The Sigma Pi fraternity has been placed on interim suspension following an incident in which a person or people allegedly threw bottles at black students and taunted them from the fraternity’s roof, the University said in a statement Tuesday.
The suspension is not a presumption of fraternity’s guilt in the episode, according to Travis Apgar, associate dean of students for fraternity and sorority affairs. Apgar emphasized that the suspension “is not a kind of judicial decision or a judgment of their accountability.”
“There’s enough information to know that a serious allegation with credibility has been made, so the state of practice is for us to place them on interim suspension status,” Apgar said.
Ithaca Police is currently conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, according to the University’s statement. Additionally, a bias report has been filed with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, according to the statement.
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A Zephyrhills High School science teacher faces dismissal amid allegations that she used a “cone of shame” dog collar to discipline students.
Pasco County schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino has recommended firing physical science teacher Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp, 47, for putting the collar — the type used to prevent animals from licking themselves after surgery — on at least eight of her ninth-graders on two days in April.
Zephyrhills High administrators said they first learned of the teacher’s actions after parents pointed out photos on Facebook of the students with the cones.
“I am stunned that you would put dog collars on students for any reason,” Fiorentino said in a letter to Bailey-Cutkomp, a district teacher since 1999. “I am very concerned that you used this collar to punish and embarrass students in front of their peers.”
Reached by phone Wednesday, Bailey-Cutkomp said she could not comment. She referred calls to her lawyer, Mark Herdman, who was in depositions and not available.
Bailey-Cutkomp, who is accused of violating district and state ethics rules, has requested a hearing before the School Board to appeal the superintendent’s decision. A date has not been set. She is no longer in the classroom while awaiting the hearing.
In her letter, Fiorentino outlined the details leading to her recommendation. Expecting low-attendance around spring break, Bailey-Cutkomp showed the Pixar movie Up on the Friday before the break started and the Monday after it ended. That in itself created problems because it wasn’t part of her lesson plans and instead was designed to use up time.
In the movie, the character Dug (a dog) wears the “cone of shame” as a punishment for being disobedient.
Bailey-Cutkomp, who reportedly worked previously in the veterinary field, brought a cone into her classes after students asked about them.
“When asked how you selected students to wear the collar, you explained that you initially used it to redirect student behavior,” Fiorentino wrote. “You also stated that some students requested to wear the collar to see how difficult it was to eat and move around while wearing it. Finally, you stated that you gave some students the option of either wearing the collar or sitting at the tardy table when they arrived late to your class.”
In a written statement, one student who was drinking soda in class, explained how Bailey-Cutkomp used it.
“I was in second period. I was drinking soda, and she said, ‘Do I have to put the cone on you?’ ” wrote the student, whose name was not disclosed. “I didn’t say anything and she put it on me.”
The teacher stopped using the collar after learning that one student’s mother had commented on Facebook that it was inappropriate to make students wear it. Bailey-Cutkomp later told district investigators later that it “probably” was a bad idea to put the collar on students, Fiorentino stated.
“You said that you intended for the collar to be ‘innovative’ and ‘related to real world situations,’ but that it did not work,” Fiorentino wrote. “You stated that you intended for the collar to be a joke and that you did not intend to be malicious but that you heard after the fact that some students were embarrassed.”
School Board members said they did not want to talk about the case, because they will be asked to determine the teacher’s fate with the school district. Board member Steve Luikart said he received letters from a handful of Zephyrhills High teachers supporting Bailey-Cutkomp generally as a good teacher, while still deploring the specifics of the “cone of shame” accusations.
“I believe that Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp is an excellent instructor and role model for students at any school,” science teacher Steven L. Wilkinson wrote. “She is an asset to the teaching profession and should be allowed to retain her present position.”
Bailey-Cutkomp began working at Zephryhills High School as a substitute and was hired full-time in 2002.
“Whatever mistake Ms. Bailey-Cutkomp made, it was a mistake that I doubt she will make again,” wrote ninth-grade teacher James Washington. “Furthermore, what I have witnessed at ZHS certainly makes me believe that she has much to offer the students.”
Board members noted the seeming irony that student photos taken in class and posted to Facebook helped a district investigation into teacher wrongdoing. The board has struggled for months to craft a policy that controls unauthorized use of photos and videos taken in school.
“That definitely added to the body of evidence,” board member Alison Crumbley said.
Luikart, a retired high school assistant principal who favors restricting the taking and distribution of those pictures, said the district would have learned of Bailey-Cutkomp’s actions eventually.
