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    Rape of kids in European schools

    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


    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.


    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.



    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.

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    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."


    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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    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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    Islamophobic Bullying in Our Schools

    Engy Abdelkader - 10/24/11

    "You boys were so much fun on the 8th grade trip! Thanks for not bombing anything while we were there!" read the yearbook inscription penned by the middle school teacher.

    The eighth grade yearbook was littered with similar remarks by classmates linking Omar to a "bomb."

    "To my bomb man!" read one note. "Come wire my bomb," read another.

    "What is this?" asked Omar's mother incredulously. He had handed the yearbook over to her moments earlier when he arrived home that afternoon.

    Omar answered quietly, "I know, Mom, I know." He stared down at the kitchen floor. His eyes could not meet his mother's but he began to tell her what had happened just one month earlier.

    In May 2009, Omar joined his classmates on a school trip to Washington, D.C. As they toured the Washington Monument, visited area museums and passed by the White House, the kids repeatedly told Omar they hoped he wouldn't "bomb" any of the sites. A teacher chaperoned the children, heard the comments and responded by doing... well, nothing, except leave a denigrating remark in Omar's yearbook a month later.

    It was clear to Omar's mother that her American born and raised son was harassed because of his Muslim faith and Arab ancestry.

    Unfortunately, this was not the first bias-based bullying incident involving Omar that school year. Only several months earlier a peer was intimidating Omar, calling him a "terrorist," during an elective trade course. Omar finally told his mother about the bullying when his report card indicated that he was failing that same class, while acing the others where he was not subjected to such humiliating treatment.

    Omar's mother had addressed the bullying with the school Vice-Principal immediately afterwards.

    But, when she spoke to her son's school Principal regarding the D.C. trip and subsequent offensive yearbook comments (by a school teacher), the Principal was shocked to learn that Omar had been a prior victim of bullying earlier in the academic year. He had no knowledge of that incident in his school.

    While the Principal assured her that he would take proper action against the offending teacher, nothing actually happened. The teacher denied hearing the bomb-related comments during the field trip to D.C. and excused her yearbook note as a "joke."

    Omar's incensed mother took her case to the school Superintendent who in turn suggested scheduling a cultural sensitivity training about Arabs and Muslims for faculty.

    That never came to pass, however.

    In a written complaint Omar's mother filed with a state government agency (with jurisdiction over such bias-based bullying incidents as the one involving her son) she observed:

    "[O]ne day, there will be a child who is pushed beyond their limits, as we have seen in tragic events throughout the country, like Columbine and suicides of children being picked on for no other reason than being "different."

    What will we do then?

    Must we wait for tragedy to create a safer and more open society for our community?"

    By now Omar was a freshman in the public high school where the bullying continued, unabated.

    In school, Omar was frequently referred to as "faggot."

    Omar never told his parents.

    The verbal harassment culminated into physical "touching."

    A male student rubbed Omar's shoulder while calling him "faggot."

    Still, Omar said and did nothing seeming paralyzed by his fear and shame.

    Then, during a fire drill at school a group of boys yelled out to Omar, "Call off your tribe so we can go back into school!"

    That was it.

    Omar told his parents what was happening. He explained to his mother that he tried to keep the bullying a secret because he did not want to "hurt or upset" them.

    Omar's mother complained to the Principal, Superintendent and state agency... again.

    This time, the high school held a cultural sensitivity training focusing on American Arabs and Muslims and geared towards faculty members, only.

    Some mistakenly believe that bullying is a rite of passage which children must endure. It is worth noting the American Medical Association, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify school bullying as a "public health problem."

    In fact, bullying has been recognized as a form of child abuse when perpetrated by other children. Studies have shown that victims of bullying may suffer school phobia, increased truancy and reduced concentration and classroom achievement. Bullying victims may also suffer sleep disturbances, bedwetting, abdominal pain, high levels of anxiety and depression, loneliness, low self-esteem and heightened fear for personal safety.

    While anti-bullying legislation plays a critical role in protecting bullying victims, proper implementation and enforcement of those laws is key. Case in point: over 45 states have such legislation in effect (including Omar's home state) yet bullying -- and bias-based bullying -- persists in epidemic proportions.

    And, what happens when a disappointing report card or offensive inscriptions in a child's yearbook does not tip off a parent that his or her child is a target of such bullying conduct? Many children refrain from sharing such details with family members sometimes out of a sense of shame and embarrassment but often because they are attempting to shield parents from being hurt or upset, as we saw in Omar's case above.

