The first update is a non-update: Remember Sydney Spies, the Colorado high school senior who was going to sue her school (or the school board, or somebody) because the yearbook wouldn’t run any of her racy photos as her official graduation photo?
With just a bit over three weeks remaining on the school year, still no sign of a lawsuit.
A lawsuit is still in Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s future, though: the former head of the International Monetary Fund, who was spared a criminal trial over last year’s alleged rape of a New York City hotel maid because the District Attorney decided she wasn’t a credible witness, had claimed that he was exempt from the maid’s civil suit because his IMF post gave him diplomatic immunity.
He didn’t invoke that immunity when the criminal charges were pending, saying he wanted to fight the charge.
Last week, State Supreme Court Judge Douglas McKeon ruled that since he’d waived diplomatic immunity in the criminal case, he couldn’t claim it for the civil case.
So Nafissatou Diallo’s lawsuit will go forward.
Last year, we spoke to author Amber Hunt about violence on college campuses, and how campus security does and doesn’t handle it. This recent Associated Press article covers the same topic, but focuses more on the civil rights of the accused.
We ran a number of articles last year about Missouri and other states grappling with how and whether to limit online relationships between teachers and students. New York City now has its own guidelines, which include teachers setting up separate private and “teacher” sites, and stating explicitly that teachers using social media — even on their private sites — have “no expectation of privacy.”
Speaking of teachers and students online… Bill Doyle, a teacher at San Diego [California] School of Creative and Performing Arts, is in a bit of hot water over a photo on his Facebook page in which he’s bending over and smiling as a female student smacks his behind.
The mother of one student (apparently not the spanker) tentatively defended Doyle by saying “”For all we know, this could be part of a play… If its art, it’s appropriate.”
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