Keyword: zerotolerance

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  • Helen Thomas: Jews Should Go Back to 'Germany'

    06/04/2010 8:03:54 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 31 replies · 973+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 06/4/10 | Ken Shepherd
    White House press corps dean Helen Thomas -- on the day that the White House hosted a Jewish Heritage Celebration, no less -- said that Jews who live in Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go "home." When asked where home was for Israeli Jews, Thomas offered "Poland, Germany... and America and everywhere else" from which the founding generation of the State of Israel originally hailed. Breitbart.tv has the YouTube video, which was released by RabbiLive.com (h/t Gateway Pundit). At right you can view our Eyeblast version by clicking the play button in the embed. It's been...
  • Little Jihadi Girl at School [Vanity]

    06/03/2010 9:50:30 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 199 replies · 3,867+ views
    June 3, 2010 | Jewbacca
    Today at school (a nice private school), a little girl, aged 6, daughter of a well-to-do-pediatrician who happens to be a muslim from Jordan or thereabouts, walked up to my daughter (aged 6) and told her that she was going to "cut her dirty Jew throat" and shoved her down. Out of the blue. Completely in seperate classrooms. This was in the USA, btw. No previous contact or problems that we know of. Been fun at our house today. School is involved. They don't want me to call the cops, as this is the last week of school, and I...
  • The Thought Police are alive and well in Arizona (and it has nothing to do with immigration).

    06/01/2010 7:59:55 AM PDT · by Publius772000 · 20 replies · 704+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 06/01/10 | Michael Naragon
    In a CBS news story that likely will not receive the coverage it deserves, a kindergartner was suspended on May 19 for almost bringing a knife to school. Almost. Five-year-old Josh Bejerano and his friends were on their way to school on Thursday morning when they found a pocket knife under a bush. Like all young boys–I have three myself and know how mine would have reacted–Josh excitedly put the knife in his backpack. Then, he apparently remembered that knives do not belong at school, and he took the blade out of his backpack and put it down. This is...
  • Student Suspended for Wearing Rosary Beads

    05/26/2010 1:39:11 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 46 replies · 846+ views
    Memorial Beads or Gang Symbol? Student Suspended for Wearing RosaryCase Highlights First Amendment Free Speech Debate in U.S. Schools WASHINGTON, May 25, 2010 Hosier, a 13-year-old Schenectady, New York, boy, is gearing up to file a federal suit against his middle school after he was repeatedly suspended for wearing a rosary, which he says is in memory of his older brother who died in a bike accident. Students say they were singled out because they had on black T-shirts. Hosier said he has worn the rosary since September, but in the last week was suspended three times, most recently...
  • Eagle Scout's penalty stands

    05/20/2010 1:05:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 107 replies · 2,728+ views
    timesunion.com ^ | 5-20-10 | SCOTT WALDMAN
    Matthew Whalen's suspension will stand. On Wednesday night, the Lansingburgh Central School District board of education rejected Whalen's appeal of the punishment and decided not to expunge the blemish on the record of the Eagle Scout suspended for having a pocketknife in his car while the vehicle was on the grounds of Lansingburgh High School. Whalen received a 20-day suspension in September after he turned over to school administrators a 1 1/2-inch knife that he kept in his glove box as part of a car survival kit. He returned to school in October. Whalen has said he does not know...
  • Autistic Boy Faces Felony Rap for Stick-Figure Sketch

    05/15/2010 10:38:19 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 48 replies · 1,303+ views
    AOL News ^ | may 14, 2010 | David Knowles
    (May 14) -- A 14-year-old autistic boy in Georgia faces felony charges of making terroristic threats after he drew a stick-figure version of himself firing a gun at his teacher. After discovering the crudely rendered drawing that Shane Finn had made on his classwork, officials at Atlanta's Ridgeview Charter School suspended the eighth-grader and decided to pursue charges against him, Fox News in Atlanta reported.
  • 3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession [growing tyranny]

    05/10/2010 1:11:46 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 73 replies · 1,758+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 5/10/10 | samzenpus
    theodp writes "A third-grader in a small Texas school district received a week's detention for merely possessing a Jolly Rancher. Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice. But school officials are defending the sentence, saying the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned 'minimal nutrition' foods. 'Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules,' said school superintendent Jack Ellis."
  • Jolly Rancher Lands Fort Bend County Third-Grader in Detention for a Week

