A partnership between the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Drug Control Policy and West Virginia University, the project will work with community partners to strengthen and expand prevention and recovery resources. ... See MoreSee Less
The Joint Overdose Response Strategies presentation showed that opiate-related deaths are down 88.9 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, while total Narcan administration is down 47 percent and total overdose responses are down 36.4 percent. ... See MoreSee Less
According to Chamber of Commerce office assistant Danesia Chicchirichi, the program’s purpose was two-fold: She wanted to give students the opportunity to experience the career they are interested in pursuing, and she said the goal is to show students that they can have their dream career while staying local. ... See MoreSee Less
The House of Delegates Friday passed House Bill 2538, providing banking services for medical cannabis, with 89 members voting yes. The bill is expected to also have broad support in the Senate. ... See MoreSee Less
“Times are changing in regards to how businesses operate on Sundays,” Del. Jason Barrett said. “I imagine there’s a lot of alcohol sales in border states on Sundays, and I think the current bill could boost the local economy by keeping purchases in state.” ... See MoreSee Less
no wonder WV is always last, on the left we vote to get one extra dollar of taxes and make hard liquor more available and on the right we spend 3 dollars to rehab for drinking and drugs. Sounds like a real smart move to me (not)
The division also was supposed to submit a report Feb. 1 if the agency was unable to implement automatic voter registration by the July 1 deadline. Instead, the DMV sent the committee a two-sided letter. ... See MoreSee Less
The way it was brought here is highly suspect. When we had table games, you couldn’t go out your front door without hearing about it. RW was publicized with tiny little blips on a part of a page of the Spirit few, if any, look at anyway. They knew what they were doing. And you gotta ask why. Nobody knew it was here until it was well under way and that’s the way it was supposed to go. Smh.
I love people that have the fortitude and perseverance to stand up for what they believe in today’s society!! “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” MLK,Jr
This is not a "mob rule" (democracy) country as the far-left thinks. We live in a Republic; please educate yourselves on the difference! Build Rockwool!!!!
This is NOT how you ask the Government for help! You don’t go in and disrupt an office with demands. They got exactly what they wanted, more publicity by being arrested. Very poor example for the children they were protecting. Also, I’m appalled that someone would take their child as a ploy, knowing exactly what the outcome would be. Further more, turning the waterworks (fake crying) on and off didn’t work either.
Hey!! Lookie me!! I'm a protester!! Wheeeeeee......
I’m sorry they were arrested, but glad they are speaking out.
Joe Manchin won Jefferson County by 6 points, maybe they should have paid attention to that clown advocating for Rockwell before they voted.
No Rockwool Here
Did Rockwool leave yet, or was this just a fundraising stunt?
Where's the video??
Would be nice if the journal got the day correct.
Glendon Kincaid—guess it’s still an on-going issue!
Throw away the key
I agree Cy!!!!
These protestors are led by PROFESSIONAL ACTIVISTS. These people are not local. Stop letting them fill your heads with their alarmist BS.
What bunch of morons. Rockwool is coming regardless. If there's a lawsuit someone would owe Rockwool alot of money let them pay the fine that would be in 100 million range. The other Rockwool factories have been tested and no where did they find health hazard's.
A lot of efforts to stop this company because of health worries but my question is this. Is anyone actually protesting the companies that are already here and continue to pollute the Shenandoah river ??
Wonder if the people that are complaining about this company coming in and setting up shop are the same ones complaining that there are not a lot of job opportunities in the area??
I can't help but to laugh at everyone who suggests that protesting has to be convenient.
You are missing the point.
Protesting is about drawing attention to a topic that is being readily ignored or purposely swept under the rug by those with the power to enact the change those protesting feel is needed.
Joe Manchin is not going to allow a protest to be scheduled. Seriously?
The were not fighting, cussing or screaming. They did not stop anyone from getting past them or act violently. That is not "mob rule", that is peaceful protest.
Rockwool should build somewhere else! The chemicals that WILL be released into the air WILL be a safety and environmental hazard.
Do they sell Oofda Tacos on Pita? Is this just an off event "Stand" in a High school parking lot? Do you think they'll go out for 'Wangers' snerty nose times, flash froze at that,,, Turn up your nose calls for: Say Geese, Geese,,,,Brown buttduck wing,,,,Wait till V.K. Sighn Ringhards in '71, I mean '19
....Few few few few , few few few
A cluster of students from Shepherd University are planning to sketch a performance by the band BlueNevada, starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub on 202 E. Washington St. in Shepherdstown. ... See MoreSee Less
The board accepted the resignations, on Thursday night, of two supervisory special education aides at Berkeley Heights Elementary School connected with an audio tape of children receiving verbal abuse. ... See MoreSee Less
I would gladly accept the resignation of the principal, too. She didn't do anything when the parents brought the audio to her attention.
Someone needs to start at the top of the Board of Education and clean house..
And what are they doing with the people employed at the school who knew and kept it quiet?
Voters should remember board member Michelle Barnes-Russell's vote on this, her cowardly no comment and send her packing when she's up for re-election.
They should have been fired in October! After hearing the recordings, the parents of other children in the classroom should have been notified! The handling of this situation is abhorrent, the administrators should be ashamed. What a complete lack of common sense!
It appears to me some parents of the children need to get lawyers and fight for their children and others. Those teachers got off with a slap on the back of their hands. Maybe law needs to be changed about verbal abuse then. How anyone can listen to that tape and not be moved by tears and anger of what those children encountered not only that day but who knows how long they had to endure the abuse from these teachers!!! Im sure if that had been a parent doing the abuse...CPS would be called in and dealt with the situation. Why is this no different??? If bullying is not tolerated at schools....then THIS SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED EITHER!!! Those 3 teachers not 2 but THREE were guilty of bullying non verbal children!!! How disgusting!!!! Hugs and prayers go out to the children and their parents and I hope they continue to fight and push this matter to get justice that verbal abuse should be included with abuse.....wrong is wrong and this is not right!!!!! ALL 3 SHOULD BE FIRED NO PAY NO BENIFITS!!!!! They need to pay for the consequences of what they dished out on those innocent children.
Resigned???!! They should have been fired. Resigning you can get another job doing the same thing. WTF
Hope the surrounding counties & States are taking down names and these monsters NEVER work with children or in the education Field again .
Yes, EVERY ONE that kept it quiet needs to go!! Resignations accepted..please! Only when it became public. Bunch of jerks.
It's disgusting that they got away with resigning! They should have been fired and they definitely should be holding the principal and anyone else who knew about it accountable!!! This is NOT justice for these poor children!
These people need prosecuted!
What are the names of the teachers
Does their resigning allow them to move and teach elsewhere?
1 opposed the acceptance of resignation?!
She either was going to turn an eye...or what?? Help them abuse more kids?!
Did they ever publish the teachers names?
Weren't three teachers involved?
You can't trust schools anymore. I know plenty of people who have done homeschool and still went to college.
We all know this isn't the only school or incident where abuse is going on. Maybe this will be a wake up call to all those schools. Now is the time for us to stand up for these children!
I am calling on all of you to let the Journal know about incidents of abuse that you are aware of. Abuse of ANY child should not be allowed to go on!
They did at least add these amendments to their resignations so that future employers would be notified: “I move that we accept the resignations of the employees Kristin Douty and June Yurish with the direction that the superintendent place in their permanent personnel records a report of the circumstances under which they resigned,” Murphy read. “Two, the superintendent report to the state department of education the resignations and the circumstances under which they resigned. And three, the administration cooperate fully with the federal Office for Civil Rights and any investigations of allegations following these employees.”
There was 3... what happened to that one?
Parents should pursue a civil suit .
They should have been fired, and punished. There is absolutely no excuse!
When is the school superintendent going to enter his resignation? UNREAL!!
Keep sharing this!
This needs to make national news so this type of behavior and COVER UP doesn’t not happen again!
Had this not made the local news, it never would have been brought to light and children would still be subjected to this UNIMAGINABLE SITUATION!!!!
And that's it? Not right!
If Michelle Barnes-Russell chooses not to comment to justify her position, if she's in an elected position, remember her name... I really hope her reason isn't nepotism, or putting the welfare of the aides ahead of the welfare of the/all children!!
The House considered 31 amendments to the House Education Committee's strike-and-insert amendment to Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill. Debate started shortly after noon Wednesday and ended after around 10:30 p.m. Out of the 31 amendments, the House adopted 12. ... See MoreSee Less
“I think when people come in, they’re so astounded — especially the women,” chorus member Tony De Angelis said, noting they do surprise quite a few men, too. “They’re so overwhelmed. Then we give them the card and the rose and lots of times they’re in tears.” ... See MoreSee Less
Kristen Stolipher, assistant utility manager of the CTUB, confirmed that the Rockwool facility will produce approximately 46,800 gallons of discharge per day by the time all construction plans are complete. However, she said the CTUB is using a phased system to provide permits to Rockwool. ... See MoreSee Less
Look forward to Rockwool getting into full operating mode, this will boost local business as well, it's about time Jefferson County move forward and provide opportunities to its citizens.
