A two-year-old girl has reportedly been suspended from daycare for three days because she brought in a cheese sandwich.
The girl’s father, Randy Murray, says that he didn’t have enough time to feed his two children breakfast while trying to get them out the door one morning, so he quickly made them each a cheese sandwich so that they could eat in the car on the way to daycare.
Unbeknownst to Murray, his daughter, Faith, decided not to eat the sandwich during the ride to Centre de l'Enfant aux 4 Vente daycare and instead slipped it in her pocket to save for later.
As Murray escorted his children into the daycare facility, a staff member immediately noticed the sandwich sticking out of the toddler’s pocket. The sandwich was promptly confiscated, as the daycare has a strict policy that does not allow outside food. Murray says he completely understands why they took the sandwich away, but he didn’t expect them to suspend the two-year-old for three days.
"I thought they were joking,” recalled Murray of being told his daughter was suspended. “I was like why would I bring one kid home and be home from doing work and everything ... I'd bring them both home and that's the end of that."
The daycare defends its policy, which states that if outside food not containing peanuts is taken into the facility, the child automatically receives a mandatory three-day suspension. If the food actually contains peanuts, however, the child is permanently expelled.
"We need to ensure their well-being and safety,” said Deb Ducharme, director of the daycare. “Most parents are comfortable with our rules because it creates a safe environment for their children.”
Still, Murray says the disciplinary action taken by the school against the innocent two-year-old is over the top.
"I'm speechless,” said Murray. “I wish they had handled it differently. They freaked out. If I got a warning, I'd admit my mistake and move on. But it seems they want to penalize the parents. There's no logic to it. I'm going to the media because I think people have to speak up when something's fishy."
Murray, a graphic artist, is planning to send Faith and her brother, Michael, to another daycare.
The internet is a powerful thing. Words typed in anonymity online – whether intended to be taken seriously or not -- often bite back with real world consequences. Minnesota high school student Reid Sagehorn is finding this out the hard way.
Sagehorn has been suspended for over two months after sending out a tweet claiming to have had sexual relations with a teacher at his school. Sagehorn, a student at Rogers High School, sent out the tweet in response to a rumor on the “Rogers Confessions” page on ask.fm. Ask.fm is a popular social media site in which users – often through a veil of anonymity – ask and answer questions online.
A rumor on the site alleged Sagehorn had sexual contact with a female teacher at his school. In typical high school male bravado, Sagehorn responded to the rumor saying that “Yes, actually” he did have a sexual interaction with the teacher. Sagehorn’s claim spread quickly amongst students and didn’t take long to reach school administrators.
Police interviewed the 28-year-old teacher at the center of the rumor and found that Sagehorn’s claim was false. Rogers High School suspended Sagehorn for two months for making a false claim that had the very real ability to tarnish a teacher’s reputation and ruin her career.
The student body at Rogers High has taken to Sagehorn’s defense. They say his claim was just a joke and that his suspension is an overreaction. What’s worse, the students are directing much of their anger at the teacher involved in the rumor, as if she somehow contributed to Sagehorn’s suspension.
Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen spoke to the Star Tribune recently about Sagehorn’s comment and the student body’s protests.
“It’s like screaming ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater or ‘I have a bomb’ on an airplane,” Beahen said. “If you say something on a very public forum, there are consequences. This young, innocent teacher is the victim here…no one seems to care about the teacher … and that’s a sad experience. She’s, frankly, being bullied and harassed by students.”
Elk Area River Schools Superintendent Mark Bezek defended the teacher as well.
“The teacher involved, she did absolutely nothing wrong,” he said. “In the cyberworld, she’s getting crucified. Our staff members wonder: ‘Is this going to happen to me?’”
Police Chief Beahen says that in addition to his suspension, Sagehorn may face criminal charges. Since the teacher would be committing a crime if she had enagaged in sex with Sagehorn, his claim that she did so is a false criminal accusation.
“That’s a crime,” Beahen said.
Sagehorn may face either felony or misdemeanor charges for his comment. For a felony charge, Beahen said, “You have to prove intent, that the accused was fully aware that harm would occur.”
A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge could apply if prosecutors decide not to pursue the felony charge. Beahen says the county attorney will decide which route to take following an investigation.
Superintendent Bezek says the ordeal serves as a warning to students to take their online conduct seriously. He called the internet a powerful thing that “can also cause so much harm. We’ve just given it to them without the proper training. You don’t let a kid drive a car, shoot guns without the proper training.”
