Thursday, November 29, 2012
In a statement issued today, Board President Barbara Garrity responds to comments made at Wednesday's Board of Education meeting by two of its members.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Recently, two members of the Holmdel School Board, Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik, issued public statements claiming that they had been “bullied” when they raised a “serious” issue involving school personnel in October. They claimed the school board, school attorney, and school administration attempted to silence them with threats of potential legal action and ethics violation charges. These claims are completely false. No one is deliberately hiding anything. They were never “silenced.” They know there are rules involving personnel matters that require confidentiality. They also know the board responded rapidly to the issue they raised, and it has been thoroughly investigated to the satisfaction of the majority of the board’s …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Police have forwarded the case to the Family Division of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
A Hazlet juvenile has been charged by Hazlet Police in a matter involving the use of Instagram, a photo-sharing and text program owned by Facebook. "The allegation is that the school had reported threats, terroristic threats, made by Instagram," said Det. Lt. Charles McBride. "We have investigated the matter. We charged the juvenile, and that's that." McBride said he could not comment further on a case involving a juvenile. The case has been sent to the county prosecutor's office, for review by investigators in the family division. If that office finds the information by local police warrants that charge, a county investigator will pursue charges. The only ones informed of the outcome with be the school principal and any victims in the …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The sentencing for Dharun Ravi is set for May 21.
Dharun Ravi, 20, has been found guilty on all counts in the webcam spying case that has made national headlines for the past year. Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Friday, the jury read the verdict, finding Ravi guilty on charges of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, attempted invasion of privacy, tampering with physical evidence, witness tampering and hindering apprehension or prosecution, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press. He was found guilty on four bias intimidation counts, but acquitted on some bias charges, NJ.com is reporting. Ravi will be sentenced on May 21, according to the report. The Associated Press reports that Ravi could face jail time or possible deportation to India, where he was born, despite living in the U.S. …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A 16-member jury was selected today, with opening statements expected tomorrow (Friday) in the trial of Dharun Ravi, who is accused of spying on a Ridgewood teen at Rutgers days before the teen committed suicide.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
A jury has been selected in the trial of a 19-year-old Rutgers student charged with spying on his roommate days before the roommate committed suicide, according to NJ.com. Opening statements in the trial of Dharun Ravi, of Plainsboro, are expected to begin Friday. The 15-count indictment charges Ravi with invasion of privacy, hindering apprehension and bias intimidation. The bias charges--two second-degree and two third-degree--are consider the most serious. The second-degree offense carries a prison sentence of five to 10 years, if convicted, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. Prosecutors say Ravi set up a webcam and secretly watched his roommate, Tyler Clementi, 18, of Ridgewood, "in an intimate encounter with …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Board of Education President Barbara Garrity talks about the ways Holmdel schools will respond to New Jersey's new anti-bullying legislation.
Each new school year the laws under which we operate change. The new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act brings significant changes in how schools respond to bullying, both preventively and in dealing with consequences. Why is Bullying being Taken so Seriously? The immediate trigger for the legislation was last year’s suicide of a Rutgers student after he was harassed on the basis of his sexual orientation. However, there are also broad statistics about the harm resulting from bullying: These are sad facts, and we have a legal, and moral, obligation to work for a better school climate, and develop programs to reduce the incidence of bullying. What is Bullying? Bullying is: Usually there is an imbalance of power (e.g., strength, popularity…
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tips for preparing your child for their first encounter with a bully.
It probably started in preschool when your child was playing with a house and a big mean four and a half year old just came over and stole their stuff right out of your sweet innocent little child's precious little hands. How dare they?! The fact is, kids can be mean. Heck, adults can be mean too. You can't be with your child 24/7 to protect them from the school bully. You can't control what other children do; but you can control how your child reacts. Or at least hopefully you can bully-proof your student. For starters you want to ensure your precious baby isn't on the giving end of the bullying. Not only is it rude and wrong, it could land your assertive child a suspension. (Assertive sounds so much better than aggressive, don't you …