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Communication is the Best Defense in the Fight Against Bullying

By Detective Daniella Quinn

 

It has to be a very painful and scary thing for parents to learn that their child is being bullied. As parents, you may find yourself pondering the tough question: Do I intervene on behalf of my children or hold back and let them work out the problem themselves?

DBT Bullying 1At times, it wasn’t until after the fact that parents learned their children were being bullied. And I think that’s probably true more often than not —  kids go through these things and never tell their parents.

One in 10 teens tells parents if they have been a cyber bully victim. Less than one in five cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement.

Bullying is a repeated and hurtful act of someone intimidating or hurting another person.  This behavior includes taunting, teasing, spreading rumors, social exclusion, hitting or pushing, taking or breaking another’s property. Cyber bullying is online harassment to include sending mean texts, emails or instant messages, posting nasty pictures or messages about someone else.

In this fight against bullying and cyber bullying, communication is key. Parents should:

  • Talk to your children and explain to them what bullying is and that it is unacceptable
  • Teach your children about how to resolve conflicts peacefully and accepting everyone’s differences
  • Always keep open communication with your children; know their friends and most of all know their concerns
  • Encourage your children to not be afraid and report, to any trusted adult, any bullying that occurs to them or even if they see it occurring to someone else.  Let’s get the children to begin to speak up for one another and help their peers
  • Ask questions daily about what your children are doing in school; monitor their Internet and cell phone activity, set rules and guidelines for its use.  As a parent of a child using social media, educate yourself about the Internet and its various forms of communication and use parental controls.  Importantly, take the time to look at the social media conversations, the pictures/videos on your child’s profile page and make sure your children are aware of the consequences of any negative posts or comments.

There are, of course, a million forms of bullying, and sometimes the worst thing adults can do is look the other way. We’ve seen the worst cases where teenagers have used social media in horrible ways that has resulted in their peers committing suicide.

Though bullying is as old as classrooms, it is only in recently that states have moved to address this issue with legislation. Previously, this was simply the domain of schools. In 1999, only Georgia had an anti-bullying law. Today, every state except Montana does. In the past 14 years, states have enacted nearly 130 anti-bullying measures, half of them since 2008.

Spurred partly by the Columbine shootings in 1999, when it was reportedly that the suspects had been bullied, states began rapidly addressing bullying, according to a 2011 U.S. Department of Education report. Victims in 18 states now have legal recourse either from schools that fail to address the issue or from the bullies themselves.

The hopeful news is that in my lifetime, schools and law enforcement have become much more aware of the dangers of bullying and the need to be proactive. The bad news is it is still not enough.

Remember that bullying is not only wrong; it’s a crime and should be reported right away. Now is the time to stand up against bullying. Let’s continue to work together to keep the children in our community safe.

 

 

 

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Suspect Sought in Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

By CRA News Service

DELRAY BEACH – Authorities are seeking the public’s help to apprehend a man who they said used a stolen credit card at three different locations in Delray Beach on Sunday, Oct. 6.

The suspect spent more than $450 at Publix, Winn Dixie and Office Depot. The victim, who lives in another county, did not realize her credit card number was used as she is still in possession of the actual credit card. Anyone with information about the suspect pictured or any information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Kiley Boland at 561-243-6209.


Police: 2 Teens Stole Handgun From Locked Cruiser

 DELRAY BEACH – Two teenagers are behind bars after they allegedly broke into a police officer’s cruiser and stole his department-issued handgun, which was left under the seat, police said.

One of the teens, 17, used a pry tool to open the door while his 16-year-old accomplice stood watch, police said. The suspects, charged as juveniles, are not being named because of their ages. However, detectives will push to have them tried as adults.

The officer remains on duty while his agency reviews the incident. Department policy requires that any gun left inside a police car is locked up or mounted.

The suspects fired rounds from the gun and at least one said he wanted to kill an officer, police said. Another told officers that he was a member of a gang.


