Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Man With Autism Left in Hot Car by Caregiver Dies
Disabled man spent more than 5-hours in car as temps soared over 150-degrees
Updated 11:21 AM EDT, Tue, Jul 27, 2010
Kevin Ricks' career as teacher, tutor shows pattern of abuse that goes back decades
Sunday, July 25, 2010
What teachers, parents, students and even his wife didn't know was that his journals contained decades of dark secrets, a running handwritten commentary of Ricks's world of obsession, infatuation, pursuit, sexual abuse and international child exploitation.
They didn't know about his library of homemade pornographic videos and explicit photographs capturing his tequila-soaked sex acts with teenage boys he had handpicked. They didn't know about the makeshift shrine boxes containing mementos of the episodes, including sex toys, soiled tissues and hair trimmings.
Even some of the victims didn't know they were victims.
A four-month Washington Post investigation of Ricks's career as a teacher, tutor, foreign exchange host and camp counselor has revealed a pattern of abuse that dates to at least 1978 and has left a trail of victims spanning the globe. But despite the abuse, Ricks moved from one teaching job to the next over nearly 30 years, navigating the nation's public and private school systems undetected, evading traps designed to catch him.
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India: Partha De "Determined to Stop the Menace of Corporal Punishment at Any Cost" with New Complaint System
July 28, 2010
(The Telegraph) Students and parents can soon complain about corporal punishment directly to the state government through SMS and email under a separate set of rules meant to ensure that teachers spare the rod.
“We are determined to stop the menace of corporal punishment at any cost. No teacher will be allowed to inflict physical and mental torture on students,” declared school education minister Partha De following a series of meetings through the day to finalise the draft of the proposed rules.
The rules, including “direct government intervention” based on complaints filed by guardians and students with the authorities, will be binding on all schools affiliated to the state board.
To read the full article, please follow the link: http://news.icbse.com/complain-corporal-punishment-email-sms-482#ixzz0v15Sjs00
Hawaii One Of Few States With No Laws Against Harassment, Bullying
POSTED: 10:14 pm HST July 27, 2010
UPDATED: 5:52 am HST July 28, 2010
The survey also found 32 percent have been hurt by messages sent by e-mail or by postings on the Internet.
JULY 28, 2010
The Nebraska Department of Education developed a technical assistance document, Developing School Policies & Procedures for Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Nebraska Schools.
The document was created to provide schools information and guidance to create or revise policies regarding use of restraint and seclusion, based on national policy directions and research.
It contains sections on developing policies and procedures on restraint and seclusion, components of policies and procedures, and examples of policies.
View the Developing School Policy & Procedures for Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Nebraska Schools technical assistance document.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
July 17--The director of the N.C. School for the Deaf in Morganton has been suspended after reports that staff members slapped a student, shoved another and held one girl face-down on the floor with a force that left bruises.
Raleigh-based Disability Rights N.C., an independent advocacy group that persuaded state officials to investigate, also said that girls at the residential school reported that a dorm director made a habit of dropping in when they were scheduled for showers and watched them on a security camera while they were in their pajamas.
On Friday, the state Department of Health and Human Services suspended the director of the school, Janet McDaniel, as it responded to allegations that she failed to act on the reports of physical abuse and let months go by before she did anything about the dorm director.
For the full article, please click the following link: http://dailyme.com/story/2010071700001905/abuse-claims-nc-school-deaf.html