    Preventative measures geared at faculty, students and administrators are necessary to stop bullying from occurring in the first instance. Indeed, evidence suggests that bullying behavior can be significantly reduced through prevention curricula.

    According to a new report published by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) titled, "Global Battleground or School Playground: The Bullying of America's Muslim Children," bias-based bullying against American Muslim children (or those perceived to be Muslim) is on the rise and such school bullying is largely attributed to cultural and religious misunderstanding.

    The report finds that a primary factor underlying the persistent harassment, ridicule and discrimination against American Muslim children is the American mainstream's general misperception of Islam and Muslims.

    The ISPU paper calls for intensive and pervasive efforts to educate American society about Islam and Muslims. It suggests that such cultural information should be provided to libraries, knowledge bases, teachers and school administrators.

    Such facts and figures about Muslims and Islam -- compiled with the assistance of diverse community groups and advocates -- should also be featured in educational materials and resources, school curricula, popular Internet sites, television and films.

    Not surprisingly the report identifies the media as a problem source for stereotyped images of Muslims as terrorists and the outside group in the "us" versus "them" dichotomy.

    Perhaps it is time for "Hollywood" to consider positive associations for the Muslims it portrays on the big screen and in our family rooms. American Muslims are doctors, lawyers, engineers, make-up artists, photographers, engineers, information technology specialists, law enforcement agents, teachers, professors, bankers, community advocates, humanitarians, etc. -- isn't it time we portray them that way?

    Children's programming can also play a critical role in addressing this issue.

    Note the influence of Sesame Street, for instance: a 1996 survey found that 95 percent of all American preschoolers had watched Sesame Street by the time they were three. More recently, in 2008, an estimated 77 million Americans had watched the program as kids.

    In my view, Sesame Street should feature more American Muslim, Arab American and South Asian celebrities, children and characters in its regular programing.

    The children's show has made great strides in promoting diversity and multiculturalism and recently introduced its first South Asian character to the regular cast. To further promote increased diversity, it could throw a party with authentic Middle Eastern food and music for its American viewing audience, for example.

    Musicians could play the tabla -- an Arabic percussion instrument which produces a great beat -- while guests enjoy pita chips and hummus. Mangos, a popular fruit in the Arab and Muslim world, could also make an appearance where celebrating children learn how to count all the mangos.

    And, during 'The Word on the Street' segment, Murray could imaginably interview a young Sikh man with a turban or a young American Muslim girl or woman who wears a hijab or headscarf. This may help address the growing phenomenon of "hijabophobia."

    Further, The Daily Show's Asif Mandvi, who happens to be an Indian-American Muslim in addition to being funny, could make a cameo appearance to help define and explain a new word (e.g. the word jocular) to the young viewing audience. I am willing to offer my consulting services free of charge to help realize progress in this way.

    The answer does not lie with Sesame Street alone, however. Countless other children's programming could help as well and impact continued positive change. For instance, in addition to Dora, Diego and Ni Hao, Kai-lan, perhaps Nickelodeon could consider adding similar programming with Arab, Muslim and South Asian heroes and heroines.

    You may be wondering about Omar and his family. His mother organized and conducted cultural competency training on American Muslims and Arab Americans for her son's school district. It was well-received.

    As for Omar -- with the help of his family he has a great new attitude towards bullying which prompts him to stick up for other children targeted in the way he was.

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    Texas police officer CAUGHT on video BREAKING student's arm while attempting to stop school fight

    • At West Brook High School, part of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD)
    • Officer Stephen Rivers is seen on video breaking a male student's arm while he is on the ground
    • BISD Police Chief Clydell Duncan said Rivers broke the student's arm while using an 'improper technique' meant to handcuff him

    By Zoe Szathmary - 14 April 2014

    A police officer was caught on video breaking the arm of a high school student while breaking up a school fight.

    The incident took place on March 7 at West Brook High School, part of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) in Beaumont, Texas, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.

    BISD Police Chief Clydell Duncan told MailOnline he did not know the circumstances that started the fight, but that the two male students involved 'had fought two or three times before.'

    The two students are seen in the video fighting before a female security officer steps in and tries restrain one of the students, dressed in a dark t-shirt and gym shorts.

    The unidentified student is then seen trying to break free, but is brought to the ground by the female security officer and a male police officer, identified as Officer Stephen Rivers.

