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    Teacher charged with sex crimes against pupils
    20 Nov 09

    A male high school teacher in Skövde, western Sweden, has been arrested and charged with a string of sexual offences includingchild rape.

    The 41-year-old was led by police out of Helena school on Tuesday and was remanded in custody on Friday by Skaraborg district court.

    He has been suspended from the school without pay and a tribunal will begin next week which is expected to result in his dismissal.

    While admitting that he has engaged in sexual activities with a student, he denies the other charges of which he is accused.

    According to a TV4 report, the teacher began having sexual liaisons with a female pupil at the beginning of the year.

    When the allegations recently came to light, it was suspected this was not the first time he had forged a sexual relationship with a student.

    Last week, Anna Sundström, school chief for Skövde municipality took action and reported the teacher to the police.

    “I fail to see any extenuating circumstances,” she told TV4. “Unfortunately, this seems to be a case that has repeated itself. It was only last week when the real seriousness of what has happened was revealed.”

    The school is now working with teachers and students and three counsellors have been put in place to offer one-on-one discussions.

    “This is a very unusual situation,” Bertil Lönn, headmaster of Helena school, told TV4. “Naturally we have to discuss the issue but we have not yet confirmed where we go from here.”

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    Pre-teen girl reports rape at Swedish school
    2 Oct 09

    Three boys aged 12-13-years-old are suspected of having raped a 10-year-old girl at a school in Linköping in central Sweden.

    The alleged assault occurred while the children were on their lunch break in an area of woodland near the school.

    The school reported the incident to the council and to the police on Wednesday after the visibly shaken girl told teachers of her ordeal.

    "I don't know if the boys have confessed. The police are investigating the matter now, but we consider this to be a very serious incident," Thomas Brandin at Linköping council said at press conference held on Tuesday, local newspaper Corren.se reports.

    Linköping police have confirmed that the boys have not yet been interviewed and that they have classified the case as rape.

    The school has however talked to the boys and confirms that they have admitted the offence, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

    As the boys are under the age of criminal responsibility there will not be a legal consequences as a result of the alleged rape.


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    Bus Driver Child Porn Bust

    06/04/09

    Anniston, AL - The man responsible for transporting a bus full of children to and from school faces a very serious charge.

    68-year old Phillip Bernard Williamson of Anniston has been arrested for allegedly having pornographic images of underage children on his home computer. He's been driving with the Calhoun County School System for years. Although he has not been convicted this allegation is enough for parents to have a tough talk with their children about safety.

    For Tanya Harris-Brown, it's a breach of trust. Her daughter rides the bus to elementary school. Although Williamson is not her child's driver, she's upset that he allegedly saved photos on his home computer of undressed children under the age of seventeen. Harris-Brown says, "That makes you not even want to put your kids on the bus. That makes me not want to put my kids on the bus."

    According to a police report Williamson has been arrested before, however the Calhoun County Board of Education says he passed all background checks required to be a school bus driver. Anniston Police say Williamson turned his computer over to a repair shop. They noticed the photos and reported them to police. After obtaining a search warrant a forensics team based in Hoover verified the underage images The District Attorney issued an arrest warrant.

    For parents it's a reminder to talk to your children about boundaries, not only with strangers but also with people they know and quite possibly trust.

    Harris-Brown says, "That's what I tell my kids every day as they leave the house if somebody touches you or says something to you in a way that's very uncomfortable I want to know as soon as you get in the house because I want to take care of it."

    As for that previous arrest listed on the police report, Lt. Rocky Stemen says he doesn't know Williamson's criminal history, but he believes if the charges were related he's sure that would have surfaced.

    Superintendent Judy Stiefel says no arrests appeared on his background check. Also, the School Board hopes he'll go to court before school starts this fall. His employment depends on a guilty or not guilty verdict.

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    Massachusetts School Bus Driver Allegedly Asked Cheerleaders to Lift Up Shirts for Money

    November 25, 2008



    A longtime school bus driver could be fired after several members of a cheerleading squad in Lynnfield, Mass., said he offered them $40 to lift up their shirts.

    Driver Bill Diamond, 56, was suspended without pay after the allegations surfaced, MyFOXBoston.com reported. Diamond has been at the job for 23 years.

    "This clearly goes well beyond any bounds of acceptable behavior," said town administrator William Gustus.

    Police said Diamond approached the girls with his request after a cheerleading competition in Lowell. The high school students found another ride home and went to authorities, who in turn questioned the bus driver, according to MyFOXBoston.com.

    The driver allegedly didn't deny that the accusations were true.

    Diamond has no record and was described by co-workers and his supervisor as a quiet man who keeps to himself.

    He faces termination for the alleged incident.


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    No clean slate for teachers; chalk it up to lust

    Four Albanian teachers have been censured for drunken and lewd behavior in a remote village school after they had sexual intercourse behind a classroom blackboard, local reports said Friday.

    The Education Ministry sacked two male teachers, replaced the headmaster and put a female teacher on probation after incensed parents in Xhyre, near the Macedonia border, locked the schoolhouse to stop the drinking and fornication in class.

    "I saw them acting shamefully through the window and I told my friends and parents," fourth-grader Elton Cuka told the Shqip daily. "They saw me and threatened to expel me from school."

    Xhevahir Hohxa, father of another pupil, was indignant.

    "Would you call someone a teacher who drinks raki at ten in the morning and gets drunk and chases the schoolgirls?" he demanded on Albanian television.


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    Former Pines elementary employee charged with sending lewd messages to kids

    By JOEL MARINO and KATHY BUSHOUSE - March 06, 2009

    PEMBROKE PINES — Police arrested a former elementary school employee Thursday after they say he sent lewd MySpace and phone text messages to three children and paid one of them $80 in exchange for naked pictures.

    George Edilberto Francis, 21, of Pembroke Pines, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with several counts of transmission of harmful material to a minor and one count of sexual performance by a child.
    The three children - one girl and two boys - are 12 and met Francis when he worked as a part-time, after-care worker at Pines Lakes Elementary, according to police records.

    A school district spokesman said Francis was fired from that post, but he didn't know when that happened or why he was fired.

    Police say a parent of one of the children told police on Feb. 4 that Francis sent sexually explicit messages to the child through the popular social networking Web site.

    An investigation revealed Francis sent similar messages on MySpace and through cellphone text messages to the other children, according to Pembroke Pines police.

    He also sent naked pictures of himself to one of the boys, and then paid that child to send him nude pictures in return, police said.

    Officers who combed his computer and text messages found he asked the girl to meet him on a weekend and asked another boy to engage in sexual activities with him in a car, according to police records.

    Police and school district officials say the children never met with Francis.
    Patricia D. Yackel, the school's principal, sent a letter on Thursday to parents letting them know what happened.

    "Please use this opportunity to remind your children about the importance of immediately reporting any inappropriate communications or other activities," Yackel wrote.


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    Sexual misconduct plagues US schools


    Mom attacks sex offender at courthouse


    May 19th, 2009

    The mother of one of the molester’s victims grabbed the sex offender by his shirt and yelled at him in a courthouse hallway.

    Pascual Gonzalez, of Roxbury, NJ, was awaiting sentencing on Monday for sexually abusing the woman’s 14-year-old daughter when the mother attacked him. She was eventually restrained by deputies, the Daily Record reported. The woman told authorities that she heard Gonzalez comment that her daughter was “good.” Gonzalez denied that he made the remark and told officers that he planned to press charges against the woman.
    This isn’t the first time the mom has attacked Gonzalez. On Aug. 2, after she found out that her daughter had been sexually abused, she allegedly attacked Gonzalez with a baseball bat. She is not being publicly named in order to protect her daughter’s identity.

    Gonzalez, a 39-year-old father of four, had pleaded guilty in January to sexually assaulting the woman’s daughter over a three-month period. He also inappropriately touched her friend, a 15-year-old girl. On Monday, Gonzalez — a volunteer baseball and basketball coach — was sentenced to five years in prison.

    http://www.minortroubles.com/2009/05/19/mom-attacks-sex-offender-at-courthouse/

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    Parents sue in school sex case

    By Jason M. Rodriguez

    BOLIVIA, N.C. -- The parents of a former West Brunswick High School student say school officials ignored reports that their daughter and her math teacher were sharing massages and spending time in his locked classroom with the lights off, according to a lawsuit.

    The Supply, N.C., couple filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court against the Brunswick County Board of Education and 16-year advanced math teacher and coach David Hamilton Arrowood, now 50.

    The lawsuit claims their daughter and Arrowood eventually shared a sexual relationship on and off school grounds between October 2005 and April 2006, and the school system - despite having dated and signed witness reports - did nothing to prevent it.

    The suit also claims the school system tried to withhold those reports and Arrowood's personnel file from police, stating it conducted its own interviews and found no wrongdoing.

    Arrowood has since been dismissed.

    A lawyer for the school system said Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee never intended to impede a criminal investigation.

    This is the second time in three months the Brunswick County Board of Education has been sued by parents who claim the board did nothing to prevent their daughters from having inappropriate relationships with teachers at two high schools.

    In the other case, the 16-year-old student married her former track coach, 40-year-old Brenton Wuchae.

    McGee released the following statement Wednesday:

    "We acknowledge that a lawsuit has been filed against the Board of Education, and former employee David Arrowood by [the parents of the student]. Mr. Arrowood was suspended by school officials from his professional duties on April 12, 2006 and ordered not to be on any school property thereafter. The Board of Education took official action on June 20, 2006 and dismissed David Arrowood. A defense to the lawsuit will be provided by the North Carolina School Board's Trust."

    She said the same law firm representing the board in a similar case - Raleigh-based Tharrington Smith LLP - was assigned by the board's trust in this case.

    McGee said late Wednesday she had yet to consult with attorneys in order to respond to questions about the lawsuit.

    Reached late Wednesday, Kathleen Tanner, a lawyer for the firm, said, "The school system will be filing a response to the lawsuit within six to eight weeks. The school system will look forward to having the lawsuit heard and resolved in court."

    The lawsuit asks for more than $20,000 in compensatory and punitive damages based on four claims of relief: intentional infliction of emotional distress; negligent infliction of emotional distress; negligent supervision and retention; and assault and battery.

