Teaching Kids Mental Health Skills Can Ease Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts

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A new Canadian pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth significantly lessened cases of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. University of Alberta researchers led the EMPATHY program in a local school district from 2013 to 2015. The program was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades…


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Mom arrested for leaving 2-year-old alone in parked car

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A New Hampshire mom was arrested this week after she left her 2-year-old son unattended in the car in a Target parking lot. Dina Dambaeva says that she was only popping into the store to return something, an errand she thought would take no more than five minutes. So she…


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Local organization to host diaper drive for victims of child abuse

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and one Aberdeen group is collecting child supplies to help out local families. The Child Protection team is made up of 10 different organizations and businesses working to stop child abuse. The group found that the need in the community for this type…


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St. Marys couple arrested after kids repeatedly fail to show up to school

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A St. Marys couple is behind bars after their four children failed to show up to school for months on end, according to the St. Marys Police Department. The investigation started in February 2017. A school social worker, identified as Dr. Bianca Booker, notified the St. Mary’s Police Department about…


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St. George man charged with voyeurism, child pornography after hiding cameras in bathroom

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A Southern Utah man is facing multiple charges of voyeurism and child pornography after police said he hid cameras in a St. George home. According to a probable cause statement, 39-year-old James Steven Larsen hid cameras in the bathroom to get pictures of a woman while she was naked. Police…


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Pennsylvania man who sent child porn to Ohio teen looking at 13-year sentence

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A Pennsylvania man, who prosecutors said drove to Northeast Ohio to have sex with a 14-year-old Tallmadge girl and take pictures of her, faces a 13-year prison term, though a judge said he would making his final sentencing decision in a few weeks. James Cortelyou of Allentown had sex with…


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City’s Success Academy charter schools come out in support of transgender students

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The operator of the city’s largest charter school network has come out in support of transgender kids and immigrant students, as new federal policies are fill some local families with fear. In the letter sent to home to families and delivered to staffers Monday, Success Academy network founder Eva Moskowitz…


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Parents accused of starving boy face different levels of abuse charges

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Both parents at the center of a disturbing child abuse case out of Toquerville, Utah, had court hearings Wednesday. Russell and Brandy Jaynes are facing different levels of child abuse charges after their 12-year-old son was found locked in a bathroom, malnourished, and weighing only 30 pounds in January. Brandy…


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Silence is a nasty form of bullying

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It’s fitting that the week of Pink Shirt Day should kick off with a school board meeting where trustees — finally — voted to develop a policy to better educate staff and students about the LGBTQ community. Richmond was slow off the mark on this one. In fact, ours is…


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Parents weigh in on ESA program in treasurer’s roundtable

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Several parents joined a few state lawmakers Thursday morning to discuss the Education Savings Account program, one of the most divisive issues of the 2017 legislative session. The roundtable was hosted by state treasurer Dan Schwartz, who has been a staunch supporter of ESAs. The ESA program allows parents around…


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Metro-east middle school bans students from using cellphones

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A local middle school decided to ban cellphones during school hours because the technology became a distraction, as well as a tool for cyberbullying and sharing of “explicit content.” Starting March 1, the only electronic devices that students will be allowed to use between 8:25 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at…


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Child sex abuse royal commission hears of Catholic brothers’ secrecy culture

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A secrecy culture of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could explain historical allegations of child sex abuse within a religious order, the royal commission has been told. The commission’s investigation into the response of the Catholic Church into alleged abuse heard from the De La Salle Brothers, an order which had…


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Johnson City Man Charged With 12 Federal Child Porn Counts

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A Johnson City man is being charged with twelve felony counts for allegedly distributing child pornography online. Prosecutors say 34 year old Jared Flanders was arrested Friday, February 17 and is being held without bail. A detention hearing is to be held this week. Federal prosecutors say, if convicted, Flanders…


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Deputies arrest man for DUI near elementary school

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A man was arrested for DUI close to an elementary school. Barry Burgess, 23, of Elkview was charged with driving under the influence in a school zone. According to deputies, prescription drugs and marijuana were also found during the arrest Monday. Deputies say the arrest happened near Pt. Harmony Elementary…


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Sick paedo, 66, who targeted young girl for years caught after ‘accidentally’ uploading child abuse images to Facebook

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AN EVIL paedophile’s years of abuse and horrific sex tourism was uncovered after he “accidentally” uploaded child abuse images to FACEBOOK. David Grant, 66, was picked up by cops last August and told officers he found underage girls “attractive and pretty” – but was released on bail and able to…


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Top 10 Steps You Should Take to Respond to Cyberbullying

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Cyberbullying is an issue that affects us all: grown men and women, teenagers, tweens, and even children. It can eat up a shocking number of mental and physical hours each day, especially given the amount of time we spend with screens. No one is immune. Whether you are a female…


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Danish man charged with ordering rape of 346 children in ‘historic’ livestream sex abuse case

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A 70-year-old Danish man has been charged with ordering numerous child rape and sex abuse livestreams from third-world countries, where each assault usually cost the predator no more than $40. The man, who allegedly ordered sex abuse of children, predominantly Filipino, over the internet and had them streamed to his…


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District’s social media policy questioned following NC teacher’s sex trafficking arrest

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Some parents in Pender County are questioning the school system’s social media policies following the arrest of a Topsail High School track coach. Ahmad Garrison, 27, of Holly Ridge, was charged Wednesday with four additional counts of sexual activity with a student. According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, the…


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Student shows up at local high school with pellet gun

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Midway High School student was arrested Tuesday morning after showing up with a pellet gun and making “a verbal threat in the presence of witnesses,” interim Principal Brent Merritt said in a letter to parents. The pellet gun was not loaded, Merritt said. “The student and…


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How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexting

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“Sexting sounds harmless; after all, they are not doing ‘it’” says many parents. Actually, sexting is a form of “it” – the electronic sending and receiving of photos and videos that are sexually suggestive or explicit which often contain nudity, sex acts or texted sexual messages. Sexting often starts as…


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