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High School Students are Maced by Police for Celebrating a Football Victory

Mace Pepper SprayIt sounds like something out of Footloose, but unfortunately, this did not happen in a movie. Last week, police in a small town in Utah used pepper spray on high school students when the students began dancing a Haka celebration dance following a football game victory.

According to the Associated Press, a group of students and young adults who were related to a football player at Roosevelt Union High School started celebrating the team’s win by performing a traditional Maori dance. Evidently, the dancing occurred in a location that blocked the exit and prevented other people from leaving the field. Police asked the celebrators to move so that players and other fans could leave the field. However, they refused, so the police began using pepper spray in order to displace the crowd.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Jason Kelly, a fan of the Roosevelt Union High football team. “It was totally unprovoked.”

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Guns are Now Legally Allowed on Some College Campuses

PistolThe argument has been going on for a while now: should students and teachers be able to carry concealed weapons on university campuses? Advocates say that by not allowing students to arm themselves, we are making college campuses a vulnerable target for deranged psychopaths. Those who oppose the policy think that campuses should be a safe-zone where there are no weapons allowed. For a long time, most colleges have not been allowing guns on their campuses. However, it seems that there might be an upcoming shift in this policy.

On Wednesday, the state of Oregon overturned a rule that prohibited guns on state campuses. This made it legal for those who have concealed carry permits to bring their guns onto college grounds. Colorado and Utah also have similar laws.

During the summer of 2011, Wisconsin and Mississippi both passed laws that allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to bring their guns onto public campuses. Interestingly enough, the new law in Mississippi conflicts with a current law in the state that does not allow anyone to carry a weapon in a public or private school building.

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California Student Charged with Making Terrorist Threats on His Facebook Page

Stanley Roring is a student at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, CA. Roring recently posted terroristic threats on Facebook that made it clear that he wanted to carry out a school shooting similar to the one that terrorized Virginia Tech several years ago.

School district police found Roring’s threatening posts hours after he published them on Facebook. They then reported the threat to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was information reported from someone who is a friend or acquaintance of (Roring’s) on Facebook,” said a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Cindy Bachman. “Obviously, it was very alarming once that was read.”

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The Use of Corporal Punishment in Schools Debate Heats Up

While the vision of being paddled in the principal’s office may seem an image of the past, corporal punishment is still legal, and used, in 20 American states. Advocates against corporal punishment have attempted to end the practice for years, but a recent push has encouraged several school districts to consider banning the method of punishment.

As a recourse to skipping detention at his Wichita Falls high school, 11th grader Tyler Anastopoulos was sent to the assistant principal’s office; where he received three blows to his backside with a paddle. The strikes left Anastopoulos with deep bruises. His mother, Angie Herring, expressed her outrage by saying, “If I did that to my son, I’d go to jail.”

In a vague response to Anastopoulos’s case, the superintendent of the City View Independent School District in Wichita Falls, Steve Harris, described corporal punishment as “one of the tools in the toolbox we use for discipline”.

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First-Grader Stabs Fellow Student

Evidently, extreme bullying is starting earlier and earlier. How early, you may ask? Try first grade.

There is a first-grade student at a Montebello, California elementary school whom parents say is a danger to other students. These parents want the child expelled from school due to his aggressive acts towards other children. In December, this child allegedly used a utility device to stab one of his classmates.

“I feel really bad,” said Mary Baca, a parent who was volunteering in the boy’s classroom when the incident took place. “I know it’s an emotional situation. And I know if the kid got love and help, he wouldn’t act out the way he did.”

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Bisexual NYC Teens Engaging in Risky Sexual Behavior

couple with flowersA Youth Risk Behavior Survey done in high schools in 2005 and 2007 within the New York City area shows that sexually active teens are engaging in risky sexual behavior. Students that report having sexual partners of both sexes have higher rates of violence, forced sexual behavior and risky sexual behavior.

Over 17,000 public health surveys were analyzed and the findings showed that over a third of the teens that were surveyed identified themselves as straight although they had experienced same sex sexual encounters. This study has shown that having sexual partners of both sexes increases risk of associated dangers. Of the girls with both male and female partners, 35.8 percent stated they had experienced dating violence during the previous year. Of the males with both male and female sexual partners, 34.8 percent stated they experienced dating violence during the previous year. Read the rest of this entry »



Teachers Allowed to Hit Students in 20 U.S. States

the 20 states allowing student hitting

The 20 States in red currently allow teachers to legally hit their misbehaving children

Most parents recognize that even in the most well-respected and established education institutions, their children will inevitably misbehave, which will subject them to punishment in accordance to the school’s disciplinary guidelines.

In fact, in most instances, parents, teachers and administrative professionals understand and agree that negative reinforcement is sometimes deemed necessary when disciplining a disruptive pupil. Most, however, envision a trip to the principal’s office or a missed after school activity an appropriate punishment.

One thing they probably don’t envision is a child being hit with a belt or wooden paddle as an appropriate punishment for misbehavior. Read the rest of this entry »



3 Teenagers Dead After Being on a Facebook Hit List

crime sceneThe town of Puerto Asis in southwest Columbia is on high alert after three teenagers have been murdered in the last 10 days after their names appeared on a kill list, along with 66 others, that was posted on the social networking website, Facebook.

While the Colombian police are investigating the murders, it is unclear as to who posted the list on Facebook, how the victims are related to one another or why they were selected for the list. Read the rest of this entry »





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