    Arrowood was convicted in February of seven counts each of each of sex offense with a student by school personnel and of indecent liberties with a student by school personnel. He was sentenced to a prison term of between 10 and 12 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections. He pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2006.

    The suit outlines the details of the relationship Arrowood had with the then-17-year-old Supply, N.C., girl.

    The Sun News does not print the names of sex offense victims and is not printing the names of her parents to protect her identity.

    Arrowood had worked at West Brunswick since 1990, where he taught advanced-placement math and was an assistant football coach at the school. He and the girl's relationship dates back to October 2005 when, the suit alleges, he inappropriately touched the girl. In November, she went to Arrowood's house and "engaged in a sexual act" with him.

    Those acts continued on and off campus through April 2006. During that time, the two e-mailed and wrote letters to each other. He gave her lingerie, clothing, money and books, according to the suit. The suit claims he proposed to her and planned to marry her after she finished two years of college and he divorced his wife.

    The parents say a number of teachers, who gave signed and dated statements to school officials, saw him touch and brush her hair and saw her massage his shoulders, according to the lawsuit. Witnesses also watched as the two locked his classroom door and turned out the lights, the suit said.

    On April 12, 2006, two assistant principals found Arrowood's classroom doors locked and his lights off, the suit states. The principals said they found Arrowood and the student "engaging in a sexual act," according to the suit.

    Later that night, the school resource officer notified the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office that an incident between a teacher and a student occurred.

    By 6:30 p.m., the resource officer called the sheriff's office to tell them the investigation would be handled internally and that police did not have to respond, according to the suit.

    School officials, not specified in the suit, "advised the police that they had already conducted interviews of [the student] and Arrowood and that nothing inappropriate had occurred," according to the lawsuit.

    A detective, not named in the suit, persisted with the investigation despite the school's request to keep the matter internal, according to the suit. Then-Principal James Jordan reportedly was told to withhold witness statements and the personnel file of Arrowood by McGee, according to the suit. The threat of an arrest for interfering with a criminal investigation prompted Jordan to hand over the records, the suit said.

    Raleigh attorney Robert Tatum is representing the parents in the case.





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    AP: Sexual misconduct plagues US schools

    By MARTHA IRVINE and ROBERT TANNER - Oct 20, 2007

    The young teacher hung his head, avoiding eye contact. Yes, he had touched a fifth-grader's breast during recess. "I guess it was just lust of the flesh," he told his boss.

    That got Gary C. Lindsey fired from his first teaching job in Oelwein, Iowa. But it didn't end his career. He taught for decades in Illinois and Iowa, fending off at least a half-dozen more abuse accusations.

    When he finally surrendered his teaching license in 2004 — 40 years after that first little girl came forwardit wasn't a principal or a state agency that ended his career. It was one persistent victim and her parents.

    Lindsey's case is just a small example of a widespread problem in American schools: sexual misconduct by the very teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the nation's children.

    Students in America's schools are groped. They're raped. They're pursued, seduced and think they're in love.

    An Associated Press investigation found more than 2,500 cases over five years in which educators were punished for actions from bizarre to sadistic.

    There are 3 million public school teachers nationwide, most devoted to their work. Yet the number of abusive educators — nearly three for every school day — speaks to a much larger problem in a system that is stacked against victims.

    Most of the abuse never gets reported. Those cases reported often end with no action. Cases investigated sometimes can't be proven, and many abusers have several victims.

    And no one — not the schools, not the courts, not the state or federal governments — has found a surefire way to keep molesting teachers out of classrooms.

    Those are the findings of an AP investigation in which reporters sought disciplinary records in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The result is an unprecedented national look at the scope of sex offenses by educators — the very definition of breach of trust.

    The seven-month investigation found 2,570 educators whose teaching credentials were revoked, denied, surrendered or sanctioned from 2001 through 2005 following allegations of sexual misconduct.

    Young people were the victims in at least 1,801 of the cases, and more than 80 percent of those were students. At least half the educators who were punished by their states also were convicted of crimes related to their misconduct.

    The findings draw obvious comparisons to sex abuse scandals in other institutions, among them the Roman Catholic Church. A review by America's Catholic bishops found that about 4,400 of 110,000 priests were accused of molesting minors from 1950 through 2002.


    graphic shows findings of AP investigation on school teacher abuses, includes a map of abuses, statistics on victims and perpetrators

    Clergy abuse is part of the national consciousness after a string of highly publicized cases. But until now, there's been little sense of the extent of educator abuse.

    Beyond the horror of individual crimes, the larger shame is that the institutions that govern education have only sporadically addressed a problem that's been apparent for years.

    "From my own experience — this could get me in trouble — I think every single school district in the nation has at least one perpetrator. At least one," says Mary Jo McGrath, a California lawyer who has spent 30 years investigating abuse and misconduct in schools. "It doesn't matter if it's urban or rural or suburban."

    One report mandated by Congress estimated that as many as 4.5 million students, out of roughly 50 million in American schools, are subject to sexual misconduct by an employee of a school sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade. That figure includes verbal harassment that's sexual in nature.

    Jennah Bramow, one of Lindsey's accusers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wonders why there isn't more outrage.

    "You're supposed to be able to send your kids to school knowing that they're going to be safe," says Bramow, now 20. While other victims accepted settlement deals and signed confidentiality agreements, she sued her city's schools for failing to protect her and others from Lindsey — and won. Only then was Lindsey's teaching license finally revoked.


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    As an 8-year-old elementary-school student, Bramow told how Lindsey forced her hand on what she called his "pee-pee."

    "How did you know it was his pee-pee?" an interviewer at St. Luke's Child Protection Center in Cedar Rapids asked Jennah in a videotape, taken in 1995.

    "'Cause I felt something?" said Jennah, then a fidgety girl with long, dark hair.

    "How did it feel?" the investigator asked.

    "Bumpy," Jennah replied. She drew a picture that showed how Lindsey made her touch him on the zipper area of his pants.

    Lindsey, now 68, refused multiple requests for an interview. "It never occurs to you people that some people don't want their past opened back up," he said when an AP reporter approached him at his home outside Cedar Rapids and asked questions.

    That past, according to evidence presented in the Bramow's civil case, included accusations from students and parents along with reprimands from principals that were filed away, explained away and ultimately ignored until 1995, when accusations from Bramow and two other girls forced his early retirement. Even then, he kept his teaching license until the Bramows took the case public and filed a complaint with the state.

    Like Lindsey, the perpetrators that the AP found are everyday educators — teachers, school psychologists, principals and superintendents among them. They're often popular and recognized for excellence and, in nearly nine out of 10 cases, they're male. While some abused students in school, others were cited for sexual misconduct after hours that didn't necessarily involve a kid from their classes, such as viewing or distributing child pornography.

    They include:

    • Joseph E. Hayes, a former principal in East St. Louis, Ill. DNA evidence in a civil case determined that he impregnated a 14-year-old student. Never charged criminally, his license was suspended in 2003. He has ignored an order to surrender it permanently.

    • Donald M. Landrum, a high school teacher in Polk County, N.C. His bosses warned him not to meet with female students behind closed doors. They put a glass window in his office door, but Landrum papered over it. Police later found pornography and condoms in his office and alleged that he was about to have sex with a female student. His license was revoked in 2005.

    • Rebecca A. Boicelli, a former teacher in Redwood City, Calif. She conceived a child with a 16-year-old former student then went on maternity leave in 2004 while police investigated. She was hired to teach in a nearby school district; board members said police hadn't told them about the investigation.

    The overwhelming majority of cases the AP examined involved teachers in public schools. Private school teachers rarely turn up because many are not required to have a teaching license and, even when they have one, disciplinary actions are typically handled within the school.

    Two of the nation's major teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, each denounced sex abuse while emphasizing that educators' rights also must be taken into account.

    "Students must be protected from sexual predators and abuse, and teachers must be protected from false accusations," said NEA President Reg Weaver, who refused to be interviewed and instead released a two-paragraph statement.

    Kathy Buzad of the AFT said that "if there's one incident of sexual misconduct between a teacher and a student that's one too many."

    The United States has grown more sympathetic to victims of sex abuse over recent decades, particularly when it comes to young people. Laws that protect children from abusers bear the names of young victims. Police have made pursuing Internet predators a priority. People convicted of abuse typically face tough sentences and registry as sex offenders.

    Even so, sexually abusive teachers continue to take advantage, and there are several reasons why.

    For one, many Americans deny the problem, and even treat the abuse with misplaced fascination. Popular media reports trumpet relationships between attractive female teachers and male students.

    "It's dealt with in a salacious manner with late-night comedians saying 'What 14-year-old boy wouldn't want to have sex with his teacher?' It trivializes the whole issue," says Robert Shoop, a professor of educational administration at Kansas State University who has written a book aimed at helping school districts identify and deal with sexual misconduct.

    "In other cases, it's reported as if this is some deviant who crawled into the school district — 'and now that they're gone, everything's OK.' But it's much more prevalent than people would think."

    The AP investigation found efforts to stop individual offenders but, overall, a deeply entrenched resistance toward recognizing and fighting abuse. It starts in school hallways, where fellow teachers look away or feel powerless to help. School administrators make behind-the-scenes deals to avoid lawsuits and other trouble. And in state capitals and Congress, lawmakers shy from tough state punishments or any cohesive national policy for fear of disparaging a vital profession.

    That only enables rogue teachers, and puts kids who aren't likely to be believed in a tough spot.

    In case after case the AP examined, accusations of inappropriate behavior were dismissed. One girl in Mansfield, Ohio, complained about a sexual assault by teacher Donald Coots and got expelled. It was only when a second girl, years later, brought a similar complaint against the same teacher that he was punished.

    And that second girl also was ostracized by the school community and ultimately left town.

    Unless there's a videotape of a teacher involved with a child, everyone wants to believe the authority figure, says Wayne Promisel, a retired Virginia detective who has investigated many sex abuse cases.

    He and others who track the problem reiterated one point repeatedly during the AP investigation: Very few abusers get caught.

    They point to several academic studies estimating that only about one in 10 victimized children report sexual abuse of any kind to someone who can do something about it.

    Teachers, administrators and even parents frequently don't, or won't, recognize the signs that a crime is taking place.

    "They can't see what's in front of their face. Not unlike a kid in an alcoholic family, who'll say 'My family is great,'" says McGrath, the California lawyer and investigator who now trains entire school systems how to recognize what she calls the unmistakable "red flags" of misconduct.

