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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.

 

 

 


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.


Former Delray Beach Physician Charged With Manslaughter

By Jake Becker

A Delray Beach doctor was arrested and charged in the death of a 50-year-old patient, who overdosed on methadone, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Dr. Barry Schultz, 57, was charged with one count of homicide negligent manslaughter and one count of writing an unlawful prescription. His bail was set at $50,000 for the first charge and $25,000 for the second.

According to a sheriff’s arrest affidavit, Schultz prescribed a lethal amount of methadone to his patient, David Tain, who died from an overdose.

Schultz’s license to practice medicine in Florida has been suspended, according to records from the Florida’s Department of Health. He began practicing as a medical doctor in January 1987.

In March 2011, Sheriff’s investigators seized medical records that showed about 45 of Schultz’s patients had received “excessive quantities” of oxycodone and methadone during an eight month period, according to the arrest report.

Barry was arrested in 2011 for illegally distributing more than 60,000 tablets of oxycodone to at least six of his patients continually over a nine month period and overprescribing painkillers to almost three dozen of his patients, investigators said.

This resulted in the suspension of his medical license and jail time.


Girl Charged With Felony Child Porn Over Photo of Friends Having Oral sex

 

By Michael Walsh

New York Daily News

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The girl circulated the incriminating photo of her friend after getting angry at her, police say.

A 15-year-old Pasco County girl was arrested Monday afternoon for shooting and possessing a photo of another teen girl engaged in oral sex with a teen boy, authorities said.

She was charged with a felony child porn count.

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“The two girls were friends, and one of them was dating the guy,” Detective William Lindsey told the Daily News. “They posed for the picture and remained friends for several months.”

At one point, the girls had a falling out. The girl who took the photo started to show it to classmates and distribute it digitally, police said.

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“More and more teenagers are sending pictures of themselves and each other in compromising poses,” Officer Melanie Snow said. “We want children and parents to know that this is a felony. It’s not just some silly thing that won’t have a long-term effect on your life.”

One of the girl’s peers, an 18-year-old, is suspected of posting the pornographic image to Twitter. His mother will not turn him in so the Sherriff’s Office will present the case the State Attorney to issue a warrant, authorities say.

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A complaint affidavit filed by the Pasco County Sherriff’s Office claims that five witnesses told a deputy that they were shown the “child pornography by the defendant.”

On May 21, an employee at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel saw the picture of “two juveniles engaged in oral sex” and seized the phone from the girl.

The girl turned 15 last month. She was arrested at her home in Land O’ Lakes.

“Possession of child pornography is [a crime] no matter what age they are,” Lindsey said. “If she had taken a picture of herself in sexual conduct, she could be charged with child pornography.”

mwalsh@nydailynews.com


2-year-old Struck in Riviera Beach Crossfire

By Fred Hamilton
RIVIERA BEACH – Authorities are looking for two armed men who riddled a street with gunshots and left a two-year-old child, who was caught in the crossfire, fighting for her life.
The shooting happened at about 8:40 pm. Thursday in the 1100 block of West 32nd Street. 
Police say they know who the suspects are, but they aren’t releasing their identities while they search for them. 
”We believe they are still armed and dangerous,” Police spokeswoman Rose Ann Brown said.
The victim, her mother, a sibling and a male were passengers in a car being driven by her grandmother when the male passenger noticed another car following, police said.
The male passenger asked the grandmother to pull into the parking lot of an apartment building at 1176 West 32nd Street, but did not give her a reason why. 
As the grandmother pulled into the parking lot, a small black car pulled in behind her. The male passenger exited her car and a male exited the small black car, police said.
The two males began firing at each other, during which time, the two year-old was shot, police said. Her grandmother rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was in critical but stable condition.  Both shooters fled the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 561-845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.


Pastor Accused of Embezzling From Church

By Jason Schwartz

DELRAY BEACH – Authorities are investigating whether a local pastor embezzled money from his church as his parishioners have claimed, according to police reports.

The chairman of the Budget Committee at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Larry Davis, and several deacons told police that the Rev. Howard Barr gave himself a 17 percent raise without their knowledge among other improprieties.

“Davis supplied copies from his own investigation, which were turned over to Detective [Daryl] Hunter,” Officer Mark D. Huyett wrote in his report.

Barr, 42, who has been leader of the church at 46 SW 10th Ave. since 2007, declined to comment on the allegations.

Davis also told police “the church’s financial statements were withheld from him for six months in 2011 when he normally receives one every month,” Huyett said.

The church suffered losses from 2010 to 2012 and “the assets for the church have decreased significantly since 2011,” according to the police report.