Thoughts to Ponder

Do something or sit down and be quiet!

I have taken a lot of heat in the past for my stance on public education. I have had Christian teachers complain that I don't understand. I have had people tell me that not all schools are the same, etc… I have been told that people keep their children in public school to be a light in the darkness; a witness to a world that is perishing. But I remain steadfast in my belief that we are sacrificing our children on the altar of public education.

Churches have youth programs that would be right at home on MTV, with coffee areas made to look like adult bars. They don't equip the kids to be missionaries in their schools, they often don't even equip them to know God personally. They teach the same feel good gospel the parents are getting in the main church services.

I believe it is a God given responsibility of every parent to do what they can to protect their children, physically, mentally and spiritually. I just can't understand why parents can't see the danger that their kids face in all three of these areas in the public schools.

One of the Christian organizations whose e-mail list I am on is running a campaign to convince Christian parents to keep their kids home from school on the 18th of April. The reason is that the 18th is the day that the homosexual/transgender organizations have their "Day of Silence" where students and teachers refuse to speak to show their support for these perverted lifestyles. The following quote is taken from the official Day of Silence website:

DAY OF SILENCE, April 18, 2007: The Day of Silence is an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Students and teachers nationwide will observe the day in silence to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. In it's 11th year, the Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country.

Here is a quote about the campaign to get Christian parents to keep their children home:

(CNSNews.com) - A national pro-family coalition is calling on parents to keep their children home from school on April 18 to avoid the annual "Day of Silence," when some students and faculty members remain mute to "protest the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth."

"Teenagers deserve an opportunity to study English, history, math and science -- without being subjected to pro-homosexual proselytizing sanctioned by school authorities," said Linda Harvey, president and founder of the conservative group Mission America, in a news release.

Now on the surface this sounds good, but I have a problem with it. Why would a Christian want to send their child to this same school on the 19th or the 20th? What has changed? Nothing, the same teachers and students that participated in this event will be there the next day and the day after. Why doesn't this organization recommend that Christian parents get their children out of these schools?

If you aren't willing to protect your children from these points of view and indoctrination on a daily basis, then just keep quiet and allow them to pollute your children on the 18th also, what is one more day?

The organization that promotes this Day of Silence claims this is the largest 'student' led event in the country, but how can it be a student led event if the teachers participate in it? It can't truly be, since a teacher can't teach without talking, so by the very fact that the teacher doesn't speak they are leading the event at least in their classroom. Also any school that allows a teacher not to speak on this day is part of this event in an official capacity. Would any other employer allow an employee refuse to speak to their customers on this day? I doubt it.

This is just one example of what is happening to children in our public schools. They are being indoctrinated into a secular, sinful worldview. Not only that, but they aren't getting much of an education either.

Dramatic evidence of poor output quality of high schools > > "of the 12 California state university colleges, 60% of students need remediation; a Florida study showed at least 70% of recent high school graduates need remedial courses when they enter community college - - in other words, they need to learn material they should have mastered in public high school - but did not - - costing an extra $59 million per year." Source: USA Today, pg. 14A, November 24, 1997.

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CLIFTON - Disturbed by a report that nearly half of Ohio high school graduates took remedial courses in college in 2002, the Ohio Board of Regents on Thursday vowed to take steps to attack the problem. (quoted from: http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/22/loc_regents22.html)

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Only one-third of students leave high school at least minimally prepared for college, and the proportion is much smaller for black and Hispanic students. Among those who persevere to college, 35 to 40 percent require remedial courses in reading, writing or mathematics. The courses are intended to address academic deficiencies and to prepare students for subsequent college success.