    Rivers is filmed grabbing the student's arm and pushing it forward, breaking it as a loud noise is heard. Meanwhile, the female security officer hold's down the student's body.

    The student can be heard screaming in the video, yelling 'Oh my God' - while Rivers appears to say 'It's all right.'

    Online commenters have expressed their outrage at the video's content.

    'Wow! What a piece of s***!' one user wrote. 'That looked completely unnecessary...'

    'Stupid A** cops!!! Really couldn't control a kid so break their arm!! Dirt bag... ' another wrote.

    'That cop deserves to bleed,' another user wrote.

    Duncan told MailOnline Rivers broke the student's arm because he used an improper technique while trying to handcuff him, placing his arm forward instead of backward.

    'We have not determined the circumstances for improper technique,' Duncan said.

    Duncan earlier told the Beaumont Enterprise he suspended Rivers without pay on March 17 when he first heard about the video. Duncan confirmed to MailOnline that the suspension is still in effect.

    He said the school normally employs two security officers, as well as two to three police officers.



    Now a days the schools are run like prisons rather than schools, and the police are employed by the school to bully the students (and the parents).

    Washington mom outraged over 'pay to potty' policy in classroom

    • The nine-year-old later told her mother she ran out of the fake money she needed to 'buy' a bathroom break because she spent it on snacks
    • The girl's mother is suing the school for the emotional trauma the incident caused on the third grader

    By Ryan Gorman |30 May 201

    A Washington mother is suing her third-grader daughter's school because teacher makes the girl urinated on herself after running out of the Monopoly money students 'pay' to use the bathroom.

    Students at Mill Plain Elementary, in Vancouver, are given play money to use on bathroom breaks or snacks. The two girls chose in snacks in each instance but then needed the bathroom and the teacher refused them access, parents said.

    The two girls ended up in so much pain they have no choice but to just let it happen. Both girls wet their pants while sitting at their desks.Bewildered parents were at a loss to explain why the accidents happened until the children came clean.

    ‘My daughter finally told me, ‘We have to pay to use the bathroom.’ Nobody should have to pay to use the bathroom,’ an irate Merchon Ortega told KOIN.

    Nine-year-old Lilly Ortega was traumatized by the incident and avoided going to school for fear of ridicule, her mother told Fox News. ‘I didn't let her go to school the rest of the week because she was scared to go to school,’ Ortega lamented. ‘She's scared to be made fun of.’

    A classmate of Ortega’s daughter went home last week with wet pants and told her mother a similar story. Jasmine Alayadhi detailed her daughter’s ordeal to KOIN.

    ‘I didn’t want to be left out. I wanted to have popcorn with my friends,’ [she said]. And so she tried to hold it. ‘She said it hurt so bad the pain was so bad – I just had to let it go,’ Alayadhi said.

    A school spokesperson defended the controversial program to KOIN saying it is part of the school’s classroom management strategy.

    The teacher has been removed from the classroom while an investigation is conducted, according to the spokesperson, but Ortega isn’t satisfied. Her daughter has switched classrooms and is doing well, she told Fox News, but a lawsuit against the school is in the works.

    ‘My next step is hopefully trying to take legal action,’ Ortega told the network. ‘[My daughter] has got to go to counseling because it's really messed with her emotions.’


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    Christian parents upset over school teaching about Islam

    Teaching Islam a touchy subject

    Parent complains; school district defends right to teach about religion

    By Meredith J. Graham - 11.03.11

    When Dawn Kingsley’s seventh-grade daughter came home from school last week with a class project to diorama the five pillars of the Muslim faith, Kingsley was speechless. Religion has no place in public schools, she thought. A former educator herself, she remembered being forbidden from discussing religion with her students—so how is it OK to teach about Islam in seventh-grade history?

    “What happened to the separation of church and state?” she asked.

    Teaching religion in public schools is always a sensitive issue. But there’s a difference between teaching students to favor one religion over another or teaching them solely about certain religions and not others and teaching about how religion fits in with history.

    “Teaching about the different types of religion isn’t against the law. You just can’t teach to favor one religion over another,” explained John Bohannon, director of alternative education at Chico Unified School District and a former middle-school principal.

    Upon seeing her daughter’s project on the five pillars of Islam, Kingsley became upset and called the school to get a copy of the class curriculum. It’s inappropriate to be teaching her daughter about such specifics of the Muslim faith, she said.