One teen’s controversial suspension at a Texas high school has angered people all over the country after news of it spread like wildfire on social media.
18-year-old Chris Tumax was in lunch at Rudder High School when he suddenly heard his special needs friend yelling behind him. When Tumax turned around, he saw his friend being tormented by some other students.
"I turned around and saw he was being harassed," said Tumax to KBTX. “I told the guys to be quiet and leave him alone.”
Shortly after, Tumax says he was called down to speak with school officials and was told he was being given one day’s suspension. Officials said that they were basing their decision off surveillance video of the incident, and, according to what they could see, Tumax was the aggressor in the situation because he stepped towards the bullies. The school officials made that decision without any context and didn’t even listen to the accounts of other students.
"They had to base it off what they saw in the cameras," said Tumax. "They saw me go forward, and that's the reason I got suspended."
Following Tumax’s suspension, his fellow students took to social media to demand that school officials reverse his suspension.
“Okay BISD, suspending a boy for sticking up for a special needs kid that was being bullied? you have a huge mess to clean up. #FreeTumax,” wrote Twitter user @heartificial.
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Wallis also took to Twitter, but instead of defending Tumax’s actions, Wallis made clear that it was a private matter.
"I appreciate the messages today, I do read them,” tweeted Wallis. “Please remember student discipline issued by a campus is a confidential matter."
An official school statement echoed the same sentiment and reminded people that they could not discuss the matter publicly.
"Individual student discipline is tied to confidential student records," the statement said. "Regardless of the circumstances surrounding any one event, by law the district cannot comment. These privacy boundaries are put in place to protect students and their confidential information."
Tumax says he is not angry with school officials for suspending him, but he does make clear that if he was faced with the same situation again, he would stand up for his bullied friend every time.
"My message is, go out and help somebody," said Tumax. "If you see it, don't hesitate, don't be scared. We're all human, we all need help, and we all have demons that we're fighting with."
According to reports, the suspension will not go on the student’s permanent record.
Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad volunteer Stephen Sawyer admits he broke the rules when he transported a 4-year-old who was having seizures to the hospital. That's not the problem — the rules are the problem.
When EMT and squad leader Sawyer received a call on Dec. 11 around 11 a.m. at the Webster Street headquarters about a 4-year-old having seizures, a paramedic was dispatched and a call for an ambulance placed, reports Times Herald-Record.
Finding an available ambulance proved difficult. After 15 minutes, Sawyer decided he could not wait any longer.
Squad rules state that an ambulance driver must be over the age of 21. Sawyer is 20, with experience driving ambulances for Mobile Life. He ignored the squad rule and drove nearly 5 miles, picked up the child and his mother, and the paramedic and got them to Ellenville Regional Hospital without any problems occurring.
That is, until he was awakened later that night by his squad captain asking about the incident.
"I wouldn't have been able to sleep at night or go to school knowing there's a 4-year-old suffering," Sawyer said to Times Herald-Record.
Sawyer was called to appear before Ellenville squad's seven-member board of directors. The board's decision was 4-3 against Sawyer resulting in a 60-day suspension, revoking of his title on the communications committee and his title as advisor from the Youth Squad.
Shocked by the decision, Sawyer grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and immediately tendered his resignation.
Comments are pouring in about the incident on social media channels and they show support for Sawyer while criticizing the board's actions, according to Newsday.
For what it's worth, the decision was reportedly not only dictated by this one incident. It was a "culmination of different incidents" in which he violated policies and bylaws as well as other aspects of the call on Dec. 11, said John Gavaris, a captain and board member for Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad. Gavaris would not elaborate further.
A high school student in Duluth, Georgia has been suspended from school for one year after he was caught on surveillance camera hugging a teacher.
17-year-old Sam McNair won’t be able to graduate on time and will be forced to forfeit a full athletic scholarship because of the incident that school officials say violated their sexual harassment policy.
The surveillance video shows McNair walking up behind his teacher, wrapping his arms around her, and hugging her with his head behind her neck. The teacher claims that McNair’s cheeks and lips gently touched the back of her neck and her cheek, but McNair says that’s not true.
"Something so innocent can be perceived as something totally opposite," said McNair.
The school found McNair guilty of violating their sexual harassment code, but McNair’s mother April says that they are a family of “huggers” and what he did was completely innocent. April says that she was never notified of the situation before the school suspended her son and that they shouldn’t have jumped to suspension right off the bat.
