A Georgia school district said it will provide additional training for campus police officers and staff after a mother complained that a School Resource Officer unnecessarily handcuffing her 6-year-old special needs child last Friday.
Lakaisha Reid told local news station WXIA that she found her son, Patrick, handcuffed at Pine Ridge Elementary School after the school contacted the family to report the boy's troubling behavior. Patrick had reportedly exhibited violent behavior that had put his health and others' at risk.
"My husband got a call that something was going on with Patrick at school, and they needed us to come. We go into the school and a gentleman takes us back. I hear my son yelling and screaming," she told WXIA. more >>
The widow of a South African aid worker killed during a failed U.S. rescue raid in Yemen has spoken out and said that she forgives the troops who botched his release as well as his captors.
"Today, we choose to forgive," Yolande Korkie told the press on Sunday. "We choose to love. We choose to rejoice in the memories of Pierre and keep him alive in our hearts. Even though the pain is overwhelming us right now, we choose to believe that this too shall pass. Although we were separated in the flesh after 228 days when I was released, I remained with him in spirit until the end."
Yolande and Pierre were kidnapped from the city of Taiz in May 2013. A charity known as Gift of the Givers managed to arrange for Yolande to be released after paying a ransom. The same charity was working again to free Pierre and had secured a deal when Navy SEALs raided the compound in an effort to free Pierre and American Luke Somers. more >>
Eldest Duggar child, Josh, has given a new interview describing his life in politics and the joy of expecting a fourth child with his wife, Anna.
The Duggar family moved to Washington, D.C. so that Josh could work for the Family Research Council as the executive director of FRC Action. While he does not necessarily rely on the family name or popularity to help in his professional life, Josh noted that he doesn't try to hide who he is.
"People know who our family is, that it's built on strong faith and caring for people," Josh told The Washington Post. "It's been a great fit, it's an extension of who we are. There are perceptions that people have about Washington, and I'll say there is some truth to it — but there are a lot of good people here." more >>
While rumors surrounding Tim Tebow and Jana Duggar continue to circulate, his publicist has made certain that there's no confusion — the two Christian celebrities are not dating.
Tebow, 27, a former football star and now an SEC college football analyst, was believed to have been dating the Duggar daughter, 24. Rumors began circulating that the two were being pushed together by her father, Jim Bob, and even Tebow's mother, Pam. The rumors only grew in intensity when a photo of Pam, Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, was posted online by the Duggar patriarch.
Fans of both were hopeful that the young evangelical Christians would get together, forming perhaps one of the most famous super-couples. Yet Tebow's publicist released a statement quashing all of those dreams and revealing that the two had no connection. more >>
Pope Francis revealed in an interview that the topic of same-sex marriage was not brought up at the Vatican's two-week Synod on the Family in October. He said that what was discussed was how the Church can reach out to parents with gay children, a situation he has faced numerous times.
Francis spoke on a number of topics in his interview with Argentinean paper La Nacion on Sunday, and revealed that despite much media attention, the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine on marriage was not addressed – except when it comes to divorced Catholics who have been remarried.
The pontiff addressed reports of Catholic conservatives expressing concern at the synod discussing "positive nuances" of gay couples living together, and clarified that the focus of the conversation was reaching out to families with gay children. more >>
In a precedential ruling, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that mothers who excessively drink while pregnant are not criminally responsible for causing life-long disabilities to their unborn babies and children born permanently harmed by their mother's alcohol abuse are not eligible to receive criminal injury compensation from the government.
Attorneys representing a 7-year-old girl, who is known only as CP and was born with severe brain damage because her mother consumed either half a bottle of vodka or eight cans of lager per day, petitioned the court to grant her compensation funds from Britain's Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
However, the three-judge panel ruled that a fetus cannot be considered a person under British law because they do not have a "legal personality" and are just an "organism" in the mother's womb. The court also deemed that since pregnant alcohol abuse has not been criminalized by Parliament, the mother had not committed a crime. more >>