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Shaping Minds and Bodies

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Education, Health, Kids

You expect the school where you send your kid to shape young minds. Ballina High School in northeast New South Wales, Australia boasts in their description: "The school's culture reflects a commitment to strong discipline and a pride in belonging, as reflected in the wearing of school uniform and respect for the rights of others." ballina_high With annual events like Remembrance Day, Senior Formal, Swimming Carnival, ballina_remember Recognition of major art works and wood projects cameron_corkhill Volunteers, the Toke Visit ballina_toke And Slave Day ballina_slaveday You would expect an environment of safety and respect for every student. ballina_swim 12 year-old James Webb, a Year 7 student at Ballina High, had his arm broken while at school. A spokesman for the Department of Education, on behalf of Ballina High School, said the boy was “pushed over and fallen on by another boy” during a game of grab football, a game that had been repeatedly banned. ballina_webb01 James’ mother Vikki Webb has been told by fellow students her son was swung around by his arm, and then jumped on by a fellow Year 7 student. Ms Webb said one student told her the attacker laughed afterwards. ballina_webb02 “The principal told me the kid didn’t deliberately do it but I think the school is trying to sweep it under the carpet,” she said. Year 12 student Shoni Reilly posted on the Northern Star’s Facebook page that the behaviour of James’ attacker was not the fault of the school or its teachers. “The acting principals and teachers at Ballina High have the best interests of all children at heart,” she wrote. “They can’t physically control the actions of each student and their actions in response to this incident would follow the precedent set for all students.” ballina_webb03 School captain John Parker posted that teachers had warned students against playing football. “If you believe the school has not given this ‘attacker’ long enough, don’t blame the school when they can only interpret the rulings regarding these actions that are given to them from higher up,” he wrote. “Ballina High School is a fantastic school, with great facilities, great teachers and great systems of working things.”
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High School Drill Team

by on Sep.15, 2012, under Education, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

Deltona High School Senior Kayla Marie Carrera admitted to WKMG reporters that she should have had her hair tied back during shop class. It's one of the rules, and she was aware of it.

Kayla Carrera dressed inappropriately for woodshop class

While she was using a drill press, her hair was caught. Before another student was able to free her, some of her hair was pulled out, almost to the scalp. Nancy Holland Wait, spokesperson for Volusia County Schools, says that a nurse from Deltona High School looked at the 17-year-old girl’s injuries. Holland Wait said that the nurse decided that she did not need to call 911. Kayla’s mother, Lissette Carrera, says the girl didn’t have her hair pulled back like she was supposed to.  However, as her daughter is only 17 and won't be an actual adult for a few more months, thinks the teacher should be responsible. “My thing is if she wasn’t following the rules in the classroom, she should have never been allowed on that machine in the first place because the teacher himself is putting her at danger."  she said. “He’s the adult, he supervises, she is the student. He should have told her, put your hair back before you get on the machine, these are the rules of the classroom, you must follow them." “I was told that they didn’t think it was severe enough to be calling 911. As you can see by her scalp, she’s lost her hair." When Kayla visited the emergency room later, they gave her painkillers and discharged her. Although there was no medical emergency and Kayla didn't need any treatment, her mother believes someone at Deltona High School needs to learn from this incident. “At all cost speak to an adult, call 911 first and then if they deem that it’s okay, that she should be discharged as she was, then that’s okay. But I would rather err to the side of caution." The school evidently felt that it was better not to err at all. Kayla’s mother said she plans to meet with school district leaders on Thursday.  She said she will not allow her daughter to go back to Deltona High School until new procedures are implemented forcing the school personnel to make more errors.  
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by on Sep.18, 2011, under Consumer, Crime, Culture, Education, Kids, Parenting

If you rode to school in luxury and comfort, you probably didn't take the bus.

The school bus was uncomfortable, noisy, and crowded. They could seat 66 kids - if they were tiny enough to fit 3 at a time into each bench seat.

But if you're a small school, and don't have the money for a school bus, you might have to settle for something smaller, like a 7-passenger van.

A school in Qianan city, Hebei province, China removed the factory seats from their van, and replaced them with benches. 

Police stopped the van because it appeared to be overloaded.

The kids were asked to exit the van.

There were 66 little boys and girls in all.

The police took them home in 12 vans.

The driver was ticketed for various motoring law violations.

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Who Was That Masked Man?

by on Dec.04, 2010, under Culture, Education, Family, Kids, Parenting

Imagine being so paranoid that you never let your kids out in public unless they were disguised.

Anonymous family out in public

Nobody is that paranoid. But a school in England is taking a step further into insanity. The school bans parents from taking pictures of any students, in case the snapshots are stolen and the heads of children superimposed on pornographic images.

We all know how easy it is to disguise someone. Nobody ever figured out that Harry Potter could just remove his glasses

To become Superman.

Keeping this in mind, the school is providing personalized yearbooks for every student.

Photographs of children with eyes blacked out were issued in ‘yearbooks’ given to the parents of four-year-olds in the school nursery.

Photographs of classroom activities were enclosed, but teachers had blacked out the eyes of all children other than the parents’ own. In effect, each parent got a customised yearbook.

Applecroft Primary School yearbook picture

Local MP Grant Shapps said the ‘absurd’ ban created a ‘climate of fear’ that effectively branded all parents paedophiles.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333454/Nativity-blackout-Parents-banned-taking-photos-pupils-eyes-covered--child-protection.html

We believe that the school mascot for Applecroft Primary School in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire is the raccoon.