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Some states, such as Connecticut and Arizona, officially do not allow remedial education at public institutions, and several institutions have chosen to expel students who have severe academic deficiencies. For example, during the fall of 2001, the California State University system "kicked out more than 2,200 students-nearly seven percent of the freshman class-for failing to master basic English and math skills," according to a 2002 Los Angeles Times article by Rebecca Trounson. (quoted from: http://www.highereducation.org/crosstalk/ct0405/voices0405-long.shtml)

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The National Center for Education Statistics reports that one in 10 freshmen and sophomores enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities takes at least one remedial course. Those are high school level classes in basic subjects such as writing and math, teaching material that should have been mastered in high school or earlier. Some remedial math classes, for instance, are at the second- or third-grade level. (quoted from the Stanford School of Education Website)

Home schooling can be intimidating for many parents, but what are the alternatives? Private school? That is certainly an option if you can find a good one and can afford it. Or of course you can keep your child in public school and hope for the best, doing extra work if you want them to go to college. But that is only the educational part of it, how do you get them to unlearn the things that affect their soul?

My wife and I decided to home school our daughter when she got to high school. Before that she attended a charter school which does not have to abide by the same guidelines that the other public schools do. We felt she was getting a good education in the charter school and although it was not a Christian school they had a moral focus committee made up of teachers and parents that were mostly Christians who decided what values the children were taught.

We love our daughter and want her to have a good education, but more than we want that, we want her soul protected. I would rather have her work at MacDonald's for 30 years and spend eternity in heaven than work as a doctor or lawyer and spend eternity in hell. Yes home schooling is intimidating, but the rewards are great too.

How much is too much? Many parents claim that their schools are different, but are they? Yes there are many good teachers out there that work hard and truly care about the children and even many Christian teachers, but none of that changes the fact that the school system as a whole is defunct. While researching for this article it was all too easy to come up with case after case of school after school that had problems. I hope you will read the rest of the article which is nothing but quotes from around the country and decide for yourself when enough is enough and it is time to take your children out of the world's educational system and educate them in a soul safe environment.

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Child Carried Toy Gun 'For Protection'

A child who brought a realistic replica of a gun to school told a teacher she needed it "for protection," police said. Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the third-grader took the authentic-looking replica of a German Luger pistol, which she apparently thought was real, with her Monday because she knew her older brother would not be able to walk her home from the bus stop that day. Children told a teacher about the gun, leading to police being called.

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6th Graders Have Sex in During Shop Class

A middle school in suburban Indianapolis is gaining some unwanted national attention. Two sixth graders were caught having sex in class last November, and parents didn't find out until recently. Two days after an NBC affiliate uncovered hidden facts about two Raymond Park Middle School students engaging in sexual activity during shop class, Warren Township school administrators had not commented. The report is raising questions nationwide.

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Male Teacher Charged After 70 Sexual Encounters with Student

Fond du Lac, WI - Cash bail of $5,000 was established Tuesday when high school teacher Michael Burman made his initial appearance in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court. Burman, 35, an English teacher at Horace Mann High School in North Fond du Lac, was formally charged with 10 counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff and 10 counts of child enticement.

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U.S. court upholds same-sex teaching to children

Boston, MA - A federal judge in Boston has dismissed a suit by two families who wanted to stop a Massachusetts town and its public school system from teaching their children about gay marriage, court documents show.

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Urbana teacher charged with molesting students

Urbana, IL - A second-grade teacher at an Urbana school, who formerly taught in the Twin Cities, has been charged with molesting three of his students. Jon Andrew White, 26, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said. The charges are Class X felonies, meaning White could face life in prison if convicted on two or more of the counts.

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Teen Cut Schoolmate's Throat With Knife

North Vernon, IN - A Jennings County High School sophomore was arrested and a freshman was hospitalized after the first student cut the other's throat during a study-hall session Monday morning, police and school officials said. The sophomore sliced the right side of the freshman boy's throat in the school's cafeteria at about 8:30 a.m., leaving a 3-4 inch cut, and then ran outside the school, officials said.

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Female Teacher Seduces Student

Brighton, CO - The arrest warrant for Carrie McCandless is for charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. She also faces a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. McCandless was a teacher at Brighton Charter High School for more than six years, but her contract was terminated last week. She is also the principal's wife.

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Teen Indicted for School Rapes and Sex Assaults

Frederick, MD - A 17-year-old boy has been indicted on charges of raping a girl and sexually assaulting three others inside Tuscarora High School in Frederick during the past two school years.

