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  • Texas honor student thrown in jail for missing school: 11th-grader working two jobs...

    05/28/2012 6:05:44 PM PDT · by AndyJackson · 128 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 26, 2012
    A 17-year-old high school student working two jobs to support her siblings, while juggling college-level classes, spent 24 hours in jail this week for missing too much school, KHOU 11 News reported. Diane Tran, an 11th-grader at Willis High School in Willis, Texas said she was often too exhausted to get to school in time. Judge Lanny Moriarty said he warned the student last month not to miss any more classes or she would be violating truancy law, KHOU 11 News reported. When she missed school again, he had her thrown in jail. "If you let one run loose, what...
  • Texas honor student jailed for missing too much school

    05/26/2012 7:52:24 AM PDT · by christx30 · 137 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | May 25, 2012 | Amanda Merrell
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX (CBS ATLANTA) - An honor student in Texas was thrown in jail after she missed too many classes at her high school. A judge issued Diane Tran, 17, a summons Wednesday for her excessive truancy after she missed class. She was arrested in open court. Last month, Tran was issued a warning by the judge for missing school. Tran said she works both full-time and part-time jobs, in addition to taking advanced and college level courses. But the judge said Tran's case was bigger than the individual situation of one student. "If you let one run loose,...
  • County Employee Fired for Possession of Firearm

    05/21/2012 10:48:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Wayne County groundskeeper John Chevilott was recently fired by County Supervisors from a job he’d held for 23 years. His offense was possession of a firearm on County property. Chevilott found a small pistol in the grass he was mowing. He turned it over to police after he completed his work shift. “There is no question that the gun was in his possession, he admits it was,” asserted County Supervisor Leonard Prickman. “Our policy is clear. No one may carry a firearm on County property. There’s a ‘zero tolerance’ for violators. We cannot allow anyone to skirt the rules for...
  • 6-Year-Old Colo. Boy Suspended for Reciting 'Sexy' Lyric

    05/07/2012 8:44:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    KAAL-TV ^ | Jennie Olson
    A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl "I'm sexy and I know it," a line from a popular song. D'Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday.
  • Bullied Boy Suspended for Fighting Back

    04/21/2012 3:41:34 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 73 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 20, 2012 | Benge Nsenduluka
    A nine-year-old Colorado boy has reportedly been suspended from his elementary school after standing up to a bully who was physically harming him. Nathan Pemberton, a third grade student, claims that he was subject to beatings from another child and when he finally garnered the courage to stand up for himself he was punished and removed from West Elementary School in Colorado Springs, which his parents think is ludicrous, according to Mail Online. "One kid kicked me in the back, then punched me in the face. Then I punched him in the face and then I got in trouble," Nathan...
  • Ohio baseball player can’t walk at graduation after caring for cancer-stricken mother

    04/16/2012 2:11:27 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 104 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/16/2012 | Cameron Smith
    A 17-year-old varsity baseball player in suburban Cleveland is being banned from walking at his own graduation for racking up two too many unexcused absences. While those circumstances might be considered the fault of the athlete in most cases, Carrollton (Ohio) High senior Austin Fisher's case is a rather extraordinary one: His absences were all brought on by time he spent caring for his mother, who has spent the past six years battling breast cancer. As reported by Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW, Fisher has missed 16 days during his senior year, none of which have technically been excused. The Carrollton...
  • Girl Who Borrowed Asthma Inhaler Expelled From School

    02/22/2012 7:39:16 PM PST · by Arthurio · 49 replies
    CBS4 ^ | 2/20/12
    MONUMENT, Colo. (CBS4) – A girl who borrowed a friend’s asthma inhaler at school has now been expelled. The incident happened in January at Lewis-Palmer Middle School in Monument. Both the girls and their families are unhappy with the punishment. The school’s punishment strikes one of the families as uneven justice. The school said the girls broke the district’s drug policy. Their families call the incident an accident and the school’s discipline heavy-handed. For 10 days Breana Crites and Alyssa McKinney sat at home while suspended from school. The two were in gym class. Crites complained of trouble breathing, so...
  • Boy, 7, branded a racist for asking schoolmate: 'Are you brown because you come from Africa?'

