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By MARLO BARNHART | August 25, 1999
A 15-year-old boy who spit at, cursed and threatened to kill a high school principal last April couldn't give Judge John H. McDowell a reason for his outburst when he appeared in Washington County Juvenile Court Wednesday. "Why were you so out of control?" McDowell asked the teenager. He answered that he didn't know. "But I want to apologize to Mr. Reeder and Miss White. " North Hagerstown High School Principal Dave Reeder and special education teacher Pamela White were the objects of the teenager's fury on April 7. After pleading guilty to threatening a school employee, the youth was allowed to return home Wednesday with his mother.
By BRUCE HAMILTON | May 4, 1999
Every school administrator now has a cellular telephone in one of the Washington County Board of Education's latest attempts to ensure system-wide safety. In a presentation to the School Board, Executive Director of Support Services William McKinley discussed precautions recently taken to maintain security as well as allay student and parent fears. The violence associated with the Littleton, Colo., shooting April 20 created a heightened vigilance in schools, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Theresa Flak said.
August 30, 2000
Maryland flunks public access test By JIM LEE / Editor, Carroll County Times People visiting government offices in search of school violence reports, routine police arrest logs or other public documents have about a one-in-four chance of immediately getting what they are looking for. Half the time they will get nothing. And a lot of the time they will be quizzed about who they are, who they work for and why they want the record, in direct violation of the state's Public Information Act. A June 15 audit of Maryland public record access conducted by 20 newspapers from across the state, including The Herald-Mail, revealed that public officials routinely deny public access to even the most basic records.
By DON AINES | August 24, 1998
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With schools in Franklin County, Pa., set to open Wednesday, students, parents and teachers are finishing up vacations, doing some last-minute shopping and getting ready to hit the books. In Waynesboro on Sunday, they were reading from the Good Book and praying for the upcoming school year. "My main focus in life, my main goal in life, is to live for the Lord," said Heidi Marks, 17, the senior class president at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. She and more than 100 other people filled a room at the Waynesboro YMCA for the back-to-school prayer service.
June 6, 1999
By BRYN MICKLE / Staff Writer, Martinsburg photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - On the eve of his return to a legislative session in which school violence is expected to take center stage, U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd said his fellow lawmakers are overlooking an important point in the issue. [cont. from news page ] "Children must be taught to obey and respect authority - laws can't do that. Discipline has to be taught in the home," Byrd said Sunday.
By DON AINES | November 22, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Wearing a pink T-shirt with the words "STOOD UP" across the front, Principal Paul Sick strummed a guitar and led a room full of Falling Spring Elementary School students in song: "Don't laugh at me, don't call me names, Don't get pleasure from my pain, In God's eyes we're all the same, Some day we'll all have perfect wings, Don't laugh at me. " "He's good," student Shaqon Baker said after Sick...
By RACHAEL JOHNSON / Pulse correspondent | December 2, 2008
Rachel Joy Scott was a 17-year-old high school junior when she died on April 20, 1999. She was the first victim in the Columbine shootings, the worst high school shooting in America's history. When she was alive, her goal was to spread kindness and compassion. In her essay, "My Ethics, My Codes of Life," Rachel once wrote, "I have a theory that if one person can go out of there way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go. " We need to notice the chain reaction verbal violence can start.
by Wayne Kretzer Jr | September 3, 2006
At this time, I would like to thank Antietam Cable, The League of Women Voters, Hagerstown Community College and The Herald-Mail Company for holding the forums on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and Thursday, Aug. 17. I also would like to thank the concerned voters who turned out on these nights along with the voters who watched on TV. There were a lot of good issues discussed from all candidates. This goes to show that people really care about their communities. I would also like to address a few concerns.
June 18, 1999
Why no outrage? To the editor: Where is the outrage from the American people over the transfer over our nuclear secrets to China? This scandal is much more important to our futures than the Monica scandal, yet it only makes the third or fourth pages of the newspapers. One former Pentagon general has said that this technology transfer to China will put us in a more dangerous position in two years than we ever were at the height of the Cold War. If the charges that are currently being made are true, our president should be charged with treason.
January 27, 2013
“The most memorable answer I ever read from Dear Abby was in response to the woman who wanted to go to law school, but hesitated because she would be 50 by the time she finished. Dear Abby wrote, 'And how old will you be if you don't go?'” - Hedgesville, W.Va. “I'm so glad to see the comment in Mail Call, Jan. 18, about people rushing out to buy weapons. These extreme - and they're mostly tea party people - do not live by faith, but fear and hate, which is a sin.” - Hagerstown “Police Chief Buskirk, for a supposed law enforcement officer, you know precious little.
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