Archive for April, 2012

Egypt’s women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws: report

By Abeer Tayel – Al Arabiya – Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex with his dead wife within six hours of her death according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper.

The appeal came in a message sent by Dr. Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker, Dr. Saad al-Katatni, addressing the woes of Egyptian women, especially after the popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

She was referring to two laws: one that would legalize the marriage of girls starting from the age of 14 and the other that permits a husband to have sex with his dead wife within the six hours following her death.

Teacher Arrested For Firing Blanks At Students

Virginia high school teacher Manuel Dillow, 60, was arrested last week after he shot blank bullets at a class full of students, apparently in an attempt to get the high school teenagers to pay attention to his lesson plans.

According to the New York Daily News the teacher lined up more than a dozen students against a garage door to his welding class at which point he pulled out a handgun and fired blank bullets at the students up to 10 times in their direction.

Middle School Student Suspended For Hugging Teacher

BLADENBORO, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) — A North Carolina middle school student has been suspended for hugging a teacher.

WECT-TV reports that Ryan Blackmon, an eighth grade student at Bladenboro Middle School, was suspended when he hugged his teacher after she broke up a potential fight between himself and another student.

“”I said, ‘Thank you,’ after she got done,” Blackmon told the station. “I went to hug her, then she just snatched me up by the arm and drug me to the other teacher and said that I needed to be written up, and that something serious had happened.”

Milledgeville Police Handcuff 6-Year-Old Girl for Misbehaving at School

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Milledgeville’s Milledgeville’s acting police chief, Dray Swicord, said Tuesday that he stands by an officer’s decision to handcuff an elementary school student for safety Friday after she allegedly threw a tantrum. According to the police report, kindergartner Salecia Johnson is accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture.

She was crying in the principal’s office at Creekside Elementary before police arrived Friday. The report says the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal. It also says she was seen biting the door knob of the office and jumping on the paper shredder. And, it says, she attempted to break a glass frame above the shredder.