School violence hot line saves lives

A national hot line that urges students to call in tips about weapons and school violence has gotten 198 calls about possible dangers in North Jersey since starting five years ago.In January, a caller told the “Speak Up” hot line that a student had threatened to seek revenge on peers.

Last November, a tipster claimed a first-grader had a gun in his backpack.

And last May, someone reported that a high schooler had sent a text message warning, “If you think Virginia Tech was bad, wait until senior prom.”

In each case, the hot line alerted police and schools about the anonymous tips.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective.

And, in a very interesting twist to this story……..the founder of the hotline, Matthew Gross, is trying to rebuild his life after a stranger’s gunshot left him with a serious brain injury.

You might well remember Gross, who was visiting the top deck of the Empire State Building on Feb. 23, 1997, when an armed Palestinian furious at America went on a rampage, wounding Gross and five other people and killing Gross’ friend, Chris. The shooter, Ali Abu Kamal, turned his gun on himself and died that night at the same hospital where Gross lingered in a coma for five days. Doctors were astonished Gross pulled through.

Stumbling blocks become stepping stones.

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Proud Mississippian

From Sis-n-law…….”You know you’re a proud Mississipian when…”

1. You can properly pronounce Kosciusko, Ackerman, Gautier, Picayune and Belzoni.

2. You think people who complain about the heat in their states are sissies.

3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.

4. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.

5. Stores don’t have bags or shopping carts, they have sacks and buggies.

6. You’ve seen people wear overalls at funerals.

7. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

8. You measure distance in minutes. (It’s about 5 minutes down the road)

9. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.

10. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.

11. You know cowpies are not made of beef.

12. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.

13. You have known someone who has a belt buckle bigger than your fist.

14. You aren’t surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, beer, and bait all in the same store.

15. A Mercedes Benz isn’t a status symbol.. A Chevy Silverado Extended Bed Crew Cab is.

16. You know everything goes better with Ranch Dressing.

17. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.

18. You actually get these jokes and are ‘fixin’ ‘ to send them to your friends.

19. You have used your heater and air-conditioner in the same day!

Finally: You are 100% Mississippian if you have ever had this conversation:

20. ‘You wanna coke?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘What kind?’ ‘Dr Pepper.’

Harper wins MS 3rd

Conservative blogging legend Nuke Gingrich officially calls it for Gregg Harper over Charlie Ross in the MS 3rd District.

“It was an old-fashioned whoopin’,” said Gingrich, relaxing with a Macanudo and a mint juelp, on the veranda from NG Election Central in southwest Mississippi. “Ross didn’t know what hit him. This is a blowout, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier for the people of the Third District.”

Gingrich endorsed Harper over the weekend, and momentum has been moving in Harper’s direction ever since. Some are calling Gingrich’s expose’ of the Club for Growth, and their attempt to influence Mississippi’s primaries a “watershed moment.” Gingrich, characteristically modest, said of the CfG — Ross connection, “Pat Toomey and his ilk are history. CfG’s march towards irrelevance continues unabated. These guys are just plain bad news. A bunch of rich Yankees who think they can come in here with their dollars and buy themselves a Congressman. Well, the people spoke loudly. Heh™”

Gregg Harper will face a Democrat opponent in the general election, but in the MS 3rd, who really cares? He won the real battle tonight, and that’s all that matters.

(from WLBT, with 80% 92% of the precincts reporting, it’s Harper 57-43 over Ross.)

C-L has the roundup

Harper Grabs Lead in Mississippi 3rd District Runoff

Update at 8:38 pm with 73% precincts reporting

Harper leads 58 – 42

(mi-mi-mi—do I hear the fat lady warming up?)

8:28 pm Early returns, from WLBT, Jackson….with 54% precincts reporting

Gregg Harper —– 59%

Charlie Ross ——– 41%

Looking Goooooooood!

Go Gregg!!!

Knife, Handcuffs Found Among Kids Suspected In Plot To Hurt Teacher

WAYCROSS, Ga. — Three of the nine Ware County third-grade students accused of being involved in a plot to harm their teacher will face some serious charges, according police. Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner on Tuesday released pictures of the evidence, which includes a steak knife, a paperweight, handcuffs, gloves and several rolls of tape.According to Tanner, the motive for the plot might have been to get revenge on a teacher after she disciplined a girl in her classroom for standing on a chair.The police chief said District Attorney Rick Currie has decided to charge a 9-year-old girl with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of weapons on school grounds or school safety zone and conspiracy to commit a crime of aggravated assault.

Also to be charged are a 10-year-old girl, who will face a charge of conspiracy to commit a crime of aggravated assault and possession of weapons on school grounds or school safety zone, and an 8-year-old boy accused of conspiracy to commit a crime of aggravated assault.

