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Violence in Schools

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:48 am

NJ bully's paralyzing punch nets $4.2M settlement

Associated PressAssociated Press – 12 hrs ago

RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit by a middle school student who was paralyzed when a known bully punched him in the abdomen.

The settlement between the Ramsey school district and the family of Sawyer Rosenstein, who had complained to the district about being bullied, was worked out over the past two months but not made public until last week.

The family's lawsuit alleged school officials knew or should have known the boy's attacker had violent tendencies and failed to comply with a state anti-bullying law, said the Rosensteins' attorney, Jeffrey Youngman. The boy had punched another student in the face on a school bus a year earlier, but the school kept no record of it or other attacks and the attacker was not subjected to escalating discipline, the suit said.

Three months before being punched, Rosenstein, then 12, emailed school officials to report he was being bullied and to ask for help.

"I would like to let you know that the bullying has increased," he wrote to his guidance counselor at the Eric Smith Middle School. "I would like to figure out some coping mechanisms to deal with these situations, and I would just like to put this on file so if something happens again, we can show that there was past bullying situations."

Sawyer was punched in the abdomen at school on May 16, 2006, dropping him to his knees. When he came home that day he complained of pain in his back but otherwise felt fine, his father, Joel Rosenstein, told The Record of Woodland Park.

Two days later, the seventh-grader let out a scream in his bedroom.

"We picked him up and called an ambulance," the father told the newspaper. "He hasn't walked since."

The blow had caused a clot in a major artery that supplies blood to his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down from what his attorney described as an "incredibly rare" injury.

The Ramsey Board of Education released a statement Wednesday denying any wrongdoing and saying that it was the district's insurance carriers that decided to enter into the settlement and will pay it out.

"The district's character education and harassment/intimidation/bullying initiatives and reporting practices are leading edge," the statement said. "All programs in this area far exceed all of the criteria established by the state of New Jersey."

Both Youngman and the board said the settlement did not include any admission of liability or fault on the part of the district.

Sawyer Rosenstein, now an 18-year-old freshman majoring in communication at Syracuse University, told The Associated Press that he decided to talk about the case to let others who are bullied know that they can recover and to let would-be bullies know that violence can have serious consequences.

"I think I became something greater than I ever could have become without it," he said.

After he was paralyzed, he gave up his fledgling acting career and started attending a camp where he learned about space. He later started a space-oriented podcast and attended last year's final space shuttle launch with a media credential, which inspired him to study communication.

Youngman told The Associated Press "there is never enough money in the world that could compensate someone who is paralyzed."

But Youngman said Rosenstein has refused to "make this a story of 'woe is me.'"

"It is a story of triumph and moving on," he said.

The Rosensteins also settled a claim against the boy who attacked their son. Youngman said the terms were confidential.

New Jersey enacted a tough new anti-bullying law in 2011. Youngman said such laws are effective only if they are enforced and adequately funded. ... 33503.html
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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Westmore 103 » Wed May 02, 2012 8:16 am

Bullied student faces expulsion, fired stun gun mom gave him
Does he deserve to be punished?

5:37 AM, May. 2, 2012 |

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Darnell "Dynasty" Young's classmates at Tech High School cursed at him in the school hallways and taunted him with homophobic slurs.

They followed him home from his bus stop and threatened to beat him up.

One night, as he walked home from his after-school job, they threw rocks at him.

When the 17-year-old and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, told school officials, she said, teachers and administrators seemed to blame Young for being openly gay.

His behavior and the way he dressed called attention to himself, they said.

He accessorized his outfits with his mother's purses and jewelry. And he loved to dance.

His dance routine to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" won second place at Tech's talent show in December.

"They said that the problem was he was too flamboyant, with his bags and his purses and his rings," Grimes said.

Desperate to protect her son from bullies, Grimes gave him a stun gun to carry, just in case.

"I had to do something," she said. "They throw bottles and rocks at him."

Now Young faces expulsion from school.

"It has been a nightmare," Grimes said. "I'm trying to fight for my baby's education."

Young's story is one that could unfold in countless schools across America.

One-fourth of teenagers say they have been bullied, according to Stomp Out Bullying, a national advocacy program. Nine of 10 gay students say they have been harassed at school or online.

Add a parent who feels powerless and policies designed to keep weapons out of schools, and the questions pile up fast.