This plant should have never been allowed in Jefferson County.
Welcome Rockwool, and any business to Jefferson County.
Doesn’t matter how much they destroy for money
Does anyone know if they will have a job fair?, or any kind of hiring event and when??
What exactly are they planning to discharge?
I’m on board too have my backing 😀
Rockwool is here to stay. You don't kick someone out of their house a year or two after they buy it. Not sure what part of that some people don't understand. Ignoring reality is just denial, not truth.
Martinsburg coach Kyle Triggs said on Twitter that he was amazed by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes. Since the accident, Triggs has thanked multiple local teams and other teams in the state for flowers and get-well baskets. ... See MoreSee Less
“By extending Harold Drive to meet with The Commons, we would lighten the traffic in and out of the area, but we would also open up that area behind The Commons to economic development,” said Dan Dulyea, Berkeley County Councilman. ... See MoreSee Less
Just open another Chic-Fil-A on the north end of town. Traffic problem solved.
This is the result of No zoning Laws, land owners , builders and politicians are reaping the benefits. Another school bond tax is in the future of home owners . We need impact fees on all these construction projects!
Make another way out. No more businesses. You aren't solving the problem if you add more on.
"Dulyea also shared that he has received agreement from the property owners supporting the extension and development of this area." Really?! Because my family and I are property owners there and have NEVER given him any agreement.
County Councilman and a contractor go figure, only helping themselves not the public that will have to deal with the mess
Common sense out the window. Everything looks good on paper. Traffic will still be congested. Lights are always out of sequence. Extension will no resolve the problems it will add to them.
These people have never seen a plot of land they didn't want to turn into to some chain restaurant/store. The Foxcroft area is a glorified truck stop with traffic and light patterns designed by chimps.
It would not help traffic in that area only add more congestion, only lining the pockets of crooked Politicians!
Stop building for 10 years catch up then move forward too many wrecks and congestion in this area and people lining there own pockets.
Why do you people think all development is a good thing? I see nothing but greed. Can't you just leave some places undeveloped?
It’s about time it’s horrible getting in and out of there
Horrible idea. Runs right threw farms and homes. Not a good way to divert that heavy traffic.
I’m sure it would benefit is bank account more that the traffic congestion.
Harold Drive ends on private land of property owners. The lane is 1 way and there is not enough legal right of way to make a 2 lane road way. These property owners went through the same thing when the now defunct race track wanted to take property away to extend and widen the road way.
He must of had a dream that it was okay with the home owner's. Maybe in his next dream he will build on his own land and watch the mess of traffic in his own yard.
This is a stupid idea have you ever traveled down Harold Dr. barely get by with a school bus and a reg car.
More business more people more power for the Politicians!
Getting off exit 12 during rush hour is awful. If y want to merge on foxcroft u can't because the line is already backed up. Same for the other way if u heading up apple harvest even during lunch u are backed way up..
Probably the worst traffic area in the EPAN. Something has to be done to fix that mess!
The CFIA has granted $1,969,511 for projects around the state in 2019, according to a press release Tuesday from the Supreme Court of Appeals West Virginia. Berkeley County was granted $79,520 for repairs to all windows and doors, and Jefferson County was granted $100,000 to repair brick, masonry and paint. ... See MoreSee Less
Losing Riley Moore in the 67th district last election cycle effectively helped put the nail in the coffin for the Marc train. He was working hard to help get federal funds to support it on top of the state contributions. Now the new delegate from the 67th is working to tax plastic bags and voting against social security tax exemptions for our seniors- very unfortunate
back when I used to ride the train, I recall getting jacked up for 80 bucks a month to cross the state line. Thats when alot of people starting driving to Brunswick.. I stopped riding because its too expensive and I got stranded too many times. I can't imagine what they could do to get me back riding again...I just gave up and drive to Bethesda now
We still pay the extra $80 per month more than the Maryland riders, however, the Newspaper always omits this fact.
I'm thankful the train is in Martinsburg but the service should not be subsidized by taxpayers. Need more riders to pay the bills.
Sammi Brown? John Doyle? Where are they? Riley Moore had this handled, oh well, guess the voters will get what they voted for.
Governor Jim Justice fix this. It's ridiculous that this is even a thing. West Virginia NEEDS the MARC train service. The counties need it, the state needs it. WV NEEDS PEOPLE to STAY here!!! This game should deeply concern all of us. For now and into the commuting future. This effects commerce, people! Taxes, retail, building, real estate! Come on, Justice, do THE RIGHT THING.
“This gives us an opportunity one time a year to say thank you to those people who help us to be able to provide services, in all different ways, to our patients,” said Tricia Lawrence, volunteer services manager with Hospice of the Panhandle. ... See MoreSee Less
The teacher resigned shortly after the incident was reported, and Berkeley County Schools scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday to accept the resignation of the two teacher’s aides. ... See MoreSee Less
They all should have been FIRED the first day this was brought out and discovered..
The incident was reported MONTHS ago...they resigned AFTER the media was made aware.
This was reported MONTHS AGO and the administration saw fit to allow them to continue to have regular contact with our most vulnerable children.... I don't think the teachers are the only ones that should resign and I think the parents should continue seeking legal action.
Not accurate. They didn’t resign until it was brought to the public’s attention on social media! I hope none of them are able to collect unemployment and that it goes on their record to not be able to work with children ever again!
Manny Arvon and the school principal needs to be gone also
If this doesn’t go on their record, they will be free to abuse other children. Get the word out folks. Berkeley Co and or the state of WV should be ashamed of themselves if it isn’t on their record. Why is this not a criminal offense??
Why weren't they fired and arrested?
Except the mother of the original child reported it MONTHS ago. They weren't even suspended at that point. It wasn't until it became more public through the media that anyone actually took action. No one from the Superintendent down should keep their job here.
When I worked in the berkeley county schools as a part time custodian, I loved working the day shift so I could help the kids at lunch time. What I overheard the teacher's aides say to the little ones in the cafeteria broke my heart. They were just plain mean! There is no need to talk to children like that. I couldn't stand listening to them. Once one aide even expressed her disapproval as to what the mother put in her kids lunch box and wouldnt let her have all of it. I only worked for a year.
Just think - what we heard was a portion of one day. I can't imagine what the kids went through until the mom brought it to our attention. How many other kids went through that?
I agree they should have been fired on the spot and due some jail time . They say leave no kid behind . I know for a fact the parents voice is never heard I fought something similar to this with my grandchildren justice was not served . I wished I would have thought about the recorder . But I now home school my grandchildren because I was unsure of there safety at there school I went to board of education I took all the right step but I’m the end my grandchildren were punished . They did a full investigation done by the principle at there school and ruled that there were no wrong doing . I’ve watch disabled kids be yelled at and sat on and just plain cruelty I voiced my opinion and nothing was done so please know that it’s not just the special needs kids being abused it all the kids that don’t belong to any teacher teaching there . I’ve seen some crazy things in that school to much unfairness. So I did what I thought was best for my granddaughters and hope all you working parents and other parent to keep your eyes and ears open because it’s going to be you that protects them because the school directors don’t care
Glad to see we have so many legal and HR professionals here on FB. 🙄🙄🙄
I want them to be held accountable just like everyone else. But I understand that I have no say in that decision making process.
Why were they given an opportunity to resign? Makes no sense! 😡
Just curious.....why haven't the teacher and the aides been named? I think a public shaming is due.
I just want to add. Mistakes happen. I have certainly made many, many times over. But what the teacher and aides did was not a mistake.
Good news, but yet, not, this should be on their records! !!!
The teacher needs to be fired!!! Very sad. Between the bullying between the students and between the teachers I am surprised any work gets done there at all 🤨 disgusting
That’s it...just resign and it goes away !?!? 🤷🏻♀️...Your freaking kidding me ...!!! ...What about those “ children “ that were abused and scared for life !!!!! I freaking believable ..!!! 😳🤬
Should've been Fired & Charged
And now they can go teach elsewhere 😡
Unfortunately this happens more than people know & not just there
My granddaughter wrote this article
Everybody should show up at that meeting demanding they be reprimanded....Quitting is to easy!! They need prosecuted for child abuse!! This makes me sick to my stomach!!
You would be surprised by what goes on and what they get away with.
With as much bullying going on in school on social media anywhere most of it is verbal, but it's claimed verbal abuse isn't a crime by teachers but it is by students.double standards.so 😢
At the highest count, 1,319 Berkeley County residents — with 1,042 of those being in Gerrardstown — were without power as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Potomac Edison outage report on its website. At the same time, 35 customers in Jefferson County were impacted and 533 in Morgan County, mainly in the Great Cacapon area. ... See MoreSee Less
Senate Bill 451 passed out of the House Finance Committee Tuesday morning with the House Education Committee’s Friday strike-and-insert amendment intact, which removed education savings accounts, work stoppage penalties, paycheck protection provisions and limited the charter school program to a two-school pilot project. ... See MoreSee Less
Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, told reporters Monday after a private meeting with House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, that he wasn’t sorry for remarks he made during a House Government Organization Committee meeting Wednesday. ... See MoreSee Less
Why can't people stop hating on each other? What is the point of all those derogatory names? Elected officials waste precious time on this foolishness instead of doing the work that people elected them to do.