    05/08/2010 1:18:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 132 replies · 3,043+ views
    KHOU ^ | May 6, 2010 | Gabe Gutierrez
    A third-grader at Brazos Elementary was given a week’s detention for possessing a Jolly Rancher. School officials in western Fort Bend County are defending the seemingly harsh sentence. The school’s principal and superintendent said they were simply complying with a state law that limits junk food in schools. But the girl’s parents say it’s a huge overreaction. “I think it’s stupid to give a kid a week’s worth of detention for a piece of candy,” said Amber Brazda, the girl’s mother. "The whole thing was just ridiculous to me." Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated...
  • Middle school student suspended for touching pill

    04/04/2010 7:00:14 PM PDT · by sand lake bar · 34 replies · 1,783+ views
    JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The parents of a Kentuckiana seventh grade student say their young daughter was suspended from school for doing exactly what she's been taught to do for years - to just say no to drugs. ...
  • Trial Ordered for Man Accused of Fatally Choking Puppy

    03/11/2010 7:15:40 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies · 360+ views
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | March 11, 2010 | Kelly Wheeler
    Trial ordered for man accused of fatally choking puppy By Kelly Wheeler City News Service March 11, 2010 SAN DIEGO - A La Jolla man accused of choking his 10-week-old puppy -- which later died -- as punishment for barking and nipping his girlfriend on the nose must stand trial on two felony animal cruelty charges, a judge ruled today. David Hale Warner, 50, faces up to three years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Garrett Randall. The defendant was on probation for domestic violence at the time of his arrest, the prosecutor said. Warner and his girlfriend...
  • Boy, 6, gets suspended from school after making gun sign with fingers, pointing at classmates (MI)

    03/07/2010 2:25:32 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 62 replies · 585+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/7/2010 | Rachel Monahan
    It's handgun control in the extreme. A Michigan kindergartener's make-believe gun - which he created with just his fingers - got him suspended, the Grand Rapids Press reported. Mason Jammer, 6, who attends Ionia's Jefferson Elementary School, pointed his finger-gun at a fellow student Wednesday and got kicked out of school till Friday. School officials said they had given Mason numerous warnings over several months, and his gun play created discomfort for other kids. Mason's mom said the suspension is "too harsh" for a young boy. "He's only six, and he doesn't understand any of this," said Erin Jammer, who...
  • Boy who brought knife to school avoids expulsion

    02/25/2010 8:24:23 PM PST · by Fiji Hill · 15 replies · 609+ views
    Myfoxphoenix ^ | 2/24/2010
    <p>PHOENIX - It was a day of reckoning for the Phoenix boy who accidentally brought a penknife to school in his backpack.</p> <p>The school was considering expelling fifth grader Zane Champion, citing its zero-tolerance policy against weapons.</p> <p>After a long night of deliberations, the school board decided not to expell Champion. The governing board met with Champion's family for nearly three hours Tuesday night at the Arizona School for the Arts in downtown Phoenix.</p>
  • 12-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Doodling on Desk

    02/21/2010 5:38:06 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 102 replies · 2,150+ views
    WRCB TV ^ | 02/21/2010 | CNN
    NEW YORK (CNN) -- There was no profanity, no hate. Just the words, "I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)" scrawled on the classroom desk with a green marker. Alexa Gonzalez, an outgoing 12-year-old who likes to dance and draw, expected a lecture or maybe detention for her doodles earlier this month. Instead, the principal of the Junior High School in Forest Hills, New York, called police, and the seventh-grader was taken across the street to the police precinct. Alexa's hands were cuffed behind her back, and tears gushed as she was escorted from school...
  • Police: female faculty member kills three on UA-Huntsville campus

    02/12/2010 3:31:27 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 323 replies · 9,116+ views
    WLBT ^ | 2-12-2010 | WLBT
    HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Police said a female member of the UA-Huntsville staff shot and killed three co-workers on campus. Huntsville Police, Madison County Sheriff's department and HEMSI responded to a shooting at the UAH campus at 4:00 Friday afternoon. The shooting happened in the Shelby Center, a math and science classroom building. Authorities said a female faculty member during a Biology faculty meeting learned she would not receive tenure. She then pulled out a gun and started shooting.
  • NYC student arrested for doodling on school desk

