Family of 17 year-old Council Bluffs teen Dakota Escritt continues dealing with his death. A schoolmate punched Escritt during an argument at Lincoln High school September 25. His cousin, Jerrod Escritt sat in the park during the anti-bullying rally. Escritt still wears a hospital bracelet with his cousin’s name. “It could have been prevented. Our [...]

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TTAPR on October 1st, 2014

Senator Harkin’s State of Iowa – Senator Harkin is the Senator that continues to re-introduce a bill mis-named the Keeping Schools Safe Act, when the thrice failed Bill does anything but keep students safe.  Iowa, who changed school intervention policy, has experienced a 16% INCREASE in youth incarceration as a result of State policy.  The [...]

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A sophomore at Roosevelt High School is recovering Monday after being seriously beaten. The assault happened near the school’s baseball fields when a black man in his 20s punched the boy in his face knocking the student to the ground where his head hit the sidewalk with such force, it caused a seizure. Witnesses who saw [...]

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TTAPR on September 18th, 2012

Iowa schools were never in the news regarding fights in schools until the legislature started limiting teacher’s ability to maintain safety in the classroom.  Now fights are up, incarceration is up and safety is down. Police and Des Moines school officials said they were still looking into several fights involving juveniles this week. First there [...]

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TTAPR on February 8th, 2012

West Des Moines school officials say comments posted on Twitter and Facebook are behind assaults made by two students. Officials say the problem started when comments were posted online about a car accident that happened in Des Moines. Two 17-year-old students at Valley High School say they felt bullied by each other and on Thursday [...]

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In November, 2008 the Department of Education for the State of Iowa enacted a regulation banning prone restraint at its schools despite being noticed that the regulation was illegal as it violated the 5th and 14th amendment of the Constitution, Supreme Court Rulings, Federal legislation as well as state self-defense laws. Further, Iowa DOE was [...]

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A Dubuque social worker is in fair condition tonight after a teen at Hillcrest Family Services attacked him. Police say that teen tried to kill the worker. 17-year-old Jesse Shimon faces attempted murder charges. Investigators say he ran away from the treatment facility, broke into a car repair shop, stole a car and a shotgun [...]

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TTAPR on November 30th, 2010

Police said three students were arrested Monday after a lunch hour fight at Hoover High School in Des Moines. Police said Devin Hurd had an altercation with another student. They said when a staff member tried to step in to stop the fight, the staff member was assaulted. Hurd was charged with assault causing injury [...]

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TTAPR on August 27th, 2010 Iowa child protective services have been removing children from their homes at a rate twice the national average. Roughly 50,000 of the state’s 3 million residents have been placed on a “child abuse registry”. There are millions of Americans on such child protection registries in at least 45 other states that reflect the same [...]

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In an article by the Des Moines Register about 3 schools being cited for using restraint on kids is interesting not so much for the article which contains the typical talking points, but for the comments. Here’s the story in a nutshell: Complaints about the overuse of “seclusion and restraint” prompted members of the Iowa [...]

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