Category: Education

That’s the way the money goes. What price the homeless, the sick,the old and our children.

The blaze swept through a dormitory at Pitakiatwittaya School in the Wiang Pa Pao district of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand.

The fire broke out in a dormitory where girls aged between five and 12 were sleeping at the Christian school for girls from poor hill tribe families.

istrict police chief Colonel Prayad Singsin said: “”Most of the losses were because the children were asleep.”

Five girls are reported injured, with two being in a critical condition.

Forensic experts sifted through the debris and ashes inside the concrete shell of the school dormitory building on Monday.

Preliminary indications suggested a faulty fluorescent light on the ground floor may have been the cause.

A hot fragment fell onto a pile of clothes and started the fire, he said. The children likely died due to smoke inhalation.

Sant Sukhavachana, a senior regional forensics officer said: “There was a lot of smoke and the room where it happened was right below where the children were sleeping.”

The alarm was raised by a school cleaner..

A total of 36 children of the 142 that attend the school were in the dormitory when the fire started.

Pim Wasana, the head of the school said: “I am at a loss for words.

“I don’t know what I should do, but the only thing on my mind now is to try to find a way to ease the parents’ suffering.”

Namae Patikiri, a 57-year-old member of the Hmong hill tribe, lost six grandchildren in the blaze.

She said: “Five of them had only moved here a year ago. “The other one had only been here for two weeks.”

Source: Girls killed in school fire | World | News | Daily Express

An Arizona student who showed his penis in his football team’s photograph was arrested briefly after his high school unwittingly sent the image to hundreds of his Phoenix-area classmates as part of its yearbook, officials said on Monday.

A spokeswoman for Red Mountain High School said the photo was printed in all of the school’s yearbooks destined for some 3,400 students, but only about 250 books had been given out so far.

“Luckily, most of the yearbooks were still in their boxes,” said spokeswoman Helen Hollands.

The school hopes to get back all of the 250 yearbooks, and all books in school possession will be edited to cover the inappropriate content.

The student, Hunter Osborn, 19, told police he was acting on a dare from another football player when court documents said “he exposed his penis through the top of his waistband of his football uniform pants.”

Fifty-nine students, ranging in age from 15 to 19 years old, and 10 faculty members were present at the time, police said.

Osborn, released from custody on Sunday after being arrested the day earlier, faces 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure and one count of felony furnishing harmful items to minors, according to Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry and jail records.

Osborn could not immediately be reached for comment.

He told police in an interview that he knowingly exposed himself but was “disgusted by what he had done.”

Source: Arizona school unwittingly distributes yearbook photo of student’s penis


Madi Barney sat sobbing in the Provo, Utah, police department. It had been four days since the Brigham Young University sophomore had been raped in her off-campus apartment.

She was scared – terrified – that the officials at her strict, Mormon university would find out and punish her.


Nonsense, the officers told her, they’ll never know, and they won’t hurt you. But a month or so later, there she was with her attorney in Brigham Young University’s Title IX office – a place where rape victims are supposed to get help – and offered an ultimatum by a university official.

Barney was told the school “had received a police report in which ‘A) it looks like you’ve been raped and B) it also looks like you may have violated the honor code’”, she recounted, and that “I was going to be forwarded to the honor code office unless I let them investigate me. I said absolutely not.”

The university has told Barney that she cannot register for future classes. She is no longer welcome at the institution her father attended before her, along with aunts and uncles and two cousins, a university that devout families consider the Harvard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Attending the graceful campus at the foot of the snow-capped Wasatch Range is an aspiration for many young Mormons, and being thrown out is a black mark that can follow the devout for life, estrange them from their families, derail their education and ultimately their careers.

It can bring with it “horrible guilt and shame and dishonor”, said sociologist Ryan Cragun, who specializes in Mormonism at the University of Tampa. “If it’s tied to the honor code, not only is it tied to academic failure, but you’re a sinner. This could cause ramifications for your eternal salvation.”

Source: ‘You’re a sinner’: how a Mormon university shames rape victims | World news | The Guardian

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