School Swaps Out Blind 8-Year-Old's Cane for Pool Noodle as Punishment

Dakota Nafzinger, age eight, was born with bilateral anopthalmia, which means he has no eyes. Normally he uses a cane to get around, but on Monday of this week, a staff member at Gracemor Elementary School in Kansas City took his cane away on the bus as punishment and replaced it with a pool noodle. » 12/18/14 12:30pm 12/18/14 12:30pm

Dark-Skinned Black Girls Suspended 3x More Than Light-Skinned Girls

Today, the New York Times ran a crucial piece about school-age girls and the massive disciplinary imbalances that effectively segregate them, both by race and also by skin color. Tanzina Vega's report begins with the case of Mikia, a 12-year-old in Georgia who was caught vandalizing a school bathroom with a friend.… » 12/11/14 6:10pm 12/11/14 6:10pm

Reckless Driver Speeds Around School Bus, Forced to Hold Idiot Sign on…

You know how when you're late for something and there's a school bus unloading children in your way, you sometimes just have to be all, "Fuck it, I'm just gonna drive on the sidewalk from now on! Problem solved!"? No? Well, Sheena Hardin of Cleveland does. In fact, she was caught on camera bobbing and weaving and now… » 11/14/12 9:15pm 11/14/12 9:15pm

Longest-Serving Female Inmate in U.S. Surprisingly Released After 49…

On Monday, Betty Smithey, the longest-serving female inmate in the U.S., was set free after spending 49 years in prison for the murder of a 15-month-old Phoenix girl in 1963. The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency determined that Smithey was no longer a violent or troubled woman, granted her an absolute discharge by… » 8/15/12 11:00am 8/15/12 11:00am

Sprinter Kim Collins Left Out of Olympics After Stealing Away to Visit…

The St. Kitts and Nevis team described sprinter Kim Collins as a "national hero" even as the team was expelling him on Saturday for missing training sessions. Responding to the punishment, Collins, the world champion back in 2003, said he was kicked off the team for leaving the Olympic Village to visit his wife, and… » 8/05/12 1:30pm 8/05/12 1:30pm

Vladimir Putin Craftily Suggests that Pussy Riot Shouldn’t Be Punished…

In a sort of surprising twist to the Pussy Riot saga, Russian President, shirtless outdoorsman, and Siberian tiger whisperer Vladimir Putin said that Pussy Riot's bandmembers shouldn't "be judged so harshly" for their impromptu punk rock performance in February on the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Church. Putin … » 8/02/12 9:15pm 8/02/12 9:15pm

Teen Girl Forced to Stand on Busy Corner Holding an 'I Steal From My…

Kids usually don't think before they steal, but you can bet 13-year-old Natia Wade never thought she'd end up standing on the corner of a busy intersection holding up a hand-written sign that read, "I steal from my family." Wade, who lives in Memphis, ended up there after she racked up a record of taking things—mostly… » 2/15/12 10:30pm 2/15/12 10:30pm

Are Male Teen Sex Offenders Just Misunderstood Romeos?

Parents of young men who have been busted and sent to jail for having sex with underage girlfriends are fighting anti-sex offender laws on their sons' behalf. Sex offender registry standards are unfair, they say, and enforcing statutory rape laws when the two people involved are just two kids in love is unjust. Is it? » 1/26/12 11:15am 1/26/12 11:15am

Anti-Spanking Laws Could Turn America Into Egalitarian Hellhole

Sweden became the first country to outlaw physical punishment of children in 1979. Now, the first generation of Swedish young adults to have been raised in a spanking-free society is in its thirties. Contrary to what your cantankerous, defensive grandpa might suggest, the entire country hasn't turned into a bunch of… » 11/11/11 10:30am 11/11/11 10:30am

"Hot Sauce Mom" Convicted Of Child Abuse

Jessica Beagley, the mom who videotaped herself pouring hot sauce in her son's mouth and giving him cold showers to get on Dr. Phil's "Angry Moms" episode, has been convicted of misdemeanor child abuse. Beagley and her husband, Anchorage police officer Gary Beagley, showed no emotion when the verdict was announced.… » 8/23/11 9:15pm 8/23/11 9:15pm