He was on Tom Roten this morning, I agree with what he has to say. here it is: https://800wvhu.iheart.com/featured/the-tom-roten-morning-show/content/2019-02-12-porterfield-gop-chair-never-contacted-me/
Is this the guy that wants to take kids swimming?
He needs to see the light..... wait....
Sick, sick, sick
What I dont understand is where are all the "good Christians"? .... this is a pastor!!! Who basically just called for the killing of his children if they came to him as LGBT....
In both cases, he said he would “see if [they] can swim.” He then grinned.
If the " GOOD CHRISTIANS " DO NOT condemn this man and his views... they are condoning them! And if your condoning the killing or ANYONE! you are about as un CHRIST like as you can get and should just say what you are... A BIGOT!
He insinuated on TV that he'd drown his own children if he found out they were gay. Did anyone really expect him to walk that back?
Although what he said might be wrong, that is simply his opinion and he is allowed to have that weather you like it or not.
He doesn't have to be apologetic, but he has to endure the backlash and results of his comments.
Some people cant deal with the truth
Ignorance can be cured with education. No cure for stupidity. Here is the full interview:
He’s a real piece of crap.
he's entitled to his opinion just like the rest of us. people need to pay attention to those they vote into an office
The House Finance Committee held two public hearings Monday — one in the morning and one in the evening — to give supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 451 plenty of time to let their voices be heard. ... See MoreSee Less
I want a choice. I want accountability. I want my child to feel safe AND actually be taught @ school. I want the kids & the teacher in the classroom to WANT to be there. If that means having an option between PUBLIC and PRIVATE schools, then so be it.
In GA the lottery funds a great deal of their public schools most specifically their public online school. You get to choose from K12.org or a brick and mortar school and both are considered public schools. The advantage of the online based schools are that they aren't as test based as the brick and mortar schools. Also, the online school the student drives the pace of the curriculum, so its possible for the student to get out of school early or take more vacations during the year or whatever they need to succeed.
Men always do
won't matter what the people want, the powers that be are going to do what they want
The contest engages elementary and middle school students in designing a PSA that raises awareness about prescription painkiller abuse. Potential submissions may be a poem, drawing, letter or anything that would promote awareness. ... See MoreSee Less
The USE IT Act would support carbon utilization and direct air capture research. The bill would also support federal, state, and non-governmental collaboration in the construction and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration facilities and carbon dioxide pipelines, according to the release. ... See MoreSee Less
The event, which took place in downtown Martinsburg, was held in response to allegations of child abuse and disability discrimination that occurred in a special needs classroom at Berkeley Heights Elementary School in the fall. ... See MoreSee Less
Where were you people when my son with autism was bullied into "quitting school" and having to take his ged?? Oh, this was when there was a stigma attached to ld/bd kids. We didn't put up a fuss but quietly exited bcs systems. I'm proud of Amber being the voice I couldn't get heard. I stand behind you 100%
Kaitlyn Janee' Huff
Not allegation. There's recorded proof 🙄🙄
A petition needs to be started and a crowd needs to attend the next Board of Education meeting demanding top board administrators firing or resignation.
Why did The Journal, Martinsburg, WV ignored this family at 1st?
Isn't communicating threats against the law?
These instructors need to be named and shamed.
How in the world, does the prosecutor say that these teachers did nothing illegal? Abusing a child wether physical or mental - IS A CRIME! We need to get every states parents of special needs together and rally! How can you live with yourself Ms. Prosecutor?
Krista Krista Linn Bulger
Wish I knew this was going to take place. Would have shown up to protest along with a few other moms
These instructors need to be dismissed immediately
Its in all schools and high schools teachers need to keep there mouth off of students that doesn't concerns them your there to teach not harassing students i think its a good ideal to put camars in these schools and hallways
The Special Needs Classrooms Need Cameras To Protect Everyone Involved! It Can and Should Be Done!
The public education system in West Virginia needs to be held accountable for this crap.. It's happened for YEARS! and will continue to happen until something is done! Another on of the many reasons the new education bill needs to be passed. Private schools and Charter schools are held accountable directly from parents. No school board to fight their way through.
All schools should have cameras to be honest. The county buses do. And The parents should have access to their children’s class room as a live feed in real time. It would help the teachers as well to have proof of bad behavior from unruly kids. There are a few daycares out there that provide this as an assurance to parent’s peace of mind. There are 10 great Teachers for every wrong one. It is absolutely abhorrent that this is not punishable by law. At the very least, community service and be required to be registered unfit to work with children in any sort of setting. (some what like sex offender) How many other children have they done this to and for how long? The Principal and Board of Education should also be held accountable and would dare say replaced. It’s unfortunate as now the great teachers will be more scrutinized when they should be praised, honored and served. During my days of volunteering in the Hedgesville Elementary and Tomahawk Intermediate I saw nothing but dedication and hard work, long hours and sincere hearts, patience my children came home happy every day.
Berkeley County Schools has adopted the Olweus (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) as the district’s tool to (1) reduce and prevent bullying behaviors among students, (2) to prevent the development of new bullying behaviors and (3) to improve peer relations at school. The program is currently being implemented in intermediate and middle schools with the goal of extending the program to all school levels.
The “Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, Olweus is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting." (OWLEUS Bullying Prevention Program Schoolwide Guide, printed and distributed by Hazeldon, Center City, MN, copyright 2007)
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program involves every aspect of the school setting. Administrators, faculty and staff members have been trained regarding the program. Students will be introduced to the program at the beginning of the school year and will have regular lessons, classroom meetings and activities to support their understanding of the program.
Click on the following link to be redirected to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program website:
For more information, please contact:
Elice Gregory, Coordinator of Student Support Services
Why just why are they on paid leave???? It's right in the recording!!! They should have been fired on the spot...
How is that NOT a prosecutable crime? If I were to walk up to someone in the street and threatened to punch them in the face I WOULD BE ARRESTED AMD THROWN IN JAIL.
Even if it's not a prosecutable crime, it should be a fireable offence, and all of the owners of those voices spewing hate and threats should be terminated. The teacher who retired should be retroactively fired. There need to be consequences and accountability.
Let's take this a step further and start treating the schools' CCTV systems like an actual school record, available for parents to view at anytime. Every school in Jefferson and Berkley Country has adopted a local policy that forbids parents from reviewing the videos to find evidence of teacher misconduct or exonerate a child from an accusation of misbehavior, even though the school administrators will use those same videos as evidence to discipline your children without giving the parents or students their 6th Amendment right to review evidence.
We're literally paying these schools with our tax dollars to record every square foot of the campus, and then we allow the administration to hold those publicly owned videos private for their own needs or to protect themselves.
So adults verbally abuseing children is not against the law. So you can say whatever you want to anyone and it's not abuse as long as you don't put your hands on them it's not against the law.🤔let someone abuse my child by word or hand and I will show you crazy.😡
My husband and I are regulars at McFarland House. We had the pleasure of meeting Chef Walden this morning at Sunday Brunch and WOW!!!! The food was wonderful!!! He made a special for Chinese New Year that was incredibly delicious. What a nice, hospitable man the chef was!!! We can’t wait to go back!!!
Lol..I glanced at the title and read cheif... and I was like wtf is the chief of police gonna do French and country...lol
“Our goal is for them to realize what areas place their heart at risk,” said Sharon Webb, Women Veterans Program Manager at the Martinsburg VAMC, who helped organize the event. “It’s their opportunity to gather information about risk factors so they’ll change their habits.” ... See MoreSee Less
It is hard to get volunteers because this is all done during the work week when most of us work our regular jobs... we can’t be in court during daytime.. I really wanted to help with this but it seems like you would have to not work or be stay at home mom or retirees. Please let me know if anything can be done in the evenings?
Can anyone tell me what this is?? What is Casa and how can I help?
I wish I would have seen this before I choose to do child care I won't be able to visit kids during the weeks. But its definitely something I'm passionate about and will be looking into... All children need a voice... This is heartbreaking in numbers...
No wonder i couldnt get a child advocate for my daughter
I would love to get involved with this...but how do I? Do you have to have a degree of some sort...
Kerry Scott, a volunteer advocate with CASA, explained during the presentation that a volunteer advocate’s role is to meet with the child whose case they’ve been assigned, gather information, research documents, appear in court, recommend services in the child’s best interest, monitor case plans and communicate with a volunteer coordinator. This coordinator assists advocates and monitors their work. Scott said while the task list may seem daunting, it’s worth it to see the children placed in permanent homes.