    02/05/2010 9:57:07 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 667+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 5
    A New York City junior high student has been arrested for doodling on her desk with a marker. Twelve-year-old Alexa Gonzalez scribbled "Lex was here 2/1/10" on her desk Monday at Junior High School 190 in Queens. She also wrote "I love my friends Abby and Faith." The girl says the doodles could have been erased. Moraima Camacho says her daughter was released several hours after she was taken in handcuffs to a police station.
  • Laura Timoney fumes after son Patrick, 9, is busted for bringing 2-inch-long toy gun to PS 52

    02/04/2010 11:23:40 AM PST · by sean327 · 32 replies · 1,140+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | February 3rd 2010, 10:06 PM | Matthew Lysiak
    An irate Staten Island mom blasted a grade school principal Wednesday for treating her son like a pint-sized Plaxico Burress after he brought a 2-inch-long toy gun to school. "This principal is a bully and a coward, and needs to be held accountable," said Laura Timoney, 44, after her teary fourth-grader was nearly suspended for playing with the tiny toy at lunch. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/02/04/2010-02-04_big_trouble_over_this_tiny_toy_mom_fuming_at_a_lack_of_common_sense_as_son_buste.html#ixzz0eb3gUwhC
  • "From My Cold Plastic Fingers"

    02/04/2010 9:18:50 AM PST · by .454Puma · 17 replies · 651+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 02/03/2010 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    More proof gun hating liberals are sick in the head: 9 year old boy suspended from school over 1 inch LEGO toy.
  • NRA backs expelled student's appeal

    01/11/2010 6:07:36 PM PST · by greatdefender · 21 replies · 1,127+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 | Hudson Sangree
    A teenager expelled from his Glenn County high school for having shotguns in his vehicle, which was parked off campus, will challenge his expulsion this week. Gary Tudesko, 16, was expelled from Willows High School in November after a dog detected the guns in his pickup truck on Oct. 26, according to a news release by the National Rifle Association. Tudesko told school officials he'd gone on an early morning duck-hunting trip before school that morning and believed the guns would not be a problem if he parked off campus. Willows is a town of 6,000 surrounded by ranching areas...
  • It’s just common sense (It's more like zero-tolerance is the absence of common sense.)

    01/07/2010 11:00:12 AM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,032+ views
    The News & Review (Chico, Calif.) ^ | 01.07.10 | Staff Editorial
    A student acted responsibly—and was expelled for it By now the story of Gary Tudesko, the Willows High School junior who was expelled after Interquest search dogs sniffed out two unloaded shotguns in his pickup, has spread far and wide, thanks to the Internet. Both the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association Legal Foundation have come to the youth’s aid. Like many Willows youths, Gary is a hunter, and last November he and a friend went duck hunting before school. Returning just as classes were starting, and knowing that guns weren’t allowed on campus, Gary parked...
  • Young special-needs child suspended for drawing Jesus

    12/15/2009 1:59:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 60 replies · 2,768+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2009 | Victor Morton
    An 8-year-old special-needs child was suspended from school and forced to undergo psychiatric counseling over a picture he drew of Jesus Christ dead on the cross for a Christmas assignment. School officials in Taunton, Mass., said the picture "violated the code of violence in the school handbook," said Toni Saunders, an educational consultant on special-needs children with the Associated Advocacy Center who is working with the boy's family. "I couldn't believe what they were telling me," the boy's father, Chester Johnson, who also works for the school system as a substitute custodian, told The Washington Times on Tuesday. "I asked...
  • Student Suspended Over Show-And-Tell Souvenir(Iowa)

    10/30/2009 8:39:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies · 1,841+ views
    kcci.com ^ | 27 October, 2009 | na
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines girl was suspended after school officials said she violated their weapons policy. Jazmine Martin, 12, brought an empty shotgun shell to school on Monday, a souvenir from a summer vacation to South Dakota. The shell was empty and had the word "blank" written on the front. "We went to South Dakota and went to the Circle B Ranch," said Chenoa Martin, Jazmine's mother. "There's a show of the old West -- a stampede. Had a gun shoot-out and stuff like that. When they fire their rifles, they do it into the crowd. It...
  • Student Suspended Over Show-And-Tell Souvenir

