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Published May 18, 2007


A class by herself

Governor is proud of class of 01 in '07

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer agreed to speak at the commencement ceremony at Froid High School. The graduating class this year was one - Roxie Britton - so it didn't take long once they started handing out the diplomas. The governor encouraged the graduates - well, Roxie - to continue their education and keep a positive attitude. The valedictorian - Roxie - thanked the community, and said how much she was going to miss it when she went off to college in the big city. Either Boise or Billings, she hasn't decided.

Bully pulpit

School punishment was only a start

When seventh-grader Miasha Williams got suspended from her Temecula, Calif., school for bullying another student, she figured that was about as bad as it could get. Then her mother, Ivory Spann, decided what her real punishment would be. Spann instructed her daughter to make a poster seen above reading: "I engaged in bullying behavior. I got suspended from school and this street corner. Don't be like me. Stop bullying." Then she required Miasha to spend the week holding the sign outside various schools. Assistant principal Patricia Mathis was officially not upset by Spann's addendum to Miasha's punishment. "My theory is this: Parents know their children far better than we do as educators, " she said.

Barely care

If kids are hidden, they don't count

A worker at Paulette's Group Day Care Home in Lafayette, Tenn., devised an interesting strategy when an inspector came calling at a time the facility had more than the legal limit of kids. She hid some. According to officials, the worker was alone watching eight children. When the inspector came, she took three babies under 2, put them in playpens in a storage room and pinned blankets over the top of the playpens. She shut the door and posted a sign that said "Private day care does not go beyond this door." The brilliant plan was foiled when the kids started crying (Who saw that coming?) The center's license has been suspended while officials decide how many things to charge them with.

Japan puts age limit on baby drop

After a rash of abandoned babies in Japan, a hospital in the southern city of Kumamoto set up a box known as the "Stork's cradle" where people could drop off unwanted babies anonymously. The hope was to cut down on abortion and abandonment. But on the first day, someone dropped off a 3-year-old. That has them rethinking the whole concept. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a tough stand on the issue, saying "Anonymously throwing out a child is unacceptable."

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.

[Last modified May 18, 2007, 00:51:23]

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