May 6th, 2011
Anti-bullying bills are ill-considered
Three anti-bullying bills are quietly moving forward in the General Assembly that would increase the likelihood of litigation against public school districts and transfer yet more parent responsibility into the hands of educators and school-board members. They may become new laws before you know it.
Liias anti-bullying and suicide prevention bill signed into law
Last week Gov. Gregoire signed Rep. Marko Liias legislation to help prevent school bullying and youth suicide. The new law creates an ongoing group to look at ways for schools to prevent harassment, as well as including mental health and suicide prevention in classroom activities.
How to raise a child who doesn't bully
With all of the media attention on young people being tormented by bullies and cyberbullies, parents may wonder what they can do to protect their children. The question they may want to ask instead is how can they prevent their child from becoming a bully.
Molly Wei, charged in Tyler Clementi case, can erase her criminal record
MIDDLESEX COUNTY— The woman charged in the invasion of privacy case involving the alleged livestreaming of an intimate encounter between Tyler Clementi and another man days before Clementi committed suicide has been accepted into a program that would allow her to erase her criminal record.
Steel Valley Teacher Investigated In 'Sexting' Probe
PITTSBURGH -- Investigators from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office are investigating a Steel Valley math teacher who is accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to students.
Man charged with sexual misconduct, child porn possession in ‘sexting’ case
A Union Township man has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of child pornography, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said. According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Gene Hopkins of the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, on Jan. 16 a girl younger than 16 reported that, while on Christmas break, she had begun texting someone she believed to be a boy at her school but was in fact that boy’s relative, James Gore.
Georgia truck driver sentenced 10 years on child exploitation charges
A truck driver from Chickamauga, Ga., who went to a Jefferson County restaurant thinking he was meeting a 14-year-old boy for sex will serve 10 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced today. Tracy Shawn Guthrie, 34, pleaded guilty in February to attempting to entice a child to engage in illegal sexual activity.