TTAPR on December 27th, 2011

Two Scranton High School students allegedly involved in a fight last week have been identified by police. The students, both juveniles, will be charged next week, Police Chief Dan Duffy said Friday. They were identified one day after police became aware of a video that was posted to YouTube by Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Co. [...]

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The videos of girls and boys kicking, punching and pulling hair has become a popular trend on sites like YouTube. Most videos show the fights happening in school hallways. Whether fights are real or staged, either way they have become a trend. When “high school fight” is searched on YouTube, a drop-down menu provides at [...]

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The New York Times continued on Friday its important, but distressing, series of articles on the maltreatment of the developmentally disabled in New York State and the lack of oversight of their care in the state’s group homes. Friday’s article focused on the misuse of antipsychotic medication to restrain residents’ behavior, instead of treating their [...]

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TTAPR on December 22nd, 2011

About 11:30 p.m. Monday night, medics with the city of Fairfield were called to One Way Farm, a group home there. They were responding to a report of a juvenile male that had been assaulted. Initially, it did not appear the victim was very seriously injured. But later the victim was found to be unresponsive. [...]

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TTAPR on December 20th, 2011

Generic, cookie-cutter, anti-bullying curriculums are an ineffective substitute for student-focused engagement strategies, U.S. officials say. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, has issued a report in which bullying in schools is examined and recommendations are made for the best ways schools can provide support to bullying [...]

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The “worst of the worse” young criminals could return from state lockups to Stanislaus County under California’s projected “trigger cuts,” local authorities fear. Jill Silva, the county’s acting chief probation officer, said, “We’re not equipped to take them back.” Keeping young inmates in the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice could cost the county an extra [...]

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Calling the police should not be the trigger response any time a kid gets caught fighting at school or stealing a candy bar at the store. That was the opinion of three juvenile justice experts who met Wednesday night for a filmed conversation with N’Zinga Shani, executive director of OneWorld Progressive Institute. The panel discussed [...]

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The Prince George’s County youth detention facility where a teacher was killed last year remains plagued by assaults, security lapses, crowding and understaffing, according to a new report. Maryland’s Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit, a watchdog for the state’s youth detention centers, says assaults and disturbances at the Cheltenham Youth Facility spiked in July, August and [...]

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A woman and a fifth-grader assaulted the student’s teacher in a Silver Run School classroom after staff barred the adult from signing the child out of school, police said Thursday. Authorities charged the 22-year-old woman, Samantha Phillips of the first block of Ladow Avenue, with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal [...]

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TTAPR on December 20th, 2011

Six Marianna High School students were suspended for multiple days after a dispute over a stolen I-pad led to a scuffle in a boys’ bathroom and a disturbance in a hallway of the school last Friday. MHS Principal Mary Sue Neves said one of the two boys involved in the restroom scuffle required medical attention [...]

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