    10/28/2009 5:29:03 AM PDT · by LearnsFromMistakes · 65 replies · 2,466+ views
    KCCI TV ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2009
    A Des Moines girl was suspended after school officials said she violated their weapons policy. Jazmine Martin, 12, brought an empty shotgun shell to school on Monday, a souvenir from a summer vacation to South Dakota. The shell was empty and had the word "blank" written on the front.
  • Student Suspended Over Show-And-Tell Souvenir

    10/27/2009 4:35:00 PM PDT · by GoldStandard · 75 replies · 2,513+ views
    KCCI ^ | 10/27/2009
    A Des Moines girl was suspended after school officials said she violated their weapons policy. Jazmine Martin, 12, brought an empty shotgun shell to school on Monday, a souvenir from a summer vacation to South Dakota. The shell was empty and had the word "blank" written on the front.
  • No tolerance for zero tolerance (and other laws I’d like to see)

    10/19/2009 6:17:18 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies · 349+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/19/2009 | Dave Weinbaum
    Tolerance is the mother who softens the harshness of father’s strict adherence to the rules. Since nobody’s perfect, lawmakers and judges should guard against legal surprises never anticipated by lawmakers. This isn’t rewriting the decrees but interpretation in the highest sense of the word so the law can accomplish its original intent. As Scripture says, “Who can say, ‘I have purified my heart, I am free of sin?’ There is no man on earth so righteous that he never sins!” (Proverbs 20:9) So in this article, here are 13 suggestions for lawmakers and judges to bring about a more just...
  • Zero Tolerance To The Max

    10/18/2009 1:16:49 PM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 7 replies · 870+ views
    America Talks ^ | 10/18/09 | David Zublick
    Three stories in the news this week pointed out the lunacy of what has become known as "zero tolerance". In the first case, a 6-year-old boy was suspended and threatened with reform school because he brought a camping utensil to school. Zachary Christie, a first-grader at Downes Elementary School in Newark, Del., was so proud of the spoon-fork-knife combination gift that he wanted to show it off and use it to eat his lunch. He was by all accounts a good student, who sometimes wore suits to school because he took his education seriously. He was also a Cub Scout....
  • School Chief Sticks By 'Zero Tolerance' Ruling for Eagle Scout

    10/16/2009 10:56:47 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 154 replies · 4,090+ views
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | October 16, 2009 | Joseph Abrams
    Call him Mr. Zero Tolerance. The upstate New York school superintendent who suspended an Eagle Scout for 20 days for keeping a 2-inch utility knife locked in his car is unwilling to speak to the teen's family or bend in his ruling. Lansingburgh Central School District Superintendent George J. Goodwin, 55, said in a written statement that his district "has an established policy of zero tolerance with respect to the possession of weapons of any kind on school property or in school buildings." But nowhere in the school district's rule book, which is published online, is there any mention of...
  • Eagle Scout Whalen and Cub Scout Christie get some good news

    10/14/2009 8:51:45 PM PDT · by paltz · 9 replies · 801+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 10/14/09 | Kerry Picket
    Matthew Whalen, the Egle Scout in upstate New York who was suspended for having a pocket knife in his car received reassuring news from West Point today. Attending the prestigious New York military academy was always a dream for Matthew since the first grade. News 10 Albany reports: The military academy he's wanted to attend since first grade has told Matthew not to worry.
  • “Zero tolerance”: Good policy, or needless limit on discretion?

    10/14/2009 6:16:24 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 50 replies · 994+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 14, 2009 | Kurt Greenbaum
    The news came out this morning that Zachary Christie, a 6-year-old Delaware first-grader, is back to school. He made news by bringing a small pocketknife with a fork and a spoon to his school. His mother didn’t know he did it. He didn’t know he shouldn’t have done it. He just wanted to bring his cool new camping tool to school to eat his lunch. He had faced 45 days of suspension from his school, and enrollment in an alternative school for troublemakers, after violating the school district’s “zero tolerance” policy on bringing weapons to school. According to today’s story...
  • 6-year-old sentenced to reform school for "dangerous weapon" on school property.