    In Hamburg, Pa., in 2002, those "red flags" should have been clear. A student skipped classes every day to spend time with one teacher. He gave her gifts and rides in his car. She sat on his lap. The bond ran so deep that the student got chastised repeatedly — even suspended once for being late and absent so often. But there were no questions for the teacher.

    Heather Kline was 12, a girl with a broad smile and blond hair pulled back tight. Teacher Troy Mansfield had cultivated her since she was in his third-grade class.

    "Kids, like, idolized me because they thought I was, like, cool because he paid more attention to me," says Kline, now 18, sitting at her mother's kitchen table, sorting through a file of old poems and cards from Mansfield. "I was just like really comfortable. I could tell him anything."

    He never pushed her, just raised the stakes, bit by bit — a comment about how good she looked, a gift, a hug.

    She was sure she was in love.

    By winter of seventh grade, he was sneaking her off in his car for an hour of sex, dropping in on her weekly baby-sitting duties, e-mailing about what clothes she should wear, about his sexual fantasies, about marriage and children.

    Mansfield finally got caught by the girl's mother, and his own words convicted him. At his criminal trial in 2004, Heather read his e-mails and instant messages aloud, from declarations of true love to explicit references to past sex. He's serving up to 31 years in state prison.

    The growing use of e-mails and text messages is leaving a trail that investigators and prosecutors can use to prove an intimate relationship when other evidence is hard to find.

    Even then, many in the community find it difficult to accept that a predator is in their midst. When these cases break, defendants often portray the students as seducers or false accusers. However, every investigator questioned said that is largely a misconception.

    "I've been involved in several hundred investigations," says Martin Bates, an assistant superintendent in a Salt Lake City school district. "I think I've seen that just a couple of times ... where a teacher is being pursued by a student."

    Too often, problem teachers are allowed to leave quietly. That can mean future abuse for another student and another school district.

    "They might deal with it internally, suspending the person or having the person move on. So their license is never investigated," says Charol Shakeshaft, a leading expert in teacher sex abuse who heads the educational leadership department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    It's a dynamic so common it has its own nicknames — "passing the trash" or the "mobile molester."

    Laws in several states require that even an allegation of sexual misconduct be reported to the state departments that oversee teacher licenses. But there's no consistent enforcement, so such laws are easy to ignore.

    School officials fear public embarrassment as much as the perpetrators do, Shakeshaft says. They want to avoid the fallout from going up against a popular teacher. They also don't want to get sued by teachers or victims, and they don't want to face a challenge from a strong union.

    In the Iowa case, Lindsey agreed to leave without fighting when his bosses kept the reason for his departure confidential. The decades' worth of allegations against him would have stayed secret, if not for Bramow.

    Across the country, such deals and lack of information-sharing allow abusive teachers to jump state lines, even when one school does put a stop to the abuse.

    While some schools and states have been aggressive about investigating problem teachers and publicizing it when they're found, others were hesitant to share details of cases with the AP — Alabama and Mississippi among the more resistant. Maine, the only state that gave the AP no disciplinary information, has a law that keeps offending teachers' cases secret.

    Meanwhile, the reasons given for punishing hundreds of educators, including many in California, were so vague there was no way to tell why they'd been punished, until further investigation by AP reporters revealed it was sexual misconduct.

    And in Hawaii, no educators were disciplined by the state in the five years the AP examined, even though some teachers there were serving sentences for various sex crimes during that time. They technically remained teachers, even behind bars.

    Elsewhere, there have been fitful steps toward catching errant teachers that may be having some effect. The AP found the number of state actions against sexually abusive teachers rose steadily, to a high of 649 in 2005.

    More states now require background checks on teachers, fingerprinting and mandatory reporting of abuse, though there are still loopholes and a lack of coordination among districts and states.

    U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the last 20 years on civil rights and sex discrimination have opened schools up to potentially huge financial punishments for abuses, which has driven some schools to act.

    And the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification keeps a list of educators who've been punished for any reason, but only shares the names among state agencies.

    The uncoordinated system that's developed means some teachers still fall through the cracks. Aaron M. Brevik is a case in point.

    Brevik was a teacher at an elementary school in Warren, Mich., until he was accused of using a camera hidden in a gym bag to secretly film boys in locker rooms and showers. He also faced charges that he recorded himself molesting a boy while the child slept.

    Found guilty of criminal sexual conduct, Brevik is now serving a five- to 20-year prison sentence and lost his Michigan license in 2005.

    What Michigan officials apparently didn't know when they hired him was that Brevik's teaching license in Minnesota had been permanently suspended in 2001 after he allegedly invited two male minors to stay with him in a hotel room. He was principal of an elementary school in southeastern Minnesota at the time.

    "I tell you what, they never go away. They just blend a little better," says Steve Janosko, a prosecutor in Ocean County, N.J., who handled the case of a former high school teacher and football coach, Nicholas J. Arminio.

    Arminio surrendered his New Jersey teaching license in 1994 after two female students separately accused him of inappropriate touching. The state of Maryland didn't know that when he applied for teaching credentials and took a job at a high school in Baltimore County. He eventually resigned and lost that license, too.

    Even so, until this month, he was coaching football at another Baltimore County high school in a job that does not require a teaching license. After the AP started asking questions, he was fired.

    Victims also face consequences when teachers are punished.

    In Pennsylvania, after news of teacher Troy Mansfield's arrest hit, girls called Kline, his 12-year-old victim, a "slut" to her face. A teacher called her a "vixen." Friends stopped talking to her. Kids no longer sat with her at lunch.

    Her abuser, meanwhile, had been a popular teacher and football coach.

    So, between rumors that she was pregnant or doing drugs and her own panic attacks and depression, Kline bounced between schools. At 16, she ran away to Nashville.

    "I didn't have my childhood," says Kline, who's back home now, working at a grocery cash register and hoping to get her GED so she can go to nursing school. "He had me so matured at so young.

    "I remember going from little baby dolls to just being an adult."

    The courts dealt her a final insult. A federal judge dismissed her civil suit against the school, saying administrators had no obligation to protect her from a predatory teacher since officials were unaware of the abuse, despite what the court called widespread "unsubstantiated rumors" in the school. The family is appealing.

    In Iowa, the state Supreme Court made the opposite ruling in the Bramow case, deciding she and her parents could sue the Cedar Rapids schools for failing to stop Lindsey.

    Bramow, now a young mother who waits tables for a living, won a $20,000 judgment. But Lindsey was never criminally charged due to what the former county prosecutor deemed insufficient evidence.

    Arthur Sensor, the former superintendent in Oelwein, Iowa, who vividly recalls pressuring Lindsey to quit on Feb. 18, 1964, regrets that he didn't do more to stop him back then.

    Now, he says, he'd call the police.

    "He promised me he wouldn't do it again — that he had learned. And he was a young man, a beginning teacher, had a young wife, a young child," Sensor, now 86 years old, said during testimony at the Bramows' civil trial.

    "I wanted to believe him, and I did."

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    This was written in 2007. It has gotten even worse now, as you should know already from all the news stories of these incidents and the recent articles I sent (and will send). Are these the schools the Muslims in USA are ok to send their kids to despite having Islamic schools?

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    Sexual abuse increasingly an issue in U.S. schools

    By Lisa W. Foderaro

    TEANECK, New Jersey: The accusation could not have been lodged against a more respected or popular educator: James Darden, an eighth-grade English teacher who was honored with a school assembly last year after winning a prestigious teaching award.

    Yet this month, Darden was charged with aggravated sexual assault after a woman, now 21, told prosecutors that from the ages of 13 to 15 she and Darden, who is now 36, had sex in his house, his car, his classroom and the men's bathroom at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck. He has pleaded not guilty.

    Days earlier, two 28-year-old female teachers at a therapeutic school for emotionally disturbed and neglected boys in New Windsor, New York, were charged with having sexual relations with two 16-year-old students.

    These cases and scores of others reflect a growing public consciousness of improper sexual relations between teachers and students.

    And although government statistics show that reported sex crimes aimed at young people in general - whether at the hands of middle school teachers, parish priests or relatives - have fallen in the United States since the early 1990s, New York State has reported a marked increase in a broader but similar category, what are called moral-fitness cases, involving certified teachers and administrators.

    A recent state Education Department study said that the number of those cases has almost tripled in New York in recent years and that the clear majority of complaints were sex-related.

    Education experts and law enforcement officials speculate that since hundreds of instances of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have come to light in the past several years, resulting in millions of dollars in lawsuit settlements and judgments, victims are more willing to report unwanted encounters.

    In addition, they say, schools have clearer guidelines about informing law enforcement authorities, and an influx of women into the ranks of prosecutors may have led to stepped-up enforcement.

    "Most of what we are seeing is a greater level of sensitization, awareness and willingness to report and prosecute," said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. "There has also been a feminization of law enforcement. One of the consequences of that was to challenge a longstanding reluctance to prosecute crimes that involve adult women and what look like willing teenage boys."

    The dearth of national data on reports of student abuse at the hands of educators is the result of its wide-ranging nature: a spectrum of misdeeds, from lewd remarks to actual sex, and a range of overlapping responses.

    There are school disciplinary proceedings, state hearings to revoke certification and criminal prosecution.

    And many cases simply quietly disappear.

    "There's no official accounting or record-keeping of this," said Nan Stein, senior research scientist at the Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, who has often testified as an expert in cases involving sex-assault charges against teachers. "When cases are settled out of court, it's very hard to find information."

    One 2000 study, by the American Association of University Women, a nonprofit membership group, and the market research firm Harris Interactive, asked a national sample of 2,064 boys and girls in the 8th through 11th grades if they had ever experienced "unwanted and unwelcome sexual conduct," either verbal or physical, from teachers or other school employees. A previous study in 1993 included an identically worded question. The response was consistent in both surveys, with about 10 percent of both boys and girls saying that they had.

    In New York State, the Department of Education receives hundreds of complaints a year that challenge a teacher's or administrator's moral character, but only a small fraction are passed on to a professional standards and practices board.

    In the school year that started in 2000, the department handled 36 such cases; in the 2005-06 school year, it considered 104. The board decides whether the moral character of the person is sound enough to retain a teacher or administrator certificate.

