Wednesday, September 23, 2020
US flag

Student stabbed during Panther Hour in Annapolis

An 11th-grade student was stabbed in the arm on November 8 during Panther Hour, a small break from classes every morning in which students can get extra help or get some lunch, at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

As a result of the stabbing, Principal Sue Chittim said in a letter to parents that Panther Hour had been canceled until further notice and would be replaced with a normal third-hour class and lunch shifts for students, The Capital Gazette reported.

Five students, all of them minors, were arrested and charged as juveniles in connection with the stabbing. The most severe citation, police said, involved first-degree assault and possession of a weapon with intent to injure. The 17-year-old victim and three other students were also charged with lesser offenses, according to Anne Arundel County police spokesman Marc Limansky.

“Please reiterate to your child the need to help our school remain a place that is focused on instruction and where issues that begin outside the building are left there,” Ms Chittim was quoted as saying.

Precious Lives project and the dangers of carrying a knife

The Birmingham Mail reports from the UK that one police department, having noticed an uptick in the number of juveniles carrying weapons this year, is bringing a program called “Precious Lives” to the schools in one community.

“We acknowledge that knives are the weapon of choice, but we are working really hard with retailers, schools, and partners to remove knives from the streets of the West Midlands,” the superintendent of police was quoted as saying.

“Precious Lives … is a hard-hitting presentation on the dangers of carrying a knife, and ensuring those who do carry a knife are robustly dealt with through the criminal justice system. If you carry a knife, there’s a real danger that you will be caught and arrested and a real danger that it can be taken off you and used against you.”

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

Recent posts

How citizens prefer to fund environmental action

Growing demand for countries to combat climate change, less consensus on how to fund it. New study offers insight from the US, UK, Germany, France.

Student news roundup, Illinois, Sept. 21

The death of The Notorious RBG, foreign exchange student from France, live streaming plays, BLM, and (of course) remote learning.

Fewer kindergartners, more college drop-outs

The nation has experienced an increase in college drop-outs, esp. among low-income families, and an explainable decrease in kindergarten enrollment.

Tim Kaine talks to Fairfax Co. seniors

In Virginia, protesters intimidated citizens at an early voting center in Fairfax Co. Sen. Tim Kaine talks about voting to students.

Obituary: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is certain to bring a political battle between the president, the Senate, and Democrats.

Students help in wake of Gulf Coast storms

Hurricane victims in the South got some much needed help from students at one Louisiana school. Laura and Sally have been very destructive.

Scientific American endorses a candidate

It's rare that a science journal would endorse a presidential candidate, but it has happened, due mainly to Pres. Trump's rejection of science.

Student news roundup, Maryland, Sept. 16

The pandemic reveals much more about us than our unpreparedness for virtual learning; Md. students look at healthcare and choices about schooling.

Smoke from Calif. paints the East Coast sun

The sunrise this morning in Baltimore and Chicago was cooled by smoke from the Calif. wildfires, which created a thick haze aloft.

Student news roundup, Illinois, Sept. 14

Special ed advocate in Evanston dies; Remembering 9/11; Business, fine arts, and cultural life during the pandemic.

No, the president can’t run for a 3rd term

The 22nd Amendment limits the number of times a president can be elected to two. But maybe Constitutions mean little to the current administration.