    02/20/2012 4:25:14 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 68 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 2/19/2012
    The mother of a seven-year-old boy was told to sign a school form admitting he was racist after he asked another pupil about the colour of his skin. Elliott Dearlove had asked a five-year-old boy in the playground whether he was ‘brown because he was from Africa’. His mother, Hayley White, 29, said she received a phone call last month to say her son had been at the centre of a ‘racist incident’. She was then summoned to a meeting with Elliott, his teacher and the deputy head of Griffin Primary School in Hull. Ms White, an NHS healthcare assistant,...
  • Boy, 6, accused of sexual assault on classmate during playground game of tag

    01/28/2012 9:21:06 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2012 | Katie Silver
    In a move that has attracted outrage from many local parents, an overzealous principal has accused a six-year-old of sexual assault. Levina Subrata’s son was playing tag in his Californian school playground when he was accused of touching his best friend’s upper thigh and groin.
  • In Washington area, African American students suspended and expelled two to five times as * whites

    12/29/2011 3:25:22 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 119 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2011 | Donna St. George
    Across the Washington area, black students are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students, creating disparities in discipline that experts say reflect a growing national problem. An analysis by The Washington Post shows the phenomenon both in the suburbs and in the city, from the far reaches of Southern Maryland to the subdivisions of Fairfax, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. In Washington area, racial gaps in school discipline Study exposes myths about school discipline Most students suspended, expelled at some point Police presence in schools spur Miranda questions View all Items in this Story School...
  • High schoolers banned for Tebowing

    12/15/2011 7:59:23 PM PST · by lilyramone · 32 replies
    espn ^ | 12-15-11 | Christopher Hunt
    No running in the halls -- and no Tebowing either. That's what one Long Island administration said Wednesday when it suspended a group of high school athletes for replicating Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's popular pose in the hallway at school. Jordan Fulcoly, Wayne Drexel and brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll of Riverhead High School were all handed a one-day suspension Wednesday, after three days of taking a knee with their foreheads resting on their fists, the same way Tebow does in the end zone and on the sidelines. The news was first reported by Yahoo! Prep Rally earlier Thursday....
  • Hundreds Protest Illegal Immigration Law at Alabama Capitol Steps

    08/28/2011 8:28:01 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 36 replies
    WAKA ^ | 28 August 2011 | WAKA
    Alabama's illegal immigration law will go into effect this Thursday, but protesters in Montgomery are pushing forward to have their voices heard in opposition to what's considered the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in the country. Hundreds gathered at the capitol steps to oppose Alabama's new illegal immigration law, which will go into effect in just four days. The majority of the people in attendance were families and some said they are worried that this new law will break up their family. "I don't like this law, because I think it is going to tear my family apart," Edward E....
  • Woodpecker-Saving Daughter Costs Mom $500, Possible Jail Time (year in jail)

    08/02/2011 10:21:08 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    WUSA TV | August 2, 2011 | Kristin Fisher
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  • Mother fined $535 after daughter, Skylar Capo, 11, saves endangered woodpecker from hungry cat

    08/02/2011 10:28:06 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Never let a good deed go unpunished. An 11-year-old Virginia girl trying to rescue a baby woodpecker instead earned her mother a $535 fine when it turned out the bird was a protected species. Skylar Capo saved the bird from the clutches of a cat which was about to turn the feathered friend into lunch. "I've just always loved animals," Skylar told WUSA-TV. "I couldn't stand to watch it be eaten." When she was unable to find the baby's mother, she asked her own mother if they could adopt the orphaned bird. "She was just going to take care of...
  • [Texas] Study: "Zero Tolerance" Has Created a Generation of Expelled Students

    07/19/2011 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 28 replies ^ | July 19, 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    A stunning report today on the utter failure of so-called 'Zero Tolerance' programs in Texas public schools. 1200 WOAI news reports that after a decades long experiment in punishing students for even the smallest infraction, with policies which have allowed dopey school administrators to expel honor students for bringing aspirin or bottle openers to class, or for young deer hunters to have unloaded deer rifles in the trunk of their car in the school parking lot, the Council of State Government's Justice Center says the programs have given us a generation of expelled students, and schools which are not any...
  • Teen faces prison after sex doll prank goes awry (Prosecutors gone wild, kid faces 8 years prison)

    07/06/2011 2:09:59 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 111 replies
    WSVM ^ | 07/06/2011 | AP News
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn't expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he'd be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record. The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the country, The Indianapolis Star reported in its Tuesday editions. Legal experts question the appropriateness of the charges against Morton, and law professor Jonathan Turley at George Washington University...
  • Zero tolerance or lack of common sense?

