CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 |
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
April 2, 2014 |
TUNICA, Miss. - Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons. The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. "They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex - that she's been used," said Barnard, who works in public health.
March 23, 2014 |
Any parent with teenagers can tell you how tough it is to keep abreast of their fashion whims. Even more difficult: doing it for a living and making a profit at it. Tilly's Inc. of Irvine is a specialty retailer that targets teens and young adults with action sports clothing, shoes and accessories. Tilly's says on its website that it "offers one of the largest assortments of brands and merchandise from the top players in the surf, skate, motocross and lifestyle apparel industries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 |
An LAPD officer who allegedly beat a teenage relative over poor grades and behavior was charged in Orange County this week with felony child abuse and corporal injury. Prosecutors say Daniel Hun Chun, 39, was off duty March 13 when he allegedly confronted the teenager over poor grades and other behavior issues. Chun repeatedly hit the young man “with a variety of household items in the shoulders, back and buttocks,” according to an Orange County district attorney's news release.
March 21, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris say that Facebook is misinterpreting how a children's privacy law applies to teen privacy in a move that could undercut the giant social network in a federal court case in California. Facebook users sued the company for using their images in ads on the service without their consent and later settled the class-action lawsuit in 2012. Children's advocates are challenging the settlement in an effort to require Facebook to get explicit permission from parents before using the personal information - as well as the images, likes and comments - of teens in advertising.
March 20, 2014 |
A New Jersey teenager managed to wiggle through a security fence then make his way past a guard to the spire atop 1 World Trade Center, the nation's tallest building, where he took pictures before he was apprehended, officials said Thursday. The boy, who authorities said was being treated as an adult, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the Sunday morning stunt and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Officials identified him as Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J. "We take security and these types of infractions very seriously and will prosecute violators," Joseph Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, said in a statement.