    The types of behavior that would call into question a teacher's moral character are varied: arson, drug possession, and test fraud, to name a few.

    But the state report analyzed the kinds of incidents and crimes that led to the moral fitness cases over those six years. It found that among the teachers and administrators whose certificates were challenged, more than two-thirds of the cases involved sex-related issues, including possession of child pornography, lewdness, inappropriate relationships with students, and sex crimes.

    Some law enforcement officials said that closer working relationships with schools in recent years had underscored the issue.

    In New Jersey, for instance, school officials sign an annual agreement pledging to report any "suspicions that a student is being assaulted by a teacher or other student," said John Molinelli, the prosecutor handling the Darden case.

    Similarly, the New York State School Boards Association has held workshops on handling accusations of abuse.



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    Schoolgirl Forced to Breastfeed Classmates

    Jul 9, 2009

    A schoolgirl who became pregnant was forced into breastfeeding her classmate to keep matters quiet, but he soon started selling her breasts, milk and all, to the school.

    The girl was in the third year of a Shanghai area middle school. After having unprotected sex with her boyfriend, she became pregnant, though only noticed this five months into her pregnancy. She resolved to keep the child and delivered a baby boy.

    She split up with her boyfriend and returned to school after giving birth; her schoolmates were none the wiser as to her motherhood.

    However, another pupil at the school apparently noticed her clothes were damp from the milk she was expressing.

    Seeing both an opportunity for free food and a commercial venture in the making, he threatened to expose her pregnancy unless she breastfed him. Soon he gathered three friends and ordered her to feed them too.

    His plan developed, and soon he was taking money from other students in return for letting them take advantage of his human dairy.

    With the scheme getting out of hand, it soon came to the attention of the school, who moved to put a stop to it, vowing severe punishment for the boy responsible, though it seems he will not face criminal charges.

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    Two boys, 10, are arrested on suspicion of raping girl, eight

    By Rebecca Camber - 30th October 2009

    Two 10-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of raping an eight-year-old girl in a playground.

    The schoolgirl had been playing with the boys, believed to be her friends, when the alleged attack happened during half-term school holidays.

    She went with the boys to College Park in Hayes, West London to play on the climbing frame and swings close to Hayes Community Campus, which is part of Uxbridge College.


    The attack on the youngster was witnessed by her six-year-old sister, neighbours claimed last night.

    The children were not being supervised by any adults at the time, detectives said.

    The boys were seen meeting up with the the girl and her younger sister at about 11am on Tuesday.

    The young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was taken to bushes at the edge of the park where she was sexually assaulted in broad daylight on Tuesday at around 2pm.

    The two boys are alleged to have taken turns raping her.

    Afterwards, the young girl ran home to tell her parents who live close by.

    Horrified, they alerted police and the two boys, who live close to the victim, were arrested hours later.

    The youngsters, who are said to be best friends, were quizzed about the incident before being bailed to return to a West London police station next month.

    The attack is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police's recently re-organised Sapphire Unit in the Specialist Crime Directorate.

    Detectives specially trained in child sex offences have since interviewed the young girl.

    Yesterday the playground and adjourning playing fields were sealed off while forensic officers combed the scene for evidence.

    The attack has stunned local residents living in the estate beside the park.

    Yesterday deputy mayor of Hillingdon Council, Councillor David Yarrow said: 'I have never heard of two ten-year-olds being accused of raping an eight-year-old girl. It's just totally shocking.

    'It's like the James Bulger case, you can't believe children of that age would be capable of something like that.'

    Police said the victim sustained no physical injuries in the attack.

    A 49-year-old housewife who lives near one of the alleged perpetrators said: 'The boy is regularly left alone by his mum while she goes out for hours on end.

    'The boy's mother is known for being aggressive and she has a criminal record. But her son is as polite as can be.'



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    Girl films rape of friend

    May 30, 2009

    A 14-YEAR-OLD girl acted as a “movie director” when she filmed her boyfriend raping her friend using a camera phone.

    The Form Two student even gave words of encouragement to her boyfriend while “directing” him, according to Harian Metro.

    Police sources said the sadistic incident took place recently when the victim was asked to join the couple at a quiet area in Bukit Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

    The victim was told to keep an eye on the surroundings while the girl had sex with her boyfriend.

    “After they were done, the girl told the victim to have sex with her boyfriend. The victim declined. They later adjourned to another picnic area near Sungai Tekali, Hulu Langat,” said a source.

    The victim was then raped while being watched by her schoolmate who appeared to enjoy the ordeal. The girl contacted two other male friends who proceeded to take turns raping the victim.

    The victim lodged a police report at the Batu 14 police station in Hulu Langat with her mother.



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    Prostitution rampant in Japanese Schools, Prices Below $35

    Jul 5, 2009

    Prostitution is said to be rampant in Japanese schools, with schoolgirls of ever younger ages selling their bodies for extra spending money, both to adults and amongst themselves.

    Prices for girls in elementary school are said to have dropped below $35, leading some to wonder what has and will become of the nation’s public morals…

    In many cases the prostitution is conducted through “deai-kei” sites, often relationship focused BBSes designed for use with mobile phones.

    In one illustrative case, a middle school boy pimped out a thirteen-year-old girl for over $670 in total using such a site, whilst other schoolgirls used the site to sell their bodies themselves.

    With these sites facilitating enjo kousai (“compensated dating”) to an unprecedented degree, a whole culture (or industry) of schoolgirl prostitution has sprung up, with girls being called “JC” in the slang of the sites, and with the large amounts of money involved encouraging involvement in the trade.

    In a similar case to the above, a boy in middle school is said to have advertised “Recruiting JC in Kanagawa. You can make a lot so anyone looking for dates come to me,” and to have pimped out a 16-year-old girl for about $450.

    Such prices are said to be the exception rather than the rule, and prices drop even further when pupils engage in prostitution amongst themselves, or when they are younger, with high school students selling themselves to one another for a paltry $35, and middle school pupils charging even less.

    These sites have been subjected to increased police scrutiny amidst a major police crackdown, but it appears that many sites have no difficulty in operating discretely without police supervision posing a problem.

    Nationwide filtering of children’s access to the Internet is touted as a solution, and is now in effect, but it seems this rather underestimates the ingenuity of such children, particularly when large amounts of money are at stake.

    The girls selling their bodies in this way have apparently been getting younger and younger, with elementary schoolers now increasingly turning to prostitution as an easy way of accumulating pocket money; an account of which is provided by the clinic:

    The age at which kids are getting into sex is getting lower. Even girls in middle school are becoming very sexually active. A high school boy came in recently with a second year middle school girl recently, and the pair had been sexually active. The boy asked me to tell his friend about STDs, although at least she was with a good boy.”

    However, promotion of condoms has apparently kept pregnancies to a minimum. Even so, some girls are blasé about the matter, and are happy to be pregnant. Even teachers are said to turn a blind eye to pregnancies rather than have to get involved.

    Additionally, sexually transmitted diseases appear to be making an impact. Disturbing reports from healthcare professionals indicate that in some clinics, up to 30% of patients were in their teens.

    One case is described in lurid detail:
    “There was a girl in the fifth year of elementary school who was doing enjo kousai (casual prostitution), she was a groupie for talents. Her pantsu (panties) were always soiled [with blood], and she kept coming in with Chlamydia.”

    The clinic staff warned her to stop having sex, but she persisted, and kept returning. Eventually she stopped visiting the clinic entirely.

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    Amongst university students the practice of such informal prostitution is said to be even more common; Japan’s womanhood has at some point apparently became a mass commodity, and it is difficult to see any reasons why this should be the case, at least ones more helpful than “because they are harlots”.

    It does however seem the traditional approach of only blaming the men (and boys) involved, and then subjecting them to criminal sanction, has only created a culture where schoolgirls boldly hawk themselves with impunity.

    Possibly it may be time to consider why it is these girls are so ready to sell themselves for additional pocket money, and whether it is indeed appropriate to absolve them of all responsibility for their actions…

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    13-Year-Old Prostitutes herself for $30

    A man (38) who engaged in indecent acts with a 13-year-old middle-schooler in a department store toilet, for the price of $30, has been arrested.

    He is said to have promised the girl the $30, though we do not hear just what level of service he received; whatever it was, it was enough to get him arrested on child prostitution charges.

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    Virgins Rare in Japan’s Lusty Schools

    Otaku are struggling to come to terms with their enforced celibacy after recent surveys revealed that half of all third year high schoolers were no longer virgins, marking them as even more abnormal than they thought.
    The surveys conducted by Japan’s Family Planning Association revealed that 47.3% of boys and 46.5% of girls had some experience of sex by their third year of high school, which coupled with results from other age groups shows a general trend towards sex at earlier ages.

    However, observers were puzzled by the 40% decrease in sexual aspirations amongst younger children since the last time the survey was conducted in 1999; now it seems 31% of boys and 14% of girls in their third year of middle school “would like to try” sex, which could either mean their sexual ambitions have decreased, or possibly that they have already tried…
    In spite of all this, a disturbing 15% of boys and 18% of girls agreed with the propositions that “it’s best not to have sex” (which bodes ill for the Japanese race) and “sex is best left until marriage” (which in Japan will usually mean waiting until their thirties).

    Online reactions range from “I won’t accept it!” to “It seems healthy that there is no great gap between the sexes here”, and of course the blustering “We should be proud that we made it this far as virgins!”

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    Pedophile videotapes himself having sex with a 9 year old

    A man (21), arrested for his amorous antics with a twelve-year-old girl, had an interesting defense for his actions – he thought she was nine.

    Police investigations revealed the man to have been introduced to the girl, in her first year of middle school, by a male acquaintance who knew her.
    They met at a hotel, and there the man filmed himself having sex with girl, and saved the movie to his computer.

    Police received an anonymous tipoff that the girl student had been involved in this, and on conducting searches of the contents of her phone, found it contained incriminating images, at which point they arrested their man.
    As a result of all this, he was charged with both obscene acts and making child pornography. His admission was enlightening: “I thought the girl was a 9-year-old.”

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    Pedophile arrested in $50 3-way teen Car Sex

    A man who paid two 14-year-old schoolgirls to have a threesome with him in his car for $55 has been arrested.

