“Knockout” attacks have been reported in several states around the country and now investigators believe three people have been attacked in our area. Police in Lower Merion are investigating two attacks in the area, and Philadelphia detectives are investigating an attack in Northeast Philadelphia. Videos from cities around the country show people being punched and [...]

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School districts in Northeast Pennsylvania are involved in more special education litigation than any other area of the state, a Sunday Times analysis has found. The due process claims arise when a district fails to provide a student with special needs or learning disability the education required by law – and it is costing taxpayers [...]

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The school day was well under way when the fight between two boys broke out on the fourth floor of Overbrook High School: A 17-year-old walking to class was punched multiple times by a younger boy. At first, the unarmed school police officers who intervened didn’t think the incident was serious enough to summon city [...]

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Teen Fight In Safe House Caught On Tape: MyFoxPHILLY.com The video, aired by a Philadelphia news station two weeks ago, shows teenage residents at The Children’s Home in Mount Holly, PA engaged in a vicious brawl at a housing unit as counselors watch without intervening. One of the counselors appears to be standing lookout at [...]

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In March 2011 Judge Richard Caputo (Adam C. v. Scranton School District, 2011 WL 996171 (M.D. PA 2011)), ruled that the Schools knew that fights were not at all uncommon, that “kids were always getting hurt” that “there were fights every day” and “police were frequently called to the school.” The court also found that [...]

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Teen accused in Arrington shooting to be tried as an adult By LISA THOMPSON lisa.thompson@timesnews.com Larry Lemon, the 18-year-old accused of gunning down another man in front of a convenience store in January, won’t get another chance in the juvenile justice system. Judge William R. Cunningham has issued an order that rejects a defense request [...]

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