    10/13/2009 2:04:01 PM PDT · by I Hate Obama · 60 replies · 2,016+ views
    video at link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5380529n CBS) A 6-year-old Cub Scout recently suspended from school after bringing a camping utensil to the lunchroom made it clear he was not happy with the Delaware school district's decision. "I think it's very wrong. It's not fair at all," Zachary Christie of Newark, Del. told CBS' "The Early Show." "It's not fair for anybody," he said. Zachary's excitement over joining the Cub Scouts may just land him in reform school for 45 days. Zachary was suspended from his 1st grade class in Delaware's Christina School District after bringing a camping utensil - a combination knife/fork/spoon...
  • POLL: Did School Officials Go Too Far?

    10/13/2009 10:15:13 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 18 replies · 1,178+ views
    First grader Zachary Christie was recently suspended for bringing a Cub Scout camping utensil with him to school. The utensil combines a fork, spoon and a knife into one tool and Christie wanted to use it at lunchtime. His school has a "zero-tolerance" policy on weapons and the camping tool violates the district's rule. He is facing 45 days in the district's reform school. Did school officials go too far?
  • EDITORIAL: Tarnishing a Scout's honor - Zero-tolerance laws don't tolerate common sense

    10/12/2009 8:54:32 PM PDT · by paltz · 13 replies · 870+ views
    ww.washingtontimes.com ^ | 10/13/09 | ww.washingtontimes.com
    Boy Scouts are supposed to "Be Prepared." But how could a New York Eagle Scout prepare himself to have his dreams derailed by a school's imbalanced "zero tolerance" policy? Matthew Whalen's plan to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point may be in jeopardy because the high school senior had a 2-inch pocketknife locked in his car. The Lansingburgh Central School District initially suspended him for five days and later added another 15 days to his sentence.
  • 6-Year-Old Scout Suspended for Bringing Knife-Fork-Spoon Utensil to School

    10/12/2009 3:26:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 64 replies · 2,317+ views
    Fox ^ | October 12, 2009
    Six-year-old Zachary Christie was so excited to become a Cub Scout that he brought his camping utensil to school. The tool serves as a spoon, a fork and a knife, and Zachary wanted to use it at lunch. What Zachary didn't know was that the gizmo violated his school's zero-tolerance policy on weapons. And now the Christina School District in Newark, Del., has suspended the first grader and ordered him to attend the district's reform school for 45 days. Zachary's parents insist their son did not intend to hurt anyone, and they are fighting to overturn the ruling. "Zachary wears...
  • Cub Scout's "Weapon" Earns him Suspension

    10/12/2009 12:17:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies · 1,428+ views
    news ^ | Oct. 12, 2009
    1st Grader Brings Camping Utensil to School for Lunch, But Zero Tolerance Weapons Policy Leads to 45-Day Suspension - A 6-year-old boy's excitement over joining the Cub Scouts may just land him in reform school for 45 days. Zachary Christie was suspended from his 1st grade class in Delaware's Christina School District after bringing a camping utensil - a combination knife/fork/spoon - to use at lunch, prompting calls to reexamine schools' zero-tolerance policy for bringing weapons to school, according to a New York Times report Monday. Zero tolerance policies were instituted in many school districts across the country, at least...
  • It's a fork, it's a spoon....it's a weapon

    10/12/2009 9:10:49 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 56 replies · 2,598+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/12/2009 | IAN URBINA
    Zachary Christie with his mother, Debbie, his father, Curtis, and the Cub Scout utensil that got him suspended from school. NEWARK, Del. — Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy. But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing with his karate instructor. Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and...
  • It’s a Fork, It’s a Spoon, It’s a ... Weapon?

    10/12/2009 5:54:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 158 replies · 5,422+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 11, 2009 | Ian Urbina
    NEWARK, Del. — Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy. But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing with his karate instructor and his mother’s fiancé by his side to vouch for him. Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary now faces 45 days in the district’s reform...
  • Soldier suspended from school (Eagle Scout, Honors Student Had Pocket Knife Locked in Car)

    10/09/2009 7:48:04 AM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 218 replies · 8,128+ views
    WTEN - Albany, NY ^ | 10/8/2009 | MARK O'BRIEN
    Soldier suspended from school Posted: Oct 8, 2009 05:26 PM A NEWS10 EXCLUSIVE By MARK O'BRIEN LANSINGBURGH -- High school senior Matthew Whalen is the kind of student any parent would want. He's an Eagle Scout, on the honor roll, taking Advanced Placement classes, and never been in trouble with the law. He's received commendations from the City of Troy and the Boy Scouts of America for saving a woman's life, and this past summer, he completed Army basic training. All of it was accomplished before the age of 17. "I'm just trying to do what I can while I...
  • Man throws lit smoke flares at receptionist (Zero Tolerance)

