Good and Bad News

In this section, Lives in the Balance keeps you up-to-date on breaking news about how behaviorally challenging kids are being understood and treated, especially in schools and restrictive therapeutic facilities (stories with asterisks were brought to our attention by Lives in the Balance activists). While it's mostly the bad news that makes the headlines, lots of good work is being done by many people in many places on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers. The bad news just tells us there's more work to be done. Lives in the Balance does its part to accentuate the positive through its annual Trailblazer Awards, and does its part to effect change by Taking Action. What's listed below are links to the most recent can access links for previous news at the bottom of each section.


March 20, 2015:
As awareness of the school-to-prison pipeline rises, some schools rethink the role of police...READ the story from the ACLU Blog of Rights.

January 31, 2015:
Texas boy suspended for saying he could make classmate 'disappear' with 'Lord of Rings' sorcery...READ the story from the New York Daily News

January 26, 2015:
Debunking school discipline myths...READ the article from The Seattle Times

January 26, 2015:
Handcuffs, leg shackles, and tasers:  The new face of punishment in the public schools...READ the story from The Blaze.  

January 23, 2015:
UF study condemns physically punishing students, which is still legal in Florida schools...READ the story from The Independent Florida Alligator

January 22, 2015:
To improve school discipline, change teacher behavior...READ the article from Slate.

January 15, 2015:
Big drop in number of California students who are suspended, expelled...READ the story from the Los Angeles Times. 

January 15, 2015:
Missouri state senator wants to strike down practice of corporal punishment in schools...READ the story from WDAF-TV Kansas City

January 14, 2015:
Minority, Disabled Kids Hit Most by Teachers in U.S....READ the story from Affect Magazine

December 21 2014:
Race Debate Should Include School Discipline...READ the story from USA Today

December 15, 2014:
Suspending Kids Doesn't Fix Bad Behavior; Schools Look for Answers...READ the strory from the Seattle Times.

December 11, 2014:
Schools' Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue...READ the story in the New York Times

December 5, 2014:
Changing tardiness policies could reduce racial disparities in school discipline, panel says...READ the story in the Tampa Bay Times.

November 29, 2014:
Why is my Child Punished?  Finding Solutions to Uneven Discipline in Utah's Schools...READ the story in Deseret News

November 19, 2014:
Charter schools suspend more than traditional schools...READ the story in the Boston Globe.

November 19, 2014:
Should Arkansas schools still use corporal punishment? HERE For the story from KATV.

November 19, 2014:
Human toll of school suspensions is devastating...READ the story from the (Rochester, NY) City Newspaper.

November 18, 2014:
Three Students Earn 10-Day Suspensions For Possession Of Candy After Halloween...READ the story from Western Journalism.

November 9, 2014:
States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F...READ the story from the New York Times.

October 26, 2014:
Pipeline to Prison: Special Education Too Often Leads to Jail for Thousands of American Children...READ the story from the Hechinger Report

July 24, 2014:
My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times.  He's 3...READ the story from the Washington Post

July 7, 2014:
Zero Tolerance Policies are Destroying the Lives of Black Children...READ the story from the Washington Post

June 23, 2014
NYC Cops are Putting Kids on the Fast Route to Prison...READ the story from Vice News 

June 19, 2014
National Data Confirm Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools...READ or LISTEN to the story from National Public Radio 

June 19, 2014
Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will...READ the story from ProPublica. 

June 8, 2014
Protesters Want Zero Tolerance Discarded in Ohio Schools...READ the story from The Columbus Dispatch 

June 8, 2014
School Board Votes to Keep Corporal Punishment...READ the story from The Herald Chronicle 

June 4, 2014
Schools Urged to Spare the Rod on Suspensions...READ the story from The Washington Times 

May 29, 2014
Black and Hispanic Students Punished More Severely than White Counterparts...READ the story here from Mint Press News 

May 20, 2014
Hundreds March to Protest School-to-Prison Pipeline...READ the story from The Chicagoist 

May 17, 2014
Segregation 2.0: America's School-to-Prison Pipeline...READ the story from MSNBC 

April 27, 2014
Local Woman Advocates to Ban Paddling in Schools...READ the story from The Steward Houston Times 

April 17, 2014
Students, Parents Challenge Zero-Tolerance Policies...READ the story from USA Today

April 10, 2014
Just Say No: Grove School Board Votes 3-2 to Deny Reinstatement of Corporal Punishment...READ the story from 

April 3, 2014
Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the 'Preschool-to-Prison-Pipeline'...READ the story from TruthDig

Click here for the many prior Good and Bad News entries for schools.