    The 22-year-old unemployed man, a resident of Fukuoka prefecture, apparently got in touch with the two middle schoolers after they began looking to hawk their bodies on a mobile phone dating site.

    With the girls apparently seeking some easy money through enjo kousai (casual prostitution), and he looking for underage sex, he offered them a ride, and the trio later had sex together, with the main paying $55 for both girls.

    However, the father of one of the girls began to suspect she was engaged in prostitution and approached police, who investigated and soon pressed charges against the man for violating anti-child prostitution laws.

    Japanese schoolgirls are increasingly selling their virtue as a way of easily making extra cash, but rarely does one of their suitors secure them so cheaply, with $28 each being a great bargain compared to some, and one of the cheapest prices yet seen for a youthful Yamato maiden.

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    Teacher Attempts to Wed Students

    Feb 17, 2009

    A teacher who harangued his students, professing his love to several and begging each to become his bride, has been suspended for 6 months.

    In another case in the same prefecture, a teacher sent his female student innumerable emails over a month, rising to 30 to 50 a day, informing her of his affections; he got off with only 3 months suspension.

    The first teacher (53) repeatedly mailed his favourite pupils, beseeching them “I love you” and “Please become my bride!”; over a period of four months he repeated this on four different potential paramours, inviting them to attend art galleries with him where he would link arms with them.

    The high school in question eventually curtailed his courting and gave him a six month suspension, after which he returns to his duties as teacher.

    Needless to say, the pupils did not accept his proposals.

    The other teacher was even more persistent, perhaps from desperation due to being nearer retirement age, telling the apple of his eye alone in the classroom one day “Men want to be touched by women”, after which he sent scores of mails to her on a daily basis, eventually rising to dozens each day.

    It seems this pattern lasted a month, after which the authorities concerned finally took action, by handing him a three month break.

    It is not clear whether he had marriage as his ultimate objective.

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    Teacher’s Loli Sex Honeymoon “We Were to Marry”


    Sep 26, 2009

    A 51-year-old teacher has been arrested after eloping with his 14-year-old pupil on a “honeymoon,” saying he intended to marry the girl.

    The man apparently taught at a Sendai area middle school, and became involved with one of his pupils. The pair subsequently arranged a romantic trip to Hokkaido together.

    The teacher was charged with having sex with the girl over the course of several days at the hotel were the pair stayed. He admits the charges, saying “We intended to get married. We came to Sapporo together.”

    Police pursued the pair after being alerted by the families of both teacher and student. It is not clear whether the teacher was already married.

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    Colleges and public schools give students laptop to use but are they safe?

    Official: FBI probing Pa. school webcam spy case


    By MARYCLAIRE DALE - 2/19/2010

    PHILADELPHIA – The FBI is investigating a Pennsylvania school district accused of secretly activating webcams inside students' homes, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press on Friday.

    The FBI will explore whether Lower Merion School District officials broke any federal wiretap or computer-intrusion laws, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation.

    Days after a student filed suit over the practice, Lower Merion officials acknowledged Friday that they remotely activated webcams 42 times in the past 14 months, but only to find missing student laptops. They insist they never did so to spy on students, as the student's family claimed in the federal lawsuit.

    Families were not informed of the possibility the webcams might be activated in their homes without their permission in the paperwork students sign when they get the computers, district spokesman Doug Young said.

    "It's clear what was in place was insufficient, and that's unacceptable," Young said.

    The district has suspended the practice amid the lawsuit and the accompanying uproar from students, the community and privacy advocates. District officials hired outside counsel to review the past webcam activations and advise the district on related issues, Young said.

    Remote-activation software can be used to capture keystrokes, send commands over the Internet or turn computers into listening devices by turning on built-in microphones. People often use it for legitimate purposes — to access computers from remote locations, for example. But hackers can use it to steal passwords and spouses to track the whereabouts of partners or lovers.

    The Pennsylvania case shows how even well-intentioned plans can go awry if officials fail to understand the technology and its potential consequences, privacy experts said. Compromising images from inside a student's bedroom could fall into the hands of rogue school staff or otherwise be spread across the Internet, they said.

    "What about the (potential) abuse of power from higher ups, trying to find out more information about the head of the PTA?" wondered Ari Schwartz, vice president at the Center for Democracy and Technology. "If you don't think about the privacy and security consequences of using this kind of technology, you run into problems."

    The FBI opened its investigation after news of the suit broke on Thursday, the law-enforcement official said. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman may also investigate, she said Friday.

    Lower Merion, an affluent district in Philadelphia's suburbs, issues Apple laptops to all 2,300 students at its two high schools. Only two employees in the technology department were authorized to activate the cameras — and only to locate missing laptops, Young said. The remote activations captured images but never recorded sound, he said.

    No one had complained before Harriton High School student Blake Robbins and his parents, Michael and Holly Robbins, filed their lawsuit Tuesday, he said.

    According to the suit, Harriton vice principal Lindy Matsko told Blake on Nov. 11 that the school thought he was "engaged in improper behavior in his home." She allegedly cited as evidence a photograph "embedded" in his school-issued laptop.

    The suit does not say if his laptop had been reported stolen, and Young said the litigation prevents him from disclosing that fact. He said the district never violated its policy of only using the remote-activation software to find missing laptops. "Infer what you want," Young said.

    Neither the family nor their lawyer, Mark Haltzman, returned calls for comments this week. The suit accuses the school of turning on Blake's webcam while the computer was inside his Penn Valley home, allegedly violating wiretap laws and his right to privacy.

    The remote activations helped the district locate 28 of the 42 missing computers, Young said. He could not immediately say whether the technology staff was authorized to share the images with Matsko or other officials.

    Either way, the potential for abuse is nearly limitless, especially since many teens keep their computers in their bedrooms, experts said.

    "This is an age where kids explore their sexuality, so there's a lot of that going on in the room," said Witold Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which is not involved in the Robbins case. "This is fodder for child porn."


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    Sex of any kind can harm teens emotionally

    By Amy Norton

    Teenagers often suffer emotional consequences from having sex, even when it's "only" oral sex, a study published Monday suggests.

    Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that up to one-half of the sexually active teenagers in their study said they'd ever felt "used," guilty or regretful after having sex.

    Though such feelings were less common among teens who'd only had oral sex, about one-third reported some type of negative consequence.

    Dr. Sonya S. Brady and Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher report the findings in the journal Pediatrics.

    The study, according to the researchers, suggests that parents should be sure to talk with their kids about the potential negative effects of having oral sex, not only intercourse.

    "When parents and teens talk about the consequences of having 'sex,' they may not take the time to define what sex is," Brady and Halpern-Felsher noted in comments to Reuters Health.

    "It is important for parents to help teens understand that having oral sex may result in social, emotional and physical health consequences -- just as having vaginal sex may result in these consequences."

    In particular, the study found, girls were twice as likely as boys to say they'd ever "felt bad about themselves" after having sex, and three times more likely to say they'd felt used.

    Though the study could not look at the reasons for this difference, other studies have noted that there's pressure on girls to at once be sexually attractive yet resist having sex.

    "In contrast, boys' sexuality and sexual behavior is generally accepted," Brady and Halpern-Felsher pointed out. "Parents can play an important role in helping to eliminate this double standard by encouraging respect for women and discouraging the use of derogatory sexual terms."

    The findings are based on a series of surveys given to 618 students at two public high schools, beginning in ninth grade when they were 14 years old. Of these, 275 reported having oral sex, vaginal sex or both by the spring of tenth grade.

    Among the sexually active teens, those who said they'd had only oral sex were generally less likely to report negative consequences, whether physical -- pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections -- or emotional.

    SOURCE: Pediatrics, February 2007.

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    How's life in College? ...


    No Surprise: Coed Dorms Fuel Sex and Drinking


    By LiveScience Staff - 17 November 2009

    It's no secret to students that coed dorms are more fun than same-sex dorms. But they can also fuel very unhealthy behavior that might otherwise be moderated.

    A new study finds university students in coed housing are 2.5 times more likely to binge drink every week. And no surprise, they're also likely to have more sexual partners, the study found. Also, pornography use was higher among students in coed dorms.

    Some 90 percent of U.S. college dorms are now coed.

    More than 500 students from five college campuses around the country participated in the study. Among the results:
    • 42 percent of students in coed housing reported binge drinking on a weekly basis.
    • 18 percent of students in gender-specific housing reported binge drinking weekly.
    While that doesn't put coed housing on par with fraternity and sorority houses, the researchers note that binge drinking isn't exclusively a "Greek problem."

    "In a time when college administrators and counselors pay a lot of attention to alcohol-related problems on their campuses, this is a call to more fully examine the influence of housing environment on student behavior," said Jason Carroll, a study coauthor and professor of family life at Brigham Young University. BYU was not one of the participating campuses.

    The findings are detailed in the Journal of American College Health.

    A separate study in 2007 found that college exacerbates the innate predisposition of some young adults to become heavy alcohol users. In effect, going to college can fuel alcoholism.

    In light of the finding, the natural question is whether a selection effect is in play. For example, do partiers and teetotalers sort themselves out in the housing application process?

    That doesn't appear to be the case, the researchers said in a statement today. College housing offices generally assume students prefer coed housing and give them the option to "opt out" if single-gender housing is available. Very few exercise that option.

    "Most of the students who live in gender-specific housing did not request to be there; they were placed there by the university," said Brian Willoughby, lead author of the study. Willoughby recently earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and returned to BYU as a visiting professor.

    A wealth of information on the study participants allowed the researchers to examine other factors that could predict binge drinking. Their statistical analysis took into account the effects of age, gender, religiosity, personality and relationship status.

    "When we first identified these differences with binge drinking, we felt certain that they would be explained by selection effects," Willoughby said. "But as we examined the data further we found that the differences remained."

    The participating campuses included two public universities in the Midwest and another on the West Coast, as well as a liberal arts college and a religious university on the East Coast.

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    What do the parents think happens when their kids want to go live in a dorm?! Especially the Muslim parents need to pay attention to this, since everyone thinks their child is an angel and only other people's children are bad!

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    Professor Groped Thousands of Breasts Using Logic

    Jan 14, 2009

    A university professor (62), who taught logic, over a twenty year period called over a thousand of his female students to his office, where he would beguile them with logic into allowing him to fondle their breasts.