How can parents protect their children from bullying? Is self-defense a valid excuse for violating school rules? Where does a school's responsibility begin and end?

For Young, such questions could arise in an expulsion meeting today. But the most important question will be whether he deserves to be punished for trying to defend himself.
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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby clearblue1096 » Wed May 02, 2012 1:11 pm

I hate those that bully. Most bullies have their own insecurities and are trying to account for that by being punks. Prevention surely starts at home with good parenting. However, it is everyone's resonsibility to put an end to this crap. Teachers, administrators, coaches, fellow students, etc. Everyone turns a blind eye when they see bulling taking place. It doesn't garner much attention until one of these poor kids kill themselves. Even then, it falls off the front page after a day or two. It all makes me sick.
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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Happy Mom » Mon May 07, 2012 5:39 am

Don't Believe the Outrage: First Grader Rightfully Suspended

By Calvin Wolf | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 14 hrs ago

COMMENTARY | According to ABC News, a first grader in Aurora, Colo., was suspended for singing "I'm sexy and I know it" during school. , quoting a lyric from a popular LMFAO song. Though many are outraged D'Avonte Meadows was banned for three days from Sable Elementary, the move is justified and Meadows was a repeat offender.

Meadows was not just singing the song. He had been antagonizing a girl with the song and apparently had done so multiple times. The incident that landed him the suspension involved "shaking his booty" near the girl's face.

A three-day suspension was necessary to convey the seriousness of harassment, especially since previous disciplinary actions apparently didn't take. While D'Avonte's mother thinks the school went too far, many schools do not go far enough. As a high school teacher, I deal with several students who behave in ways that will earn them pink slips as adults. They think their lewd comments, innuendos and hands-on behaviors are in fun but fail to recognize they are unacceptable on the job.

In a few years, many of the high school sophomores I have to talk to about sexual harassment will be adults who will learn the hard way that sexual harassment charges are no joke.
One student complained when I informed his mother about his hands-on behavior, claiming his mother viewed him as a "pervert." He angrily exclaimed he was only "horsing around." I had to explain to the class that teenage "horsing around" was often unwanted by the recipient, even if the recipient did not vocalize displeasure, and such behavior could result in being dismissed from a job or worse.

Other teachers inform me as I finish my first year in the classroom that such "horsing around" has gotten progressively worse over the last five to 10 years. By the time D'Avonte Meadows is in high school, sexual harassment might be more common among teenagers. If the boy learns his lesson from the brief suspension, it might save him great heartache 15 years down the road. ... 00707.html
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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Doe » Tue May 15, 2012 9:37 am

Police Taser Mishawaka student several times during altercation

MISHAWAKA — A Mishawaka High School student who was Tasered several times last week after an altercation with police while at school could face juvenile charges, authorities said Monday.

The 17-year-old female student was reportedly shot by a Taser twice Friday and drive-stunned with it twice after she allegedly fought with police and school officials for several minutes.
Mishawaka Cpl. Jeffrey Giannuzzi, the school’s resource officer, was called to the cafeteria about 11:40 a.m. by assistant principal Mike Fisher on a report that the suspect would not wear her school identification card or report to in-school suspension.

Police said the girl did not listen to Giannuzzi’s instructions to put on the identification card and go to suspension and, instead, became belligerent and began cursing at the officer.

When Giannuzzi went to put handcuffs on her, she yelled and pulled away.
When the officer threatened to use a Taser gun on her if she did not put her hands behind her back, the girl said, “Go ahead,” according to a police report.

The officer then applied a drive stun to her back — a move in which the taser is held against the target, causing pain, without firing the projectiles. The student responded by saying, “Do it again, it tickles,” police said.

A second drive stun also had no effect on the girl, according to police.

The girl allegedly started walking away while a teacher and Giannuzzi attempted to put handcuffs on her, promoting the girl to swing around and strike Giannuzzi with a closed fist in the right temple, which caused his glasses to fly off.

The officer, girl and teacher all went to the ground, and the girl continued striking the officer with two closed fists, police said. The officer responded by striking her twice on the left side of her face.

Giannuzzi then fired the Taser at the girl, causing the device’s projectiles to strike the girl’s stomach, which he said stopped her aggressive behavior temporarily. But the girl again refused to put her hands behind her back again, and the officer used another full cycle from the Taser, police said.

Police were able to finally get her in handcuffs, and a teacher and Giannuzzi carried her to his office.