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Gilbert Middle student charged in school fight

Columbia, SC - The 13-year-old Gilbert Middle School student was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and disturbing schools after the incident Friday morning, Sheriff James Metts said in a news release. The boy, who is unidentified because of his age, is accused of pushing the other boy, who is 15, into a locker, then repeatedly punching him in the face. When the older boy fell to the ground, the younger boy is accused of kicking him in the upper torso, Metts said.

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Student: Teacher Gave Me HIV

Newark, NJ - Prosecutors want a former Newark teacher accused by a student of infecting him with the virus that causes AIDS to be tested for the disease. Hassan Vann, 29, a former music teacher at West Side High School in Newark, was indicted Thursday, accused of sexually abusing a student who now has AIDS, the Essex County prosecutor's office said. Vann faces up to 30 years in prison and 14 charges, including sexual assault and contact, official misconduct, child welfare endangerment, giving drugs and alcohol to a child and failing to notify a sexual partner that he had a sexually transmitted disease.

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High school assault investigation continues

Danvers, MA - Two more Danvers High School students, bringing the total to nine students in all, face assault and battery charges for their involvement last week in the bloody beating of a schoolmate who they claimed stole another boy's wallet, police said Monday. Police on Friday had identified seven high school boys involved in the assault of a 17-year-old Danvers High School boy, which occurred at the close of school Thursday and caused the boy to be sent to Beverly Hospital with a broken nose and other facial injuries.

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Needle Assault at High School

St. Albans, VT - Ava Staples walked down the hallway at BFA St. Albans between second and third periods when the junior felt a prick in her arm. "He just walked up and stabbed me with a needle and said you now have Hepatitis," said Staples.

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Kettering School Principal Pleads No Contest In Assault Case

Kettering, OH - Authorities said a local elementary school principal pleaded no contest in connection with an assault case. Police said Timothy Johnson punched a woman in the face at a February concert at the Nutter Center. Johnson is principal at Greenmont Elementary School.

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Guilty Plea In Marin Principal Pellet Gun Shooting

San Rafael, CA - A Lagunitas man has pleaded guilty to shooting his former Sir Francis Drake High School principal in the hand with a pellet gun during graduation ceremonies in June. William Washburn Castle, 18, faces up to three years in state prison or a year in the county jail and a $2,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 30 in Marin County Superior Court.

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Former Teacher Arrested For Child Sex Abuse

Baltimore, MD - Baltimore County Police have arrested Stanley Virgil Ashman, 60, for allegedly sexually abusing a fourteen-year-old girl in 1973. Now, the police are asking any other possible victims to come forward. The abuse took place for approximately three years from 1973 through 1975 while Ashman taught at the Park School in the 2400-block of Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD.

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Coach Indicted In Dublin Lacrosse Sex Case

Dublin, OH - Dublin police said they were notified of the alleged assault after a boy on the team was "forcibly raped on a charter bus," NBC 4 reported. According to the report, players witnessed the alleged assault, each saying that a coach used a black glove to sexually assault another player.

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Students Arrested After Videotape Of Fight Surfaces On MySpace.com

Puyallup, WA - Two students were arrested after an alleged assault of an Emerald Ridge High School student was videotaped and posted on MySpace.com. The video showed two high school students attacking a classmate while another student video taped the fight with a night vision lens.

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No sexual assault charges for Sierra Vista basketball player

Las Vegas, NV - A judge says there is not enough evidence to find a Sierra Vista High School basketball player guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow teammate. The 17 year old student was being tried as a juvenile in family court. The alleged assault happened back in February in the school's locker room. Players described the incident as mere hazing. However, the victim painted a different story. In the end, the judge says there wasn't enough evidence presented to prove "penetration". He did however find the teen delinquent of open and gross lewdness as well as battery.

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Boonton, NJ - Three Boonton High students were arrested last week on assault charges after they allegedly struck, punched and tried to strangle a 14-year old classmate near the school. A 15-year old male student was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly struck the victim in the head with a wooden stick, causing a cut which required medical attention, Capt. Curt James said.