    10/08/2009 10:06:23 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 4 replies · 381+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/08/2009 | By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News
    San Antonio police are looking for a man who walked into a downtown building housing several Bexar County offices, lit two smoke flares and threw them at a receptionist Thursday morning. Employees inside the three-story Heritage Plaza building in the 400 block of South Main Street were evacuated for about an hour at 9:30 a.m., said Arson Detective Jose Salame of the San Antonio Fire Department. A receptionist for Elite Consulting, a service provider for Bexar County's adult probation department on the building's second floor, told authorities she heard the man pull the ignition strings on the smoke flares, but...
  • Girl claims injuries inflicted by school officer (11 year old beaten, cuffed, and arrested)

    08/28/2009 6:05:25 PM PDT · by stinkerpot65 · 36 replies · 1,400+ views
    walb ^ | Aug 27, 2009 | Jim Wallace
    Dougherty County School Police are investigating a complaint of excessive force against a sixth grade girl arrested for protesting having her picture taken. Her father shows scratches on 11-year-old Treneashe Graddy's neck and back. She says she was thrown to the ground and arrested at Southside Middle School yesterday. When school officials tried to take her picture for school identification, she refused because her hair was not fixed. The girl was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of an officer, and disrupting school.
  • 'Three's Company' Star Arrested

    07/07/2009 9:46:10 AM PDT · by Abathar · 76 replies · 3,775+ views
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- An actress who starred on the hit television series "Three's Company" has been arrested in Southern California and cited for drunken driving. Police said Joyce DeWitt, who played the character Janet Wood on the popular show, was pulled over Saturday afternoon after she drove past a barricade near a park in El Segundo. Sgt. Danny Kim says an officer arrested the 60-year-old DeWitt after he observed signs she had been drinking and gave her field sobriety tests. Kim says DeWitt was booked at the Police Department, cited and released on her own recognizance.
  • Student Denied Diploma After Blowing Kiss

    06/17/2009 5:27:44 PM PDT · by politicalmerc · 85 replies · 2,171+ views
    Fox 5 News ^ | June 16, 2009 | Staff
    STANDISH, Maine -- Justin Denney's family watched as he ascended the Cumberland County Civic Center stage during graduation Friday night to accept his diploma, but the superintendent told him to return to his seat. The Bonny Eagle High School senior's mother said she can't believe her son's taking a bow and blowing a kiss on stage led was grounds for the superintendent to withhold his diploma. Mary Denney wants an apology, and her son wants his diploma, reported WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine. "I'm like, 'Did she not hand him his diploma?' I'm like, 'What's going on?'" Mary Denney said.
  • A Very Costly Kiss: Senior Denied Diploma

    06/16/2009 6:26:58 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 93 replies · 3,919+ views
    Yahoo! Buzz ^ | 06/16/09 | Mike Krumboltz
    For teens, there is no greater joy than graduating high school. Shaking off the shackles of education and claiming that hard-fought diploma is truly an epic day. Unfortunately, for several students at Bonny Eagle High School in Maine, their natural exuberance has led to some surprisingly serious problems. On Friday night, when the senior class was waiting to graduate, excitement began to grow. Students bounced a large inflatable rubber duck. The noise level rose. And then came "the kiss." When called, one student walked on stage to receive his diploma and blew a kiss to his family. The school administrator,...
  • Diploma Denied To Student Who Bowed, Blew Kiss To Family

    06/16/2009 12:36:51 PM PDT · by rawhide · 47 replies · 1,772+ views
    ABC 8 WMTW ^ | 6-15-09
    Justin Denney's family watched on as he ascended the Cumberland County Civic Center stage during graduation Friday night to accept his diploma, but the superintendent told him to return to his seat Mary Denney said she can't believe how her son's taking a bow and blowing a kiss on stage was grounds for the superintendent to withhold his diploma. "I'm like, 'Did she not hand him his diploma?' I'm like, 'What's going on?'" Mary Denney said. She said she and Justin both signed a code of conduct regarding the graduation when she picked up graduation tickets on Friday, she doesn't...
  • 2 Arrested After Plastic Gun Found at Pelham (NH) High School

