Child Safety

Schools Respond to Severe Mutated Strain of the Flu

Chris Welsh, Esq. While it is too early to say that this flu season is worse than previous years, it is certainly tragic. The Center for Disease Control reports that at least 21 children have died from influenza year, which has now reached at least 43 states. School officials are reminding parents to keep sick children at home while upping their disinfecting efforts. Some districts are taking more intensive steps. For the first time, New York City required preschool and daycare students to get the shot by December 31st. In West Virginia, students are encouraged to take a pledge to …


Freight Train and School Bus Collide in North Dakota, 2 Killed

Chris Welsh, Esq. Terrible news out of North Dakota today. A school bus carrying 13 students was hit by a freight train , killing the bus driver and a 17-year-old student. The 12 survivors were treated at Altru hospital in Grand Forks. The accident occurred Monday afternoon about 20 miles about 20 miles west of Grand Forks when a BNSF Railway train hit the right front side of the bus, which was taking students to school. It is believe that the bus driver did not stop for the oncoming train. The crossing reportedly has only a stop sign, with no …


Communities, Health Advocates Rally for End of Toxic Tire Playgrounds and Turf Fields

Brian Nettles, Esq. In today’s world, recycling is without a doubt important to protecting the planet and the lives of our children. But is recycling always the best idea? For certain products, the answer is no. Roughly 25 years ago, landfills were piled high with old tires. Needless to say, this was toxic and dangerous, posing risk of fire, air pollution, stagnate water, and breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In response this issue, today more than 90 percent of the 230 million used tires in the United States are recycled. They’re burned as fuel, used for asphalt roads, and used for …


Safe Winter Driving Tips

Brian Nettles, Esq. If you’re traveling somewhere snowy for the holidays, take these critical steps to stay safe on the road. Massachusetts Department of Transportation offers a great checklist, and listed below are some of the most important tips: Driving: Remember that speed limits are set for dry roads. Know what road conditions you face and don’t try to outdrive them. It’s important not to be overconfident even if you have a 4×4 vehicle, or too comfortable–do not drive in cruise control. Winter conditions such as snow and ice require extra caution and attention: drive slower than usual, look further …


School District Faces Accountability for Indifference to Anti-Semitic Bullying

Brian Nettles, Esq. What does the law demand of schools when it comes to bullying? A recently decided case out of New York state ruled that schools must take steps “reasonably calculated” to end harassment when it amounts to a “culture” of bias in the school. This means that lunch detention for bullies and a few anti-bullying assemblies won’t always be enough. But it also doesn’t mean that schools have to get rid of bullying entirely, which is a tough feat to say the least. So what does it mean? Try again, and try harder. Just because bullying can’t …


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