OMAHA, Neb. — A Council Bluffs high school teacher has been jailed on accusations that she put a special needs student in a choke hold. According to court documents, witnesses said it isn’t the first time the teacher has done it. Donna M. Thomas, 53, turned herself into police on Tuesday after the Pottawattamie County [...]

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Three security guards watched a group of teens punch, kick and rob a 15-year-old girl in the downtown Seattle Metro bus tunnel without intervening. Security video shows the guards call for help on their radios, but they don’t go to the aid of the girl even as she is being kicked in the head. A [...]

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Two front page articles in today’s New York Times are of particular significance addressing both quality of care and expenditure. 1. “Revising Book on Disorders of the Mind” by Benedict Carey, reveals that the bipolar diagnosis for children and the prescribing of toxic antipsychotics for children will be delegitimized in the revised diagnostic manual in [...]

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TTAPR on February 9th, 2010

Ex-Youth Aide in Tennessee says false claims of abuse ruined his life. Unfortunately this is not an isolated occurance, nor is Tennessee the only state engaging in this practice.  County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.  Facilities are experiencing staff hesitancy in confronting inappropriate behaviors as staff report fear of retaliation from licensing representatives should the confrontation result [...]

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TTAPR on February 2nd, 2010

With around eight million hits for online videos of teenage girls fist fighting, Whit Johnson reports on the new trend of disputes between young girls becoming more violent. Below is a video of two teens fighting with a crowd cheering them on.  In the CBS report on girls fighting and posting the fight on the [...]

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ANOTHER STUDENT TASERED – What exactly do you expect the police to do? In a fight that made national news at a basketball game at a Pittsburgh High School, law enforcement were called to stop the violence which resulted in several arrests and one student getting tasered. In Pennsylvania, school staff are discouraged from intervening [...]

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