December 16, 2014
End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers...READ the op-ed from the New York Times.

April 18, 2014
In CA, an Effort to Stop Locking up Truants...READ the story from Public CEO.

March 14, 2014
Feds Sue Ohio Over Seclusion at Juvenile Jails...READ the story from the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.

February 17, 2014
Treatment Must be Focus for Delinquent Girls...READ the story from the Sioux City Journal. 

July 21, 2013:
Youths Isolated and 'forgotten' at the Iowa Juvenile Home...READ the article from the Des Moines Register.

Click here for the many prior Good and Bad News entries for restrictive therapeutic facilities.



April 11, 2014
Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, Debate...READ the story from the New York Times 

April 11, 2014
One in 68 American Children Diagnosed with Autism. It's Probably Too Many...READ the story from Quartz 

March 27, 2013
Autism Affects 1 in 68 Kids in the U.S.: CDC...READ the story from New York Daily News

December 14, 2013
The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder...READ the story from the New York Times 

October 15, 2013
The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the ADHD Epidemic...READ about it in the New York Times

Oct. 7, 2013
Researcher Finds Abusive Parenting May Have Biological Basis...READ the article from the University of Oregon's Communication

Click here for prior Good and Bad News entries for psychiatric diagnoses.



February 3, 2015
This Barber Will Publicly Shame Your Misbehaving Kid with an Old Man's Haircut...READ the story from the Washington Post 

December 21, 2014
ADHD Drugs Increasingly Prescribed to Treat Hyperactivity in Preschoolers...READ the story from The Guardian 

December 19, 2014
Time's Up for 'Timeout'...READ the story from The Atlantic 

December 9, 2014
Harsh Punishment For Lying Compels Kids To Lie More, For Fear Of Future Punishment...READ the story from Medical Daily

May 1, 2014
Ending Corporal Punishment: Why You Should Never Spank a Child...READ the story from 

April 23, 2014
Children Admitted to Adult Psychiatric Units Despite New Rules to Cease Practice...READ the story from The Irish Times

November 27, 2013
Kids' Psychiatric Visits a Growing Concern...READ the story here from MedPage Today

November 11, 2013
Longitudinal Study Makes Case Against Corporal Punishment...READ the article from The Times Free Press

October 21, 2013
Spanking Children May Worsen Behavior: Using Physical Punishment on Kids Leads to Lower Vocabulary and Future Aggression...READ the story posted on Headline and Global News (HNGN)

October 21, 2013
Nearly Two-Thirds of Children with Autism are on Medication...READ the article from Disability Scoop 

Click here for prior Good and Bad News entries for treatment of children's social, emotional, and behavioral challanges.



January 26, 2015
When the sentence fits the crime but not the kid...READ the article from Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. 

January 5, 2015
The Overuse of suspension in American Public Schools Threatens the Success of All Students...READ the article from the London School of Economics and Political Science 

December 22, 2014
The Unbelievable Rise of Single Motherhood in America Over the Last 50 Years...READ the story from the Washington Post  

September 21, 2014
Yes, America, We Can Ban Spanking...READ the article from New York Daily News 

July 20, 2014
Court Rules It's "Reasonable Use of Force" For Parents to Spank Their Kids...READ the story from New York Daily News

May 16, 2014
Holder Speaks Out Against Solitary Confinement of Mentally-Ill Youths...READ the story from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange 

April 16, 2014
No Spanking in Schools Across Missouri Under Lawmaker's Proposal...READ the story from St. Louis Post Dispatch 

February 18, 2014
First Strike: Kansas Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Harder Spanking of Children
...READ the story in the New York Daily News

January 21, 2014
Would New Law Make it Too Easy to Kick Kids Out of School for Arbitrary Reasons? ...READ the story from the Norwalk Reflector.

September 17, 2013
OP-ED: Why Zero Tolerance Means More Kids in Jail...READ the article from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

November 20, 2012:
Massachusetts Seeks New Policy on Life Sentences: Youths Must Get Chance of Parole...READ the article from the Boston Globe