Three Charged in Fatal Christmas Eve Shooting Indicted

By Jason Schwartz

DELRAY BEACH –  A grand jury has indicted three men on charges related to a double homicide that occurred two days before Christmas in Delray Beach, police said.

The three homicide suspects – Travis LaMarcus Jackson, 25, who has no fixed address, Marcus Jamal Jerry, 21, of Palm Springs and Pasco Reynolds, 23, of West Palm Beach – were indicted for the murders of Alfonso Hunter, 68, and Reginald Taylor, 52, on Dec. 23 at a beauty supply-convenience store at 945 W. Atlantic Ave.

Jackson and Jerry were already in jail on unrelated charges and re-arrested on Thursday, Oct. xx. Police arrested Reynolds the following day with help from the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, police said.

“”The Delray Beach Police Department is pleased to be able to take these violent criminals off the street and give the families closure,” Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Nicole Guerriero said. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families who grieve the loss of their loved ones.” “The Delray Beach Police Department is pleased to be able to take these violent criminals off the street and give the families closure,” said Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Nicole Guerriero. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families who grieve the loss of their loved ones.”

Jackson and Reynolds face first-degree murder, robbery and firearm charges while Jerry faces murder, attempted murder and robbery charges. All remain in Palm Beach County Jail.


Family Affair: Mother, Daughter Arrested for Selling 2-for-1 sex Services

By Jason Schwartz

BOYNTON BEACH – Authorities have arrested a mother and daughter on prostitution charges after neighbors complained of illegal activity going on in their apartment.

Boynton Beach police say Ramona Ramoutar, 43, and her 24-year-old daughter Daniella Eshtie Sinanan posted pictures and advertised specials under the adult entertainment section of an online classifieds site known for escorts.

It was the second time in two weeks that the pair was arrested for soliciting prostitution together.

In their ad at Backpage.com, the mother and daughter vowed to “rock your world” with “2 for 1 specials.”

On July 24, an undercover officer called the phone number in the advertisement and arranged to meet with Jazmine and Angel the following day, according to the police report. Suspecting that the man was a cop, however, the women abruptly canceled the deal.

Over the course of the investigation, officers said they observed several suspected “Johns” come and go from the mother and daughter’s Savannah Lakes apartment. On July 18, officers stopped a suspected “John” after he left the apartment. The man admitted to officers that he paid $100 for sex with Ramoutar and Sinanan, police said.

On July 24, an undercover officer called the phone number on the Backpage.com advertisement and arranged to meet with Jazmine and Angel the following day, according to the police report.

Police say on July 25, the undercover officer went to Ramoutar and Sinanan’s apartment, and was offered the “2 for 1 special” for $150.

The officer gave Ramoutar $100 and said he had to go back to his car to get the other $50. Officers then went into the apartment and arrested Ramoutar and Sinanan.

Police charged the women with solicitation of prostitution as well as possession of drug paraphernalia because officers said they found a glass pipe and needles in the apartment.

The women confessed to planning to have sex with the caller, police said.

Police said they think that Ramoutar and Sinanan were prostituting themselves to support their drug habits.

Neighbors complained last month and officers began watching the apartment.

They were arrested again Tuesday after officers discovered they were back in business.


Delray Drug Bust Nets Suspects

DELRAY BEACH – Law enforcement officials arrested at least four people in a raid of a home in the 300 block of NW 5th Avenue today.

At least 10 agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency task force and Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office deputies broke into the home shortly before 12 noon.

Several neighbors watched as agents, some wearing masks and gloves, hauled bags of evidence from the home.


Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Another Injured

RIVIERA BEACH, FL – Authorities Police are searching for a sports utility vehicle in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday at a local motel.

The shooting happened shortly before noon at the Travelodge motel on Blue Heron Boulevard.

Police said Chris Weary, 44, of West Palm Beach, was found dead inside a white Pontiac on the south side of the motel. A passenger in the car was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Investigators said they’re seeking information about a black Dodge Durango that was seen entering the motel and parking shortly before the shooting. They said it exited immediately after the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Riviera Beach Police Department at 561-845-4123.