Each year for more than a decade, church members have enacted interviews, performed skits and crafted other activities rekindling the contributions of African Americans, throughout history, for anyone in attendance. ... See MoreSee Less
Karen Rice, director of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning at the college, said the course selections have been growing over the years into what is now a sprawling array of subject areas ranging from music to foreign policy to 3D imaging. ... See MoreSee Less
Crews operated on the scene from 5:54 a.m. until 1:12 p.m. — 7 hours and 22 minutes. Martinsburg Road, W.Va. 9, was closed during the entire incident and traffic was rerouted by way of Potomac Road and River Road. ... See MoreSee Less
In November, 12 members of the JCDA board resigned, leaving the board with only eight members. According to Executive Director Nicolas Diehl, the resignations have caused significant issues because the JCDA board cannot operate with less than 12 members. ... See MoreSee Less
Amendments removing education savings accounts and docking teacher pay and extracurricular activities during a work stoppage passed with some Republicans crossing party lines to vote with Democratic committee members. ... See MoreSee Less
CHARLESTON -- Vowing to meet past midnight, the House Education Committee passed out the West Virginia Senate education reform package and removed more of the provisions that teachers, uni...
Gonna say this once. Students who come from homes where parents are illiterate, where they are not read to or played with, where they have food or housing insecurity, where there is emotional trauma in the family, or when they move homes frequently are overwhelmingly more likely to not do well in school. Our scores are affected by many, many things. Our state needs real leadership to turn this ship around. The overwhelming majority of dedicated teachers who step in to teach and fill those big gaps in children in WV’s lives are not one of the problems. Step inside any school room in your county and sit quietly for an hour and you will see just that.
Let me ask those complaining about public education what have you done to make it better? Do you volunteer to read to a class? Do you go to PTA meetings, do you do you volunteer as mentor for at risk youth? My children have has great teachers in Berkeley County. There have only been 2 honestly that I didn’t care for personally. For every 100 or more great teacher you’ll find a “bad” one. Just like in any profession. I know some teachers doing AMAZING things in their classrooms. Where’s the news in that! What has changed from decades ago when education in the US was seen as a great education? I’m not asking in an argumentative why I sincerely want feedback! Business take over of testing? A total lack of parental involvement and responsibility?
Don't just dock their pay this time, FIRE them if they so much as think of walking again and leaving our kids to pay the price for their 3 ring circus. It was unreasonable the first time, it's unacceptable this time. 😡 💯
If there is a strike (or so called work stoppage) wages should be docked. If you don’t work either don’t get paid or use personal leave to cover your time
How can ESA’s be controversial? What about a voucher system that other states use? You would think legislators in a poor state like WV would realize not everyone can afford to pay taxes and tuition at a private school.
Parents who can't afford private education should not be held hostage to such a low ranking education. It's a shame that the bill is adjusted to protect teachers and give parents no way out.
They better strip the part out of the bill that gives the board of education the authority to raise our county levy rates without the citizens voting on it.
I got my child out of this school system when repeated attempts to get the teachers to teach fell on deaf ears. She went to St Joe's and then to St Maria Goretti. The teachers taught the entire class time and the education was exemplary. In Berkeley Vounty public schools, I know of a teacher molesting middle school girls and a case where a car with two men followed an elementary student home from school. Both were swept under the rug by Berkeley County public schools. Thankfully the Martinsburg City police got involved. I could go on a day of incidences where teachers just drop the ball when parents are trying to get help. Go #45!
Cameras need put in every classroom. To make classrooms safe for students and teachers.
Stops teachers Bullying children.
Stops students Bullying
Stops drug use and sales
Stops teachers making sexual advances to students
Shows if teachers are teaching the class
Stops classroom violence
Cameras can be used as evidence to get Bullies and Bad Teachers out of schools.
Drug testing should be mandatory for anyone working with children and criminal background checks.
And the education will continue to be ranked near bottom of the nation,smh
Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Company, Bedington Fire Company, and the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority responded to a structure fire on Crawford Quarry Road this afternoon. ... See MoreSee Less
“Investigator Dillon found that the recording contained numerous instances of verbal abuse that are frankly unconscionable ... The verbal treatment of (the) children is shocking and disturbing. However, under West Virginia law, verbal abuse of children is not a criminal act,” said a release from the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. ... See MoreSee Less
Last time I checked threatening with bodily harm is assault which is a criminal offense in the state of West Virginia. We as parents trust that our children are in a safe environment while in school not to be threatened by a teacher in any way.
They should be banned from working with children ever again!!!
We’re trying to teach our kids not to bully yet we allow teachers to because there isn’t a law against verbal abuse? 😡
If you said the same thing to a police officer.. you would be in jail.. just saying
Sounds like the law needs to change! Just bc it's not against the law, doesn't make it right! This makes my blood boil! 😡🤬 Those so called Teachers need to be fired!!!!!!!!!!!!
This happened in November. The school was informed immediately and nothing happened til she released the recording herself! Teachers on PAID suspension. Utter crap.
That’s the problem any more...just because it’s not against the law doesn’t make it ok!! 🤯
Starting on page 46 of the Berkeley County WV schools handbook, everyone needs to read it that is willing to b a voice for these children, Berkeley County School Board is in Violation of their own policy from what I have read, what they r sayn may not be a WV law but it defines harrassment and mental abuse if our students are to follow the policy Berkeley County Schools is no exception the kids r entitled to safe schools by the handbook.
So basically a child that for one is non-verbal and who obviously cannot defend themselves is ok??!!! I hardly think so!!! This is inexcusable!!
According to a police officer I spoke with last year the parents could have the teachers charged with assault because simple assault is verbal with fear for your life
I have a huge problem with this because.... as a former bus driver of BCS for 13 years, as a Driver you CAN NOT say “ Johnny sit down and shut up!” (Not that a professional would want to say shut up, this is a example)
This is number #1
Singling out the student and demeaning them in front of their piers.
Number #2 it is Bullying of the student
We were always told to say things like “boys, please quiet down” etc..
So how they are letting teachers get away with things like this is disturbing and outrageous and disgraceful to our school system.
Our Superintendent needs to step up his game and get his hands out of the pockets that they are in and start worrying about the students instead of himself and his paycheck in my opinion.
Maybe a camera in a classroom would be a good idea........
There ARE WV laws against bullying! This very situation fits the criteria!
Let a student say something abusive to a teacher and a child is reprimanded which they should but your saying the teacher shouldn’t be held accountable. Schools are suppose to be a safe haven for children not for them to live in fear of anteacher.
My little boy is diagnosed with autism and is currently non-verbal. Do you know how terrifying it is to send your whole world off somewhere, that if something bad happens to him, he can't even tell me! Do you know how terrifying it would be to have this happen to him every day, and he just has to endure because he has to way to tell me how he's treated? My heart broke for these moms and their children. My heart breaks for my son and all the other little children who will have to go to school someday and not have their own voice to stick up for themselves. I hugged my sweet boy so tight when I read the posts.
This is BS!!!! If a parent abuse or NEGLECT their child...the system is quick to lock up the parents and take the kids away. Charges need to be charged....ugh
Be my kid...I would go off like a tornado on those teachers...bunch of BS!!!
What a joke. They crossed the line. Period. Why even be in that profession? What they said is not okay the least bit. They threatened to put their hands on those kids and last time I checked THAT was against the law.
Change the law! And put those “teachers” names out there so other children don’t suffer this same abuse.
But if we do it at home it is considered child abuse
What a shame. Those poor children who cant even defend themselves were bullied by those aides and the teacher . There should always be laws to protect children. And especially those that can not speak up for themselves! Seems to me that they are trying to shove this under the rug and go about their day. I hope and pray they get what's coming to them! No child should feel unsafe and every child has the right to an education free of abuse, and yes it is abuse. You may not have a law that says so , but by all accounts it is abuse!!
We send our kids to school to feel love & safe. ..and stuff like this...ugh...those teachers should be punished. Threaten to punch the child in her face....wth.. so wrong in so many ways. Abuse in thev1st degree. Smdh...wv law sucks.
Don’t worry the teachers union will stand up for you and ensure that only qualified professional educators are hired and retained
I thought we had a “no bullying” policy in effect in the school system, or does that only apply to the students? And what about A.I.R. That theyvoush down everyone’s throat with the banners and posters....again....only applies to students!!! WTG Berkeley County! Practice what you PREACH!!!
Whoaaaa!!! Hold up!!!...so you mean my child (who goes there now) could be having things said to them and treated like that today and no one would be charged for any thing??? Oh hell no!!!....something needs to be done about that!....bet there would be a charge when i got my hands on the AIDE or TEACHER responsible!!!👊👊👊👋👋👋
And people wonder why I want to homeschool my children.
So I can just tell expletives at random children on the street and not get in trouble for it?
My child pulls a stunt like this he's gonna want the cops to find him before I do. 💯
She has been found! :)
Jolene, please go home. take it from someone that left home at 15.. its dangerous and you need to get your butt back home. I got lucky.. most do not...
She’s been found someone said
So missing from Tuesday and it’s Friday. WTG taking your time in getting the info out.
Thank you for sharing her story
So glad she was found 🙏🙏
Note from her mother: Police have her in their custody in fairmont. Mom is on her way there now!