Once in the office, the girl continued to kick and strike the officer and a teacher before they were able to secure her, police said.

She was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center. The Tribune is not naming the girl because she is a minor and has not yet been charged with a crime.

The state has seven days, excluding weekends, from the time the suspect was arrested to file a delinquency petition, which would be the equivalent of charges for an adult.

She was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting police and disorderly conduct.

The officer received redness to the side of the face.

Police said the suspect had battered her mother the night before, and a police report for that case had been filed.

Terry Barker, superintendent of School City of Mishawaka said Monday he had not received any paperwork on the case, but confirmed the student had been suspended.

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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:51 pm

Bullying of student caught on tape while teacher watches

By Jenny Dolph

Story Updated: Aug 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. -- Some might say it was just kids horsing around... harmless, right?

Well, not according to one of the kid's moms!

Take a look at this video of what turned out to be students bullying their classmate at a middle school in Tacoma, Washington.

The 13-year-old boy was dragged around the room and a sock was even stuffed into his mouth.

If a bystander recording the whole thing wasn't bad enough, the teacher even joined in on the torment, grabbing the camera phone.

"I think that somebody who can allow this to happen and participate has no business being in a classroom," said Karla Kinney, the victim's mother.

The teacher was suspended for 10 days, but is back teaching at another school. ... 88356.html
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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:08 am

Teen accused of attacking principal

By MADELINE BUCKLEY - Follow me @Mabuckley88 South Bend Tribune

7:05 p.m. EDT, September 18, 2012
SOUTH BEND -- Police arrested two city middle school students for assault Monday, one of whom is accused of punching the school principal in the face.

South Bend police said officers were called to Jefferson Intermediate Traditional School at 528 S. Eddy St. Thursday for a fight in the cafeteria.

Police said Principal Byron Sanders and another school official had tried to break up the fight between the teenage girls around 1 p.m.

One of the girls punched Sanders, 38, in the face when he tried to intervene, witnesses told police.

Police took the girls, 13 and 14, to the Juvenile Justice Center on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Police said the girls did not suffer injuries.

School punishment for assault to an adult is a five-day out-of-school suspension and possible expulsion, according to the school's code of conduct.

The code of conduct also says the school automatically refers such cases to the police.

Sue Coney, spokeswoman for the South Bend Community School Corp., said incidents such as this occur infrequently.

"The students will be facing disciplinary action," Coney said.

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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:16 am

South Bend schools reports bullying statistics
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Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014 6:09 am | Updated: 6:41 am, Fri Sep 5, 2014.
KIM KILBRIDE South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — There were 49 incidents of bullying at Clay Intermediate Center last school year, but only a single one at Clay High School.
Across town, at Monroe Primary Center, there was not one incident of verbal, physical or written/electronic bullying reported during the 2013-14 school year.

The Indiana Department of Education recently added South Bend Community School Corp.’s bullying statistics to an online report that was published several weeks ago.
South Bend officials initially missed the deadline for inclusion in the report, citing difficulty extracting the data from the district’s student management system.
The numbers reported by the district vary significantly.
Riley and Washington high schools each reported nine occasions of bullying, while officials at Adams High School said there were 12 there.
Dickinson Intermediate Fine Arts Academy reported the highest number of incidents: 65.

Principal Tom Sims attributes that to the proactive stance the school’s staff takes against bullying. And because of that, he said, students feel comfortable reporting it.
Every month, Sims said, the staff meets with students to talk about making good choices and the zero-tolerance position the school has on bullying.
“Two years ago,” he said, “half our football team was on the show choir. We don’t have kids in fear of being ridiculed.”
In an emailed statement from a district spokeswoman, Supt. Carole Schmidt said South Bend schools has a number of programs to prevent bullying, from an anonymous tip line to report incidents to character education training to a positive behavioral intervention system in 14 of the district’s schools, including all of the high schools.
In the statement, Schmidt wrote, “...We take this issue seriously and look at any bullying as an egress violation.
“Using the State report data as well as other internally gathered information,” she wrote, “our staff is working diligently to reduce and stop bullying behaviors.”
As a comparison to South Bend’s high schools, The Tribune previously reported that Mishawaka High School officials said there 37 incidents of bullying there last school year. And at Penn High School, just one incident was reported.
Traditional public schools are now required by law to submit data on bullying incidents to the state.

State Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, author of the anti-bullying legislation, told The Tribune that he and other lawmakers had been seeking such a bill since 2005.
Indiana, he said, is now No. 3 among states for the prevalence of bullying.
In all, the state’s updated report shows there were more than 10,000 incidents of bullying in Indiana schools during the 2013-14 school year.
The data collection, Porter said, promotes transparency and accountability on the part of schools.
Daniel Altman, a spokesman for the Indiana DOE, said the data will be used by the state to determine what types of resources to provide schools, based on the prevalence — and types — of bullying reported.
But Altman previously cautioned that the reporting mandate is too new to draw “broad conclusions” from the numbers. ... dadf7.html
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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:18 am

4th graders plot to kill their teacher in New York foiled by police

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Students at a school in New York plotted to kill their fourth grade a few weeks ago, but their plotting and scheming was stopped by police officials according to a police report that surfaced.

I thought stuff like this only happens to 4th graders in South Park.

By that age you should know that plotting to kill someone is not a good idea, right?

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Department said that the “suspects” (most of whom are nine-years-old) “made comments to other students that they were going to kill [the teacher] by putting antibacterial products around the classroom.”


According to the Buffalo News, the teacher is reportedly highly allergic to hand sanitizer.

“I don’t know her reaction to hand sanitizer. If it’s something like peanut butter – in some people it can kill you. Obviously these students had been made aware that this teacher was highly allergic to anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and they started talking amongst themselves because they didn’t like the teacher,” Genesee County Sheriff Chief Investigator Jerome E. Brewster told the News this week.

WGRZ-TV reported that a student at the school alerted his mom about the plot last month, who then told the school board and police. According to the network, one student interviewed for the subsequent report indicated the teacher “yells at us and that the class has problems with her.”

“As soon as the District was made aware of the students’ discussion it called in students that were thought to have knowledge of the discussions,” Elba Superintendent Jerome Piwko said in a statement released on Thursday this week as word of the police report made its rounds. “After the students were interviewed, the District contacted the Sheriff’s Department and cooperated with the Sheriff’s Deputies in their investigation of the matter. The Sheriff’s Department concluded that no crime had been committed and the matter was turned back over to the District. The District in turn has worked with the parents and students involved to address this issue. It is important to note that no one was injured or actually placed in harm’s way.”

“The District does not condone any of the behaviors that have been reported and is in the process of working alongside the Sheriff’s Department to use this incident as a vehicle for educating the District’s students regarding appropriate behaviors,” Piwko said.

“When we realized they never followed through with it and they told us they had no intention of following through, we said there was not much we can do,” Brewster, the chief investigator for Genesee County, told the Buffalo News. “We suggested they turn it over to youth court, but (the school) indicated they were going to handle it internally.” :roll: :naughty:

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Re: Violence in Schools

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:20 am

Gang Member Tells White Teacher To Stop Writing In Blue Ink

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Unbelievable. The craziness that permeates the nation’s high schools is a perfect argument for school reform and/or home schooling one’s children.

In a recent example of why we desperately school reformation, a student not only voices his displeasure with the color of blue ink the teacher uses on the white board, he erases what’s written and forces the teacher to use red ink instead. The student is an alleged member of the ‘Bloods’ street gang, whose color preference is red; blue is the chosen color of their arch-rival, the ‘Crips.’

From The Daily Mail-

The youngster was sitting in what appears to be a math class when he left his desk and approached the teacher at the front.

On the video captured by a classmate, that was obtained by Fly Height, he is then heard saying: ‘What is this?’

‘What is this?': The youngster was sitting in what appears to be a math class when he left his desk and approached the teacher at the front

Another boy joins in and asks: ‘Why it is in blue? Put it in red.’

The supposed Blood then grabs the electronic eraser from the faculty member and starts rubbing the board.

The teacher eventually obliges and starts to write in black instead.

The boy turns around and sits down saying: ‘He [is a] fool.’
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First, the student(s) is more concerned with the color of ink rather than learning what’s written in the color of ink. Second, the student has the authority; the teacher willingly concedes to the student’s color-concerned protest rather than telling him to sit his @ss back down and be quiet. Third, these are the kinds of students Eric Holder and Barack Obama don’t want disciplined because they claim black students are disproportionately punished, suspended or expelled- yet in this video, we see one reason why that is.

Sadly, classroom safety and learning take second fiddle to social and racial “justice.” ... -blue-ink/
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