    “They’re teaching about how they prayed and who they prayed to. They’re teaching about the Quran,” said Kingsley, whose daughter attends Bidwell Junior High School. “I don’t see her coming home with projects on the Ten Commandments, or learning about Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons.”

    If they’re going to discuss religion in the classroom, they should discuss all religions equally, she argued. That means minority as well as majority religions.

    Looking only at the Chico Unified School District’s curriculum guidelines for seventh-grade history, her point can be seen fairly clearly. The class, which covers world history and geography in medieval and early modern times, spans Europe, Africa and Asia from the years 500-1789. Sections include the Roman Empire, China in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Reformation and Scientific Revolution. And Islam.

    While many of the sections claim to cover religion, when you read the description of individual chapters, religions are merely mentioned. Example: In the section on medieval Europe, there’s a chapter discussing “the causes and course of the religious Crusades and their effects on the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations in Europe ….” In contrast, one of the two sections on Islam calls for teachers to “Trace the origins of Islam and the life and teachings of Muhammad ….”

    When you ask CUSD officials about the content of the seventh-grade history class, however, they say they’re just following state guidelines. And that does seem to be the case.

    CUSD created its guidelines based on the state standards—i.e., what the state deems most important and what students will ultimately be tested on. Based on time constraints, schools can’t teach everything included in the state standards, so school districts choose which sections and chapters to emphasize. Only two chapters from the state’s six regarding Islam are included in CUSD’s curriculum. They happen to focus on the religion more than Muslim society and politics.

    “Our students are being held accountable,” said Bohannon, referring to the test they will take in the eighth grade covering everything they learned in history over the past three years. “We want to make sure we’re emphasizing what the state is emphasizing.”

    Bohannon did not have a hand in putting together the curriculum in question, but he pointed to a state document highlighting the emphasis that that eighth-grade test puts on each section and chapter in the state’s standards as a likely starting point. Indeed, more emphasis is put on the two chapters on Islam included in CUSD’s curriculum than the four omitted from the state standards.

    “There are experts who have analyzed that if you were to teach everything [included in the state standards], kids would be in school until they were 22,” Bohannon said. “We try to find what’s most important and build from there. That doesn’t mean that’s all we’re teaching.”

    While CUSD does not have a standard sixth-grade history curriculum available on its website, a look at the state standards and which of those standards are emphasized on the eighth-grade history test indicates that sixth-graders in CUSD should be learning about the fundamentals of Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism.

    “It’s a progressive curriculum,” explained Judi Roth, principal at Bidwell Junior High. So, what the students learn in seventh grade builds on what they learned in sixth.

    Kingsley said she would be bringing her concerns to the school district, and that she’d already contacted agencies such as the Anti-Defamation League and California Watch to look into whether the religious aspects of the curriculum being taught at CUSD are appropriate.

    As for Bohannon, he’s dealt with upset parents before, but he stands by the district’s choices.

    “The study of religions is always controversial, but I think understanding its impact on our society is important,” Bohannon said. “It’s hard to teach history without teaching how religion impacted the different time periods in history.”

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    Photograph of school children acting out the crucifixion sparks outrage as picture goes viral

    An image of children play-acting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at an unidentified school in Brazil for Holy Week complete with fake wounds and a crown of thorns has spread across the Internet.

    Wearing a loin cloth and a fake painted beard, the boy who acts as Jesus holds his two arms above his neck, to signify the last agonizing hours of Christ on the cross. Flecked across his body are red marks from his flogging at the hands of the Romans - played by two boys with mock-feathered galea helmets, who will presumably offer him fake vinegar and pretend to stab his side to ensure he has died at the culmination of the play. In the front of the picture are two young girls playing the role of Jesus' mother, Mary and follower Mary Magdalene, who according to the Bible tearfully witnessed his death on Calvary.

    The picture has been shared and liked some 230,000 times on Facebook and the reactions to the picture appear to vary from country to country.

    Commenters writing in English and Portuguese appear to dislike the imagery on show in the photograph , with many seemingly mocking children acting out a religious scene. One has posted the message, 'There seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere' in response to the image. Others have made the point that the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ and its message may be difficult for children to understand.

    Some have claimed that the exposure of children to the story is akin to manipulation - despite Brazil's status as the world's most populus Catholic country.

    However, most messages on the Facebook page are in praise of the image - with the majority standing up for the right of the school and children to depict the scene. One woman, Carlos Ferreira calls the criticism 'ridiculous', emphasizing the importance of the young learning 'the meaning of Easter and the story of Christ.'


