September 18, 2014
WE'VE JUST passed Week 2 of the NFL season, and the X's and O's have been overshadowed by the V's and A's - that is, violence and abuse charges. Week 1 of the season gave us the continuing debate over Ray Rice, domestic violence and the NFL. Week 2 gives us the debate over Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, and charges of child abuse involving the use of a tree limb to "whip" his 4-year-old son to discipline him. My first observation...
September 16, 2013
Success in numbers I had to smile while reading about Andrew Jackson School in South Philadelphia, where teachers expressed consternation at having to deal with classes of 32 to 36 students. In the mid- to late 1950s, I attended a Philadelphia parochial school where class size regularly approached 90 students, and my fourth-grade class actually had 101 children. How did our teachers, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a small contingent of young, dedicated lay teachers, manage?
June 21, 2013
HARRISBURG - Three bills to change how child-abuse investigations are handled were closer to becoming law yesterday after favorable votes in the state House of Representatives. The House voted overwhelmingly to send the Senate the proposals, which are among the legislation under consideration since the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal raised concerns about the adequacy of state laws to protect children. One bill would establish procedures to report child abuse online or by email and require those who must report suspected abuse to inform their supervisors and call the ChildLine hotline.
April 5, 2013 |
Unless he can quickly raise $270,000, a Saudi man will soon face court-ordered surgical paralysis from the waist down, Amnesty International reports. Justice in Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century still revolves around the principle of lex talionis , better known to Westerners as "an eye for an eye. " The case stems from 2003, when, Ali al-Khawahir, then 14, stabbed a friend in the back. The crime caused al-Khawahir's friend to be paralyzed from the waist down. Finding him guilty in the assault, the court in the town of Al-Ahsa sentenced al-Khawahir to "qisas" - retribution - or pay the victims's family one million Saudi riyals in "blood money.
November 29, 2011
By Jonathan Zimmerman Have you ever hit a child? If so, join the club: Roughly 80 percent of American parents admit that they have slapped, spanked, or struck their children. And 20 states still allow corporal punishment in public schools, where about 100,000 students are "paddled" each year. That's in stark contrast to the rest of the world, which has increasingly prohibited the physical punishment of children. Americans like to see themselves as being at the forefront of historical change, leading humanity to ever more freedom and progress.
October 25, 2011 |
PHOENIX - Nearly two weeks after a 5-year-old girl seemingly vanished outside her suburban Phoenix home, police were no closer yesterday to figuring out what happened to her as her family criticized the investigation. Jahessye Shockley has been missing since Oct. 11 after police believe she wandered from her apartment in Glendale, outside Phoenix. The case points to a kidnapping because cops found no trace of her after combing a 3-mile radius around her home. "This little girl doesn't just fall off the face of the earth," Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said yesterday.
August 22, 2011
T HE PROBLEM of Philadelphia's violent teen mobs is the biggest hot-button issue of the summer and one that Charles A. Williams III, an educational psychologist and director of the Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence, has been spending a lot of time thinking about lately. He sat down with me last week for a wide-ranging conversation that touched on Mayor Nutter, juvenile curfews and hip-hop. Jen: Someone needs to open a can of whoop-ass on flash-mob hooligans, right?
June 11, 2011 |
Tobyann Auerbach Boonin, 84, of Center City, an advocate for parents and children and a former member of the Philadelphia Board of Education, died of complications from a stroke Friday, June 10, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. In 1969, Mrs. Boonin, who had been president of the Home and School Association at Ellwood School in East Oak Lane and served on the Philadelphia Home and School Council, was appointed to the board by Mayor James H.J. Tate. For the next 12 years, she worked to balance budgets and integrate schools, led the movement to mainstream children with disabilities in public schools, and helped initiate programs to allow pregnant students to remain in school.
June 10, 2011
DEAR ABBY: It has recently come to my attention that at work I am considered "bossy. " It came as a shock to me. I'm hurt that my co-workers and department manager think of me this way. I know I come on strong sometimes when it comes to helping customers, but I view it as helping. When I suggest to co-workers that they keep their areas clean and orderly, it is perceived as bossy. I'm just trying to help them not get fired for slacking off. I'm older than some of my co-workers and my manager.
May 20, 2011 |
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Single mothers, former drug addicts and other beaten-down young women who came to wealthy businessman Henry Allen Fitzsimmons for a chance to climb out of their financial hole knew his help came with a catch. In exchange for an allowance, a place to live and promise of a college education, they agreed to be spanked if they broke his rules. At least six of the women said that his corporal punishment went too far, including one who alleges that he sexually assaulted her. Now the 54-year-old Virginia Beach restaurateur faces felony charges.