In the last year, 204 new juvenile abuse and neglect cases entered the CASA system, totaling 664 children in their care overall in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties as of Dec. 31. Of those total cases, 75 percent of the children reside in Berkeley County. ... See MoreSee Less
Our CASA worker was the most amazing ,caring, and compassionate woman . She advocated for us above and beyond. We still miss seeing her , however it was time for her to move on to other families.
Hanshaw sent a letter Thursday morning to Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick, R-Harrison, and Finance Committee Chairman Eric Householder, R-Berkeley — who lead the two committees to which the bill has been referred — formally requesting the hearing. ... See MoreSee Less
Members of the Healthcare Emergency Response Team guided VAMC employees, high school students, federal employees and others through a line that helped simulate treating an outbreak of influenza. ... See MoreSee Less
"Today, I can report the state of West Virginia, according to the Division of Motor Vehicles and the licensing project, owns 8,380 vehicles,” said House Government Organization Chairman Gary Howell, R-Mineral. ... See MoreSee Less
Now lets get HB2654 passed! D
HB2654 to end annual vehicle inspections in WV is stuck in committee. We need everyone to contact the committee members below and shares this post. Please be polite in asking them to move HB2654 to the floor. Time will be running short if this bill is not moved to the floor for a vote soon.
A link to the contact information can be found at the end of the list
Delegate Pyles - Minority Chair
Delegate Diserio - Minority Vice-Chair
Delegate Jeffries, D.
Delegate Martin, C.
I’d like to be that insurance agent🤣
Vote no. Kill the bill. Safety first.
Time for clearance sales!
Took how long to figure it out. What a joke.
Big changes being considered by House committee members include limiting the number of public charter schools in the bill to six statewide. The House version also puts limits on education savings accounts. ... See MoreSee Less
Maybe I’m reading this wrong but it is my understanding that only children of the wealthiest of the wealthy families will be accepted into one of the 6 charter schools?? Families must have a household income of at least $150k a year?? I’m glad that they’re continuing to really only look out for their own. Let’s not change WV. Keep doing what you’ve been doing. 👍🏻
Molly Jo Delgado, 30, of Cracked Walnut Way, Martinsburg, was charged after allegedly setting fires to two beds resulting in a house fire that killed her two children — Justin Wade Delgado Jr., 5, and Delmar Wade Delgado, 3. Delgado could serve a maximum of two life sentences in prison as a result of her pleas. ... See MoreSee Less
In this case an eye for an eye! She doesn't deserve to breathe anymore!
Them women r going to have fun with this one here
I cannot imagine. A moral illness I praise God I have never been afflicted with.
Sad part is they r protected in pc until they get sentenced and sent to prison
HB2033... So many people want the death penalty for cases like this, however it is always voted down. If you support the death penalty call your representatives to support this bill. http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb2033%20intr.htm&yr=2019&sesstype=RS&i=2033
The devil has consumed her heart and soul.
Eye for an eye ! I would love to toss that match! Even that is too good for her , it disgusts me to think these people are around us everyday .. I seriously hope her destiny is waiting for her in prison quickly !
Burn her at the stake and stop wasting time.
I just don't understand why it has taken so long to try this case she have been sentence long ago she must a judge relatives or children lives don't matter unless they are trying to get money.several murder case's have been held that happened after her only way out case of murder.justice is only for the judges pick in this county.
Just to think some of the people pissed off at her are pro choice.
Wow so sad they need to do what she did to them kids rip babies
She deserves the death penalty!! Those poor babies!!
At least she won’t waste the States money with a trial but she should NEVER be eligible for parole. Disgusting plea bargain
I say take her to the public square and hang her. Why waste tax money feeding her. She's not human anyway?
She should die too
I hope she dies a slow, painful death! 10 FOLD !!!
Set the scum on fire.and watch her burn in hell.
Why is she still breathing is my question... A bullet will deliver justice swiftly.
Please - may we just go ahead and set her on fire! She is spending eternity in hell! Might as well send her there with the flames to get her use to it. She took the breath away from her children in such a painful manner. She deserves the same but slower!!!!
She needs to be caught on fire, like she did her kids. No room in any jail or prison for scumbags like these.
Espinosa said that as majority whip he wants deliberate consideration of Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill just passed by the Senate and about to be taken up by the House. ... See MoreSee Less
“The goal of One America West Virginia as a whole is to build community to fight opioids,” said Andrew Hanauer, director and founder of One America West Virginia. “Our work is centered in the Eastern Panhandle, and we connect churches and community groups in the Panhandle with communities in the D.C. area that want to be part of the solution to the opioid epidemic.” ... See MoreSee Less
Actual revenue collections for the month of January came in at $422 million, or $3 million below the governor’s budget estimates for the month. Year-to-date collections still remain above projections however, sitting at more than $183 million above estimates. ... See MoreSee Less
“What’s fun about these (book) displays is that it’s not (just) rote history we’re presenting,” said Marshall-Wolfe, the youth services manager for the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries. “We’re branching out, bringing in books – specifically in the juvenile fiction section — that celebrate the experience of being African American.” ... See MoreSee Less
Molly Jo Delgado, 30, of Cracked Walnut Way, was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury in May on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson for a fire that killed her two children — Justin Wade Delgado Jr., 5, and Delmar Wade Delgado, 3 — on Jan. 24, 2017. ... See MoreSee Less
It's a shame that WV keeps voting no to enact the death penalty. It would be for cases just like this.
What a shame. I pray to my mighty god she gets what’s in store for her. Who and Why could Ever do this to babies.
She should not even have a bond, this judicial system is screwed up.
Hand it to her Judge Laura Faircloth and the Jury 🙏
“In exchange, the state agreed not to show, during the mercy phase, any photos depicting the injuries to the bodies of the deceased children, the agreement said. The state, however, reserves the right to introduce photos showing the crime scene and the location of the deceased when located, so long as injuries are not visible”
Seriously?? She set her children on fire. I hope someone can at least make that part clear to a jury so she does not get mercy in sentencing.
Mercy 🤔 NO!!!
No psych eval needed and show no mercy
People do stuff to get attention. Maybe instead of putting their pictures on the front page of the Journal, they should just throw their butts in jail with just bread and water to eat, with no mercy. 😡
This is why they should bring back public execution. She is pure evil to the core.
I'm not quite sure how the state would even allow her to plead no contest. Basically it's a plea of "I'm not saying I did it, but I'm not saying I didn't do it either". To me, that BS. The State prosecutors had a solid case against her. You don't bargain with someone like her. She's the worst kind of person there is. She is manipulative, self-centered, and has probably enjoyed every ounce of attention she's gotten from her so called attorney. What mercy did she show those babies? What mercy did she show her husband, who by the way she tried to kill, too? There is a special place in hell for her. She has to answer to a much higher power than the State of WV.
Adoption was always an option !!!... Many families would of loved those children in a good home...
She shouldn't have gotten a plea agreement! Show the pictures of the injuries of those poor babies to her everyday in her jail cell. Judge Faircloth please don't be lenient on this monster😡😡😡😡
Rot in hell
I'd make her look at the photos of the children that she murdered! Can only hope she never sees the light of day again. What she did was unspeakable
So they remove the arson charge so the jury can’t take into account she sat the fire as well as removing the crime scene photos of the children.. they just cut her sentence time in half. She doesn’t deserve a mercy phase.. where was her children’s mercy phase? Where’s the grieving families mercy phase? State should have never bartered with this terrorist.. they had a solid case sign sealed delivered. This state doesn’t care about kids. They should have made a straight out example of her. State Prosecutors you all suck.
Disturbing and disgusting!
Ohhh so, it bothers her to see the injures she inflicted on these children but she had no conscience/care in the world for them when killing them? Physco!!
So sad that these children lost their lives. she is mentally ill and should be locked in a psychiatric facility for a very very long time.
I just can’t... just can’t believe a human being is capable of this. Those poor little children deserve justice and she needs to be reminded of what she did every single day of what remains of her pathetic excuse for a life. Show no mercy on this inexcusable monster of a person. No “mother” would do this to their poor children.
Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, passed out of the Senate Monday in an 18-16 vote. Two Senate Republicans — Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, and Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur — continued to vote with Senate Democrats against the bill after they voted for failed amendments to remove controversial provisions from the bill. ... See MoreSee Less
Obviously many have not read the entire bill, so sad!! Terrible bill and hurting the children most, teachers and yes even parents!! Most will not like when their taxes go up !!
So glad that parents are going to have more options for their kids rather than excuses for poor public education! There are a number of great educators all over the state who love their jobs. There are plenty more that are not and make excuses for their poor teaching techniques because of “funding”. Majority of the teachers that use that excuse are the ones who have been teaching for 10+ years.
“The differences between public schools and charter schools go well beyond issues of governance. One of the strengths of a true public school is its ethical and legal obligation to educate all. Public school systems enroll any student who comes into the district’s attendance zone from ages 5 to 21 — no matter their handicapping condition, lack of prior education, first language, or even disciplinary or criminal record. Not only will empty seats be filled at any grade, if there is a sudden influx of students, classes must be opened.”