    05/14/2011 3:14:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies ^ | 10 May 2011 | Brad Bell
    Graham Dennis was handcuffed, fingerprinted and charged with possession of a deadly weapon. He was also suspended from school for 10 days. Casey Edsall was accused of having an explosive on school property. He got a one day suspension. The Eaton High juniors play lacrosse. The explosive device was a lighter. The deadly weapon was a pocket knife. Both are tools the boys use to maintain their lacrosse sticks. “I tore a couple white strings on the side and I had to replace them with black strings,” said Dennis. “I cut them and burn them there. If I don't cut...
  • School Boys May Be Expelled for Possession of Oregano

    03/19/2011 5:03:17 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 51 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 19 March 2011 | John Semmens
    Four boys at the Hickory Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia were suspended and may be expelled for handling a baggie full of oregano at the school. The ill-fated prank was held to be “unacceptable mockery of the school’s ‘zero tolerance policy’” by the school administration. “While oregano isn’t a banned substance, per se, I mean we use it home-ec classes, placing it in a small plastic bag and passing it to another student is the same thing a student would do if it were,” said Vice-Principal Jesse Twitman. “It’s an act of disrespect and defiance toward school authority. If there’s...
  • I Hate This! Student Suspended for Opening Door

    03/02/2011 12:42:20 PM PST · by Notary Sojac · 49 replies
    Free Range Kids blog ^ | 2 March 2011 | Lenore Skenazy
    Readers — As you know, Free-Range Kids is about trust, community and common sense. All of which a Virginia middle school student displayed the other day when he held open the door for someone he knew. For this, he was given a day long suspension. The reason? The school had just installed a $10,000 + security system, and his action violated it. Voila: According to an anonymous e-mail sent to The Tidewater News, the “A” student opened the door for a woman he knew, who had her hands full. The e-mail also indicated the student received a one-day, out-of-school suspension....
  • Teen's medical marijuana fight escalates as school says he cannot come back to class after going...

    02/22/2011 1:35:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    Colorado Independent ^ | 02.07.11 | Scot Kersgaard
    Teen's medical marijuana fight escalates as school says he cannot come back to class after going home for medicineFather appeals to legislators for helpThe saga of a Colorado Springs teenager struggling with a rare neurological condition best controlled with medical marijuana lozenges became a little more surreal when Harrison School District 2 informed the student’s father that the child cannot return to school on any day that he consumes medical marijuana.“They say if he takes his medicine he cannot come back to school,” the teenager’s father told The Colorado Independent. The boy attends Sierra High School.The child missed most of...
  • Plastic pellet incident at Va. school ends in expulsion, assault charges

    02/02/2011 5:07:09 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 96 replies
    Washington Postf ^ | February 2, 2011 | Kevin Sieff
    Andrew Mikel II admits it was a stupid thing to do. In December, bored and craving attention, the 14-year-old used a plastic tube to blow small plastic pellets at fellow students in Spotsylvania High School. In one lunch period, he scored three hits. "They flinched. They looked annoyed," Mikel said. The school district saw it as more than a childish prank. School officials expelled him for possession and use of a weapon, and they called a deputy sheriff to the scene, said Mikel and his father, Andrew Mikel Sr. The younger Mikel, a freshman, said he was charged with three...
  • Zero tolerance 'insane madness' in Virginia

    01/30/2011 4:48:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 30, 2011 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    Spotsylvania, Va., high school freshman Andrew Mikel has been suspended for the school year and has been placed in a "diversion program" by police for blowing soft plastic pellets through a pen at three classmates. "I am currently working with the Rutherford Institute, fighting the insane madness of our local school administration and board," wrote the boy's father, also named Andrew Mikel, to WND. "In early December, my son shot what amounts to a spitwad. They classified the spit wad as a weapon, expelled my son from school the rest of the year, filed assault charges on him with the...
  • Granville student, 12, wrote 62 names under 'Kill List,' school says (12 y.o. Girl Arrested)

    01/27/2011 4:16:01 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 25 replies
    CBS 6 News ^ | January 26, 2011 | NA
    GRAVILLE -- School administrators are investigating a young student's "kill list" containing the names of 62 schoolmates in the Granville Central School District. Police say the 12-year-old girl confessed to writing the list. She has been charged with misdemeanor aggravated harrassment, and was suspended from school for five days. The schools Superintendent Mark Bessen tells CBS6, "It was a group of students that she felt made her life difficult in school or she felt she had issues with." He went on to say, "It's 2011. If you have a 'Kill List' you have to deal with it in a safe...
  • Bullied at School for Being Gay? The U.S. Justice Department 'Won't Stand for It,'...