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Teachers Accused Of School Sex Quit

Tampa, FL - Two middle school teachers resigned after students reported seeing them having sex in a classroom, according to a school investigation. Frances J. Sepulveda, 30, and Bryant J. Wilburn, 29, turned in their resignations last month after two students at Coleman Middle School in Tampa reported they saw the teachers having sex. The classroom door was locked and a window was covered with paper, but a boy and a girl told school officials they could see inside.

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Boy, 14, arrested in school assault

Edison, NJ - A 14-year-old Herbert Hoover Middle School student was arrested on assault and weapons charges Thursday after threatening a 13-year-old fellow student with what the victim's mother described as a 7-inch combat knife. Police said the 10:55 incident took place in a second-floor boys bathroom, where the older boy pushed the 13-year-old against a wall, brandished a silver knife and demanded his money.

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Police join Monrovia school sex misconduct investigation

Indianapolis, IN - At least 15 girls at the school allege that several sixth-grade boys performed lewd acts in front of them. Superintendent Paul Kaiser says the school is in contact with all concerned parents and is continuing its investigation.

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Weapons Underreported at High Schools, Audit Finds

Rochester, NY - Charlotte High School failed to report 31 incidents involving weapons to the State Education Department in 2003-04, according to a state audit. The school reported 8 of 39 incidents documented in school records.

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Alleged Sex Assault Victim Testifies In Teacher/Coach's Hearing

Madison, WI - An 18-year-old Cambridge High School student took the stand in Jefferson County Court on Monday and gave an emotional account of how she said she was sexually assaulted by her former teacher.

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Sex, booze & silence

Tecumseh, MI - At Tecumseh track coach's wild parties, he arranged alcohol, porn and girls for his athletes. It took years for him to be prosecuted. Why?

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1st- and 2nd-grade boys sexually assault girl

St. Louis, MO - Twelve boys in the first and second grade at a St. Louis elementary school are accused of sexually assaulting a second-grade girl during recess, authorities said Tuesday. One teacher who was supposed to be supervising the recess has been fired, and another suspended with pay, school superintendent Creg Williams said.

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Asst. Principal Accused Of Telling Student To Videotape Sex

Deland, FL - Prosecutors say an assistant principal at DeLand High School tried to get a student to videotape herself having sex. The state attorney said Tyrone Tinsley also asked two girls to have sex with each other.

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Student Plotting Washington School Shooting Charged

Puyallup, WA - A 16-year-old student accused of plotting to shoot people at Rogers High School, then kill himself "to finally go out in a blaze of hatred and fury" has been charged with first-degree attempted assault.

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North Pole Unnerved by Alleged Plot to Kill Students

North Pole, AK - The arrests of six boys accused of planning a campus massacre has gripped this small Alaska town with an unsettling epiphany - if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

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Cops: Kansas School Shooting Foiled After MySpace Messages Intercepted

Riverton, KS - Five teenage boys accused of plotting a shooting rampage at their high school on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre were arrested Thursday after a message authorities said warned of a gun attack appeared on the Web site MySpace.com.

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Teacher charged for giving student 'wedgie'

Albany, NY - A charter school teacher in Albany is out of the classroom and in the courtroom. Police say Mark Holley gave a 10-year-old New Covenant student a wedgie during a summer school program sometime between July and August 2005.

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Teachers Suspended After 'Inappropriate Acts' On Bus

Lorain, OH - Three teachers investigated after "inappropriate acts" on a bus last week during a field trip have been suspended without pay for three days, according to a Lorain City Schools news release. Eight students, who are 12 to 13 years old, confessed to participating in ''inappropriate behavior'' on the back of the bus during the field trip.

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Swampscott girl arrested for school attack

Boston, MA - One female high school student was taken out of school in handcuffs and a second girl was treated at the hospital after an assault at Swampscott High School early Tuesday afternoon. A 16-year-old female was arrested at the high school Tuesday on numerous charges including assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing a public assembly.

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Activists beseech HISD officials to safeguard students

Houston Chronicle, TX - Concerned about two recent sexual assaults on school campuses, minority community activists urged HISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra on Wednesday to take more aggressive steps to safeguard students. Saavedra, who has held the top post in the state's largest school district for 15 months, needs to add officers, ask for community help to patrol campuses and make sure the public receives accurate information about campus crimes, activists said.