“Placing the adjective “public” in front of “charter” is an affront to those who deeply believe in the mission of public schools. Charter schools are privately run academies funded by the taxpayer. Many are governed by larger corporations, known as CMOs. Some are for-profit; others are not for profit yet still present financial “opportunities.”
Frederick Cook II and Beth Nutter I lied 😬 It passed the Senate, but not the House yet.
A national survey done in 2017 asked parents what kind of schooling they would choose for their kids if they could choose anything. Then they asked these parents what kind of schooling their kids were actually receiving. Here were the results:
Parents' first choice:
33% public district schools
15% public charter schools
42% private schools
83% public district schools
4% public charter schools
10% private schools
The fact is that parents want school choice. The education lobby is representing their own interests, and that's their right, but it's about time someone listened to the interests of West Virginia families.
I see some smug faces that I hope are gone soon!
Education down the tubes in WV
And u wonder why kids are dropping out!!
Morons complete morons!!! If you think charter schools are going to work you are so wrong!!! What about parents of autism and learning disabilities will suffer greatly and they’re 80 jobs now that can’t get filled here in the county. Wait till next year!!! There will be plenty more !!! It’s very sad when people have an opinion without knowing the outcome of charter schools. And the same people that like this bill will be sad when you can’t reverse the charter schools.... you people think you know but until you are a teacher you will never know!!!
Sure let’s oppose the bill and keep doing the same stuff that hasn’t worked in the past 100 years.
Somebody didn’t like the last strike. Now they’re trying to lay the hammer down.
Board President William F. Queen read the resolution, which asserted, among other things, that “in order to provide the best education possible for all students, all public education money needs to remain to support public schools.” ... See MoreSee Less
End teachers union.
Bring back mandatory home economics, wood shop, metal shop, automotive shop, cooking, and agriculture.
Pretty ironic being educated in public schools, then helping making the internet as an adult just to see other adults use your work (the internet) to say bad things about public education.
Just a thought, the dim shouldn’t get a say on this topic.
Great move by the BOE.
For those speaking poorly about the WV education system, what have you done to help?
Have you volunteered at your kids school? Do you go to parent teacher conferences? Do you go to BOE meetings?
Education, like a job, is a 2 way street and you get out of it what you put into it.
I will never understand the negative and hateful attitudes toward teachers.
There was one line that stood out to me. This bill wants to first focus on a raise for the governor then focus on the education. What?
I think competition (i.e. educational choices/more options for parents beyond what we have now) would be beneficial. There is no single solution that will work. It will take educators and parents working together to get the right fit for our child(ren). Throwing $$ at a problem without a reasonably thought out plan with somewhat stringent criteria will create a free for all & not get us anywhere.
Curious if they actually spoke with parents and asked them if they want more choice in education, or if they just spoke with Senator Unger, who rose time and again to offer opposition yet no solutions. Did Senator Unger offer any bills to improve education?
Always Always "💰💲💰💲"
I'm glad to see Berkeley County BOE do this. I hope others follow.
Teachers unions are pouring big money into this fight why? They never had our kids best interest at hart if they did WV wouldn’t be ranked amongst the bottom of the states in the country in education. If you really want to turn things around get rid of the unions first then tenure and then turn oven schools to choice make them earn the right to teach your kids.
Our society made a decision a long while back that a free public education was a good thing. IF folk want to send their kids to a different school (prep, private, religious, homeschool) - that's fine...but you are not going to be let off the hook for public education. And shame on anyone proposing that.
Prayers to the family. I can’t even imagine how they feel right now. Lord be with The teen girl and her momma. God’s got the other baby in heaven.￼
Please check and double check your kid’s car seats and whether or not they are strapped in properly. It only takes a second but can make a huge impact. If you are not sure if your child is strapped in properly or if you have questions, you can go to any local fire department and ask for their help strapping the car seat into the car and help you make sure your child is strapped in correctly.
My heart breaks for this poor family. I know this is traumatizing for the 16 year old just learning how to drive.
Makes me wonder... was she in a car seat? If not, so very sad! Now.. she is one of God's little angels... Rest peacefully baby girl....💕
So sorry to hear this it breaks my heart God bless the family God bless all of you all my heart is truly broken
Praying for the family, may God be with all of you.🙏😪
So sorry, prayers for the family. God bless them.
Bathing this in prayer for all involved 🙏
Prayers for the family and friends going up be with them through this lord...
So sad god bless the family it is a terrible tragedy Rest In Peace
Iam so sad to have to read such a tragedy. My heart goes out
Praying for the family!!! Please pray for the first responders also!!
Thoughts and prayers being sent to this family 🙏
So sorry the family is in My thoughts and prayers !
We saw the scene and knew it was really bad. 😥
Prayers for the Family. RIP Little Girl.......
Sending prayers for the family. So sorry to hear this.
Aww how tragic prayers for all.
So sorry for your loss praying for you.
Prayers to all involved ..so sad😢🙏🏽🙏🏽
It is everywhere. Guns, violence and drugs seem to be the normal way of life. Sad but true and how do you escape?
So the shooter is still out there?
Was the guy who got shot, the one who was doing the breaking and entering?
Well, 9 hours ago I asked a question still no answer. Is the shooter still at large?
Holly Ponton Lemen
George Mullis Kenneth Brian Mullis
Amber Lindgren Will Lindgren
R.I.P. my friend just seen and talked to you the other day... God look over my friend
Prayers for the Family. RIP Sir ........
Martnsburg is goin ta hell n a handbag!
Stop it or your coming back
April Keadle Logan Cook Texas is looking better and better 😬 JS
Shawn Sandlin and Deushaun Davis
Everyone needs to start carrying a pistol
Practically in front of the police station and two blocks from the fire hall/medics.. between this and the lupita shooting I’d say we’re actually like Baltimore now for real..
“I was at the unveiling of the War World II memorial in front of the courthouse in 2007,” Chuck Hampe said. “I thought those old guys waited 60 years to have it happen. And many were gone. I thought something should be done for the Vietnam veterans. It’s been over 40 years.” ... See MoreSee Less
“What people may not realize is that once these board of review and equalization hearings are finished, the tax rates and budgets will be set, and the bills will go out in July,” Berkeley County Assessor Larry Hess said. “If you don’t submit your appeal, or submit an application by Feb. 20 to appeal in October, then you’ve waived your right to appeal and will be expected to pay the taxes billed.” ... See MoreSee Less
During halftime of the Martinsburg-Spring Mills boys basketball game Wednesday, Spring Mills held a ceremony, “Honoring the Blue,” which honored former Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputy and Spring Mills High School resource officer Jacquin Moore, who died in a motorcycle crash in June. ... See MoreSee Less
I vote they amend this bill out of existence...#55Strong
Rucker was never a teacher. She was never a certified or licensed teacher in the state of Maryland. She was a substitute only. The woman has never held a full time job. lol
Franklin Hill Farm Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a few ruckus Republican Senators - and a good bit of the republican herd - are lassoing the future of By Golly West Virginia. Giddy up at the OK Corral. 🤣
When you are walking the halls of Charleston, please stop and tell my relative, Waitman Willey, (yes, I'm a Willey) that this is acceptable for the State of West Virginia, would you please?
A group of republicans from WV following a woman who has never held a job? Unbelievable. Now that is laughable. Oh, my gosh.
I would like to know how the Home school deal would work. Would the state actually pay me to teach my own kids? Many questions and I have no idea how to gain answers. The bill, of course, is written in legalese that I don’t have the ability to understand I would like for the public to be informed as to EXACTLY what this bill will do. I believe the gang buster approach is failing everyone.
Ms. Rucker has never been a teacher. She was never certified or licensed to teach in Maryland Public Schools. She was a substitute only - and our republican senators are supporting an education policy for WV created by someone who has never taught school or held a job - but has called herself a 2 year teacher in Maryland for several years now. I've heard it myself many times - both orally and in writing. Someone in the legislature, a senator, referred to her as a veteran teacher just a few days ago - while Rucker was listening - and the untruth was never corrected. That senator told an untruth in an effort to persuade for support of SB 451. Does that make the entire crew of senators supporting SB 451 and creating laws for the people of West Virginia operating against principles of truth openly before this entire state of West Virginia? Isn't that hard to believe?
Some in the 16th district voted for someone they believed was a teacher. The republican party and other entities endorsed someone they believed was a teacher. Children of West Virginia were told their senator was a teacher. Parents in West Virginia were told their senator was a teacher.
Now, will the real teachers of West Virginia stand up? #55reignited.
John Glymph Franklin Hill Farm you are correct. And her homeschooling of her kids consisted of locking them in a room for half the day while they “screamed it out”. #truestory
Sally Forth Senator!
Parent’s choice = kids first. Let us decide where our kid’s tax $$ goes! If public schools operated as a normal private school they’d be out of business in a year. Trim the fat. Pay on performance. Pay by location.
