Unless you’ve directly experienced bullying, you may not realize just how devastating it can be, especially to a child or teenager. As well as being deeply hurtful, bullying can leave anyone feeling frightened, angry, depressed, and totally undermined. But bullying should never be tolerated. Whether you’re the one being bullied, or you’re a teacher or parent who thinks their child is being bullied or engaged in bullying behavior, there are steps you can take to deal with the problem.
Four Florida students allegedly hacked a 17-year-old boy to death with a machete and buried him in the woods before two of them had sex near his grave, police said. The students attended the Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program run by the U.S. Department of Labor. The suspects, Jonathan Lucas, 18, Desiray Strickland, 18, Kaheem Arbelo, 20, and Christian Colon, 19, allegedly planned the slaying of Jose Santos Amaya Guardado two weeks before carrying out the crime on June 28, according to an arrest report filed by the Miami Dade Police Department. The group allegedly lured Guardado into the woods, where he was ambushed and repeatedly struck with a machete.
A 3-year-old girl drowned on August 12 after being repeatedly thrown into a hotel swimming pool. After CCTV footage showed the entire incident occur, the girl’s stepfather was arrested. The graphic video can be seen here.
Dear Villain. I just need to get a few thing out the way before I launch into a slaughter of what a disgusting old fart you are…. No wait… lets just launch right into it. You are really ugly, like real ugly, you look to me like a really smelly big toe with matted pubic hair on top from a public shower in an old country town where everyone has mutated into big toes from too much pubic hair in the water. I am a woman now with really annoying and adorable children, and you are an old man with grandchildren that i hope to the goddesses are safe because no amount of warning from me has stopped you from being allowed to see them. Why do they protect you so? It’s not like you ever paid child support or even looked after them? You are their father, you can do no wrong.
A 2-year-old boy died of a severe head injury in what Winston-Salem police described as a case of child abuse, authorities said Friday. Dr. Donald Jason, a Forsyth County medical examiner, said that the boy, Jaxson Sonny Swain of Walnut Cove, died Wednesday of a compressive subdural hematoma caused by a blunt force head injury.
In a year when violent and criminal off-the-field behavior by athletes has appeared prominently in the news, Major League Baseball has, for the first time, announced a comprehensive policy regarding players involved in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases. The policy was announced jointly with and in agreement with the players union. The terms of the policy, in their entirety, follow. In short, however, the policy has a dual treatment and intervention program along with a disciplinary program.
A District man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 5-week-old son after he squeezed the infant tightly to quiet him and fractured his vertebrae in the process, authorities said. Robert Smith Sr. of the 3700 block of Ninth Street NW was arrested Monday and ordered to remain in the D.C. jail until trial. Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond said she found “substantial probability” that Smith was a danger.
The Eau Claire man who police say knew he was HIV positive and didn’t use protection while sexually assaulting 13- and 10-year-old boys will be sentenced Aug. 7. Blair D. Diehl, 39, 139 W. Lexington Blvd., pleaded no contest Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court to two felony counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child.
ALBERTVILLE, Alabama – Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Thursday arrested an Albertville man after discovering hundreds of images of child pornography, some of which involved infants and toddlers. Rodney Shane Bolding, 43, was arrested and booked into the Marshall County Jail under a $100,000 bond. He is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of dissemination of child pornography.
ALABAMA – A woman who cooked anti-freeze into food she gave her common-law husband’s two young children has been sentenced to death. An Alabama jury found Heather Leavell-Keaton, 26, guilty of the 2010 murder of three-year-old Chase DeBlase. They ruled that she also recklessly caused the death of his four-year-old sister, Natalie, just months earlier. On Thursday, Mobile County Circuit Court judge Roderick Stout sentenced Leavell-Keaton to death by lethal injection making her the first woman in the history of the county to be sent to death row.
A Sunnycrest Elementary second grade teacher was charged with two counts of third-degree child rape, child molestation and first-degree incest in King County Superior Courton Aug. 13. Federal Way Public Schools placed Patrick Michael Belser, 44, on administrative leave when school district officials learned of the allegations — which do not involve students,according to charging documents.
She calls it the most honest conversation she’s ever had with sex offenders. Oprah sits down with four admitted child molesters for a frank, graphic discussion of their crimes. Watch the two-hour conversation in its entirety—an Oprah.com exclusive.
MI – A Brighton father jailed after being convicted of abusing his then-11-week-old daughter will not lose his parental rights to his daughter, a judge ruled today. Judge Miriam Cavanaugh told Joshua Quincy Burns that he made a terrible mistake, but he has the capacity to be rehabilitated and he should be given the opportunity to prove that to the court and to his daughter, Naomi. Cavanaugh said it is not in the best interest to terminate his parents rights.
West Bloomfield, Michigan – Federal authorities revealed on Tuesday that a former Jewish Community Center camp counselor posted the name of at least one of three 5-year-olds whose nude photos he put on a Russian website. The disturbing new details emerged as Matthew Kuppe was denied bond by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford. Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield, was charged last Thursday with the production, distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.
Pennsylvania – A teenage boy accused of breaking into a North Philadelphia home last month and abducting, sexually assaulting and beating a 5-year-old girl unconscious is now in custody. The 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday night. The teen, who police say is known to frequent the neighborhood where the incident occurred, faces several charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — FOX59 has confirmed Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman, is expected to plead guilty to possession of child pornography charges. Sources say Fogle will accept a plea deal Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon to discuss the deal and charges against Fogle.
ALPENA TOWNSHIP, Michigan – Michigan State Police have issued an AMBER Alert for a missing 3-year-old boy from the Alpena area. Keegan Waterman was reported missing from his home in the 2600 block of East Grant Street on Monday. Investigators describe him as black, 55 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. State police say the suspect in the boy’s disappearance is his mother, Christina Waterman. She may be driving him to Tennessee in her tan, 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, which has the Tennessee plate U4758V. Christina Waterman, 38, is described as white, 5’7″, 195 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes.
JACKONSONVILLE, Florida – The child that was sexually assaulted in Arlington on Monday night has given a description of her attacker to police. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced in a briefing on Friday that the attacker is a black man with short hair. The eight-year-old did not provide an age range. Chief Tom Hackney says he was hesitant to give the very limited description, but wanted to provide an update on the investigation.
Wisconsin — Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck announced today Robert Maranger has been indicted on seven counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of rape of a child under 10. Heck said Maranger was staying at the Quality Inn and Suites with his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter. They were in town to visit the Air Force Museum. Heck said the alleged victim is the 8-year-old child and the offenses occurred in the indoor pool and continued in the exercise room.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tennessee — A former Clarksville-Montgomery County School System teacher has been arrested and charged with rape of child. Brandon Hester, 27, was booked into Montgomery County jail Friday on the charges of rape of child, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated statutory rape, and sexual battery by an authority figure. His bond has been set at $150,000.
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