Five Teens Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Rock Throwing Incident

On October 24, 2017, five Michigan teenagers were denied bond after they were charged with second degree murder for throwing rocks off of a highway overpass and killing a passenger in a van. That passenger, Kenneth White, was a 32 year-old fiancé and father to a 5 year-old son. You can read more information about […]

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Rampant Human Rights Violations of Children Internationally On October 31, 2017, the United Security Council met to discuss their deep concern for international abuse of children. The Council said that it is “gravely concerned by the scale and severity” of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law committed against children in some countries, […]

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Minors Charged as Adults Sue County for Placing Them in Solitary Confinement In King County, Washington, four minors who were charged as adults and were placed in solitary confinement are suing the county. The county has a practice of placing youths in isolation before their trial dates. Among other things, the lawsuit alleges “King County […]

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Almost 400,000 Texans’ insurance at risk after Congress fails to renew CHIP Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program… read more   For Deal on ‘Dreamers,’ White House Will Demand Crackdown on Child Border Crossers The […]

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“Little Lobbyists” Help Save the Health Care Law, for Now With the help of “little lobbyists” — children suffering from “serious medical needs” at risk of losing health care under the Cassidy-Graham Bill — the new health care legislation was put to a halt. Read more. High schools plan to punish students who refuse to […]

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At Mexican School Hit by Quake, Heartbreak and Dwindling Hope This article speaks of the damage after the Enrique Rebsamen school collapsed during Mexico’s recent earthquake. After the disaster, a massive rescue was undergone to find surviving students. Once the dust had settled 30 student bodies were found and over 60 students were injured. Read […]

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Wilmington’s teen violence statistics draw strong reaction A year-long investigative project by The News Journal about teen gun violence in Wilmington has provoked elected officials and community members to speak up. The three-day series, which ran in print and online over the weekend, revealed that children ages 12 to 17 are more likely to be shot in […]

“Raise the Age” Legislation Denied in Texas

High-profile legislation to raise the age for criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18 was declared dead in the Senate in early May, as leaders rejected House overtures to pass the bill but delay its implementation until 2021. Senate leaders said the estimated $35 million cost to implement the change and concerns that putting […]