    01/05/2011 9:30:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 70 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/5/2011 | Susan Jones
    The U.S. Justice Department went into a public high school on Tuesday with a message for students: If you’re “different,” if you’re gay, and if you’re being bullied – don’t feel alone, don’t be ashamed, and don’t hesitate to call on the federal government for help if your school doesn’t stop the bullying. “If you have been targeted for harassment or bullying because of your sexual orientation, because of your gender identity or expression, or simply because your classmates see you as different, I am here to tell you that the Civil Rights Division will not stand for it,” Tom...
  • Model Student, Sports Star Suspended for Paring Knife Mix-Up (Updated: School Responds)

    12/30/2010 8:29:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 12+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 29, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    Zero tolerance common sense. UPDATE: School responds, I Google. On its face, this looks like it’s an asinine decision which is probably the product of a culture that makes lawsuits possible in every breath we take. How else to explain what the school principal has done here? It’s either the school’s fear of a lawsuit, or a total lack of common sense among the school’s leadership, or there’s something we don’t know about all this that hasn’t shown up in the media reports. I’m not discounting that third possibility, but based on what we know from media reports, this is...
  • Christmas Sweater Club Punished At Local High School (for possessing candy canes!)

    12/21/2010 10:54:40 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    WUSA 9 | 12/21/2010 | Peggy Fox
    Can't be linked... Gannett
  • Outcome in Montana should be lesson for educators everywhere

    12/16/2010 6:00:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 December, 2010 | Dave Workman
    This morning, if accounts in Kalispell and Missoula newspapers are accurate, 16-year-old Demari DeReu should be back in class at Columbia Falls High School after the School Board last night showed the good sense that this column accurately suggested – “for the sake of argument” – would be the case. There are several lessons to be learned by educators throughout the Northwest, including right here in Washington, where the story has gotten considerable reaction from members of the Hunting-Washington forum. Chief among lessons to be learned from these Montana school officials is that common sense and compassion should always trump...
  • Montana honor student faces expulsion over gun in trunk

    12/09/2010 3:31:03 PM PST · by Fiji Hill · 42 replies ^ | December 8, 2010 | Andrea Lutz
    Montana honor student faces expulsion over gun in trunkPosted: Dec 8, 2010 7:24 AM by Andrea Lutz - Montana's News StationUpdated: Dec 8, 2010 8:00 AM COLUMBIA FALLS, MT - Demarie DeReu, a 16-year-old honor student at Columbia Falls High School, is facing expulsion after leaving her hunting rifle in her vehicle on school grounds. DeReu, who is also a member of the Student Council and a varsity cheerleader, told Montana's News Station that she had no intention of breaking any rules or laws, or harming anyone. She went hunting over the Thanksgiving holiday with her family and forgot to...
  • Are minority students disciplined more harshly? Obama administration to issue suspension guidelines

    10/07/2010 10:23:03 AM PDT · by earlJam · 72 replies
    Are minority students disciplined more harshly? Obama administration to issue suspension guidelines Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 12:06 PM Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press Are minority students disciplined more harshly than white students? The Obama administration thinks so, and is planning to make addressing racial disparities in school discipline a high priority, reports Education Week’s Mary Ann Zehr. The administration intends to “release guidance” on school discipline this winter, presumably telling local schools how they should deal with problem students, Zehr reports. The U.S. departments of Education and Justice held a conference late last month and Zehr quoted...
  • Boy who found lighter suspended from NJ school

    09/23/2010 9:24:53 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 81 replies
    ap ^ | September 23, 2010
    JAMESBURG, N.J. (AP) -- Officials suspended a fifth-grader in New Jersey who found a lighter on his way to school. Jamesburg school superintendent Gail Verona told The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick the lighter had the potential to compromise student safety. But the 11-year-old boy's father questioned why school officials consider the lighter a weapon.
  • Child Still Expelled for Toy Gun (2 years, already out of school 1 year !)

