School Climate & School Violence
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Controversy Over 'Zero Tolerance' - Chris McCarthy had been
looking forward to his junior year at Upper Moreland High School.
Elected president of his class, McCarthy, 16, had been named to the
National Honor Society. His extracurricular activities included the
soccer team, the drama club, and the annual blood drive. Then, in
November, a pocketknife put his high school career on hold - and
placed him in the center of a growing controversy surrounding
Schools Working to Distinguish Misbehaving From Criminal Acts -
The high-school senior thought he was just pulling a harmless prank
when he mooned a bus from his car in the parking lot. But he wound up
in court, facing a charge of open or gross lewdness. The legal action
threatened his graduation, his college scholarships and his permanent
record and could have forced him to register as a sex offender if
convicted, a school official said.
L.E.A.N On Us: The
Law Enforcement Awareness Network - It is the mission of
L.E.A.N. On Us to provide first responders with information and
resources that will allow them to better serve individuals within
their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental illness.
The Law Enforcement Awareness Network is currently assisting in the
development of training programs by identifying needed services. In
doing so we feel we will be able to assist in fulfilling the need for
such valuable training for First Responder Personnel within all of our
The U.S. Department of Education in
partnership with the U.S. Secret Service published
Threat Assessment in Schools: A
Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe
School Climates, which outlines research
findings on student-instigated school violence. To access the
guide and the final report, visit
http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac.shtml or call 1-877-4ED-PUBS.
Looks - Less Dramatic Than
Paddling, But Emotional Abuse Still Hurts.
Teachers may not
realize the long-lasting effects of intimidating their students.
Some students remember the humiliation decades later.
Kid with Dyslexia Sues School - A dyslexic boy from
Brooklyn and his mother plan to sue the city Department of
Education because they claim the teen attempted suicide after
school officials told him he was so dumb, he wouldn't graduate
until he was 21.
Exclusive: Speaking Up
- Every day parents and advocates of children with special
needs reach out to each other and offer, through the magic of
e-mail and Listservs, online information, advice, and support.
Today "karatemom" told this story and we want to share it, in the
hope that it will inspire others.
The Bridge to Civility:
Empathy, Ethics and
Service - Developing a social
consciousness in the young means engaging them in meaningful
Adds Up To Lots of Friction -
While few question a school's right - and responsibility - to
punish students who violate rules aimed at keeping schools free of
drugs and weapons, some in Duxbury say overly harsh punishments
have made zero tolerance a troubled approach that leaves too much
power in the hands of school officials.
What constitutes a dangerous school? -
Few schools fit definition, state
education board says.
A+ for Empathy
- The children in Amy Hamilton's fourth-grade class know
exactly how their day at Mulready Elementary School in Hudson,
Massachusetts, will begin. After they hang up their coats and
backpacks, they know to put their homework on their desks. Then
they read Mrs. Hamilton's message on the chalkboard, which can be
anything from a comment about the weather to a question to ponder.
Second Step - This award-winning program for pre-K through
grade 12 teaches social and emotional skills for violence
prevention. The Second Step lessons are easy to teach, flow
sequentially, and require minimal teacher preparation time.
Integration activities tie the lessons into academic learning
requirements—health, science, math, social studies, and language
arts—helping teachers build on what they are already doing in the
First School Safety Report
Offers School Security Tips - Agents Tout Tactics Used to
Victories For Gay Students And Teachers
- In groundbreaking rulings, the courts have sent school
boards a clear message: Do more to stop gay bashing or pay the
Boosts After-School Programs
shooters tell why
County's tip line
provides outlet for school concerns -
Prevention of violence, teen suicide are missions; its
anonymity, 24-hr availability boost its profile.
Districts Pay Damages In Gay-Rights Lawsuits
prevention of youth suicide - Vigil at Capitol honors those
who have died.