between his school, Sparkman High School, and Grissom High School. The incident was recorded and put on Youtube, and many students remarked that the prank had made Adamek ó already a popular student, according to reports ó...
  • No Recourse for Girls Harassed by Transgender Student

    10/13/2013 8:41:07 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies ^ | October 13, 2013 |
    The push for radical transgender rights in schools is trumping privacy rights at one Colorado high school. A male student at Florence High School who claims to be a transgender has been harrassing girls in the bathroom. When parents complained, school officials said the boy's rights as a transgender trumped their daughters' privacy rights. As the controversy grew, some students were threatened with being kicked off athletic teams or charged with hate crimes if they continued to voice concerns. The Pacific Justice Institute sent the school a letter warning against squelching privacy rights. "We're not going to stand by and...
  • Girls 'harassed' in school bathroom by transgender student told his rights trump their privacy

    10/13/2013 6:15:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    The rights of a transgendered Colorado high school student are being put ahead of girls the boy harasses in the girls bathroom. A male student at Florence (CO) High School who claims to be transgendered has caused controversy by harassing female students in the girls room, but will not face any discipline Ė this despite vocal protests from the girlsí parents. ĎThe boyís rights as a transgender trump their daughtersí privacy rights,í the school has told concerned parents, according to CBN. Unidentified because all involved are minors, the students are being threatened with removal from sports teams or even hate...
  • Video: Teen ordered to remove NRA T-shirt for ďpromoting violenceĒ

    10/03/2013 6:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 3, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This isnít the Los Angeles Unified School District, either, but a school in relatively conservative Orange County that seems to have a strange and inconsistent notion of stamping out images of firearms. Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle had already worn the NRA t-shirt she received as a gift from her father to her high school several times without anyone questioning her about it. Last week, though, she got sent to the principalís office and was told she had to remove it because the T-shirt from the nationís largest gun-safety instruction organization promoted gun violence. What about the schoolís drill team, Haleyís father...
  • Mom uses unconventional tactic to discipline children

    09/30/2013 1:42:52 PM PDT · by ConvictionsofFaith · 15 replies
    Convictions of Faith ^ | 9/23/13 | Convictions of Faith
    On my daily commute home from work I passed a small shopping center in Chichester, PA where I saw a young boy and girl holding signs in front of the Family Dollar store. I initially thought they were raising money for something but as I slowed down I read the words "I STOLE" on the boy's sign. I turned around and drove by again to get a closer look at what the signs actually said. photo 2.jpg I STOLE CANDY FROM FAMILY DOLLAR. MY MOTHER DID NOT RAISE ME THAT WAY. photo 1.jpg I STOLE A $100 CELL PHONE FROM...
  • Boys punished for firing airsoft guns (Update - Suspended for the rest of the school year)

    09/25/2013 7:12:25 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 64 replies ^ | 9-25-2013 | Andy Fox
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Three Virginia Beach seventh graders learned their fates Tuesday morning when they were suspended for shooting airsoft guns on private property. During a hearing with a disciplinary committee Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark, Khalid Caraballo and a third friend were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous vote. The suspensions will last until June, but a hearing will be held January 27 to determine if they will be allowed back in school sooner. The students' parents initially told WAVY News' Andy Fox their children were expelled, but when Fox looked at the official letter from the school,...
  • Tulsa school sends girl home over hair [dreads]

    09/05/2013 11:09:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 96 replies
    FOX 23 ^ | September 5, 2013
    administrator, Millard Jones told FOX23 that Terrance Parker was fully aware what was expected. However, for his young daughter, it just hurts. "They didn't like my dreads," said Tiana. FoX23 reviewed the school's dress code. It states, "hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable."
  • New Fluvanna principal sparks controversy (She's a Bully)

    08/22/2013 11:41:20 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 30 replies ^ | August 14, 2013 | by Bryan McKenzie
    A Fluvanna County Middle School principalís effort to instill discipline on the first day of classes has sparked a social media outcry among parents and an Internet effort to get her removed. An online petition says Yardley Farquharson ďyelled and screamedĒ at students, barred them from talking in hallways and suspended their bathroom privileges for the first and last 10 minutes of classes. Some 200 county residents had signed the petition by Wednesday afternoon, asking the Fluvanna County School Board to remove Farquharson from her job. Parents referred to her behavior as bullying. Others, including some parent volunteers and school...
  • 7-Year-Old Boy Who Made Gun-Shaped Pastry Has Appeal Denied

    06/11/2013 7:21:46 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 82 replies
    The family of the 7-year-old boy from Ann Arundel County elementary school who was suspended for making a gun shape out of a pastry has tried to clear the boyís record. This story made headlines across the country as the gun control debate has taken center stage among many elementary schools as some school administrators flex their muscles with a ďzero tolerance policyĒ that excuses itself from common sense. But according to the Baltimore Sun school officials denied the boyís familyís appeal on Monday, not allowing the boyís record to be expunged of the incident. Robin Ficker, attorney for Park...