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School board OKs teacher's return to classroom after sex change

Eagleswood Township, NJ - To the students at Eagleswood Elementary School, she used to be Mr. McBeth. Now, after undergoing a sex change, 71-year-old Lily McBeth is ready to return to teaching. Despite criticism from leery parents, the Board of Education on Monday stood by its decision to allow McBeth to resume working as a substitute teacher "Miss McBeth."

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Teacher denies she had sex with student

Tallahassee, FL - Elaine Turner, an exceptional-education teacher, denies having sex with one of her Wakulla High students as alleged by investigators who said the student admitted to a relationship. The investigation also shows that Turner and the student made more than 101 calls to each other after school. Turner, 36, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual assault. Qunikiya Thomas, 24, a teacher's aide and former substitute teacher, also was arrested on the same charges following an investigation into her relationship with another Wakulla High student.

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Ferndale teacher charged with assault

Ferndale/Berkley Mirror, MI - Patricia Brown, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Ferndale, faces a preliminary exam at 11 a.m. on Thursday March 2 after being arraigned on assault and battery charges at Ferndale's District Court Tuesday afternoon. Lt. Norm Raymond said Brown surrendered to police Tuesday with her attorney, Clarence Bradfield, after a mother of a student at Roosevelt Elementary told school officials that Brown had assaulted her 6-year-old son. Bradfield could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning

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Ex-teacher charged with sex assault

Charlotte, NC - Huntersville Police arrested a retired middle school teacher Tuesday on several sexual assault charges after they say he allegedly had sex with a 12-year-old male student. District officials say Jimmie Vance Grubbs, 66, was a language arts teacher at Bradley Middle School for two years before retiring in August. The school district learned of Grubbs' arrest Wednesday morning. Grubbs, who lives

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Teen arrested after school assault

Wayne County, DE - Trash talking prompted a Westland middle school student to assault another student, a teacher, an assistant principal and a police officer, officials said Thursday. The 14-year-old spent Wednesday night in the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility after being arrested at Adams Middle School that afternoon. Westland Police Officer Joe Bobby was dispatched to the school at 33475 Palmer Road at about 1:30 p.m. after someone reported that an out-of-control student was trashing a classroom.

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Assault probe continues into BHS beating

Baldwin, KS - Douglas County Attorney Charles Branson has not yet determined whether charges will be filed against a 16-year-old Baldwin High School student who allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old schoolmate in the cafeteria Feb. 3. A tape of the incident was not turned over by BHS administrators until Wednesday morning. "We do have the video tape from the school," said Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna. "I will be taking it to the DA today."

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The Heteroflexible, Pansensual, Bi-Curious Teenager? The Fast Lane in the American High School

New York, NY - Teenage sexuality has been a perpetual concern for parents--and for good reason. In our own times, American teenagers have unprecedented opportunities to experiment sexually and they are bombarded with cultural messages that encourage sexual experimentation and promiscuity. In a very real sense, the chickens have come home to roost as this nation faces the inevitable result of a breakdown in sexual morality. A shocking portrait of the new shape of teenage sexual activity is provided in a cover story published in the February 6, 2006 edition of New York. In "Love and the Ambisexual, Heteroflexible Teen," Alex Morris introduces us to the "cuddle puddle" of New York City's Stuyvesant High School. Brace yourselves--this is a shocking form of reality therapy.

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Ex-school worker gets 3 years for sex assault

Madison, WI - A former DeForest school employee who is currently serving a jail term for stealing thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment from the school was sentenced to prison for three years Tuesday for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old boys. Dane County Circuit Judge James Martin also ordered Kevin Teed, 24, to serve eight years of extended supervision as part of the sexual assault sentence, as well as 20 years probation.

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Metro Investigating Reported Assault at Sierra Vista H.S.

Las Vegas, NV - Metro Police are confirming to Eyewitness News that they are conducting a sexual assault investigation at Sierra Vista High School. The investigation is of a reported rape and involves players on the school's basketball team. This incident reportedly happened last week in a locker room at Sierra Vista. Metro says a member of the school's boys basketball team may have been sexually assaulted by as many as five other team members.