"He's a senior. He plays football and was getting ready for lacrosse and you're stripping him of even getting a full scholarship for athletics for college," said April McNair.
Sam McNair says he hugs most of his teachers and thinks being disciplined so harshly for showing someone else affection is wrong.
"You know what someone's going through,” said McNair. “A hug might help,"
The school would apparently not comment on the specific incident, but did say that a lot of factors are taken into consideration when determining how to discipline a student.
Remember the 6-year-old boy who was suspended from school for innocently kissing a female classmate on the hand? After Opposing Views reported on the incident just a couple of days ago, the story spread through the media like wildfire.
People all over appeared to be outraged that a boy as young as Hunter Yelton could have something like sexual harassment placed on his permanent school record for doing something that so many young children do.
Internet user David Conlin commented on a Metro article: “I truly thought this was one of those joke articles, then I realised [sic] the only joke is the school. For the first time in my life, I’m lost for words at such stupidity.”
It should come as no surprise that people even tried to blame it on President Obama. Wall Street Journal writer James Taranto published an article just yesterday calling 6-year-old Yelton the “littlest casualty in the way on men” and went on to describe how President Obama is to blame for all of this, saying that the “buffoons” in the school district are “following orders from Washington.”
With all of the anger that this story brought about, it was just a matter of time before the Colorado school that suspended Yelton for the alleged “sexual harassment” started damage control, and just two days after Opposing Views’ initial report, the school has apparently had a change of heart.
According to a CNN report, the Canon City Schools Superintendent Robin Goody met with Hunter Yelton’s parents last night, after an intense few days of harsh media scrutiny and negative publicity, to tell them that they would be changing the boy’s record to “misconduct” from “sexual harassment.”
This news should make many people around the world happy, but the mother of the young girl that was kissed by Yelton isn’t thrilled. She says that her daughter didn’t want the boy kissing her and that the multiple attempts to do so without her permission caused her daughter distress.
“I’ve had to coach her about what to do when you don’t want someone touching you, but they won't stop,” said Jade Masters-Ownbey, mother of the young girl kissed by Yelton.
Even though Yelton will not have to continue school with the words “sexual harassment” hanging over his head, the story has sparked a much larger debate regarding the standards of discipline in American schools.
A middle school student in Crosby, Texas posted a “kill list” online with the names of a dozen peers, and the parents of the children on the list are saying that the boy won’t face any charges because his father is a Harris County deputy.
“Does that have anything to do with it? If it was another child, would they have taken him in?” asked the mother of one of the targeted children.
“He listed names,” claimed another mother. “My son was one of them. [He said] that he wanted to hurt them and by hurt, he meant kill. I don’t want him to be back on campus with my kid or any other kid. He’s a danger to himself and other students.”
The Harris County District Attorney’s office chose not to press charges against the 13-year-old boy, saying that a thorough investigation was done to look into the matter and it was determined that the facts of the case led them to the decision. Harris County Precinct 3 maintains that the boy’s father had nothing to do with the decision.
The “kill list” was discovered after an online conversation between the boy and a female classmate on Facebook circulated.
The boy is currently suspended from school, and parents of the targeted children say they aren’t sure when or even if he will return.
Middle School Students in Oregon Claim School Took Away Their Cell Phones and Deleted Videos of Incident
Parents and students at RA Brown Middle School in Hillsboro, Oregon are demanding answers after some students say their smartphones were taken away and videos of an incident between a student and teacher were destroyed.
It all started on Friday morning when students caught a confrontation between a student and teacher on camera before class started. The student involved in the incident had refused to take his hat off after teachers asked him to, and that’s when the situation escalated. The student began to get angry while the teachers tried to grab him and escort him out, and eventually, the student was arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment and was suspended from school.
Immediately following the incident, teachers gathered all the kids that caught the incident on video and collected the cell phones. Students claim that the school went into the phones to delete the videos and check their messages to see if they sent the video to anybody else.
“She grabbed my phone and said I’m going to have to hold onto this for a while,” claimed student Khloey Summers. “When I opened the recent applications after I got my phone back all of my messaging and photos were open, which meant they were on it when they got my phone.”
Just as the school was about to delete the video, the girl’s mother stepped in.
“Clearly I don’t feel like my daughter did anything wrong,” said Summer’s mother Melissa Siegel. “I feel like her rights were violated by going through her phone and text messages. As a parent that’s my job.”
“They went through everything,” said RA Brown student Trinity Caudle. “When I went through my recent apps, everything was open. Even Instagram was open, which I know because I close my phone apps. And basically they lied to all of our parents about it.”
