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WV School Boss: I Didn’t Mean to Downplay Homeless Students

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The head of West Virginia’s school system says he didn’t mean to downplay the seriousness of the rising number of homeless students in the state. Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine issued a statement Friday saying he “in no way intended to convey that the data was not significant” at an education… Read More

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Former W.Va. Educators Charged After Alleged Verbal Abuse

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s top prosecutor says three former educators have been arrested on charges that they verbally abused two autistic students. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says former special education teacher Christina Lester and former aides June Yurish and Kristin Douty were arrested Friday morning and charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse… Read More

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West Virginia Girl Found in Mexico, Mother Facing Charges

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say a missing West Virginia girl has been found in Mexico and her mother is facing charges. The U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday announced it located the 6-year-old and her mother at a hotel in Mexico City with the help of Mexican authorities Tuesday. The girl was reported missing… Read More

Governor: Pediatric Mental Health Summit Set For Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine says a pediatric mental health summit to help the state’s communities provide mental health support to children across the state is set for Ohio. DeWine said Thursday that after Dayton’s mass shooting and this spring’s tornadoes, children in western Ohio’s Miami Valley region are dealing with “more trauma… Read More

Preschool Teacher Sentenced Over Playground Fighting Video

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say a former teacher at an Ohio preschool accused of recording and posting a video online of children fighting at the school playground has been sentenced to three weekends in jail on 14 endangering children counts. The Columbus Dispatch reports 31-year-old Chavay Jessie, also known as Chavay Williams, was sentenced… Read More

Online Child Enticement Investigators Ramp Up Efforts With New Funds

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Ohio is pumping more money into a program that protects children from abuse and exploitation online, but while the money will go towards important resources, state leaders say parents still play the most vital role. Lawmakers added $1 million into Ohio’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force fund. The group, which investigates child abuse imagery… Read More

State Official Says Youth Behavioral Facility Clean, Safe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The director of Ohio’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has toured a youth behavioral facility after reports of alleged violence and sexual abuse against children and staff and describes its environment as clean and safe. WBNS-TV reports Director Lori Criss’s statement after recently touring Sequel Pomegranate in Columbus said… Read More