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Teacher charged with assault on 4th grader

Lafayette, TN - Deborah Sharpe, a 4th grade school teacher at Westside Elementary School, was arrested and charged with one count of assault Wednesday, February 1, by Detective Bill Cothron with the Macon County Sheriff's Department. Sharpe, 52, of Lafayette, has been a school teacher for approximately 20 years. The 4th grader, a student of Sharpes, told another teacher of the alleged incident. "On December 8th, an official complaint was filed to Mike Prock, Director of Schools by the child's mother," said Westside School Principal David Flynn. "The complaint, by the parent, contained information that a teacher [Sharpe] had alleged to have assaulted a minor child." After the official complaint was filed, the child was immediately removed from the classroom. This type of complaint is immediately turned over to the Department of Children's Services Special Investigation Unit. They began the official investigation. "The school has received no official findings or statements from DCS," said Flynn. "I spoke with Sheriff Joe Ferguson and I am aware that she [Sharpe] has been arrested."

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School assault fix in works

Wasilla, AK - MARY AMES/Frontiersman reporter A local school assault that ended with a slap on the wrist for the perpetrator now has a state-level profile that may lead to tougher laws governing such attacks. A secretary at Pioneer Peak Elementary School testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week about her less-than-pleasant experiences at work, hoping to help pass new legislation. An angry parent assaulted Toni Hartley last May after Hartley, in accordance with school district policy, asked to see some identification before she released a student to the woman.

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The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High School

New York, NY - Researchers find it shocking that 11 percent of American girls between 15 and 19 claim to have same-sex encounters. Clearly they've never observed the social rituals of the pansexual, bi-queer, metroflexible New York teen.

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Student injured in fight

Woodbury, NJ - An unidentified West Deptford High School student suffered a broken collarbone after "intervening" in a fight between two other students on Monday, police said. The fight broke out behind the football stadium shortly after noon on Monday -- a half-day at the school, according to Police Chief James Mehaffey. The two students in the original fight were not injured.

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Teens Say They Performed Oral Sex For $10

Female students were being paid for sex at the high school where two boys assaulted a developmentally disabled classmate in the auditorium, a social worker claims in a police report. The social worker learned of the situation through a girl who said she had been paid to have sex with boys at Mifflin High School, according to the report obtained by The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday.

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HS Student Accused Of Sexual Assault Reassigned

The North Side Independent School District Police Department has reassigned an O'Connor High School student accused of sexually assaulting a female student on the school campus last week. Northside spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said as soon as the district was
notified of the allegation, officials contacted the parents of the students involved.

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Teacher hurt in second fight at LHS in three days

A Longview High School teacher was injured breaking up a student fight Wednesday, two days after three other teachers were hurt in a student brawl. Police arrested two 16-year-old girls and charged them with assault of a public servant after teacher Deborah Conrad tried to break up a fight in a classroom above the cafeteria.

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Former student pleads guilty to sex assault at Hill School

A former 20-year-old male Hill School student has admitted having sexual contact with a 14-year-old female student in the school's photography studio. Vaughn Bun-camper of East 96th Street in New York City pleaded guilty in Montgom-ery County Court on Wednesday to a felony charge of statutory sexual assault and a misdemeanor charge of corruption of a minor in connection with the Feb. 18, 2005, incident.

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2 Brewster students, charged with assault, are released

Two Brewster High School students charged with assaulting two school administrators last week were released from jail yesterday after a town judge dropped their bail. The judge issued stern warnings to the boys, and told them they could end up back behind bars.

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Giles does not want PHS to ignore incident

With words like denial and cover-up, Irene Giles talks with fiery passion about what happened to her son at Petersburg High School earlier this month and how school officials are trying to ignore the incident.

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Ex-teacher waives hearing in assaults

Former Wrightstown teacher accused of having sexual contact with two students waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Outagamie County Circuit Court. Stephen C. Sherman, 29, 380 Bicentennial Court, No. 5, Kaukauna appeared before Court Commissioner Brian Figy on charges of second-degree sexual assault and sexual assault of a student by a school staff member.