Applecroft Primary School yearbook picture

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Would Jesus Make The Cut?

by on Nov.02, 2010, under Education, Kids, Religion

Thanks in part to Renaissance artists like Rafael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Splinter, and the Catholic Church, we know just what Jesus looked like.

Age accelerated photo of Jesus at age 70

There are pictures of him as a young adult

As a teen heartthrob

An infant

And even as a fetus.

There are cultural or denominational differences but the pictures of Jesus all have something in common.

Jesus is Jewish. And he has long hair.

But the radical St. Dominic's Catholic School of Brick, NJ doesn't care about what Jesus would do, and they mock Jesus' compassion for cancer-stricken children.

Four year old Jack Szablewski has never had a haircut. He wanted to grow his hair long so he could donate it to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation in memory of his grandfather, and a child of a family friend who died of the cancer.

But he's been banned from his pre-kindergarten class until he cuts his hair. It needs to be at least twelve inches long to meet the minimum requirement for donation and he's nearly there.

Jack Szablewski

When Jack was admitted to the school in 2009, there were no regulations regarding hair in the dress code. The school was aware that he was growing his hair for a charitable cause, but when they revised the dress code in September, they decreed that all students should have short hair without exception. Although the new commandment doesn't seem to be enforced consistently. And more shocking behavior, like decidedly unchristian public displays of affection, go unpunished. Jack's mother, Renee, said, "They gave us two weeks to get his hair cut or he was going to be suspended. I immediately put his hair in a ponytail and measured it; it was exactly 12 inches with no room to spare, which is the minimum required to donate." Szablewski set up a Sept. 30 appointment at Ferrazz Salon in Hoboken and invited the press to promote the family's causes, including getting involved in bone-marrow drives. But the severe storm that battered the East Coast that week forced the family to cancel their plans over safety concerns. When Szablewski took Jack back to school on Oct. 1, she was turned away in the rain and told not to come back until his hair was cut. "I feel we are being punished for teaching our son it is better to give than to receive," Szablewski said. Ironically, the school's values as stated on their web site says they facilitate excellence in every student. Saint Dominic School is a Catholic Elementary School located in Brick, New Jersey and has been serving the parishioners of Saint Dominic Church for over 44 years.  Saint Dominic School provides an academically excellent pre-school through eighth grade education in a faith-filled environment.  Our mission is to enliven the Catholic faith, foster respect and responsibility, and facilitate excellence in every student. Not only that but the Diocese of Trenton has has backed school Principal Carol Bathmann's decision not to readmit Jack, even if he cuts his hair. "The Szablewski child is completely innocent in this matter and was never the subject of any disciplinary action, such as suspension. It is Mrs. Szablewski's failure to uphold her agreement to have the child's hair cut after being given 13 months to do so," according to a statement from the Diocese. Szablewski says she didn't find out about the new hair rule until after the school accepted her $2,500 tuition fee. "I felt like a criminal when I was told he could not come back to school," she said. "I was very angry. She really knocked me off my pins. I really wasn't expecting that. They are trying to bully us out of a parish we belonged to since 1990." Although Jack attended only seven days of school, the Szablewskis were returned only $1,000 of he $ 2500 tuition they paid. "Here we are, trying to do a good thing. According to the school handbook, you are suspended or expelled for defacing property or possessing weapons, but this was an act of charity," she said. "I found it quite appalling that an assistant principal said to me, 'You are the one who chose to make your son different.' I thought that was very un-Christlike. I was so disgusted my spirit was broken. "One thing I want to stress is I love my church and I do love my faith. It's not about the church; it's about the people who have the power and abuse authority." Jack has a charitable nature. Before school started, he earned $ 1711 selling candy for a St. Dominic's fundraiser. "I will be happy when somebody is going to have my hair," said the spirited Jack. But he'll have to find another school where his charitable nature is appreciated. They really know not what they do.

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Horse Sense

by on Sep.12, 2010, under Miscellaneous

Authorities in Orlando, Florida blew up a stuffed pony, which they determined to be a "suspicious device" found near the playground outside the Waterbridge Elementary School. We're not sure why anybody thought they were in danger from the cuddly toy.  Admittedly, militant looking youth have been spotted with stuffed animals in the past. We could understand if it were, say, a zombie. A first grader might feel threatened by something like that.  But a cute stuffed pony? We hope Teddy Bear Land is preparing for a visit from Homeland Security. This place looks like its ready to blow.

Here's a shot of the heroes blowing up a horse.

No one was allowed in or out of the building while bomb disposal experts destroyed the stuffed animal. It was ultimately rendered "non-threatening."

Some people will undoubtedly still be afraid.
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Cheap Commies Push Porn Pens on Pupils

by on Sep.06, 2010, under Culture, Education, Kids, Pornography

The Germans have a sweet tradition for the first day of school.  Kids receive large paper cones called Schultute, which may contain toys, treats, and school supplies. It's a part of growing up in Germany.

This year, children attending the Adolf Reichwein School in Essen were treated to cones from the German Communist Party. The cones included projector pens, which project images at the touch of a button.

The German Communist party probably expected something like this:

But the German Communist Party, practicing the best tenets of capitalism, evidently bought their gifts at Deutschmark General, and angry parents discovered that the pens given to their six year olds actually projected pornographic images.

In a press release the German Communist Party stated that it had purchased the pens from a discount store, which had said the pens lit up at the push of a button.

"The German Communist Party deeply regrets what has happened and is outraged that this kind of thing, which borders on pornography, can be purchased in normal shops," it said.

Unlike the parents, most of the kids didn't appear to mind.

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