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    School staff get 1,700 complaints

    9 August 2010

    More than 1,700 staff in UK schools were accused of misbehaviour by parents or pupils last year, figures obtained by the BBC reveal.

    More than half of these were allegations of physical assault or "inappropriate restraint", Freedom of Information data reveals.

    And 143 of those accused were dismissed or resigned.

    Teachers facing allegations in England have been promised anonymity until they have been charged.

    More than 1,000 of the allegations related to teachers, but the rest were against a range of other staff working in schools, including teaching assistants, catering staff, lunchtime assistants, learning mentors, bus and taxi drivers.

    'Unprofessional conduct'

    The dismissals included a mini-bus driver who was accused of "unprofessional conduct with pupils".

    School governors and a police officer based in a school were also the subject of complaints.

    A school governor faced a criminal investigation after claims of sexual misconduct.

    The figures show there were also 202 "disciplinary procedures".

    These numbers are set against a context of more than 800,000 classroom staff, plus hundreds of thousands of other employees and volunteers who work for schools or with school children.

    These figures, drawn from the responses of more than half the local authorities in the UK, also show that one in five complaints against school staff - almost 500 - were allegations about inappropriate sexual behaviour.

    There were a total of 79 criminal investigations as a result of allegations from parents and pupils.

    Complaints also included claims of bad language, inadequate supervision of children and the misuse of technology, such as inappropriate use of Facebook.

    While only a small minority of allegations resulted in legal or disciplinary action, the survey also suggested a low level of malicious intent from complainants.

    Teachers' unions have campaigned against the career-wrecking danger of malicious accusations against staff - but this survey only identified 50 complaints last year as "false or malicious".

    Many more complaints were labelled as "unfounded" or "unsubstantiated".

    Conclusions disputed

    The Westminster government has promised that teachers who face allegations will be given anonymity until the point when charges are pressed.

    It has been claimed that the threat of false allegations has undermined teachers' authority in the classroom.

    The ATL teachers' union says that this survey fails to show the "vast majority" of false allegations, as they would have been dismissed immediately and would not have reached the local authority.

    The union has claimed that as many as one in four teachers has faced a false allegation - and says that it can takes months to resolve.

    "If an allegation is investigated the staff member is usually suspended and told they mustn't have any contact with colleagues, leaving them totally isolated," says an ATL spokesperson.

    "We want anonymity for staff, no automatic bar on staff keeping in contact with colleagues (who are quite frequently friends) and investigations to be speeded up."

    A Department for Education spokesperson said: "The government believes teachers should be protected from the damage that malicious allegations can cause.

    "Last month, ministers announced the intention to give anonymity to teachers accused by pupils and take other measures to protect against false accusations.

    "Ministers are clear that they want to put an end to rumours and malicious gossip about innocent teachers which can ruin careers."

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    Teachers Chided for Facebook Posts

    By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal - Apr 2, 2011

    For the last time, everybody: if you're going to post things on Facebook, please have a little common sense.

    Careless Metaphor

    In Paterson, New Jersey, a first-grade teacher has been suspended for posting a status update on her Facebook page that implied she felt like a warden overseeing future criminals. And by "implied," I mean her status update said, "I feel like a warden overseeing future criminals," according to a district official.

    Needless to say, parents of the teacher's students weren't too happy about their children being called "future criminals," and the teacher (whose name hasn't been released) was suspended with pay after a "significant number" of parents complained.

    This comment particularly hit home because the Paterson school district has "long been one of New Jersey's most troubled school systems," according to The New York Times.

    School board president Theodore Best said the teacher was suspended not for her indiscreet Facebook status update, but because "the incident created serious problems at the school that impeded the functioning of the building." Best told North Jersey's The Record that "You can't simply fire someone for what they have on a Facebook page; but if that spills over and affects the classroom then you can take action."

    Show and Tell

    Meanwhile, over in Chicago, a computer lab teacher at Overton Elementary School has been reprimanded for posting photos of a 7-year-old girl on Facebook and mocking her hairstyle.

    According to The Chicago Tribune, the teacher posted two photos of the girl -- a side shot and a back-of-the-head shot -- along with the line, "And y'all thought I was joking!" The girl's hairstyle was special for picture day -- braids with Jolly Ranchers tied to the ends, a hairstyle she'd seen and admired in a magazine (hey, 7-year-olds are not known for their keen sense of fashion).

