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Spring Valley High School police – student altercation analysis: A failure of administration and School Resource Officer (SRO) best practices

Posted by on November 2, 2015

The viral video of a South Carolina School Resource Officer (SRO) dragging a female student out of a classroom chair raises as many questions about a failure of school administration as it raises questions about school officer tactics and best practices in school-based policing. Three wrongs a disaster makes “This situation was a no-win as […]

Mom arms gay son with stun gun to confront school bullying

Posted by on May 11, 2012

An Indiana gay male high school student’s mother had a legitimate concern about her son being the victim of bullying, but she made a poor choice by arming him with a stun gun. The bully victim was apprehended by school police and subsequently expelled for brandishing the stun gun after he was reportedly confronted by […]

Gay rights bullying activist Savage accused of bullying, slams Bible

Posted by on May 3, 2012

Dan Savage, a gay rights activist and sex columnist whose “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign has included videos from President Obama and members of his Administration, is being accused of being a bully. During a speech last month at a high school journalism conference in Seattle, Savage went on a rampage in which he slammed […]

Radical Policy Shift Targets Bullying as Federal Civil Rights Issue

Posted by on August 13, 2010

Stepped up federal civil rights investigations, new federal data collection on harassment and bullying, and formal policy guidance for local school districts outlining schools’ civil rights responsibilities to protect students will be part of the Obama Administration’s Education Department assault on bullying. “Outside of this room, I am not sure that many educators and parents […]

Debunking the “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse” and “Zero Tolerance” Rhetoric – Part 1

Posted by on March 22, 2010

School Suspensions Under Fire by Civil Rights and Other Advocates  “School Suspensions Lead to Legal Challenge”  was the headline of a New York Times article on March 18, 2010.   The article highlighted a school discipline case headed to the North Carolina Supreme Court which, “…has drawn the attention of civil rights, legal aid and education groups around the […]