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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...