    The teacher's friends then joined in, with comments such as, "If you're going to make your child look ridiculous, the least thing you can do is have them matching," and "I laughed so hard that my contact popped out."

    The girl's mother was alerted to the issue when another parent -- whose child was Facebook "friends" with the teacher -- sent her an email with screenshots of the page. The teacher then apologized to the mother and took down the page, though the Chicago Public School district is still looking into the incident and says it "will warrant disciplinary action."

    While it's true that both of these Facebook posts were probably not 100 percent serious, and were meant for the benefit of entertaining the respective teachers' friends, that won't change how certain people perceive them.

    The moral of the story? Don't post anything about your job, ever, unless it's something that absolutely cannot be misconstrued. That's why I always post things like, "PCWorld is the best magazine ever," and "I love my editors."


    These are educators, they are taught the importance of protecting and treating children with respect. Well, that's public schools for you.

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    Calif. governor signs transgendered students’ rights bill

    By Robby Soave - 08/12/2013

    Transgendered students in California will now have the right to use whichever bathrooms they prefer and join either the boys’ or girls’ sports teams, thanks to landmark legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

    The law amends the state’s education code, and stipulates that each student will have access to facilities, sports teams, and programs that are “consistent with his or her gender identity,” rather than the student’s actual biological composition. A male student who self-identifies as female could therefore use the girls’ bathroom, even if he is anatomically male.

    Though the debate over accommodating transgendered students’ needs has ramped up recently — with several high-profile cases attracting media scrutiny — California is the first state to address the issue with statewide legal action.

    “I’m so excited that California is making sure transgender students have a fair chance to graduate and succeed,” said Calen Valencia, an 18-year-old transgender student, in a statement. “I should have graduated this year, but my school refused to give me the same opportunity to succeed as other boys. Now other transgender youth won’t have to choose between being themselves and graduating high school.”

    The legislation was sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who said that it will make school life easier for transgendered kids.

    A spokesperson for Ammiano admitted that the bill would irk some parents who do not want their kids sharing bathrooms with members of the opposite sex.

    “Clearly, there are some parents who are not going to like it,” said Carlos Alcala, a spokesperson for Ammiano, in a statement to San Jose Mercury News. “We are hopeful school districts will work with them so no students are put in an uncomfortable position.”



    This is yet another reason (especially for Muslimas) to not attend public schools and to opt for home school. It's best to avoid using public bathrooms for health and safety reasons.

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    Public schools woo foreign students to boost ranks


    MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — Northern Maine is 7,000 miles and a world away from China, but that's not stopping a school superintendent from recruiting Chinese students to attend public high school in this remote mill town.

    Faced with declining enrollments and shrinking revenues, public school districts from Maine to California are seeking out students from overseas, particularly China, to attend their high schools. At least two public schools in Maine have 10 tuition-paying Chinese students in classes this year, and the superintendent in Millinocket is the latest to set his sights on China.

    It's a growing trend: Other schools are doing the same in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, according to a student recruitment agency in San Francisco.

    Next fall, Millinocket Superintendent Ken Smith hopes to have at least 60 Chinese students — each paying $13,000 in tuition and another $11,000 for room and board — at Stearns High School. Stearns at one time had close to 700 high school students, but enrollment has fallen over the years to under 200 this year.

    The first-year batch is now being signed up, Smith said, with plans for more international students in the years ahead. Local students will benefit by being exposed to those from abroad, and Chinese students will gain from being immersed in the local culture, he said.

    When Smith went on a recruiting trip to the cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Fuzhou last fall, students there had never heard of Maine. But they knew they wanted to come to America to enhance their chances of going to an American college or university.

    "They didn't know where Maine was, but they knew where Harvard was," Smith said. "They all want to go to Harvard."

    As Maine's overall population has aged, the student population has shrunk. That's particularly true in remote areas where jobs have disappeared, forcing young people to leave.

    Millinocket's population has fallen 30 percent in the past 20 years. Two paper mills that used to be the lifeblood of the regional economy, employing more than 4,000 workers at their peak in the 1980s, are skeletons of their past selves — one is idle and the other employs about 450 workers.

    With a fiscal crunch and projections for a continued slide in enrollment, Smith last fall joined the heads of three private schools in Maine on a recruiting trip to China.

    Chinese students could be forgiven if they experience culture shock in a place like northern Maine.