    09/17/2010 10:51:08 AM PDT · by Scythian · 98 replies
    Parents want their child back in school. School board says no way Print Share Buzz up!62retweetTOP1K5diggsdigg Samuel Burgos has fond memories of his friends at school, but he only gets to see them in pictures now. The 8-year-old boy hasn't been in school for a year and will likely miss another year if the Broward County School Board has its way. Burgos was suspended from school in November after a teacher found a toy gun in his backpack. But when the boy went to register to go back to Pembroke Pines Charter School, he was told he will be expelled...
  • Child Still Expelled for Toy Gun - a Year Later

    09/17/2010 11:28:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Fri, Sep 17, 2010 | WILLARD SHEPARD and TODD WRIGHT
    Parents want their child back in school. School board says no waySamuel Burgos has fond memories of his friends at school, but he only gets to see them in pictures now. The 8-year-old boy hasn't been in school for a year and will likely miss another year if the Broward County School Board has its way. Burgos was suspended from school in November after a teacher found a toy gun in his backpack. But when the boy went to register to go back to Pembroke Pines Charter School, he was told he will be expelled for this school year, too,...
  • School Suspends Boy for Bloodshot Eyes

    09/11/2010 8:53:11 AM PDT · by Ralph the Hun · 96 replies
    MyFoxDFW ^ | 09/09/10 | Sophia Reza
    TROPHY CLUB, Texas - Administrators at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club suspended a 16-year-old boy on Tuesday because his eyes were bloodshot and they thought he might have been smoking marijuana.The teen said he was not high. Instead his eyes were red because he had been grieving the loss of his murdered father.Kyler Robertson’s father was stabbed to death on Sunday. His mother honored his wishes and let him go to school on Tuesday to be with his friends.“I am sure he had a lot on his mind going to school. I had asked him not to go...
  • Homeroom Security: book about the insanity of zero-tolerance classroom policies

    09/03/2010 7:47:23 AM PDT · by ozark hilljilly · 3 replies
    Boing-Boing ^ | Friday, Sep 3, 2010 | Cory Doctorow
    Salon's got a blood-boiling interview with Aaron Kupchik, author of Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear, a close look at four very different US schools. Each school has a different demographic and different location, but the thing they all share is a set of zero-tolerance policies that turn them into Kafka-esque nightmares: (snip) "...We're teaching kids what it means to be a citizen in our country. And what I fear we're doing is teaching them that what it means to be an American is that you accept authority without question and that you have absolutely no rights...
  • Video Captures City Worker Smoking Pipe On Duty

    07/27/2010 11:21:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | Jul 27, 2010 10:57 am US/Pacific | David Goldstein
    Our cameras caught a City of L.A. employee lighting up and smoking something out of a pipe while on duty and earning your tax dollars. What was he smoking? That is what we wanted to know. David Goldstein: "What are you smoking here? You smoking pot or you smoking crack?" City employee: "No I'm not. It was a cigarette." David Goldstein: "No, it was a pipe. You were smoking out of a pipe." City employee: "No it wasn't." The man is a gardener for the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Department. He makes good money -- $46,000 a year plus...
  • Toy soldiers run afoul of school's weapons ban

    06/17/2010 12:16:53 PM PDT · by Christus_Rex · 46 replies · 587+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 17, 2010 | MICHELLE R. SMITH
    Christan Morales says her son just wanted to honor American troops when he made a hat decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures. But the hat ran afoul of the district's no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons. "His teacher called and said it wasn't appropriate because it had guns," Morales said.
  • R.I. School Bans 8-Year-Old Son's Patriotic Hat With Army Figures

    06/17/2010 11:47:51 AM PDT · by Domandred · 44 replies · 1,193+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/17/2010 | Fox News
    A Rhode Island mother says her 8-year-old son's school would not let him wear a patriotic hat she says he designed for a project to honor Army troops because the school thought it was inappropriate. --- SNIP --- Morales said the principal at David's school called her to say the hat wasn't appropriate because it had guns, which violated a school ban on weapons and toy weapons.
  • 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. has the YouTube video, which was released by (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 ^ | 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...