The shocking story of child sexual abuse running rampant in a LA elementary school has taken on a new twist. The Los Angeles school superintendent removed 88 teachers and 40 support personnel -- the entire staff -- at Miramonte Elementary School after Mark Berndt, 61, and another male teacher were arrested for sexually molesting children.
Martin Springer, 49, was arrested on Friday for allegedly fondling two girls at the school where the student body is predominately Hispanic. Springer's arrest occurred a year after Berndt was removed from the school for feeding his body fluids to his students in a bizarre "tasting game."
Child molesters frequently choose careers in the education or child care fields to gain access to innocent children. Public schools, in particular, have gained a reputation for being a safe haven for child sex predators.
A gay activist group is pushing a training video to teachers and parents featuring school children between the ages of 6-12 discussing what it means to live a gay lifestyle.
According to CNSnews.com, The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy group, has produced a “professional development film” through its website called the Welcoming Schools project.
On its home page, the Welcoming Schools project states that it “is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. … Additionally, it offers a wide range of resources for school administrators and educators to support students who don’t conform to gender norms.”
CNSNews.com says questions to the Human Rights Campaign -- "including inquires about whether the training sessions are taking place in schools, how many schools are participating, and whether or not the video will be viewed by children -- were not answered before this story was posted."
During Monday night's GOP debate in Myrtle Beach, SC, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich once again spoke on his much-derided plan to put school children to work. Sometimes it isn't what you say but how you say it. So Gingrich was careful to couch his controversial plan in more acceptable phrasing.
Gingrich insists that black kids don't need handouts from President Obama -- they need jobs. Gingrich says schoolchildren should be given janitorial jobs because, in his opinion, janitors in the NYC public school system earn way too much money.
The average annual salary for a NYC public school janitor is $80,000, compared to a teacher who earns $45,000 annually.
According to the NY Daily News, Gingrich argued the best thing public schools could do for students - particularly black students - was to give them a broom.
"Can't you see that this is viewed at a minimum as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?" asked Fox News questioner Juan Williams, who is part Hispanic and black.
"No, I don't see that," Gingrich responded, with rousing applause from the majority white audience.
The unorthodox teaching methods of teachers at a Norcross elementary school have caused a national uproar. The teachers gave 3rd grade students at Beaver Ridge Elementary a math lesson featuring slavery questions such as figuring out how many beatings a slave would get if he was whipped twice a day for 2 weeks.
Over 100 students were sent home with the math lesson, which featured about 20 questions on slavery. Some parents reacted with fury, accusing the teachers of blatant racism. But education leaders dismiss the allegations of racism.
According to the AJC, Calvine Rollins, president of the Georgia Association of Educators said "the slave math lesson created by a teacher to reinforce a lesson on Frederick Douglass may have used poor judgment, but it shouldn’t lead to the termination of those who wrote or handed it out without reviewing it."
“This is an unfortunate incident,” Rollins said. “I don’t believe the teacher wanted to expose those kids to anything offensive. Gwinnett County teachers are dedicated. They work hard and try on a daily basis to do the right thing.”
Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth Christian Academy is closing its doors after 18 years in operation. The private school's 200 students learned about the school closing in a letter sent home to their parents and signed by Carlton Donald, the board's vice-chair.
"We have operated New Birth Christian Academy for several years with substantial deficits in hopes that the national economic climate would change, however, that change never materialized," read the letter. A few years ago the academy boasted of having one teacher for every eight students.
The school's tuition ranged from $5,253 for New Birth members to $6,198 for non-members, according to the Atlanta Journal.
The school's closing is just another step toward the dismantling of Eddie Long's church empire in Atlanta. The church has laid off staff after losing hundreds of members since Long settled a sexual coercion case filed against him by four former New Birth members who were heterosexual and gay.
Additionally, Bernice King, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, stepped down as a church elder in May. And 10 former parishioners filed a $1 million lawsuit against Long and the church alleging they lost their life savings in an investment scam.
Long, who temporally stepped down as the church's senior pastor this month, reportedly used the school as a hunting ground for young males to satisfy his sexual appetite. In court documents, Long was accused of coercing the young men with Bible passages and plying at least two of the boys with cash, trips, gifts and cars to loosen their sexual inhibitions.
Earlier this month, the embattled preacher's long-suffering wife, Vanessa, announced she was filing for divorce.
In 2005, Cleveland Browns rookie Braylon Edwards made a promise to 100 eighth graders -- a promise that he would keep 6 years later.
Edwards announced that he'd give $10,000 in scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they could graduate high school with at least a 2.5 grade-point average and 15 hours' community service.