“Students talk. Parents make phone calls,” he said. “The photographs just made it a little bit quicker.”
Board vice chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong said she had no problems with the photos being taken. As for putting them on Facebook, that’s another thing.
“It’s one thing to show pictures in private to the superintendent or a person in charge, versus showing them publicly,” she said.
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Controversial: Naomi Schaefer Riley called the five PhD topics irrelevant and said nobody would read them
An education blogger has been fired after deeming black studies ‘left-wing victimization claptrap’.
Naomi Schaefer Riley’s essay entitled ‘The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations’ prompted a petition signed by 6,500 people calling for her dismissal from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The lecturer 500-word post published on April 30 was a response to an earlier article which listed the dissertation topics of five PhD students, which ranged from the history of black midwifery and housing policy.
’What a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap,’ she said of the dissertations. ‘The best that can be said of these topics is that they’re so irrelevant no one will ever look at them.’
‘Seriously, folks, there are legitimate debates about the problems that plague the black community from high incarceration rates to low graduation rates to high out-of-wedlock birth rates. But it’s clear that they’re not happening in black-studies departments,’ she added.
‘If these young scholars are the future of the discipline, I think they can just as well leave their calendars at 1963 and let some legitimate scholars find solutions to the problems of blacks in America. Solutions that don’t begin and end with blame the white man.’
The post came under fire from commenters who labelled her racist, and criticised her for not having read the dissertations.
But Liz McMillen, the Chronicle’s editor, at first defended the website’s decision to publish the article.
‘I urge readers instead to view this posting as an opportunity – to debate Riley’s views, challenge her, set things straight as you see fit,’ she said on May 3.
But just four days later, McMillen said the publication regretted its decision and Riley was fired.
‘Several thousand of you spoke out in outrage and disappointment that The Chronicle had published an article that did not conform to the journalistic standards and civil tone that you expect from us,’ McMillen said.
‘We’ve heard you, and we have taken to heart what you said.
‘We now agree that Ms. Riley’s blog posting did not meet The Chronicle’s basic editorial standards for reporting and fairness in opinion articles. As a result, we have asked Ms. Riley to leave the Brainstorm blog.’
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Teacher Rhonda Michelle Ford, 29, was arrested after she allegedly had sex with a boy, 15, 10 times, had oral sex with him on multiple occasions and gave three underage teens beer as a gift. The boy told police he could ID a tattoo on her pelvic area that would be hidden by her underpants
A teacher has been jailed after a 15-year-old boy was able to prove he was having sex with her by identifying a tattoo on her body.
Police in Oklahoma said the teen was able to describe a tattoo on Rhonda Michelle Ford’s pelvic area which is low enough to be hidden by her underwear.
The 29-year-old contract teacher was arrested at her home in Clayton, Oklahoma, following a two month investigation.
An affidavit filed in Pushmataha County revealed that Ford is alleged to have become involved with the boy shortly after Valentine’s Day.
The student told detectives he and Ford kissed and had a sexual encounter that involved the touching of genitals.
He said the following day he went to Ford’s home where they had sex.
The teen said they had sex on at least ten occasions in the following months as well as performing oral sex on each other.
The boy told authorities that because of the sexual relationship, he could identify a tattoo on Ford’s pelvic area, which is low enough to be hidden by panties.
The charging document also alleges Ford provided alcohol to three students at her residence in March.
The three students, two boys and a girl, admitted to helping Ford move into her new house and afterward Ford bought them a 30-pack of beer, the affidavit says.
Ms Ford is a contract teacher and taught at Oklahoma’s Cleveland high school from 2009-2010 before moving to Clayton Public Schools. It is not clear how she met the victim
The students told investigators Ford then fixed herself a cocktail — pineapple juice and Malibu rum — and provided one to one of the students, the affidavit says.
Ford has since resigned from Clayton Public Schools.
From 2009-2010 she was a teacher at Cleveland High School in Oklahoma.
She has been charged with lewd or indecent acts with a child under the age of 16, second-degree rape, sodomy and permitting children under 21 to possess or consume alcohol.
Ford, who has since resigned from Clayton Public School District, is being held in Pushmataha County.
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Former Osceola County, Fla. teacher Kacy Wilson has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student and sending pornographic photos to the teen, police said on Thursday.
CBS affiliate WKMG reports that the 28-year-old was arrested in Salida, Colo. She was charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors and one count of unlawful transmission of pornography by electronic device.
