Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - "I am absolutely shocked and outraged that an agency would subject any human being to this type of treatment," said Caddo Parish School Superintendent, Dr. Gerald Dawkins.
Dawkins publicly scolded Universal Placement International after hearing that the company has been accused of extorting money out of teachers through reported incredibly high fees, and their work visas.
"Universal Placement would say you're going to have to reapply for this, this is going to cost you some additional money, and that was the kind of leverage they could hold over them," said Louisiana Teachers Federation President for Caddo Parish, Jackie Landsdale.
"We've also heard that some of the housing issues about where people are staying and we're going to track that down starting tonight," said Dawkins.
We did the same.
We found a Filipino teacher at a local apartment complex.
He did not want to be identified, but said his living conditions are very uncomfortable, and that most of his check goes to UPI.
"I paid 8,000 dollars before I came here," said the teacher. He was talking about how much he paid before he even came to America to begin a career as a special education teacher.
Four Filipino teachers live in one apartment, which is a two bedroom two bathroom. Two teachers share one room, two share the other. They each pay about 300 dollars a month in rent. One Filipino teacher says at the end of each month he has no extra money.
"Some of these allegations are in fact true," said Dawkins who was quick to distance Caddo from UPI, and said the deal to bring them to Caddo was brokered before his arrival in 2008.
"I can't disagree with that, the only thing I can say is sometimes saying I don't know is not good enough," said Landsdale.
Caddo employs 43 of the Filipino teachers.
"We're better than this, we should not be participating in these types of behaviors," said Landsdale.
The Caddo Parish School Board is expected to discuss a proposed policy change in an upcoming meeting, to deal with the situation.
KSLA News 12 has placed a call to UPI, but the call has not been returned.
Tuesday, May 14 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-14 16:47:12 GMT
HOUSTON (KHOU/CBS) – Neighbors near a prostitution sting said customers came so often they affected the flow of traffic. Two juveniles were among the female sex workers, and more than 100 other peopleMore >>
Vice officers made dozens of arrests in the last two weeks during an operation they called the Bissonet Initiative, named for the street the sting took place.More >>
Experts say the officer who killed a Long Island college student and a home invasion suspect on Friday was confronted with a split-second choice.More >>
As a grieving family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer's bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether police should have waited for...More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real Housewives jealous. More >>