    Located at the gateway to Maine's North Woods 3½ hours north of Portland, Millinocket has less than 5,000 people, no public transportation and nearly 8 feet of snowfall each year. The town has a 15-percent jobless rate and is more than 98 percent white. The nearest mall or movie theater is more than an hour away.

    By contrast, the Chinese cities Smith is targeting have tens of millions of people among them and serve as financial, political and cultural centers.

    As for education, Smith acknowledges the school's poor test scores. The percentage of juniors at Stearns meeting state standards for writing, reading, science and math stood between 36 and 41 percent in the latest round of testing.

    The Chinese families are aware of the scores, but are more interested in how many advanced placement classes the school has and how many students are accepted to college, he said. Many Chinese students look at Stearns as a steppingstone toward an American university or to a private school to finish out high school and as place to immerse themselves in the English language, he said.

    And he's convinced that foreign students will be pleased with the school and that the region's assets — clean air, clean water, low crime, good roads, good health care, natural beauty and nearby Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail — work in the school's favor.

    "The other goal is to give our kids exposure to other countries so they can be more competitive when they go out in the world market," Smith said. "Understanding other countries, I believe, is part of the future of education."

    In remote Newcomb, N.Y., the high school this year took in nine international students — three from Russia, two from France, two from Vietnam, and one from Korea — who pay $3,500 each for tuition and another $3,500 to live with a host family. The school is bringing in foreign students not just for revenue, but also to keep its numbers up — it has only 34 students this year — and expose its students to other cultures, said Principal Skip Hults.

    "We felt like our high school was becoming too small, both socially and academically," Hults said.

    Other schools nationwide are also taking a look overseas, said Shayna Ferullo of Quest International, a student recruitment agency in San Francisco. A handful of public school districts have recruited overseas for a few years, but in the past year public schools in places such as Virginia Beach, Va.; Tacoma, Wash.; Lavaca, Ark.; Chicago; and Hopkinton and Arlington, Mass.; to name a few, have recruited students from abroad, she said.

    In Maine, seven Chinese students are attending Orono High School, paying $13,000 each in tuition and $8,000 for room and board while staying with local families. Three Chinese students this year have attended Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, paying $15,000 in tuition and $5,000 for room and board to stay with local families.

    Lei Huang, 16, from Shanghai, is attending Camden Hills high school this year. The school aims to have 10 foreign students next year, from China and Vietnam.

    Schools in China, he said, demand long days in the classroom and long nights doing homework, with an emphasis on memorization and testing. In Camden, he appreciates the emphasis on creativity and tapping into students' interests.

    Outside of school, he likes being able to drink water out of the tap, the abundance of trees and time to participate on the high school ski team. But he misses buying live fish at seafood markets in China, authentic Chinese food and public transportation so that he's not dependent on others with cars to get around.

    "Everything is different. Even eating pancakes is different," he said. "I put ketchup on my pancakes the first time because I didn't know how to eat them."

    Unlike those attending private schools, foreign students are allowed to attend public schools for only one year because of American visa regulations. That means Huang and other public-school international students will have to go elsewhere next year.

    In Lei's case, he plans to attend a private high school next year before eventually moving on to college. He wants to go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    In Orono, 16-year-old Peng Yue — who goes by "Cherry" at school — and six others from Changsha, China, have been taking classes. The students, all fluent in English, get mostly A's with a few scattered B's.

    A junior, Peng hopes to attend another American high school next year before college. She has her eye on Columbia University, where she'd like to study economics. She says she may be Chinese, "but I have an American dream," she said.

    Orono High School expects to have 40 to 45 students next year, with roughly half from China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea, and the other half from Europe and Brazil.

    The foreign students have yet to arrive in Millinocket, but the school and the town have been preparing for their arrival.

    Alyssa McLean, a 16-year-old junior at Stearns, said it'll be good for the town to have some outside influences, although some townspeople might be wary of having students come from so far away.

    Still, she's convinced the new students will be impressed with the school and the region.

    "I think they'll have a hard time adjusting because it's so much about nature around here, and they have so many large cities," she said. "They'll like it, I think, but there'll be an adjustment."

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    How Schools Are Humiliating Kids to Punish Their Parents

    By Megan Jordan - Nov 11, 2013

    My son ran out of money in his school lunch account last year, and it didn't end well. The cafeteria worker threw away his food in front of all of the kids in line and sent him to the office. Once there, he was instructed to call me. He was in absolute tears as he explained over the phone what had happened. He was humiliated.

