Respect For All News RoundupFriday 08, 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!
This week we bring you not only the news of the week, but a selection of articles from RadicalParenting.com, an organization that focuses on youth development from a kid’s perspective.
The bill as passed by the Senate lists some of the reasons children bully each other, including race, religion, ancestry, physical appearance and sexual orientation. Although it lists these reasons as examples, it is written so that if a student bullies anyone for any reason, he or she can be punished.
Lawmakers voted in favor of same-sex marriage in New Hampshire and Maine on Wednesday, leaving Rhode Island as the only other New England state without legislation in favor of the issue.
Gasps filled the courtroom and some had to be restrained by sheriff’s deputies as they tried to rush the defense table after Derrick Donchak, 19, and Brandon Piekarsky, 17, were acquitted of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and ethnic intimidation for the death of Luis Ramirez.
Piekarsky was also found not guilty of third-degree murder for the death of Ramirez, who died of blunt force injuries after an encounter with the teens last summer.
Prosecutors alleged that the teens baited the Ramirez into a fight with racial epithets, provoking an exchange of punches and kicks that ended with Ramirez convulsing in the street, foaming from the mouth. He died two days later in a hospital.
The following articles are by Vanessa Van Petten who runs RadicalParenting.com a parenting blog written from the kid’s perspective with 20 teen writers. Their goal is to give parents a secret view into the world of kids and youth.
Cotton Candy Friends: How social networking, IMing, texting and the Internet are changing teen’s friendships
50 Best Mom Blogs: Parents always ask us “which websites should I read?” Here we did a complete overview of our favorite mommy bloggers across the net with reviews, favorite articles and descriptions.
(Please note: The opinions and ideas expressed in external articles do not necessarily reflect those of GroundSpark or our partner organizations.)