    He used the same argument each time, and only recently did a student manage to see through it, resulting in his arrest.

    His technique was bizarre, but highly logical:
    First the professor would call his chosen students to his office, for a lesson in logic:

    “I can touch you without laying so much as a finger on you” he would say.
    The perplexed students would naturally tend to respond “Impossible.”
    If they did, he would follow through with “If I can’t do it, I’ll give you ¥1,000. (US $11)

    If the student agreed to the “wager”, he would immediately pull out his wallet, hand them a ¥1,000 note, and then begin brazenly fondling their breasts.

    Those students who complained of sexual harassment or worse, he would silence with the following line of argument: “As you in fact gave verbal assent to the contract and accepted the ¥1,000 fee, the contract is complete. It’s meaningless to try to take this to court.”

    He continued this same tactic for some 20 years without issue, and his victims are thought to number over a thousand. None it seems could overcome his logical arguments, or possessed knowledge of the fact that illegal contracts are unenforceable.

    Only recently it seems did a student actually bring this to the attention of the proper authorities; he was soon arrested on charges of indecent assault.

    Police are scathing, and are look at adding as many charges as they possibly can: “He abused his knowledge of logic to undertake this dastardly scheme.”
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    This unfortunate career of minor infamy certainly place the professor’s reputation in the gutter, but we must also wonder at either the intelligence, or the virtues of his student victims.

    Buying his line says little about their wits, whilst settling for a bargain basement groper’s fee of 1,000 also says even less about them…


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    Common sense beats logic, which apparently none of these students had...

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    Sex abuse in Public Schools and College, all the same...
    University Defends Gang Rapists, Ignores Victim

    Jun 4, 2009

    A university has attracted almost universal criticism for defending at least six men who gang raped a fellow student, refusing to report them to police on the grounds that “they might commit suicide”.

    The crime in question was perpetrated by six students of a Kyoto university, in their early to mid twenties, all of whom have been identified as sports specialists (including football).


    The men took turns raping a highly inebriated 19-year-old girl at a drinking party, who had apparently passed out after drinking a large amount of beer. Reportedly, they held the door to the room into which they took the girl shut when a staff member attempted entry, and this aroused suspicions.

    The victim reported the rape to the university, which investigated and suspended the perpetrators. It did not bother informing police though.

    Police later acted to arrest the six, and all but one denied the crimes, claiming “she wasn’t drunk” and “she consented”. One however admits to the rape and confirms the details established by police.

    In addition to the six, several other students are thought to have been present who might have intervened, but did nothing, and police are investigating this.

    Whilst the crime itself has been given much coverage by the media, the astonishingly lenient response of the university has attracted equal attention, virtually all condemnatory.

    The university first conducted an internal investigation, which concluded that “indecent acts” had indeed taken place. However, they did not report the matter to police, instead opting to merely suspend the rapists.

    The university head explained that, had the case been made public, “the perpetrators might be in danger of committing suicide,” and due to these “educational considerations” they were not even expelled, and excused itself further by saying that it was not sure whether a rape had actually taken place, although it did not reveal details of its “investigations”.

    He later defended his leniency further to students: “It was a heinous act which trampled on her rights. I wish to raise awareness of human rights, and for you all to reflect on this case. Maybe I’ll be called soft, but we also have a duty to allow these offenders to reform and go out into society at large,” referring to their suspension rather than expulsion.

    It seems their victim will be expected to continue attending the same university as her rapists, assuming any of them manage to return to university in timely fashion after serving any ensuing sentences.
    The reaction to the case, in particular the handling of the rapists by the university, has been one of outrage, with most observers concerned that the university is more concerned about protecting the perpetrators than it is about what appears to be a very clear example of a crime.


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    University Let Gang Rapist Teach at School


    Jun 5, 2009
    The controversy over the recent mishandling of a case of gang rape amongst its students by a Kyoto university has intensified with the news that one of the rapists had just started working as a middle school teacher, and the university apparently deliberately refrained from reporting that they investigated him (which they did not report to police) so he could continue working as a teacher.

    The university, the Kyoto University of Education, trains teachers, and amongst those arrested recently for gang raping a fellow student at the university recently was a fresh graduate who had just started working at a local middle school.

    He had apparently just started working as an assistant teacher at the school after receiving his licence, but after the details of his participation in the crime emerged the university not only did not report him to police, it did not even inform the local educational board about him.

    Considering the remarks of the university head, it seems likely this was done to protect his career, and most likely also the reputation of the university. Whether the university took this into account in refraining from bringing in police at all is an open question.

    With the media storm which ensued, the university finally decided to report that he had been suspended (although it seems he managed to graduate and start work despite being suspended months ago all the same) to the educational board. The teacher then immediately resigned, “for personal reasons.”

    It seems the number one target for reducing sex crimes in Japan should be the teaching profession, as it looks to be packed with rapists, voyeurs and pedophiles…

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    700 NYC teachers are paid to do nothing

    By KAREN MATTHEWS - 6/22/2009

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that's what they want to do.

    Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its "rubber rooms" — off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings.

    The 700 or so teachers can practice yoga, work on their novels, paint portraits of their colleagues — pretty much anything but school work. They have summer vacation just like their classroom colleagues and enjoy weekends and holidays through the school year.

    "You just basically sit there for eight hours," said Orlando Ramos, who spent seven months in a rubber room, officially known as a temporary reassignment center, in 2004-05. "I saw several near-fights. `This is my seat.' `I've been sitting here for six months.' That sort of thing."

    Ramos was an assistant principal in East Harlem when he was accused of lying at a hearing on whether to suspend a student. Ramos denied the allegation but quit before his case was resolved and took a job in California.

    Because the teachers collect their full salaries of $70,000 or more, the city Department of Education estimates the practice costs the taxpayers $65 million a year. The department blames union rules.

    "It is extremely difficult to fire a tenured teacher because of the protections afforded to them in their contract," spokeswoman Ann Forte said.

    City officials said that they make teachers report to a rubber room instead of sending them home because the union contract requires that they be allowed to continue in their jobs in some fashion while their cases are being heard. The contract does not permit them to be given other work.

    Ron Davis, a spokesman for the United Federation of Teachers, said the union and the Department of Education reached an agreement last year to try to reduce the amount of time educators spend in reassignment centers, but progress has been slow.

    "No one wants teachers who don't belong in the classroom. However, we cannot neglect the teachers' rights to due process," Davis said. The union represents more than 228,000 employees, including nearly 90,000 teachers.

    Many teachers say they are being punished because they ran afoul of a vindictive boss or because they blew the whistle when somebody fudged test scores.

    "The principal wants you out, you're gone," said Michael Thomas, a high school math teacher who has been in a reassignment center for 14 months after accusing an assistant principal of tinkering with test results.

    City education officials deny teachers are unfairly targeted but say there has been an effort under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to get incompetents out of the classroom. "There's been a push to report anything that you see wrong," Forte said.

    Some other school systems likewise pay teachers to do nothing.

    The Los Angeles district, the nation's second-largest school system with 620,000 students, behind New York's 1.1 million, said it has 178 teachers and other staff members who are being "housed" while they wait for misconduct charges to be resolved.

    Similarly, Mimi Shapiro, who is now retired, said she was assigned to sit in what Philadelphia calls a "cluster office." "They just sit you in a room in a hard chair," she said, "and you just sit."

    Teacher advocates say New York's rubber rooms are more extensive than anything that exists elsewhere.

    Teachers awaiting disciplinary hearings around the nation typically are sent home, with or without pay, Karen Horwitz, a former Chicago-area teacher who founded the National Association for the Prevention of Teacher Abuse. Some districts find non-classroom work — office duties, for example — for teachers accused of misconduct.

    New York City's reassignment centers have existed since the late 1990s, Forte said. But the number of employees assigned to them has ballooned since Bloomberg won more control over the schools in 2002. Most of those sent to rubber rooms are teachers; others are assistant principals, social workers, psychologists and secretaries.

    Once their hearings are over, they are either sent back to the classroom or fired. But becausetheir cases are heard by 23 arbitrators who work only five days a month, stints of two or three years in a rubber room are common, and some teachers have been there for five or six.

    The nickname refers to the padded cells of old insane asylums. Some teachers say that is fitting, since some of the inhabitants are unstable and don't belong in the classroom. They add that being in a rubber room itself is bad for your mental health.

    "Most people in that room are depressed," said Jennifer Saunders, a high school teacher who was in a reassignment center from 2005 to 2008. Saunders said she was charged with petty infractions in an effort to get rid of her: "I was charged with having a student sit in my class with a hat on, singing."

    The rubber rooms are monitored, some more strictly than others, teachers said.

    "There was a bar across the street," Saunders said. "Teachers would sneak out and hang out there for hours."

    Judith Cohen, an art teacher who has been in a rubber room near Madison Square Garden for three years, said she passes the time by painting watercolors of her fellow detainees.

    "The day just seemed to crawl by until I started painting," Cohen said, adding that others read, play dominoes or sleep. Cohen said she was charged with using abusive language when a girl cut her with scissors.

    Some sell real estate, earn graduate degrees or teach each other yoga and tai chi.

    David Suker, who has been in a Brooklyn reassignment center for three months, said he has used the time to plan summer trips to Alaska, Cape Cod and Costa Rica. Suker said he was falsely accused of throwing a girl's test sign-up form in the garbage during an argument.

    "It's sort of peaceful knowing that you're going to work to do nothing," he said.

    Philip Nobile is a journalist who has written for New York Magazine and the Village Voice and is known for his scathing criticism of public figures. A teacher at Brooklyn's Cobble Hill School of American Studies, Nobile was assigned to a rubber room in 2007, "supposedly for pushing a boy while I was breaking up a fight." He contends the school system is retaliating against him for exposing wrongdoing.

    He is spending his time working on his case and writing magazine articles and a novel.

    "This is what happens to political prisoners throughout history," he said, alluding to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "They put us in prison and we write our `Letter From the Birmingham Jail.'"


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    8-minute "teaser" of TEACHED, a film about education in America.

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    Report: States set low bar for student achievement

    By Libby Quaid, – Oct 29, 2009

    WASHINGTON – Many states declare students to have grade-level mastery of reading and math when they do not, the Education Department reported Thursday.

    The agency compared state achievement standards to the more challenging standards behind the federally funded National Assessment of Educational Progress.