According to the LA Times, 79 of those students met the criteria and began their first year of college in campuses all across the country, including Harvard.
"Without this scholarship, I probably wouldn't be here," Bowling Green freshman David Gholston told ESPN's Rick Reilly.
Now, most people would think writing $790,000 in checks would be enough, but Edwards went one step further. In addition to the $10,000, he provided each of the students with a laptop computer.
"I'm supposed to give people a chance like I was given a chance," Edwards said.
But that's not the only amazing part of the season. Edwards is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers. His salary for this season? $1 million. In other words, he has donated almost his entire salary this season to help those 79 kids. Source
Last week, Justin Bieber made headlines everywhere for donating $100,000 to a high-poverty school in Las Vegas. But the real story is not Justin's benevolence (although it's noteworthy), the real story is the woman behind the school -- and how that check might not have found it's way into the school's coffers were it not for her.
In a segment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, scheduled to air on Jan. 4, 2012, Bieber is shown handing a $100,000 check to Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn. In addition to donating the money, Bieber also performed for the kids and handed out Christmas presents.
Reporter Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post notes that 85% of the students attending Whitney Elementary live at or below the poverty level. "Many live in houses without heat, electricity and running water," she writes. But the students' standardized test scores have gone up significantly since Sherrie Gahn has been the principal there.
She arrived at Whitney about eight years ago and promised Whitney parents that she would help them with their bills — and even help pay college tuition for any students who went — if they would work with her to raise children “of character.”
Here’s what she told Ellen DeGeneres that she told parents: “I’ll pay your electrical bill, your utilities, I’ll give you food or clothes, whatever you need, as long as you give me your child and then help raise that child as a person of character.”
The principal of Brookside Elementary School, in North Carolina turned in his resignation yesterday after suspending a 9-year-old boy for 2 days for calling a teacher 'cute'.
Jerry Bostic, who is White, suspended Emanyea Lockett, who is black, for two days after the boy told a classmate he thought a another White teacher was 'cute'. A substitute teacher overheard the conversation and told Mr. Bostic who suspended Emanyea for sexual harassment.
Speaking to local WSOC news, Emanyea said: "I was talking to my friend and I said Miss Taylor was cute. That's all I said."
Bostic turned in his resignation after 44 years with the school system.
"To me it’s a really sad final note to a career that I have found very satisfying and enjoy working with kids," he said. "I really don’t believe I was treated fairly."
Lifestyle network has announced a new show titled "America's Supernanny" starring Deborah Tillman. "America's Supernanny" is not a spin off of TLC's excellent "Supernanny" TV series starring Britain's child care expert Jo Frost. It's an entirely new show centered around entrepreneur Tillman who owns multiple learning centers in Virginia.
"I feel blessed and privileged that I have been chosen to do exactly what I was put on earth to do," the mother-of-one said in a statement, "and that is to help children and families come together, get it together and stay together."
How ironic that bad parenting was the topic of fiery debate today on Sandrarose.com in response to a man who videotaped himself brutally abusing a 7-year-old boy .
Devery Michael Broox, 25, was arrested in Orlando, Florida on Sept. 26 after a video he sent to Worldstarhiphop.com was viewed by staff at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, who then tipped off police.
Many lurkers were shocked at the reactions of my readers who defended Broox -- even though he had clearly stepped over the line. It will take a lot more than a TV show to correct the beliefs of black parents who were taught by their grandparents that sparing the rod spoils the child.
A Texas school suspended a 14-year-old boy for two days for telling a classmate he thought homosexuality was wrong.
According to Fox News and other media outlets, Dakota Ary was in a German class at the high school when the conversation shifted to religion and homosexuality. At some point during the conversation, he turned to a friend and said that he was a Christian and “being a homosexual is wrong.”
“It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me,” Dakota told Fox. “I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”
According to Fox, Dakota, an honors student, was given a one day in-school suspension – and two days of full suspension.
Dakota's mom, Holly Pope said she was “absolutely stunned” when she received a phone call informing her that the school had suspended her son.
There are indications the teacher may have been a homosexual.
Matt Krause, an attorney with the Liberty Counsel said the teacher had frequently brought homosexuality into ninth grade classroom discussions.
“There has been a history with this teacher in the class regarding homosexual topics,” Krause said. "The teacher had posted a picture of two men kissing on a wall that offended some of the students."
“He told the students this is happening all over the world and you need to accept the fact that homosexuality is just part of our culture now,” Krause said.
