Respect For All News RoundupFriday 15, May 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Straightlaced
News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!
Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More
“The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.”
Lawyer for family of boy who killed himself files intent to sue school system
“We will be asking for a substantial amount,” said Gerald Griggs, whose complaint alleges negligence by Dunaire Elementary School officials. Jaheem’s mother said she complained to them about relentless bullying of her son, but that the abuse didn’t stop. She believes it ultimately led Jaheem to kill himself.
Wisconsin High Court to Review Marriage Ban
The Wisconsin supreme court said on Thursday that it would review whether the 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was properly put to voters.
Political science instructor William McConkey is challenging the referendum. He charges that by asking voters two questions — whether to ban same-sex marriage and whether to ban civil unions — it violated a state law that limits referendums to one subject.