Consequences for Skipping School and Dropping Out

Walter is currently 15 years old and is just finishing up Grade 10, his second year of high school. He dreams to become a chef one day, and so he currently holds a part-time position working after school at Yummy Patties; a local burger joint where he flips burgers and makes some much needed cash.…

The ABCs of Dropping Out of School

Image from:  http://www.chilliwack.com/main/page.cfm?id=2110 Scenario As this summer reaches a close and the last baseball bats are swung, the final soccer tournaments are played, and homework-free weekends come to an end, we can almost hear the morning bell calling us in for another year of school. I’m sure we’ve all experienced that familiar dread of pop…

New Bullying Law

The Ontario government has passed the Accepting Schools Act, a new bullying law that aims to better protect students from bullying in publicly funded schools. One important part of the law is that now all schools must allow students to form Gay-Straight-Alliances (GSAs), groups that are geared towards fighting homophobia and trans-phobia in schools as…

Bullying in the news: consequences and responses

The description of the news article below and the “Afterthought” are the opinions of  Deby Ko, a volunteer member of JFCY’s PLE Team and JFCY’s bullying sub-committee.  The information about the proposed Ontario legislation is by JFCY. Bullying in the News – By JFCY volunteer Deby Ko Current news indicates how severe bullying can be…

Skipping School and Smoking Pot

Scenario Fourteen year-old Rachel had never really thought about skipping class before. She knew her friends skipped once in a while, but she had never done so herself. Then, one fall day, during lunch hour, Emily and Mike asked Rachel if she wanted to skip the next period, get something to eat, and hang out…

The Legal Rules of Youth and Work

Starting your first job? Did you know there are laws about young people in the workforce?  Consider these scenarios Mandeep is 14 years old and just started a summer job working at a construction project lifting supplies. Jillian, age 15 decides to start a part time job which requires her to work during school hours.…