“We, too, have been following developments in the state Senate and will deliberately review any legislation they send our way,” Hanshaw said in a statement released last week in anticipation of passage of SB 451. ... See MoreSee Less
House Bill 2083, which was recently introduced in the West Virginia Senate after unanimously passing the House, aims to reduce recidivism rates for West Virginia’s released inmates by providing certain individuals with identification cards upon their release from the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. ... See MoreSee Less
According to data reported to the county and gathered by The Recovery Resource Center, thanks to efforts being made by local organizations, deaths due to opioid and heroin overdoses have decreased by 42 percent from the year 2017 to 2018, dropping from 57 deaths in 2017 to 33 deaths by December of 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
This is the first report I have seen that has provided that not just the girls but other people on the bus are okay. Everyone’s lives are important shouldn’t we share the story of all and not just some.
Glad to hear this
Thank You Jesus....
Prayers to all families and players. Hope for a speedy recovery for everyone. 🙏🏼
Reports indicate that 12 students and two adults were injured in the accident, and several were transported to hospitals in the Beckley area, according to a statement from Berkeley County Schools late Saturday evening. ... See MoreSee Less
Senate Bill 4 making the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program a permanent program passed 30-3. It now goes to the House where a similar bill was tabled Wednesday by the House Government Organization Committee. ... See MoreSee Less
“We stand here today in unity with our colleagues in the education realm,” said Joe White, executive director of the WVSSPA. “We are calling for a statewide unified vote to authorize action. This request is not being taken lightly. It’s being taken very seriously. With hundreds of our members emailing and calling us, that is where we stand today.” ... See MoreSee Less
Actually as a parent, i believe that it is our job as parents to teach our children as well...not just leaving it up to a teacher. I support our teachers 💯. So as far as this being a punishment for our children...do your job as a parent!
That's the problem with this bill. This will greatly hurt our children and teachers. Please understand the bill before posting negative comments
There is to much shoved into SB451 and it doesn’t provide real solutions to the problems in education. I’m understand why people what school choice, but my concern is how easy our tax money will be misused by out of state Charter School businesses. I’m also worried for children who are not fortunate to have AMAZING homeschool parents and instead see $$ attached to their child’s education. Want better schools?? Get the politicians out of the way and let real educator the classroom teacher be involved in real reform. Too many things are dictated to classroom teacher and their hands are tied, but they take all the blame for the problems.
This omnibus Bill is obviously retaliation for last years strike. Despicable. Students will be the losers if this passes. 55 Strong for the Kids!!!!
Striking is not punishing the kids. Passing this bill would be punishing our kids! I personally do not want my children taught by a high school drop out with a GED. People need to read these bills and what they are trying to do to our children's education! Our children and their futures deserve better!
This bill is rediculous
Jennifer Clark Romeo hey I know that guy😄
No disrespect to ANY teachers but for this Union rep to be standing here is grossly hypocritical. A lot of the reason WVPS are in the situation they are in is because of the Union!
Whatta' joke! Union fear of reform. Why - loss of power and dues paid by their FLOCK.
Teachers and students should be top priority not Unions or Administrators or Indoctrinaters (code word Educator).
People want an alternative than being educated in a state ranking 45 out of 50.
This is BS. Yeah. That’s right. Punish the kids once again
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Union representatives announced that ballots are being sent next week to union and non-union teachers and school service personnel in every county to vote to authorize the state union leaders to call a work stoppage if they deem a stoppage is necessary. ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone who cares should read the information and form their own opinion. Shutting down the school system is not the solution. It teaches our children yelling louder is the answer rather than working through it and making a realistic compromise with minimal direct impact to everyone. Be better than Washington and realize the impacts of what the teacher strike did last year. You got your piddly increase, but at what cost? Why does a strike have to be the answer? There are other options for a resolution. Make a resolution happen without a walkout. You are teachers. Teach the impacts of this, including the negatives, to yourselves.
If you're getting all your information on this bill from the unions, you should consider that you're only hearing from people with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The question is: are we as West Virginians happy with the status quo in our education system?
It isn’t about money. They are offering a raise. Did you know this bill can raise your property taxes without voting?
Last year set the precedent. Private school vouchers is a good thing.
So the kids will suffer again and lose their spring break and make up time for something they did not do or have 0 control over. You're telling me this is the best option?? Way to put the kids in the middle yet again....
Look up the bill in the WV Senate and listen to the floor discussion and listen for yourself and read it for yourself and stop listening to the union crony talking heads spewing a bunch of talking points.
That's right, stomp your feet and walk away pouting. How about having a conversation and not be so demanding?
Omg are you kidding me! Again!
Without giving an opinion can someone break down the bill for us. That way the rest of can decide to back the teachers or not.
WV is going down the tubes
VOTE ON SCHOOL VOUCHERS!
Private school looking better and better
Real life doesn’t work like this. Teachers should not be allowed to withhold education. Anyone else who refuses to do their job gets fired. If they refuse to work they should be fired.
All about 💲💲not about Teaching our children.
The teacher unions are what’s wrong with this country. They have dumbed down an entire generation
Teachers, you better strike immediately if you want anything to be done before next year. You have enough leverage with a shortage as it is. If you strike now things will get done faster. Just saying!
Ok so the bill wants charter schools they are uneducated teachers they don’t need a degree or high school Diploma!! They can raise taxes as much as 18% and we have no say!! They can also decide they don’t want your children and they don’t need a reason! Please support our teachers !!!! Ask your child’s teacher about the details go to meeting!! We need good teachers and schools!!!
The resolution will strike language in the state code that requires a petition of 10 percent of eligible voters to vote in favor of a fire fee increase. It would also allow fire fee funds to be used toward both volunteer and paid fire services. ... See MoreSee Less
The fire "fee" is annoying and distracts from people wanting to willingly assist fire services. How do other states fund their fire departments? Just call it a tax, which is what it is... Time for change.
Welcome to WV
So basically they will change the law to do whatever they want without those pesky voters getting in their way.
My first question would be regarding the epidemic with overdoses and the resources to handle those calls with no way of enforcing a fee or tax on those who are using the service.
And call it a tax and get on with it, this whole fee/tax debate is BS
Jesus Christ people! Raise the fee and cover the expenses. That is part of being a citizen in a community.
Fire fee? Ha! Get with the program, WV. Get some pointers from VA. You’ll learn a thing or two. VA fire departments make way more from donations than WV will ever make enforcing a “fee” your residents.
“We are supportive of education reform in general, and specifically, we are supportive of educational choice,” Eric Kerns said. “We believe that anything that empowers parents to choose what is best for the education of their children is best for the state of West Virginia.” ... See MoreSee Less
How is a charter school with teachers that do not need a high school diploma let alone a college education good for any child? Asking for a child....
For those of you downing public education let me ask you this, what have you done to try to make it better? For many kids ( even if we have charter school or vouchers) public education will be their only option. We can not underfund public education it will only hurt children in the long run. We need meaningful changes. We need parents involved in schools. We need to improve foster care. We need to address opioids and parental incarceration. We need to look at grandparents raising grandchildren. Maybe a big problem with public education starts at home with families and the community. Let’s look at parents who are willing spend 40 hours a week at the ballfields, dance or other activities but don’t read with their child, or study with them. So many kids aren’t taught respect or manors anymore and that starts at home. I know some FANTASTIC homeschool parents and I applaud those parents. However, we all know their will be no safe guards for those parents who pull to homeschool just for a check, to avoid court because of attendance or behavior and will not teach them anything. Their are too many unknowns in this bill, it’s a Pandora’s box. They need to pull the bill apart and do some real diligence.
The problem is not with educational opportunity, it is with the accountability for those tax dollars once they leave the public system and enter a privatized system. If the child getting that money to go to a charter or private school goes back to public for whatever reason, that money WILL NOT go back with them. The already struggling school system will be starved and get worse and worse for our most vulnerable kids. They may be telling you it's providing opportunities for vulnerable students, but it will do the exact opposite.
I don't want my tax $$ going to religious schools!
This is a good thing !! Bring it on !! Don't let government raise your children.
Please inform yourself as the bill in a whole is a nightmare.I have spent many hours reading this bill and it is going to affect the County as a whole.This bill is 140+ pages long and all these things should not be wrapped into one bill.
Well of course he supports it. They have a school. It will get money from the state.
I am not here to argue this. But you guys are exactly right there will be the haves and have nots. Even with help from tax dollars following to your school. The majority of parents still wont be able to send their school aged children to private schools. And charter schools will pick and choose who they allow. Just saying how is this fair
Oh and all tax payers will pay dearly too, just to let you know. If you don't think you have anything at stake in this bill. Estimated tax increase last I heard will be 18% but could be higher.
Hiring teachers that don’t even have degrees in the field or in general is not a educator make!
How many of you for this bill have actually read it? I have. Did you know that public schools will lose money to charter schools and ESA? The public schools will still have to pay for the same electric, water, cleaning staff, landscape staff, etc. Just because they lose money doesn't mean the upkeep becomes less. It remains the same. If the public schools can't remain open due to underfunding, your child will have to be transported to another public school in the county. That will lead to more time wasted riding on a bus, and overcrowding in the schools that remain open.