    Is this story beginning to sound familiar? It may, as I'm not alone. We are hearing more and more stories like this, as schools are cracking down on students (really, parents) whose prepaid lunch accounts run out.

    Should schools be allowed to humiliate students to make a point? What does it look like when a school denies lunch to a student? Although an elementary-school age boy, my son is fairly stoic. He doesn't cry unless the situation is remarkably bad. Answering the phone to hear him crying sent me into an alarmed state that immediately turned into fury.

    His running out of money in his prepaid lunch account was my fault. Therefore it would be fair to say that I was alarmed, then embarrassed, then furious. Here's why:

    I usually send $40 at a time to stock up his account, but I'd apparently let it run low. We aren't on a reduced cost lunch plan, so his lunch runs roughly $2.25 each, depending on what he selects that day. Although the school is supposed to send home a little note with something along the lines of "Your child owes $0.40, please restock their account immediately," they just hadn't this time.

    I'm familiar with that note, honestly. The kids are allowed to charge two meals over their limit before they are refused lunch. Since they use up their funds at varying rates depending on what they purchase, it's actually two charges that they can go over, the first therefore possibly being as little as a nickel. In any case, the notes home give parents two chances to restock their account and I'm appreciative of that reminder.

    Do they have to remind me? They shouldn't have to, but I'm happy when they do, because sometimes I need the heads up that he's out of money. Sometimes the money I send lasts months, sometimes weeks. I'm never sure where he is in his account.

    But this time? No warning. For either of us.

    I offered to drive the two minutes to the school and pay right that second but the school refused. They said he had missed lunch at this point and he would have to return to class without eating.

    Students are given roughly 30 minutes for lunch. After standing in line and all of the hullabaloo involved in getting dozens of kids seated, that meant his trip to the office and the five minutes it would take me to get in the car and get there left him no time to eat.

    That was when I became angry.

    The school was sending a lesson to me through my crying son. My rule-abiding, gifted program attending, team-player, proud son. They made him stand in the office and explain through humiliated tears on the phone to his mom about what her oversight had done. And they refused to let me fix it so he could eat.

    So I drove to the office and checked him out of the school for the rest of the day.

    Look, I completely understand the need for the policies of denying lunch. Had I realized he had gone over his prepaid account, I would have sent a check the next day and refilled it. Absolutely. That's the deal. They run out of money, you let us know, we fix it immediately.

    But they didn't let us know. And they wouldn't let me fix it that moment. And they humiliated him to make a point.

    Should schools be allowed to humiliate students to make a point? Would I rather they have sent a discrete note home letting me know he was denied lunch that day? Honestly, I don't know. I may have been more angry knowing they didn't let me know they were making him go hungry and, therefore, denying my chance to remove him from the school.

    What I would have liked them to do was to send a note home letting me know his account had run out. Or, even better, if they would let us know when their accounts are running low.

    Seriously, the best option would be for me to send him $40 on the same day every month and let his account build up. I shouldn't wait until it's running low. I get that.

    Though taking responsibility for our mistake did not lessen my frustration. Because I tend to be passive-aggressive and then don't understand why my targets don't catch my drift, my husband called the school himself to address the issue.

    To our school's credit, and this is important, the Vice Principal to whom my husband spoke was embarrassed. He agreed that the school handled everything about the incident the wrong way and that they would learn from it, ensuring us that it would not happen again. Presumably for any student.

    As far as I know, it hasn't happened again. We've definitely received a couple of notes saying one of the kids' accounts was overdrawn (usually by less than $1), to which we responded by immediately restocking the account.

    As I mentioned, this happened last year. It never occurred to me to write about it (or tell anyone about it) because I was embarrassed. I was surprised when I began to see mainstream news stories about children being denied lunch for running over their limit.

    People that are apparently unlike me were going to their local news to complain. I was trying to pretend it hadn't happened because, I can't stress this enough, we were humiliated. And did I mention embarrassed?

    But maybe it's worth mentioning. Policies like this are rolling out across the nation and parents are outraged. Are they outraged because of the policies themselves or how schools are enforcing them? Because there must be a better way to handle these kinds of occasional oversights while still addressing the rampant problem of seriously and habitually overdrawn accounts.

    In the meantime? Lesson learned.

    No, really, the crying child on the phone? Well played.



    Is this the western education eastern people, and Muslims, want for their children? Even when these children are not being punished by humiliation anyone being in a classroom for an hour can see that these teachers talk down to the students regularly!!! Especially in lower (primary) grades.

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