The mother of Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide after years of bullying, has said she plans to sue "those responsible" for her daughter's death and bring more awareness to the problem of bullying.
"People keep asking me, 'How do you feel?' I don't really know how to answer that question," Tricia Norman said during a press conference. "I feel like I'm living a nightmare and I can't wake up. My heart aches constantly. My body is numb. I can't sleep. My happiness no longer exists. My baby is gone."
Those accused of bullying Sedwick were initially arrested and charged with stalking, but prosecutors dropped all charges last week. The case has brought new attention to the problem of cyberbullying, and Sheriff Grady Judd has said he would do whatever it took to shed new light on the situation and get help for the girls accused of bullying. more >>
Shou Kuan Lin, 72, remains unconscious with a skull fracture and broken collarbone two days after he was shoved onto subway tracks at a Harlem stop by Rudralall Baldeo, 57. Friends and family say that Lin is a churchgoing man and ask for any and all prayers for their loved one.
Baldeo, a homeless man who was possibly intoxicated at the time, shoved Lin onto the tracks at the 145th and St. Nicholas stop on New York City's Subway A line on Friday. Bystanders jumped down onto the tracks and managed to pull Lin to safety before a train could hit him.
"God sent angels to come help, and I'm very grateful," Lin's wife Yumei Li told the New York Post. "They just brought my husband back up to me without thinking about their lives. They came and helped save my husband. I was shocked but also very moved. If I could meet them, I have to say thank you to them, but I do not know them." more >>
DUI sobriety checkpoints, also known as roadblocks, are one of those things that sound good until you think it through. No one wants drunk drivers on the road. But no one wants texters or people eating lunch on the road, either, which are even more dangerous. In order to catch the latter two, it would be necessary to set up video cameras either alongside the road or inside cars. Every year, several states that prohibit DUI checkpoints consider passing legislation to permit them. These laws are usually championed by Democrats.
Motorists engage in secondary behavior during approximately half of their time on the road. Hands-free mobile phone conversations are legal all around the country, but slow reaction times by a significant 26.5 percent, according to a study from the UK. Eating slows reaction times by up to 44 percent. Drivers who text slow their reaction times by 37.4 percent. In contrast, drivers at the legal limit for alcohol in the UK, which is .08 BAC, only demonstrated a 12.5 percent increase in reaction time. The National Highway Administration finds this disparity to be even greater, surmising that driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.
This becomes even more troublesome when it is taken into consideration that some states don't require a minimum BAC level for a DUI; the violation level is "impaired to the slightest degree." Someone who blows a .03 BAC level may be perfectly capable of driving safely, but the laws as drafted in many states do not distinguish. If caught at a DUI checkpoint, even though the driver has not made a single driving error, the driver can likely expect to be fully prosecuted with little chance of escaping the draconian consequences of a DUI conviction. more >>
A public charter school was recently warned by an unidentified, anti-religion organization to not perform faith-based Christmas carols during their winter concert and threatened that they would pursue possible litigation if they did not comply.
The band director at York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill, S.C., decided to exclude "Joy to the World" and "O Come All Ye Faithful," from their Dec. 19 performance after the school received the letter, even though the songs were going to be a part of the program before the communication was sent out by the organization.
In defense of concerned parents whose two children attend the school, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith, sent York a letter urging them to immediately rescind the ban put in place by school officials. The ADF told The Christian Post that the school would not specify which organization sent them the letter and after several attempts, York did not return CP's phone call for comment. more >>
The head of a major Christian retailer presently suing the federal government has proposed a Bible class elective for an Oklahoma high school.
Steve Green, president of the Oklahoma-based retail giant Hobby Lobby Inc., has proposed a class for Mustang High School with a curriculum focused on various aspects of the Holy Bible.
"There's still some fine-tuning, but the curriculum breakdown would include an intro course covering the Old and New Testaments and the Bible's impact on society. Three advanced courses would focus on deeper history and cultural influence," reported KOCO 5 News. more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a middle school teacher by a public school district over the religious images that the teacher had in his classroom.
In a four to three decision, the Court decided that Mount Vernon City Schools had the right to fire science teacher John Freshwater for the various religious displays he had in his classroom.
These included a poster of the Ten Commandments, a poster of George W. Bush and Colin Powell praying with a Bible verse inscribed, and the Bible on Freshwater's desk. more >>