Did you know there isn't any definitive accountability for how parents can spend the ESA money? That money is meant for education, but how will there be a guarantee they won't spend the money on other things like drugs? We have a huge opioid epidemic as is.
Did you know they want to increase class sizes? Studies have shown kids are more successful in smaller classes, not larger. Have you ever tried to take care of 30 kids by yourself at a birthday party? You can't do it. Why expect teachers to do it?
Did you know that charter schools don't even require their teachers to have a HIGH SCHOOL diploma? How is having someone without a degree going to improve education?
Did you know that charter schools are not required to provide transportation to and from their schools like public schools do? Did you know that charter schools do not have to abide by the same accountability standards that public schools do?
They want charter school kids to be able to participate in extra curricular activities and sports at the public schools if their charter school doesn't have one, but they will not allow public school kids to participate in the activities offered at charter schools if the public school doesn't have one.
Did you know they can turn anyone of our public schools into a charter school if they feel like it? Charter schools are not free. You have to pay for them. They are for-profit businesses. If you choose to not send you child to that school, then your child will have to be sent to another public school across the county. Charter schools can kick your kid out at anytime they please. They do not have to allow your child to go there.
They want to allow open boundaries for schools. That means kids from one school district can go to another. Who is going to pay for the transportation needed for that? The public. What happens if some schools become overcrowded due to this non-regulation?
They want to limit school counselors to spending 75 percent of their time with students. Why? They should be doing 100 percent with students. We are operating on 66% level efficiency for school counselor student ratio. We need to hire an additional 380. We also need to hire between 395 and 554 school psychologists to be at the recommend student ratio. we are currently operating at 23% efficiency.
Did you know there is a provision in the bill that will allow the Board of Education to increase your property taxes if they want more money? It will happen if charter schools take money away from the public schools. Guess what? You don't get a say in that like you do now with the levy.
Read it for yourself. It is all in the bill. http://wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Text_HTML/2019_SESSIONS/RS/bills/SB451%20ORG.pdf
Also with those choices the student can attend a charter school BUT play sports for their local high school. In other words taking educational money but expecting the them to open an athlete with open arms. WVDE is in complete opposition to this proposal. Not to mention that charter schools do not need to adhere to the WV graduation requirements. All this come from the recent State Board of Education meeting this week.
And local boards of education can raise levy's and by pass putting it on ballot to be voted on.
I’ve been pretty disappointed in my children’s educations (senior, sophomore, and pre-k). I’ve definitely noticed a downward trend as the years pass. They have had some excellent teachers but all in all, I’d say their educations have been sub-par. I am a product of WV public schooling and I’m just going to be honest. I was in the gifted program, and I always gave my best effort, ending up in the top 5% of my graduating class. I was floored when I got to Shepherd and saw how behind I was compared to Maryland residents, particularly in science and math. I am now a teacher of higher education, and I see so many students with so many educational weaknesses. These students also are emotionally destroyed when they get less than an “A” because that’s all they have ever received, and I have no idea how or why. There is a big problem somewhere. I don’t know what would fix it - I think some of the problems are societal but a great deal are pedagogical.
Two of our children attended Faith for one year. We couldn’t take the monthly shaming any longer when they continually tried to guilt us into paying them more than the monthly tuition. Yet, the public schools make children decide at the end of 8th grade what “path” they want to take in life, and who knows that at age 13?? Then, they only want to focus on West Virginia college requirements, even when out of state colleges often require higher standards to satisfy their enrollment requirements. I also homeschooled two of our children in 5th grade because they were bombing their math tests for no reason than having a brand new teacher. I bought the Singapore Math program, made my own tests in all subjects and had teachers emailing me to borrow copies of my tests and lesson plans. Honestly, schools are overthinking this. Pick a country who has high achievement and start a conversation with them. The whole educational complex is becoming like the military industrial complex. It’s education. Countries have been doing this for thousands of years. Pick the best and stop trying to reinvent the wheel with this Common Core crap. The attitude in Charleston (Sen Unger’s words to me) “they’re not going to tell us how to run our state.” Obviously, someone with sense should do so. Thank God for Mississippi.
FCA does have Resource teachers and all of their teachers have college degrees in education.
Be very informed. Please!
Anyone wondering why Senator Rucker with her “limited” education experience is eager to throw public schools under the bus should consider this:
If every person who opts to homeschool their child gets $3,000 per kid per year, she will get a $15,000 annual raise when this passes.
That is correct Scott Miller.
Any educated person with at least a 4 year degree such as our learned educators should understand the positive impact from allowing diversity and differentiated accomplishment which will evolve from implementing systems supporting specialized education such as STEAM and music which will allow our children to flourish and prosper in their journey for knowledge.
If a MOTHER can choose to MURDER her child with tax money, then a PARENT can choose how to educate their child with tax money.
He is for it bc if the bill pass that school will have the opportunity to get money from state government.
This is so selfish and disingenuous of a Christian school. This bill takes resources from the community; resources that fund your student's extra- curricular activities, classroom per-pupil costs, and curricular resources. Separation of church and state...unless it benefits you. Btw, there would be only 2,500 of the ESA accounts for the whole state. Say no to SB 451.
Research is showing that charter schools are often mismanaged and do not live up to the promise of a more robust education. The ESA accounts are a separate but poorly researched concern. Contact your Senator and House of Representatives member and tell them, as a taxpayer and constituent, VOTE NO on SB451.
Yes! Parent’s choice!
You all talking bout hiring teachers that don't have a degree. Well considering wv ranks 46 out of 50 states I'd say the ones with a degree isn't doing doing to well either
“There’s already a choice to attend private schools,” said Jason Allen, a social studies teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School. “The school welcomes you here, and we have a diverse population.” ... See MoreSee Less
Keith Busby, a site human resources leader for Procter & Gamble, said the company is looking for “things like leadership, problem-solving, working well with other people, dealing with conflict.” ... See MoreSee Less
Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, passed the committee 18-16, with Sens. Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, and Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, voting against it. Senators suspended the rules to move the bill on first reading. It will be up for second reading today and third and final reading on Monday. ... See MoreSee Less
Oh I’m sorry since when was emotional needs a priority of the school system. This is life your emotions are going to get messed with. Life after school is going overwhelm you if you can’t cope in school instead of being coddle to. I’m not saying these young people need to grow up they need to enjoy what they have while they have it. Adulthood sucks parents put way to much pressure on their kids to get the best grades they can, find a college, get the highest paying job, look the best, etc. All that stuff will come but at what expense to your child do you want it to come? Their mental capacity, physical health? Some of these kids are so book smart they have no common sense anymore. Just my thought.
What a bias statement in my opinion! You said nothing about what charter schools are how they operate. Nothing about the tax increase that we have no control over!!!
Idiots who are voting yes to this need taken out behind a wood shed. They care nothing about public school. The only reason they are voting to take money from our public schools is because they want to show democrats that they have more in office and can control the vote. Anyone who take from public education needs to be voted out of office. Most Politicians are a joke. ( please for the love of God vote these idiots out of office who support this ).
Rallying under the banner of “Our Students First for Public Education,” the crowd heard from teachers, school administrators, students and lawmakers in front of the Senate Chamber. ... See MoreSee Less
The herald mail posts more in our area then the journal. It said buck Hill area
He was missing for 10 days. They have been reporting it. He went missing from Hagerstown and was found down there. His car was found abandoned in Hagerstown. At least the journal used a nice picture and not a mug shot like herald mail did 🙄
Wonder why his car was found in Hag-town but his murdered body was dumped in Berkeley County...? 🤔🤭🤫😲
Wow...Crazy! I tell my kids everyday Nobody is Safe Anymore!
And we are just hearing about it
He was found in Berkley County but think it was murder
It will told on 12 news where he was found
Sadie Jane 😞
Prayers for this young man’s family. This is terrible.
Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, was passed by the committee this morning in an 18-16 vote, with Sens. Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, and Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, voting against it. ... See MoreSee Less
The Berkeley County Council has put forward a resolution to amend Section 12 Article 17 Chapter 7 of the West Virginia code, which currently states that in order to increase the fire fee, the county must get a petition containing the signatures of at least 10 percent of eligible voters in the county showing support for the increase. ... See MoreSee Less
Tried of all the taxes. Tax people to death.
Like 10 percent of the population around here is going to sign so they can raise it that is funny I know I will not be on that list because I live of disability and can't afford to pay more
just call it a tax and stop playing games with the taxpayers.
So the article states that council raised the rates, ignoring state code, to where one member of council who had a fiduciary interest in the action had to bring them to court? Correct?
I hope the amendment is rejected.
We pay too much . Take it from those 17 percent who don't need a tax break
Here’s a thought stop taking joy rides and government vehicles home
With all the growth one would think the $$ paid in taxes/so-called fees would cover the costs.
Read it 10% to approve and 30% to stop it. How's that setting with you.
Then maybe they should not respond to your fire and emergency calls.