According to Kissimmee police, officials were made aware in October of a possible relationship between Wilson and a male student at Osceola High School.
Detectives tried to talk to Wilson, but she resigned from her job and moved to Colorado, police said. The teen initially denied the allegations.
In April, however, the teen told school officials about the relationship, saying it occurred the year before. According to police, he also told detectives about inappropriate photos that she recently sent him.
An arrest warrant was obtained for Wilson, who was arrested and will be extradited to Osceola County. She’s being held on $85,000 bond.
According to the Osceola County school district, Williams was hired in Aug. 2009. She resigned this year in January.
School officials said as soon as the district learned of the allegations, they immediately notified the Department of Children and Families, law enforcement and the State Department of Education.
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A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.
When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.
The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.
The girl’s grandmother, who sometimes helps pack her lunch, told Carolina Journal that she is a petite, picky 4-year-old who eats white whole wheat bread and is not big on vegetables.
“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told CJ. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”
When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.
“She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,” her mother said. “You’re telling a 4-year-old. ‘oh. your lunch isn’t right,’ and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.”
While the mother and grandmother thought the potato chips and lack of vegetable were what disqualified the lunch, a spokeswoman for the Division of Child Development said that should not have been a problem.
“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.” The lunch has to include a fruit or vegetable, but not both, she said.
There are no clear restrictions about what additional items — like potato chips — can be included in preschoolers’ lunch boxes.
“If a parent sends their child with a Coke and a Twinkie, the child care provider is going to need to provide a balanced lunch for the child,” Kozlowski said.
Ultimately, the child care provider can’t take the Coke and Twinkie away from the child, but Kozlowski said she “would think the Pre-K provider would talk with the parent about that not being a healthy choice for their child.”
It is unclear whether the school was allowed to charge for the cafeteria lunches they gave to every preschooler in the class that day.
The state regulation reads:
“Sites must provide breakfast and/or snacks and lunch meeting USDA requirements during the regular school day. The partial/full cost of meals may be charged when families do not qualify for free/reduced price meals.
“When children bring their own food for meals and snacks to the center, if the food does not meet the specified nutritional requirements, the center must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”
Still, Kozlowski said, the parents shouldn’t have been charged.
“The school may have interpreted [the rule] to mean they felt like the lunch wasn’t meeting the nutritional requirements and so they wanted the child to have the school lunch and then charged the parent,” she said. “It sounds like maybe a technical assistance need for that school.”
The school principal, Jackie Samuels, said he didn’t “know anything about” parents being charged for the meals that day. “I know they eat in the cafeteria. Whether they pay or not, they eat in the cafeteria.”
Pridgen’s office is looking into the issue.
Sara Burrows is an associate editor of Carolina Journal.
Editor’s note, Feb. 15: The first two paragraphs of this story were updated. Neither DHHS nor school officials would identify the person who inspected the homemade lunches and decided they did not meet USDA guidelines. CJ has made multiple requests to DHHS for clarification. In an email to CJ, department spokeswoman Lori Walston said: “As mentioned in the statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued last night, this agency is currently working to determine the specifics of this case.”
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A 9-year-old boy North Carolina boy was suspended for calling a teacher “cute,” WSOCTV.com reports.
The boy’s mother, Chiquita Lockett, said the principal of Brookside Elementary in Gastonia called her after the incident to say the comment was a form of “sexual harassment.”
“It’s not like he went up to the woman and tried to grab her or touch her in a sexual way,” Lockett said. “So why would he be suspended for two days?”
According to the station, a district spokeswoman said she could not go into detail, but said the boy was suspended for “inappropriate behavior” after making “inappropriate statements.”
The district’s Code of Conduct doesn’t list “inappropriate behavior,” but says “disruption of school” is punishable by five days of out-of-school suspension.
The news of the North Carolina boy’s suspension comes as a Massachusetts elementary school is investigating a first-grader for sexual harassment after the boy struck another boy his age in the groin.
The mother of the accused 7-year-old tells the Boston Globe that her son was fending off another child, who had choked him in an altercation on the school bus on Nov. 22.
“I think my kid was right to fight back,’’ said the mother, Tasha Lynch, 30. “He wasn’t doing anything except protecting himself.’’
Lynch says her son has been afraid to return to Tynan Elementary School in South Boston since the fight, according to the paper.
Matthew Wilder, spokesman for the Boston public schools, declined to comment on the incident or why it has been classified as a possible case of sexual harassment. He said officials do not discuss confidential student information.
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