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Homosexual teacher gets no jail for teen assault

For the second time this week, a homosexual teacher has been given no prison time for sexually assaulting one of his students. The latest case involves Gary Hoff, a 44-year-old former choir instructor for the Parkview School District in Orfordville, Wis.

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13-Year-Old Arrested For School Assault

Police in Fairborn said officers arrested a seventh-grade girl after they said she punched another student in school on Thursday morning. According to the superintendent, Dave Scarberry, the fight was over a cell phone. He said the girl who threw the punches could be thrown out of school.

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Ex-Teacher Sentenced For Improper Contact With Student

A Janesville man and former high school choir teacher was sentenced to three years probation on Tuesday after he pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and misdemeanor sexual assault charges. Gary Hoff, a former teacher at Parkview High School, was accused of having improper contact with a 16-year-old student. That student is now 17 years old, WISC-TV reported.

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Dearborn Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

A teacher at Fordson High School was charged with sexual conduct in the 2nd degree on Wednesday and police said two of his victims were students. 45-year-old Kalvin McCormack had been teaching for years, first at Dearborn High School and then at Fordson. He was trusted by many students and parents because he was also a wrestling coach and a youth pastor at a Dearborn church.

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Teacher investigated for 'raping' boy quits

A 29-year-old woman has resigned her teaching post in Ohio after being accused of raping a 17-year-old boy. Nicole Long, an English instructor at Ayersville High School submitted her resignation to the local education officials, after it became known she's under investigation by the Defiance County Sheriff's Office for possible charges of sexual battery involving a student.

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Woman 'has sex with boy, 12'

A California woman is the latest teacher suspected of raping a student, as 41-year old Sherry Brians is in custody for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 12-year old boy.

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2 EACS boys allegedly rape girl at school

Two Prince Chapman Academy students were arrested Tuesday on juvenile charges of rape after a student at the school reported she had been sexually assaulted by the two boys, a police report said. School officials called the Allen County Sheriff's Department Tuesday afternoon after the 14-year-old girl told school staff that the two teens told her to skip sixth period, grabbed her and took her into a locker room near the gymnasium, an Allen County Sheriff's Department report said

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High-school coach charged in teen-sex case

An Andress High School assistant boys basketball coach faces a felony charge for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old female student in a campus locker room, court documents state. Michael Pinson, 34, was arrested Friday by El Paso Independent School District police on a charge of improper relationship between an educator and student, district officials said. Pinson was released on a $50,000 bond. A man who answered Pinson's telephone declined to comment.

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A former sixth-grade teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of having sex with three juveniles. Toni Woods, 37, of Strange Creek was accused of having sexual intercourse with three juveniles a total of four times and oral sex with one of those juveniles and a fourth juvenile a total of four times, according to a criminal complaint.

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Lincoln man pleads guilty to school sex assault

Joseph Siems Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy in an Arnold Elementary School restroom in September. Siems Jr. Siems, 27, could receive up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17 by Lancaster County District Judge Karen B. Flowers. Prosecutors said Siems rode a city bus to Arnold, 5300 W. Knight Drive, Sept. 22 intent on sexually assaulting a child. He later told Lincoln Police that he hid in a stall in the boys' restroom and waited for someone to enter the room.

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Tecumseh student guilty in sex case

An 18-year-old Tecumseh High School student has pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct related to sexual assault incidents last summer involving three Tecumseh girls. David Mecum had faced three sexual conduct and three assault charges, but pleaded to the lesser offense, which could bring him up to 15 years in prison. Mecum is out on a personal recognizance bond. He will be sentenced Feb. 3 in Lenawee County District Court.

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Earlier this month, students at Carrier Mills-Stonefort Elementary School were encouraged to participate in activities designed to promote school spirit. However, during "Spirit Week," parents and community leaders were angered to learn that officials at the school not just sanctioned, but also conceived "opposite sex" dress-up day, in which the school encouraged boys and girls to come to school attired as the other gender.

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A Salisbury Middle School policy that called for students to be escorted on bathroom breaks resulted in three students being forced to answer nature's call via a soda bottle.

