Leonard Witt

Thanks 9,000 JJIE.org Visitors, We Will Make a Difference

I love to give you updates because they are so positive. Today the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, JJIE.org, broke the 9,000 unique visitor per month mark and we have had more than 20,000 page views for the month. Each weekday nearly 500 visitors come to the site with more than 800 page views. Of those, about 40 percent are coming from Georgia. Remember we are a small niche news operation, but this rapid growth in numbers tells me we are on to something important.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Georgia Seclusion Room Suicide Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Georgia boy who committed suicide while in seclusion at a special education center in Gainesville. The high court rejected an appeal from Donald and Tina King who sued the Pioneer Regional Educational Service Agency. Their 13-year-old son Jonathan was part of the Alpine Program, an educational service for kids with autism and kids with severe emotional and behavioral problems.  He was placed in seclusion at the school for hours and killed himself in the seclusion room. The King family accused the school of violating his civil rights by failing to protect him from taking his own life. Georgia courts denied the Kings’ case because couldn’t prove that school staff deliberately neglected their son, according to a LexisNexis case briefing.