Columbia University students fume after administration cancels popular events

The school’s fall Bacchanal, planned for Sept. 14, was canceled last month, while its longtime annual spring affair is reviewed. The school’s decision comes after a federal complaint filed by dozens of students in April over the Ivy League school’s handling of alleged sexual assault.

Investigator: East High construction fires are suspicious

ROCKFORD — What caused suspicious fires that destroyed a construction trailer and damaged machinery outside East High School remains unknown, a Rockford Fire Department official said.

But after ruling out accidental causes, Fire Investigator Tim Morris said the fires July 5 and July 30 were likely set by someone and possibly were the work of arson.

Food Safety Tips for Packing School Lunches

When it comes to back-to-school safety, you cover the basics vigilantly, such as teaching kids to avoid strangers, buckling them in the car and providing appropriate safety gear when they play sports. But have you considered taking as much care when it comes to packing lunch boxes? An improperly packed school lunch can lead to spoiled food and a missed meal at best or food-borne illness at worst.

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Ocean Township Schools Respond To Five Bullying Incidents In 2014

OCEAN TWP: Ocean Township Schools have five reported incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying from January through June this year, in what new Superintendent James Stefankiewicz said was an accomplishment with so few reports.

The HIB reports are required reporting for the state Department of Education, and must itemize what transpired and how it was addressed, and break down the number by each school. Ocean Township School District is comprised of Ocean Township Elementary, Wanamassa Elementary, Wayside Elementary, Ocean Township Intermediate and Ocean Township High schools.

“That there were five incidents total, which is a small number for one school as opposed to a district, and three at the intermediate level, seems that we are successful,” said the superintendent, but that “regardless of the number, each incident is taken seriously.”


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Dover Area school board fires teacher facing child porn charges

The Dover Area school board on Monday formally fired an intermediate school music teacher facing a host of child pornography and molestation charges.

With a 6-0 vote, the board terminated Matthew B. Puterbaugh's role at the school.

Puterbaugh, 47, of 1000 Conewago Road in Dover Township, was placed on unpaid leave when allegations that he inappropriately touched a student were made earlier this year.

Charges against Puterbaugh were bound over to the York County courts in July.

"I guess we were waiting for everything to be finalized," board president Terry Emig said after the meeting.

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Does Media Coverage of School Shootings Lead to More School Shootings?

Two months ago, the day after a young man walked into Seattle Pacific University and opened fire with a shotgun, a group of reporters crowded into a tiny viewing corridor at the King County Jail. We were going to get our first look at the suspect through a glass wall. He was about to be denied bail. Photographers took up positions in the first row, standing at the ready with their cameras. TV videographers began to unfold bulky tripods. Newspaper writers sat with notepads on their laps. Some of us made small talk to pass the time in the stuffy little room.

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The Bullying Epidemic and Ways to Counter It

I remember reading earlier this year about the case of Michael Morones in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an 11-year-old boy who liked the cartoon, My Little Pony. He was part of a growing fanboy base called "bronies" (bro ponies).

Unfortunately, because Michael loved My Little Pony, he was taunted and bullied at his school. The bullying became so bad that Michael tried to kill himself by hanging. His parents found him, but he had already lost a lot of oxygen to his brain and may never fully recover.

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