As multiple children continue to come forward with the same claims, the school denies any wrongdoing.
“That’s just not what happened,” said school district spokeswoman Beth Graser. “The staff did not delete video from any of the phones, but the students were asked to do that voluntarily.”
“I was assured that things were not deleted without students’ knowledge, that protocols were followed in terms of getting in touch with all the parents to let them know what had happened and that there was conversation about the taking of the video,” said Graser.
On Monday, Dr. Koreen Barreras-Brown, RA Brown Middle School principal, had teachers read an email from over the weekend to students informing them that the school’s allowance of cell phone use before and after school and during lunch has been amended.
The email read:
Due to a large scale and inappropriate use of cell phones on Friday, all electronic sound and voice devices will be “off and away” at all times. There is no longer an option for teacher discretion in classrooms or use during lunch. Please see BMS handbook or HSD district policy for more details. Feel free to come see me in person if you have any questions. Ms. Torres will send you a Monday home room lesson to reinforce “off and away” and the consequences for not following this expectation. Thanks for understanding the importance of keeping BMS a safe and healthy learning environment for staff and students. Enjoy your weekend.
Last month, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied by a group of girls at her school. Now, two girls who were directly involved have been arrested as well as suspended from school.
Katelyn Roman, 12, and Guadalupe Shaw, 14, are not allowed back at school after their recent arrests. Reports show that the girls stalked and tormented Sedwick, and eventually, she had enough. Sedwick was found after to jumping to death at an old cement plant in Lakeland, Florida on her way to school.
Now, Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez is apparently defending Roman in court and says that Roman is not responsible for Sedwick’s suicide, regardless of the fact that she bullied the tortured girl.
"I'm not saying that Katelyn didn't have disagreements with Rebecca, but to take it to another level and tell them they're responsible for the death of a 12-year-old? I think that's too far," said Baez to HLN.
Both Sedwick and the two girls who are accused of bullying her come from “disturbing” family situations. In the middle of all of this, Shaw’s mother Vivian Vosburg was arrested after a video of her beating a young boy popped up online. Police describe the family life of the girl’s as comparable to a Jerry Springer episode.
Shaw seems to not show any remorse for the bullying and suicide, posting a tweet online that read, “Yes IK I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF”. That translates to, “Yes, I know I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself, but I don’t give a f**k.”
Roman, however, appears to be showing some remorse, after telling published Facebook chats show that she feels she is responsible in some way.
"Why does everything have to f**k up,” she wrote to someone on Facebook. “I feel like Rebecca's dead 'cause of me. If only I could say sorry…I just wish this never happened, like we never were friends or any of that. I'm just so sad. I wish I could take it all back. I feel so bad for beating her up."
Katelyn Roman (left), 12, and Guadalupe Shaw (right), 14, have been arrested and suspended from school for bullying that led to Rebbeca Sedwick's suicide. (Source: Daily Mail)
Cleveland Police Suspend 63 Officers After High Speed Chase Led to Shooting Death of Two Unarmed Suspects
A high-speed chase in Cleveland that led to the shooting death of two unarmed people last year has resulted in major consequences for the police officers involved.
Police officials announced that 63 officers would be suspended for their involvement in the incident. The 63 suspended do not include the 13 officers who actually fired 137 rounds at Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell near a middle school last November. The 63 officers, however, were found to have not followed procedure and, according to Chief Michael McGrath, had to be disciplined.
“Under a stressful, tactful situation,” said McGrath, “it’s more important to follow your rules and procedures than ever before, or you may have some type of chaos or problems.”
The suspensions of the 63 officers will total 178 days, with the longest for one officer being 10 days.
The chase, which happened on November 29th, lasted 25 minutes, as Russell and Williams led police through various parts of Cleveland. It eventually ended near an East Cleveland middle school when 13 of the 104 officers at the scene shot a total of 137 fatal rounds at Russell and Williams. Neither of them had weapons on them or in their vehicle, and that, officials say, is where the problem lies.
The disciplinary action is to be taken in three phases. The first stage included the firing of one supervisor, demotion of two, and suspension of nine others. The second phase involves the suspension of the 63 officers who didn’t follow procedure during the incident, and the third phase will deal with the 13 officers who actually fired the fatal rounds.
Chief McGrath says that the department will be changing the way it trains supervisors starting next year, as well as having other programs in place to deal with the potential for situations like this.