    State standards were lower, and there were big differences in where each state set the bar.

    The Obama administration said the report bolsters its effort to persuade all states to adopt the same set of tougher standards for what students should know.

    "States are setting the bar too low," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "We're lying to our children when we tell them they're proficient, but they're not achieving at a level that will prepare them for success once they graduate."

    The federal government can't impose a set of standards, because education is largely up to states.

    But Duncan noted he is offering millions of dollars in grants to encourage states to accept a set of standards being developed by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. The grants come from the federal stimulus law, which set aside $5 billion to push Obama's vision of educational reform.

    While the standards are not yet final, every state but Texas and Alaska already has committed to work toward adopting them.

    The head of the department's Institute of Education Sciences said the biggest concern should be the wide disparity in standards among the states. A student who is proficient in one state might not be proficient in another, the report said.

    "Why are these performance standards so far apart, and why are expectations set so widely from one place to another?" IES director John Easton said.

    House Education Committee chairman George Miller said a child's education should not be determined by zip code.

    "If we are serious about rebuilding our economy and restoring our competitiveness," Miller, D-Calif., said, "then it's time for states to adopt a common core of internationally benchmarked standards that can prepare all children in this country to achieve and succeed in this global economy."

    The report by the department's statistics arm compared state achievement levels to achievement levels on NAEP. It found that many states deemed children to be proficient or on grade level when they would rate "below basic," or lacking even partial mastery, in reading and math under the NAEP standards.

    Among the findings:

    • Thirty-one states deemed fourth-graders proficient in reading when they would have rated below basic on NAEP. Mississippi's standards were lowest, and Massachusetts' were highest.

    • Seventeen states deemed eighth-graders proficient at reading when they would have rated below basic on NAEP. Tennessee's standards were lowest, and South Carolina's were highest.

    • Ten states deemed fourth- and eighth-graders proficient at math when they would have rated below basic on NAEP. Tennessee's standards were lowest; Massachusetts had the highest fourth-grade math standards, and South Carolina had the highest eighth-grade standards.

    In addition, the report said more states lowered standards than raised themfrom 2005 to 2007.

    North Carolina state education official Lou Fabrizio said states face a dilemma because of No Child Left Behind, the 2002 federal law that prods schools to boost test scores to meet annual improvement goals.

    States can set easier standards that ensure schools will meet the federally mandated goals,or they can set more challenging standards that help kids improve.

    His state chose the latter, but Fabrizio said it was tough to explain that higher standards meant lower scores.

    "That was a really difficult job for us to do and communicate to the public that students did not all of a sudden become very ignorant," he said.
    North Carolina still has below-basic achievement standards for fourth- and eighth-grade reading.


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    Welcome to world of Bullies


    Bullied in our own bedrooms: Vicious cyber-bullying is driving young girls to their deaths


    By Laura Topham - 17th December 2009

    A month ago, Amy Louise Paul was a happy, lively 13-year- old who enjoyed going to school and seeing her friends. Then one of those friends turned against her.

    In the past, this schoolgirl spat may have resulted in some name-calling or even a fight; Amy Louise and her mother would have preferred that.

    For instead, the 'friend' set up a group on the internet called We Hate Amy Louise - 'for all of those people who hoped she would die already' - and invited her school friends to join. Which many did, adding their own malicious comments and encouragement.


    'I didn't believe it at first because we were friends,' Amy, from Peterborough, says tearfully. 'I still can't believe it - I can't get it out of my mind.

    'If it was to my face we could have argued and sorted it out between ourselves but instead she asked all her friends to write about me on the internet.

    'It's much worse because it's more public than name-calling. When I first saw the comments she'd written I wanted to kill myself.'

    It is hardly surprising that Amy Louise, now withdrawn and distressed, had such thoughts, or that she struggles to speak about it without sobbing uncontrollably.

    But what is shocking is how widespread cyber-bullying has become.

    Statistics show as many as one in five children have been at the receiving end of abuse via the internet or a mobile phone.


    This year's Anti-Bullying Alliance survey revealed that 18 per cent of ten and 11-year- olds had been cyber-bullied while in their own home.

    There has also been
    a rise in suicides by teenage victims of cyber-bullying, youngsters so distraught by their torment they are driven to take their own lives.

    Megan Gillan

    One such case was that of Megan Gillan, a pretty 15-year- old schoolgirl who overdosed on painkillers earlier this year after being harassed by spiteful messages posted about her on the social networking site Bebo.

    Like many parents, hers knew nothing of the perils of such sites, until Megan's death forced them to confront what had driven their daughter to take her own life.

    'We had no idea the bullies were getting to her on the internet and on her mobile phone,' says Megan's father Mark, 53, a council civic attendant, from Macclesfield.

    'Before Megan died I had never even heard of Bebo. Had I known more about these websites then obviously I would have been more aware of the dangers.'

    But now he appreciates only too well why cyber-bullying is so serious.

    'Megan obviously felt there was no escape. When I was at school I was bullied by a teacher but I could come home and feel safe. But now, kids are being bullied 24 hours a day because of the internet.'

    It is thought Megan was taunted via MSN - an instant messaging service which is popular with young people - as well as online networking sites.

    Some messages were deleted so only the final message posted on her Bebo page the day before she died is known.

    Written late on the evening of January 18, it read: 'Come and collect your scabby knickers and don't ****ing bother coming to school'.

    The next morning, when Megan's parents went to wake her, they found her dead in her bed. She had taken a packet of prescription painkillers.

    'She had complained of a stomach ache the night before and said that she wasn't going to school the next day,' says her mother Margaret, 54, a hospital worker.

    'I believe she may have taken those tablets because she wanted to be poorly in the morning so she didn't have to go to school.

    'I can't believe she actually wanted to kill herself but obviously those bullies made her so unhappy she was driven to desperate measures.'

    Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg recorded a verdict of accidental death, saying: 'It is unfortunate in this day and age that the tentacles of harassment can reach outside the confines of school walls.'

    It is this aspect of cyber-bullying that is most devastating.

    Christopher Cloke, head of child protection awareness at the NSPCC and Chair of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, says: 'Bullying used to happen in school; at home it stopped. But now it follows the child so they are bullied in places where they should feel safe, like their own bedroom.

    'Cyber-bullying is an insidious and relentless form of attack that makes children feel constantly frightened, trapped and powerless.

    'It has a devastating impact on the lives of children and young people and leaves them very distressed and, in extreme cases, suicidal.

    'More children call ChildLine about bullying, including cyber-bullying, than on any other topic.'

    Georgia Woods

    It was 12 months of inescapable harassment that drove 13-year-old Georgia Woods to try to hang herself in the school toilets with her tie last May.

    'I just wanted to die,' she says. 'I felt so useless and believed I must have done something wrong to deserve what was happening to me.

    'But I couldn't go through with it. When I started struggling to breathe, I thought about my family and realised that I'd be letting the bullies win if I died.'

    Georgia's ordeal shows just how vindictive teenage bullies can be. It started in early 2008 with name-calling by two of her friends, who disapproved of Georgia performing in a school production.

    Soon other children in the school joined in - and then the vicious comments and rumours moved to the internet. The girls set up a Bebo page with a petition to sign 'if you hate Georgia Woods', and 250 of her fellow students joined.

    As well as leaving messages online, they sent her constant emails and texts saying they hated her and wished she was dead.

    Like many children, Georgia never told her parents about the cruelty she was enduring.

    'I'd just shut myself in my bedroom and cry as I wrote in my diary about the bullying,' she recalls.

    'It was horrible going to school every day wondering what people would say, but the Bebo stuff was even worse because it was there on the internet for everyone to read.

    'I couldn't sleep and I lost a stone in weight. When I was at home on my own I'd switch all the lights off and just scream.'

    Georgia's parents only discovered what was happening a month later when she was away on a school trip; they were re-decorating her bedroom as a surprise when they found her diary - and details of her attempted suicide.

    'When I got home, Mum and Dad showed me what they'd found and we talked everything through, then we all hugged.


    'I felt so much better afterwards and was able to deal with it. Mum deleted my Bebo page and changed my phone number.'

    Georgia's parents immediately informed the school, who expelled one bully and provided counselling for Georgia, who uses her experience to advise other youngsters on CyberMentors.org.uk, a safe website providing information and support for young people.

    But not all schools deal with the problem so well.

    Amy Louise


    'The first I heard about the hate group was when I collected Amy Louise after school; she was crying uncontrollably and told me what happened,' she says.

    'I was absolutely furious that the school knew and had not called to tell me what was happening. Then I discovered they had not punished the girl responsible.

    'I had frequent meetings with them but they weren't interested, they didn't take it seriously and I think the problem is some governors don't even understand what a computer is, let alone cyber-bullying.'

    She added: 'The police came 24 hours after I reported what was happening but then never got back to us.

    'People sweep it under the carpet but they are playing with children's lives. My daughter was in such a terrible state.'

    Thankfully, ChildLine has provided the advice and support the family desperately needed.

    'The only people who've been really useful are ChildLine - they have been brilliant and gave us lots of good advice.

    'Amy Louise has been speaking to their counsellors and also taking part in some online games exercises they offer that help to deal with problems, and she says it has really helped. She can talk to them privately without us, and say whatever she wants.'

    'Research shows a huge lack of understanding of new technologies among parents,' says the NSPCC's Christopher Cloke.

    'They are beginning to recognise cyber-bullying as a problem, but can't appreciate the implications and don't know what to advise their children. Yet cyber-bullying is something that can be tackled if you know what action to take.

    'ChildLine advisers are trained in this, so they can explain how to get offensive material removed and stop what is happening, as well as offering emotional support.'


    Ellice Bush

    One girl who managed to stop cyber-bullying by taking action is Ellice Bush, 18 and an undergraduate at Durham University, whose trouble started three years ago.

    'One of my best friends started spreading rumours about my parents at school after she came on holiday with my family,' says Ellice.

    'I had no idea why, but the comments got really personal and when I ignored them she started writing things on a MySpace page where all of our school friends could see them.

    'I felt completely humiliated - they were writing about how big my bottom was and lots of horrible comments about me and my parents, which was awful.'

    She recalls: 'Every morning, I looked at the computer and cried. Because it was on websites it felt like it was around me all the time.