This video of a black man harshly disciplining his son for acting up in school is difficult to watch. In the video originally posted on Worldstarhiphop.com, the father lists the 3 steps he takes to teach the boy discipline.
First he shaves the young man's head bald. Then he whips him into shape before forcing the youngster to run laps and perform push ups out in the courtyard. As a final humiliation, he sends the video to Q at WSHH to publicly embarrass the kid.
The video's introduction explains why the dad thinks his brutal methods are necessary (because there are more black males in prisons vs college). The introduction doesn't mention the statistics of young black boys who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD (hyperactivity).
ADHD makes it difficult for children to concentrate or pay attention in class, which leads to disciplinary problems in school.
We're sure the brotha meant well but this disturbing video certainly borders on child abuse.
A Florida lawmaker made headlines across the country Monday when he handed out 200 belts to students to help them abide by a new law by pulling their pants up.
Democratic State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando pushed for a so-called Pull Your Pants Up law for six years, before finally getting it passed last Spring.
The state legislature voted overwhelmingly to enact the ban at the start of the 2011-12 school year, making Florida and Arkansas the only two states with such a widespread prohibition against saggy pants for students. Source
Siplin, who is black, met with strong resistance from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who argued that the new law unfairly targeted blacks.
Unlike other states which have outright banned wearing saggy pants in the populace, Siplin's law only affects students and it carries no jail time or harsh fees for repeat offenders. The law instead subjects repeat violators to suspensions from school and extracurricular activities.
"We want our kids to believe they're going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally," said Siplin, who spent Monday morning handing out over 200 belts to students at three largely minority high schools in the Orlando area.
"I'm not going to hire anyone, white or black, with saggy pants," he said. "I want to make sure our kids qualify."
Singer Keyshia Cole and her hubby, NBA star Daniel "Booby" Gibson, took time out of their busy schedules to give back to others at Villa Tower City in Cleveland, Ohio today. Keyshia and Booby handed out school supplies and signed autographs for the children who also received free hair cuts.
The singer whose Twitter handle is @KeyshiaCole tweeted:
Up getting hair done. Me and the hubby going to give out some backpacks and school supply's for these wonder kids!
One of Keyshia's followers @B_quiet84 tweeted these pics from the event today. Keyshia and Booby are currently shooting their new reality Tv series with her mom Frankie Lons. The show will include scenes from their upcoming vows renewal ceremony.
The couple were married earlier this year in Las Vegas. Kudos to them!
Rap mogul Sean Combs, 41, took time out of his busy schedule to attend a history class at UCLA on Wednesday. Baron Davis, guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, tweeted the above pic of Combs listening intently in class with other NBA players. Kevin Love, forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves is also in the photo.
While Combs may have been attending class just for a day (or more like a few minutes), the two NBA players, in addition to Russell Westbrook and Trevor Ariza, take their education more seriously. The men are all enrolled at UCLA during their hiatus from the NBA due to the NBA lockout.
All 4 NBA players serve as inspirations to Black kids everywhere. "I don't want the lockout to go to December or January but just in case I've signed up to be in class in the fall," Love said in an interview with ESPN.com. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to do so but I'm hoping my fall classes get cut short."
Combs was on campus with his son, Justin Combs, 17, who is being considered as a possible recruit for the Bruins. Justin is a standout wide receiver at his private school in NYC.
Something tells us the enrollment rate for groupies at UCLA is about to soar.
The Atlanta public schools cheating scandal has rocked the community and made headlines around the country. Atlanta's public school system has consistently ranked at the bottom of national scholastic achievement tests. It's not that the students are dumb -- it's that their (mostly black) teachers are corrupt and just plain lazy.
I remember the day when a local hospital (which shall not be named) ordered testing for its entire staff of licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The action was taken in response to complaints from patients and RNs.
A shocking number of (mostly black) LPNs failed the tests -- and were fired.
Many of them were distraught after working at the hospital for decades. But the hospital is responsible for ensuring that the medical staff is competent and capable of doing their jobs. In national rankings, this particular hospital consistently ranks near the top among its national peers.
The same cannot be said for the Atlanta Public School system.
Students in the Atlanta Public Schools are angry, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They feel betrayed -- cheated, in fact -- after learning last week that nearly 180 educators in 44 schools changed students' answers on standardized tests in order to artificially inflate APS test scores and avoid losing its accreditation.
It was all about greed -- "to make sure the money is there," said Tucker, 18, a student at Carver school of the arts.
"They're supposed to be helping us, not cheating," said a student who was among more than a dozen students interviewed by the AJC.
"I think they're really taking education away from us," said another student.