    05/21/2009 7:22:22 AM PDT · by grady · 31 replies · 1,281+ views
    WMUR News 9 ^ | May 20, 2009 | WMUR
    PELHAM, N.H. -- Two Pelham High School students were arrested Wednesday and charged with false public alarm after police found a plastic cap gun in a locker, officials said. Pelham High School was put on lockdown and Pelham police were called after school officials received a report of a handgun in the building before noon. Some parents went to the school after getting text messages from their children. "I didn't think anything. I just flew down here because I heard the SWAT team was down here," said parent Lisa Tracy. News 9's Kria Sakakeeny said a 15-year-old and 16-year-old were...
  • Muslims in Britain have zero tolerance of homosexuality, says poll

    05/07/2009 2:09:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies · 1,019+ views
    u.tv ^ | May 7, 2009
    Muslims in Britain have zero tolerance towards homosexuality compared to their counterparts in France and Germany, according to a survey published today . The Gallup poll features the results of telephone and face-to-face interviews with Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK, France and Germany and is designed to measure global attitudes towards people from different faith traditions. It shows that British Muslims hold more conservative opinions towards homosexual acts, abortion, viewing pornography, suicide and sex outside marriage than European Muslims, polling markedly lower when asked if they believed these things were morally acceptable. The most dramatic contrast was found in...
  • More than a silly strip search

    04/27/2009 9:25:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 78 replies · 2,820+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/26/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    When she was a 13-year-old student at Safford Middle School in Arizona, Savana Redding was strip-searched by school officials in search of - this is no joke - ibuprofen. Now she is suing the district and the officials for violating her Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. It is not good for Redding that while the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on her case last week, Justice David Souter commented, "My thought process is I would rather have the kid embarrassed by a strip search, if we can't find anything short of that, than to have some other...
  • Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    03/04/2009 1:43:35 PM PST · by Zakeet · 135 replies · 4,417+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2009 | Maxim Lott
    A professor in Connecticut reported one of her students to the police after he gave a class presentation on why students and teachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus. Now, free speech activists say the professor’s actions are what really need to be investigated.Last October, John Wahlberg and two classmates at Central Connecticut State University gave an oral presentation for a communications class taught by Professor Paula Anderson. The assignment was to discuss a “relevant issue in the media,” and the students presented their view that the death toll in the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting massacre...
  • Northland High student faces expulsion for firing Nerf gun

    02/19/2009 5:14:12 AM PST · by 50mm · 31 replies · 1,067+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) ^ | February 19, 2009 | TANISHA MALLETT
    A Northland High School student could be expelled after playing with a Nerf foam-dart gun in school. Devon Smith, 14, said he could not resist firing the toy at a friend after a classmate brought it to class. "He was shooting at another one of my friends, and I moved closer, and I had a shot and missed somebody," Smith said. Smith was suspended from school and faces an expulsion hearing this morning. Columbus City Schools spokesman Michael Straughter said he couldn't discuss Smith's case. But he said the district follows the state's zero-tolerance policy, as well as the Gun-Free...
  • When is it good to fail?

    02/18/2009 1:50:28 PM PST · by JohnPierce · 247+ views
    The Examiner ^ | February 5, 2009 | John Pierce
    ANSWER: When it is the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Handgun Control, Inc.) who is grading you! ...
  • The folly across the river

    02/18/2009 1:50:21 PM PST · by JohnPierce · 532+ views
    The Examiner ^ | February 10, 2009 | John Pierce
    With all this talk of “The Wild West”, I thought it might be informative to look at the reality of crime in the “wild west” cattle towns and compare them to the peaceful streets of such eastern, gun-control paradises as DC, New York, Baltimore and Newark ...
  • Outrage Of The Week, February 13, 2009

    02/13/2009 9:34:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 384+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | February 13, 2009 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Outrage Of The Week   Friday, February 13, 2009   This week's outrage comes from Beaver Dam, Wis., where Beaver Dam school officials placed middle school teacher Betsy Ramsdale on administrative leave, following the discovery of a photograph of the teacher with a firearm on the teacher's personal "Facebook" page. A "concerned" staff member at the school where Ramsdale works brought the photo to the attention of school district officials. WKOWTV.com reported last week that schools superintendent, Donald Childs, was "unaware of any sinister intent on the teacher's part," and said the...