Children and the Law Weekly News Round-up: April 20, 2012

Children’s Defense Fund Releases New Report. The Children’s Defense Fund released a new report this week: “Protect Children, Not Guns 2012.” In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, the report calls on readers to stand up and take action to stop gun violence against children.

Facebook Issues Guide for School Counselors. Facebook issued a special guide this week targeted for school counselors. The guide was contains best practices for teaching students how to use social networking safely.

California Legislature Passes Online Bullying Law. The bill, which passed the California Assembly unanimously this week, would give more power to schools to stop bullies from harassing classmates online.

New Security Issues for Youth at Giddings State School. The Austin-American Statesman covers some of the highlights of a new report detailing gang-related security issues.

Los Angeles Students Meet to Discuss Bullying. LA Times covered a gathering of thousands of LAUSD students who met to watch and discuss the new documentary “Bully.” Special Education Law Blog wrote a post last week giving some statistics on how many students are affected by bulling, reviewing the new movie, and offering a unique perspective on bullying from the perspective of students with autism.

Another Child Dies While Being Improperly Restrained. COPAA covers the story. Read our post to see how you can help pass federal legislation to stop unnecessary deaths.

Alex Hunt

About Alex Hunt

Alex Hunt is the Yale & Irene Rosenberg Graduate Fellow at the Center for Children, Law & Policy. Alex graduated from the University of Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in government. Before entering law school, he taught middle school math at YES Prep Southwest in Houston with Teach For America. In 2010, he received New Leaders' EPIC Spotlight Teacher Award, a national award for teachers with outstanding student growth. Alex graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in May 2013. During law school, Alex was Casenotes & Comments Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law, interned for both state and federal judges, and served as Vice President of the Health Law Organization (HLO). In addition, Alex has received the Irving J. Weiner Memorial Scholarship Award (for a year of outstanding work in the UH Law Center Legal Clinic), the Napoleon Beazley Defender Award (for outstanding work on behalf of children), the Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Child Advocacy Award, the Mont P. Hoyt Memorial Writing Award for an Outstanding Comment on a Topic in International Law, and he was a finalist for Texas Access to Justice's Law Student Pro Bono Award.

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