In the United States of America, whenever a cause wants to garner national awareness, it often attempts to do so by staging an event in Washington, DC.
Indeed, one of the many hazards of driving in the District of Columbia is simply never knowing when a road will be blocked off so that a large group of people with signs, flags, and chants can cross.
Although plenty of protests, rallies, and demonstrations have seen immense success, getting a certain number of people at a given place for a given event is never guaranteed. more >>
The mother of the little girl kissed by a six-year-old classmate, who received a report of sexual harassment in his file, is now speaking out about her daughter's feelings on the situation. She applauded the school for taking action against the young boy and fully supports the report of sexual harassment being put in his record.
Hunter Yelton, 6, was suspended and given a report of sexual harassment after reportedly kissing the girl on the hand. His mother was not pleased with the situation and spoke out, calling for the school to rescind the report of sexual harassment, stating that there was no way Hunter could have known what he was doing was wrong.
Jade Masters-Ownbey, the mother of the girl at the center of the incident, spoke out on Facebook about her daughter's side of the story and explained that this had not happened once or twice but "over and over… not with her permission but sneaking up on her… not without warning and consequences prior to suspension," she told the Daily Record. more >>
The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have voiced their support for a group of high school cheerleaders in Texas who are currently involved in a lawsuit over painting Bible verses on banners prior to school football games. A judge had previously ruled the religious banners were constitutional after the school initially banned them, and the case is currently before the Ninth District Court of Appeals.
Cruz and Cornyn submitted a joint amicus brief in the court case Kountze Independent School District v. Cotti Matthews last week. The court case is between the Kountze Independent School District and parents of students at Kountze High School in East Texas.
Last year, the school district ordered cheerleaders at the high school to stop painting Bible passages on large paper banners, which football players would run through at the start of each football game. The school district had banned the banners after receiving a threatening letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and parents filed a lawsuit against the district arguing that because the banners were created by the cheerleaders, they were not endorsed by the public school and therefore were not in violation of the Establishment Clause. more >>
A 19-year-old student at the University of Minnesota Duluth could lose one or more of her limbs after being left outside in the cold overnight, with only a jacket and UGG boots to keep her warm. Friends dropped her off near her home after drinking, and the student never made it inside.
Alyssa Jo Lommel is listed in critical condition after being found unconscious and hypothermic on a neighbor's porch. She spent the night on the porch and temperatures dropped below zero, causing damage to Lommel's extremities. Hypothermia caused her hands to swell to at least three times their normal size, splitting the skin. She could lose one or more of her hands and feet, but her family remains hopeful that she will fully recover.
"It's very much a wait-and-see thing at the moment," Teri Lommel told the SCTimes. "It's going to take some time to determine what's going to happen. We are hopeful that her body will heal itself." more >>
A six-year-old boy has been suspended from school for showing affection to a classmate, something that the school has labeled sexual harassment. But the boy's family is fighting the label of sexual harassment and say that their son meant absolutely no harm.
Hunter Yelton, who is in the first grade at a school in Canon City, Colorado, reportedly leaned in and kissed a girl on the hand. He allegedly kissed the same girl some time earlier on the cheek and was disciplined for that as well. But his family told KRDO News that their son is fond of the little girl and they are "boyfriend and girlfriend."
"It was during class yeah," Hunter said. "We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That's what happened. They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry," he added. more >>