Those three students, whose names have not been released, were the ones who brought all the weapons, according to police.

Authorities got word of the alleged plot to harm teacher Ms. Belle Carter at Center Elementary School on Friday when another student reported seeing the knife in the possession of another child.

The 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds have been accused of being involved in a plan to harm Carter, but some parents said the plot was much worse. Channel 4 received several e-mails from parents who claimed the students wanted to kill their teacher.

The headline in Monday’s Waycross Journal-Herald read murder.

“I have not heard that word used. The principal says they were planning to harm their teacher,” said Theresa Martin, of Ware County Schools.

“We really can’t say they intended to kill her. We knew they had talked about I believe that they might hit her in the head or they may even stab her,” Tanner said.

Investigators confirmed the students brought a steak knife, a roll of duct tape, handcuffs, ribbon and a heavy crystal paperweight to school. They said all nine of the children who have been suspended had a different roll they were supposed to play in the planned attack.

Licensed mental health counselor Audrey Dearborn called the allegations against the third-graders alarming.

“Before you would see these types of behavior in high school. Now, we’ve skipped the middle school and gone right to the third grade,” Dearborn said.

Dearborn said a lot of kids view school as an environment where they have to fight to succeed and be treated fairly, but Dearborn said kids need to be taught that the word fight should not be taken literally.

“They have distorted views about how to handle problems in their society,” Dearborn said. “They respond the way the cartoon characters do- – they fight with aggression. This is a cry for help. They are saying, ‘I am angry. I am hurt and I am striking out. We need to help them.” Investigators said it was not clear whether the students understood the of what they were planning.

“Do kids know enough about anatomy or injuries to where they could even realize that if they were to have stabbed her or hit her on the head or anything else, how much harm that they would have done? That’s our biggest question,” Tanner said.

He said the parents of the children accused are, “Shocked, saddened, and surprised. This is their worst nightmare.”

Also surprised by the students’ alleged plot was the teacher, who Martin said called her students good kids.

“She showed me a picture of the students in her class. I think she was really surprised they would do this. She see them as good kids and asked me to look at them and see if thought would do anything like this,” Martin said.

Source:  News4Jax

Who would think that 3rd graders–8 and 9 year old children–would conceive of a plan to do bodily harm, even kill, their teacher, and then gather the materials to carry it out?

Waycross is a town I’ve been through many times.  Nice people.  Nice place to live.  Good place to raise children.  So naturally, everybody is in complete shock about this. 

Solidarity

UPDATE: It’s 3:00 PM CDT, and as the major market indices close on a very bullish beginning to the 2nd Quarter – up 3%!! – it is time to return to our normal blog format. Hopefully, this completely meaningless gesture has raised awareness of meaningless awareness raising gestures, ribbons, etc., etc., etc. AND, lest anyone forget, here is a screenshot of “NG: in the Dark”.

Furthermore, if Michelle Malkin decides to add NG to her blogroll as a result of our Solidarity, then we will, of course, be happy to reciprocate…

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Today, Michelle Malkin goes dark, and we here at NG stand in solidarity with her.

Tomorrow, we will return to the normal blog format, but for today, we will “go dark” with Michelle.

Embrace the dark side, Muwahaha

We’ve turned out the lights at MichelleMalkin.com. Why? To raise awareness of empty awareness-raising gestures by Gulfstream liberals, Google energy hogs, and Gore-worshiping cultists whose DAISNAID (Do as I say, not as I do) environmental alarmist policies would send us back to the Stone Ages.

I urge you to help Raise Awareness of all forms of enviro-nitwit-ism, too, by:

*Cranking up your thermostats.

*Returning your CFLs.

*Protesting PETA’s animal cruelty and animal rights/environmental terrorism.

*Purchasing a carbon debit package.

*Informing your local public school teacher of Al Gore’s electric bill before he/she attempts to cram “An Inconvenient Truth” down your kid’s throat.

*Reproducing!

*Sending your favorite SUV-basher to visit The Concourse of Hypocrisy.

*And using as much toilet paper as you damned well please, guilt-free, while humming Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do:”

WooHoo! I love it.

Got Pranks?

Here is one, called the Powerball Prank

Buy a Powerball ticket and give it to the victim on March 31. The next day go out early and buy another ticket with the exact same numbers as the WINNING numbers from the last drawing. Put this ticket in the place of the ticket from the day before.

Wait for them to check the numbers on the internet. They probably won’t notice the different date, and will think they just became a gozillionaire!

OK, so you missed the chance to pull this one off for April 1. But, the next drawing isn’t till Wednesday night.

It just might work.

Hehehehe

More:

Breitbart has the 10 best hoaxes of all time.

Classic pranks (Don’t try this at home)

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