    'They would give me intimidating looks at school, but the online bullying was far worse - it is so public you feel completely undermined and embarrassed in front of everyone you know. I was already insecure at that age and my confidence completely went.'

    On some occasions, the girls even filmed Ellice walking around at lunchtime on their mobile phones then played it back to each other, laughing and pointing.

    On her mother's advice, she took printouts of the comments to their Head of Year and the girls were dealt with. They admitted their tirade was fuelled by jealousy at the family's closeness.

    'I deleted my MySpace account and I've never had it since,' she says. 'I still get embarrassed talking about it because you feel if you've been bullied that there's a weakness in you.

    'It was only when I went to college that I felt I'd got over it because then I could escape from where it had happened.

    'I just feel really lucky that I was able to talk to my mum and that I had my twin sister at school supporting me - and that the bullying stopped.'

    Sadly, many other children, like Megan Gillan, are not so lucky; they suffer in silence, unable to believe they will ever escape the bullies.

    But with the unique service ChildLine provides, thousands of young people each year are able to access the care, support and advice they need to stop cyber-bullying in its tracks.



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    Immigrant Teen Taunted By Cyber Bullies Hangs Self

    Massachusetts Girl, 15, Was Reportedly Bullied Online Before Taking Her life

    By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES - Jan. 26, 2010

    Even in death, Phoebe Prince was bullied. On a memorial page dedicated to the Massachusetts teen who had recently committed suicide, Facebook members said taunting comments had to be removed.

    The 15-year-old -- a recent immigrant from Ireland with a pretty face and a soft brogue -- was found dead in her South Hadley home on Jan. 14, according to police.

    A Dallas youngster is found in the boy's bathroom by school staffers.
    Afterwards, her fellow students came forward to tell school officials that Prince had been teased incessantly, taunted by text messages and harassed on social networking sites like Facebook.

    "It's heart-wrenching," said South Hadley Police Chief David LaBrie. "She had only moved here last summer."

    "We are looking at all factors," said LaBrie, who was assisting the Northwest District Attorney's office with an investigation into Prince's death.

    LaBrie refused to discuss the details of Prince's suicide out of "respect for the family's privacy."

    "It's tremendously emotionally draining on the family and the whole community right now," he told ABCNews.com. "It's such a sad thing."

    Many in the suburban community of about 17,000 in western Massachusetts was in shock after learning that Prince had reportedly hung herself just days before accepting a date to a high school dance.

    In a letter to parents, Principal Daniel Smith called Prince "smart, charming, and as is the case with many teenagers, complicated . . . We will never know the specific reasons why she chose to take her life.''

    Prince is not the only case of apparent bullying that has sparked national headlines.

    In 2006, Megan Meier killed herself after the mother of a former friend created a fictitious profile to harass the Missouri 13-year-old. Three years earlier, 13-year-old Ryan Patrick Halligan of Vermont hung himself after being bullied online.

    Just this week in Lewisville, Texas, a 9-year-old boy hung himself in the nurse's bathroom at his elementary school.

    "It's just sad. I can't imagine what would make a nine-year-old boy feel this way," said Stephanie Rodriguez, the school's PTA treasurer told ABC affiliate WFAA television.

    This is apparently the second high-profile suicide bullying case in Massachusetts in the last year. In nearby Springfield, 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover hung himself with an extension cord himself after bullies repeatedly called him gay.

    In the case of Phoebe Prince, the family recently relocated from a tiny village in the west of Ireland. But she had trouble adjusting to her new school and became the victim of incessant bullying by classmates.

    "The real problem now is the texting stuff and the cyber bullying,'' South Hadley School Superintendent Gus A. Sayer told the Boston Globe. "Some kids can be very mean towards one another using that medium.''

    Sayer and other officials at the 700-student high school did not return calls from ABCNews.com.

    Suicide Prompts Investigation

    First Assistant District Attorney Renee Steese said her office is conducting an "open investigation" of the circumstances of Prince's death with local and state police, as well as the medical examiner.

    Phoebe Prince died in an apparent suicide, after incessant bullying by classmates at the 700-student high school.

    "It's a small community and obviously for the family a tragic loss," she told ABCNews.com.

    Bullying has become increasingly common in schools throughout the United States.

    The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center estimated that nearly 30 percent of American youth are either a bully or a target of bullying.

    In addition, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in a new review of studies from 13 countries, found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied and suicide.

    "The incidence of bullying is getting more and more frequent and takes lots of forms," said Herbert Nieberg, associate professor of criminal justice at Mitchell College in Connecticut and a psychologist who specializes in adolescents.

    And when the bullying moves to the Internet, the trauma to the victim is "astronomically" escalated, according to Nieberg.

    "In the old days kids would threaten to beat someone up , but now it's gone into the cyber world," he told ABCNews.com.

    "Kids go on to Facebook because they get a wider audience than in the hallway."

    Cyber bullying also appeals to the crowd instinct, according to Nieberg. "Everybody likes to watch the action. Why do three girls in Long Island beat up another young woman and put it on YouTube? They vicariously enjoy identifying with the aggressor."

    Why some teens can survive their tormentors and others cannot, depends on their self-image and psychological mood. "Anyone with a mood disorder is at risk," said Nieberg.

    "The answer is vulnerability versus resiliency," he said. "Some kids are good copers."

    But some advocates say Massachusetts, a typically progressive state, falls behind 37 other states that have taken action on school bullying. Several bills before the state legislature address school bullying.

    House Bill 483, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New England, would require schools to have anti-bullying training and procedures in place to deal with bullies. It would also require districts to produce an annual report citing incidents for the state legislature and the department of primary and secondary education

    "We take no comfort or false security that we grew up with bullying and what's the big deal, we survived," said Derrek Shulman, regional director of the ADL.

    "Statistics show in a survey of fourth and eighth graders that a large percentage said they had been bullied or were bullied themselves," he told ABCNews.com.

    "We know that bullies are more likely to get into trouble with narcotics and law enforcement and that the bullied suffer from self-esteem and there are significant repercussions on being productive members of the community," he said.

    Students Hold Vigil

    Meanwhile hundreds attended a candlelight vigil organized by students on the South Hadley High School softball field the day after Phoebe Prince died.

    Parents are also pushing to create an antibullying task force at the high school. But the first meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed for a month.

    Prince's death notice in the Springfield Republican newspaper said she left three sisters and a brother.

    Her family, which couldn't be reached for comment, wrote that they had moved to South Hadley so the family could experience America.

    "What her family and friends from both sides of the Atlantic grieve in is the loss of the incandescent enthusiasm of a life blossoming," the notice reads. "She enjoyed life with an energy only the young possess."


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    Teacher Beats 9-Year-Old Girl over Leftover Curry


    Aug 6, 2008

    A teacher (31) who beat a 9 year-old girl after she left some curry uneaten, and then continued screaming at the girl for an hour and a half, has been subjected to a three month disciplinary suspension, we hear. The girl was so traumatized by the ordeal that she was no longer able to attend the school, and had to transfer.

    The reason he gave for his harsh chastisement of the little girl was conservation of water.

    His “guidance” to her was that she should have saved the leftover curry to preserve water, and cleaned her spoon properly (?); apparently not satisfied with haranguing her over this, he then struck her across the face with both hands repeatedly (apparently, not merely slaps either).

    Still not satisfied, the enthusiastic disciplinarian threw her, her randosel and her desk out into the corridor, telling her to “Go find a class where it’s ok to break the rules”.

    After this, he berated the weeping girl for some 90 minutes, surely leaving her in no doubt as to the importance of water preservation through proper curry conservation.

    Her parents soon realized something was wrong, and complained to the school. On being brought to task, the teacher offered a trite excuse about having let his emotions get the better of him. He will be back to saving the nation’s water supply in a few months, at any rate.

    Considering the catalogue of infamy leveled against Japanese teachers, the better half of which appear to be ne’er-do-wells having got their positions through graft in order to take photos of, or outright assail, young girls, it is a wonder the profession is held in such esteem in Japan.

    In fact, it should come as no surprise to you to hear that the rate of sex crime amongst Japanese teachers is no less than fifteen times the national average, according to one newspaper. Japanese teachers are a dubious bunch, to say the least.

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    Promotion to Vice-Principal for Beating & Abusing Pupils


    Mar 7, 2009

    A middle school teacher who beat four of his students found himself promoted to vice-principal only the month after he was forced to apologize.

    At his new school, he then so traumatized a girl with his harsh words to her that she refused to attend school and began harming herself.

    He was found in early 2007 to have slapped at least four schoolboys in the face, prompting parents to make formal complaints. The teacher was subsequently given an oral reprimand by the local city board, and apologized in person at the homes of the students he assaulted.

    Deeming that he had secured the understanding of the parents, the city board did not bother to report his actions to the prefectural board, which proceeded to promote him to vice-principal of another school shortly after.

    The prefectural school board excused itself: “We’re still checking the facts, but it seems likely we would have refrained from promoting him had we known at the time [what he had just done].”

    Having finally found out about all this, the prefectural assembly is criticizing those concerned: “They do not appreciate the gravity of this (illegal) corporal punishment.”

    The teacher caused another incident when he moved to his new school. There, at the end of 2007 he told a third year middle school student “You’re just a nuisance”; the next month the girl dropped out of school and played truant until the present, for over a year.

    She was also said to have begun engaging in self mutilation after the incident.

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    Thai teacher caught on cell phone beating pupil


    September 22, 2009
    BANGKOK (AFP) - – A Thai teacher faces prosecution after cell phone footage showed him beating a pupil and slamming the boy's head into a whiteboard for forgetting his textbook, officials and reports said Tuesday.

    The video, shown on local television stations, showed the male teacher at a privately-run Thai-Chinese secondary school in Bangkok grabbing the 12-year-old by his throat and hitting him around the head several times.

    The 29-year-old teacher snapped when the boy responded using rude language after being reprimanded for failing to bring his schoolbook to class, the Bangkok Post newspaper said.

    Education Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said the teacher had resigned from the Kwongsiew Thai-Chinese school but could still face charges.

    "Although he has quit, the authorities can still prosecute him if the boy's relatives file a complaint with police," Jurin told Channel 3 television.

    There has been concern in Thailand in recent weeks after several video clips of student brawls filmed on cell phones were posted on the Internet.




 

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