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June 28, 2010:

Australian woman sells 13-year-old daughter for fuel (3 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 2:19 PM

Sydney: A woman sold her 13-year-old daughter to a truck driver for a load of diesel. The woman, only known as NJJ, sold her daughter while in a drug-fuelled haze. The Downing Centre District Court sentenced NJJ to a maximum nine years jail with a minimum 51/2-year term. The mother and driver were found guilty […]

June 22, 2010:

Killer, 13, sent to juvenile detention until age 21 (1 Comment)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 2:59 AM

A Michigan judge ordered a 13-year-old boy convicted of murdering a woman during a robbery to remain in juvenile detention until he turns 21. Wayne County Judge Sheila Gibson gave Demarco Harris a blended sentence. The Detroit teen, who committed the crime when he was 12, will be re-evaluated by the court after his 21st […]

May 12, 2010:

School Bullying: A Tragic Cost of Forced Schooling and Autocratic School Governance (9 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 11:52 PM

by Peter Gray Let's say you are 15 years old, or 13, or 11, and for some reason--a reason over which you have no control--you have been singled out by your schoolmates as an object for scorn and humiliation. Every day at school, for you, is another day in hell. You are called "whore," "bitch," […]

Teacher Fired Over Student Beating Video (4 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 8:50 PM

A charter school has fired one of its teachers -- accused of beating up a student on video. A classmate captured the entire incident on their cell phone. The teacher in question, identified by school officials as Sherri Davis, was officially terminated on Monday night. “Now that officials at Jamie’s House Charter School have been […]

May 9, 2010:

Structure of schools contributes to bullying (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 7:11 PM

by Laurie A. Couture I think it is a denial fantasy that the relentless verbal abuse that used to pound through the hallways of the Exeter Area Junior High in 1987 and 1988 have magically disappeared in 2010 at Cooperative Middle School. It's the same school, same hierarchical institution, same oppressive school rules, just in […]

May 3, 2010:

ACLU Pushes Ban on Physical Punishment In Schools (1 Comment)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 10:30 PM

The ACLU is pushing Congress to outlaw corporal punishment in the United States. Although the practice has been banned throughout New England, it is currently legal to use physical punishment as a means of disciplining students in 20 states, primarily in the South. The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities held […]

April 25, 2010:

City Brings Back Paddling (2 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 1:11 AM

In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle. Most school districts across the country banned paddling of students long ago. Texas sat that trend out. Nearly a quarter of the estimated […]

April 19, 2010:

13-Year-Old Yemeni Child Bride Dies of Sex Bleeding (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 7:13 PM

A 13-year-old Yemeni girl who was forced into marriage died five days after her wedding when she suffered a rupture in her sex organs and hemorrhaging, a local rights organization said Thursday. Ilham Mahdi al Assi died last Friday in a hospital in Yemen's Hajja province, the Shaqaeq Arab Forum for Human Rights said in […]

April 18, 2010:

Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 7:12 PM

Disciplining young children is one of the key jobs of any parent - most people would have no trouble agreeing with that. But whether or not that discipline should include spanking or other forms of corporal punishment is a far trickier issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not endorse spanking for any reason, […]

April 7, 2010:

High School's 'new girl,' driven to suicide by teenage cyber bullies (5 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 10:32 PM

Nine Massachusetts teenagers were indicted Monday for driving a pretty 15-year-old "new girl" from Ireland to suicide in a case that has become a symbol of high school and online bullying. The sweeping charges - which come after months of complaints that the bullies weren't being punished - include statutory rape, violation of civil rights […]

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