Excessive requests for bathroom breaks throughout the day have prompted faculty members to be more skeptical, requiring some students to be escorted.

When no one was available to escort three bathroom-eager students on Friday, their teacher had an unusual solution to the problem.

Preston Whittington said his 13-year-old nephew, an eighth-grader at the West Side school, was told to urinate into a soda bottle along with two other boys.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A principal trying to prevent walkouts during immigration rallies inadvertently introduced a lockdown so strict that children weren't allowed to go to the bathroom, and instead had to use buckets in the classroom, an official said.

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Americans better start waking up and doing something about the madness that's occurring in our nation's high schools and elementary schools. Youngsters are being subjected to left-wing propaganda and when teachers and principals are caught they start two-stepping around the issue.

For instance, a Tucson high school student is scheduled to appear before Arizona lawmakers to tell how she was forced by school officials to listen to a pro-immigrant speech by a speaker spewing left-wing propaganda to students without rebuttal.

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In Sutter, California, the only grade school there is requiring students to wear RFID badges that can track their every move. The badges introduced at Brittan Elementary School rely on the same radio frequency and scanner technology that companies use to track livestock and product inventory.

The Californians seem to take after the Japanese because authorities in Osaka use radio tags to make sure children don't go astray. Tags are affixed to students' clothes or bookbags.

The system was imposed, without parental input, by the school as a way to simplify attendance-taking and potentially reduce vandalism and improve student safety. Principal Earnie Graham hopes to eventually add bar codes to the existing ID's so that students can use them to pay for cafeteria meals and check out library books.

Each student is required to wear identification cards around their necks with their picture, name and grade and a wireless transmitter that beams their ID number to a teacher's handheld computer when the child passes under an antenna posted above a classroom door.

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NEW YORK - A school employee forced four fourth-grade boys accused of stealing a teacher's ring to strip to their underwear and jump up and down, the boys' parents alleged in a federal lawsuit Monday.

The parents said the boys were pulled from a Bronx gym class in a special education school, and taken to a private room. There, the mothers said, Julio Passaro, who worked as a liaison between parents and the school, intimidated the boys about going to jail if they didn't cooperate with the search.

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CHICAGO - Most high school students eagerly await the day they pass driver's education class. But 16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is indifferent about it.

Ramirez is blind, yet she and dozens of other visually impaired sophomores in Chicago schools are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam in order to graduate - a rule they say takes time away from subjects they might actually use.

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Montgomery County - Although Montgomery County school officials have been making controversial new teachings on sexual orientation seem as if they're optional, the reality is that all 10th-graders must take the class in question in order to graduate, officials said.

Schools chief public information officer Brian Edwards explained to The Examiner that the 18-week health course - which includes two hotly contested lessons mentioning transsexuality and bisexuality within a three-week unit on family life - is required.

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WILLIS -- School officials were silent Tuesday about a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of three pupils, accusing the Willis school district of refusing to allow children to carry or read the Bible.

The lawsuit, filed in Houston, alleges that a teacher at Lynn Lucas Middle School pulled two sisters from class after discovering that they were carrying Bibles and threatened to have them picked up by child-welfare authorities.

Another teacher told a pupil he was not allowed to read the Bible during free reading time and forced him to put it away, the lawsuit alleges. The boy also was required to remove a Ten Commandments book cover from another book, the lawsuit states.

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PHILADELPHIA - A 10-year-old boy who said he was not allowed to wear a Jesus costume during his school's Halloween activities sued the district, alleging that his religious and free-speech rights were violated.

The complaint, filed in federal court Tuesday, says officials at Willow Hill Elementary School in Glenside told the boy Oct. 31 that he could not wear his faux crown of thorns or tell others he was dressed as Jesus.

The principal, Patricia Whitmire, told the boy's mother that the costume violated a policy prohibiting the promotion of religion, according to the lawsuit. Whitmire suggested that the fourth-grader, whose costume also included a robe, identify himself as a Roman emperor, the suit states.

While the boy's costume was rejected because of its religious nature, the principal allowed other students to dress up as witches and devils, according to the lawsuit.

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