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Turpin parents plead not guilty to child torture as horrific details emerge

A California couple who chained their 13 children to beds and punished them for washing their hands, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of torture. The district attorney said the siblings lacked a “basic knowledge of life.” David Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested this week after authorities discovered 12 of their children were malnourished and being ...

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Baltimore parents, teachers outraged as kids taught in near-freezing classrooms

Published time: 5 Jan, 2018 18:48 Amidst severe snowstorms, Baltimore City closed its public schools this week following national outrage after children were shown freezing in classrooms, and long-running heating issues flared up again. The furor was prompted after former NFL linebacker and teacher, Aaron Maybin, took to social media Wednesday to ask how he was supposed to teach children ...

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Spanish parents may spy on kids’ WhatsApp chats, court rules

Published time: 28 Dec, 2017 05:38 A Spanish court has ruled that not only can parents legally monitor their children’s conversations on social media, but that in certain cases it should be considered their duty as legal guardians. A landmark case between two divorced parents concluded recently following appeal. The father was cleared of wrongdoing and breach of privacy laws ...

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Parents yank kids from class over Ivanka Trump’s Connecticut school visit

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 19:05 Edited time: 20 Dec, 2017 19:06 Ivanka Trump’s visit caused a stir at a Connecticut high school, with some parents reportedly pulling children out of class and complaining little advance notice was given. The visit by the first daughter to Norwalk Early College Academy at Norwalk High School wasn’t announced until it happened on ...

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Hitler-themed pony in school assignment shocks parents in Illinois

Published time: 12 Dec, 2017 12:12 Edited time: 12 Dec, 2017 12:28 Eighth-grade students in northeastern Illinois were given a task involving a pony with a Nazi swastika, along with a Hitler-style haircut and moustache. Parents were not impressed with the school’s methods, forcing it to apologize. The bizarre in-class activity was handed to pupils of the Woodland Middle School ...

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Facebook “Messenger Kids” lets under-13s chat with whom parents approve

For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app designed to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat. Rolling out today on iOS in the US, “Messenger Kids” lets parents download the app on their child’s phone or tablet, create a profile for them, and approve friends and family ...

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Most Russians support sanctions against parents who allow kids to join sects

Published time: 4 Dec, 2017 10:07 Almost four-fifths of Russians have told researchers they support a proposal to deprive citizens of parental rights if they allow their children to join destructive sects or extremist groups. According to a poll conducted by state-run VTSIOM in late November, 79 percent of Russians currently support the idea, while 16 percent of respondents said ...

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Swiss school to use ‘simple German’ to talk to non-native parents

A Swiss school has adopted a “simplified” version of the German language, which it believes is better understood by non-native parents. The school argues the innovation makes communication easier, but critics are uneasy over the use of “feeble German.” Many parents of children attending a primary school in Basel, a city in northwestern Switzerland, have trouble understanding letters sent to ...

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Parents of ‘Jihadi Jack’ say Foreign Office is ‘completely obstructing’ efforts to bring son home

The parents of a British man held by Kurdish fighters in Syria have accused the Foreign Office of being “completely obstructive” in their bid to secure their son’s release. It is the second time in less than a week that the department has been criticized for failing UK citizens detained abroad. John Letts and Sally Lane, who live in Oxford, ...

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Parents who allow kids to join sects should be stripped of rights – Supreme Court

Published time: 14 Nov, 2017 09:35 Russian Supreme Court has ruled in support of legislative recommendation allowing the deprivation of parental rights to citizens who allow their kids to join destructive sects, terrorist groups or other extremist organizations. “The term ‘abuse of parental rights’ should be understood as the use of these rights in a way that can hurt the ...

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