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Homeschool Student Gets Suspended For Bringing Gun Shell to School

empty shotgun bullet shellA firstgrade home-schooler, Matthias Beattie, was suspended for one week because he took a shotgun shell to his school.

Beattie is not an Iowa public school system student according to state law because his first-grade class is held at a church, but county officials released a statement that all homeschool students are bound to discipline policies set forth by the state.

And in Iowa, there is a zero tolerance policy in regards to weapons.

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25 Safest Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

school crosswalkCollege is supposed to be a place of higher learning and fun. You don’t expect to get robbed or attacked on campus. However these things happen daily on college campuses across the U.S. You can protect yourself by using these tips.

Reader’s Digest recently ranked the safest colleges in the U.S. The following is a list of the top 25. However, students at these schools should still remain aware of their surroundings on campus and not take any unnecessary risks.

25 Safest Schools in the U.S.

1. Johns Hopkins University (MD)

2. Northeastern University (MA)

3. Michigan Technological University (MI) Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Valuables on a College Campus

This guest post comes from John Spiropoulos, B.A., a 3 time Emmy award winning TV news reporter whose website — — is devoted to the success of college freshmen.

dorm theftRight now parents and students are focused on what to take to college. Now is also the time to think about what you want to keep in college, because without taking proper precautions, your valuables may be stolen. Here’s what to do:

Lock Your Room Doors in the Residence Hall

Break-ins are rare. Usually, items are stolen because doors are left open or unlocked. Unless your roommate is in the room, ALWAYS lock the door when you leave, even if it’s just going down the hall to the bathroom. Read the rest of this entry »

School Safety Legacy of Columbine on 10 Year Anniversary

The 13 victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

The 13 victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating shooting rampage that took place in Columbine High School in Columbine, CO. Two student shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, tore through their school on April 19, 1999 with guns killing 12 students, one teacher, and injuring 24 before killing themselves. Their intentions were far grander, and it is fortunate that their plans to plant bombs in the school, potentially killing hundreds, were never realized. Their frightening plan was to cause more devastation than the Oklahoma City bombing, the anniversary of which was a day and four years prior to this incident.

The legacy of that devastating day is that school safety is more of a priority than it was before. It forced schools and government to put in place more stringent policies and standards for keeping students and faculty out of harms way. The fact that the Columbine shooting took place in an affluent neighborhood forced the realization that these events are not predisposed to happen in less fortunate districts. Overall, there is a sense that these types of incidences are less likely to happen now. Other violent school shootings have happened in the wake of Columbine, but in-school homicides are down in the past ten years. Read the rest of this entry »

Half of High School Students Victims of Hazing

The stories of hazing have long been associated with the lifestyle of college co-eds, often in the form of initiation tactics. But a new study has found that 47 percent of high school students have been the victim of some form of hazing (in a previous study, 48 percent of high school students who belong to a group or organization had been hazed). No one sub-set of students is involved either, finding that athletic groups, the performing arts or even yearbook staff have been hazed. lonely-teen

Hazing is defined as “subjection to harassment or ridicule,” and in the case of these students it can take the form of childish pranks to drinking games, of which eight percent of students say they drank to the point of passing out. It’s all a part of that peer pressure to feel part of the in crowd, and the study authors say students often find themselves a part of situations they wouldn’t otherwise.

“That group dynamic can lead to the escalation where you have the hazing that’s been reported in the news, some horrendous incidents,” says Mary Madden, co-author of the study from University of Maine‘s College of Education and Human Development. Read the rest of this entry »


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