Day: November 3, 2017

Father, daughter die in duplex fire

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes A GoFundMe page has been created for a Keizer family, whose father and 6-year-old daughter passed away days after a fire engulfed their duplex on Thursday, Oct. 26. Telese Hoerauf, a neighbor who started the GoFundMe, said she was having a normal Thursday night when she heard knocking next door and cries of “Daddy, daddy.” “I heard panic in one of the girl’s voice and could hear that she was scared,” Hoerauf said. “I was thinking maybe they got locked out of the house or something. I opened my front door and came...

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Law professor on SKSD mandatory reporting: New guidelines have ‘extremely bad consequences’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Recently-expanded mandatory reporting guidelines in the Salem-Keizer School District (SKSD) – that require teachers to report instances of consensual sex between students – prompted some students to question whether their free speech rights were being squelched. Keizertimes asked University of Oregon School of Law Professor Leslie Harris to review the training materials given to teachers and explanations provided by the district for the changes. In her opinion, trampling free speech isn’t the primary concern. “The advice (given to the district) is extreme protect-yourself-from-liability kind of advice that has extremely bad consequences for...

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Celtics to open playoffs at home

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Surrounded by his teammates who have become like brothers, Hakam Nagra sat at midfield for as long as he could, trying to fight back the tears after a 57-6 loss to West Salem on Friday, Oct. 27, thinking he had played his final home game at McNary.    But thanks to a top 16 finish in the final OSAA power rankings, Nagra and McNary’s other 22 seniors will get another shot to go out at home as winners when the Celtics, No. 14, host No. 19 Grants Pass on Friday, Nov. 3 in...

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Sex reporting will do more harm than good

Salem-Keizer School District’s decision to enforce a standing Oregon law is causing quite a stir. The law the district is instructing its teachers and staff to follow is Oregon statute 163.315, which says a person under the age of 18 is incapable of consenting to a sexual act. The child abuse mandatory reporting guideline requires teachers and other school employees to report if they believe two students under the age of 18 are having sex, even if one of their own children is involved. The renewed focus on this issue came after a member of the community  asked for clarification of the statute. Every story has two sides. The school district responded to a question and decided that the existing state law needed to be heeded. Teachers were informed by the school district that they would need to take additional mandatory reporting training. The response from teachers and students alike was swift and generally opposed to the school district’s focus. Rightly, some teachers expressed that many students turn to them or school counselors to discuss intimate details of their lives including sex. That’s because some households do not welcome discussions of sex, especially discussions of gender identification. Teachers invite and welcome discussions with students because they understand how home life can be for some kids. Some parents think the schools should take the lead on sex education; others think...

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Real news about a fake dossier

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS After months of going after “fake news,” President Donald Trump has found a story about a “fake dossier” that he clearly takes to be real news. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn this week, Trump said that a Washington Post story connecting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to a dossier that alleged his 2016 campaign had ties with Moscow was a “disgrace” and “a very sad commentary on politics in this country.” The president has long maintained that stories linking Vladimir Putin’s Russia with his campaign were “fake news” and that investigations into possible collusion between Moscow and his camp were part of a “witch hunt.” On Tuesday, the Post tossed some fuel into that fire when it reported that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee had paid for opposition research by the firm Fusion GPS, which had commissioned a dossier that alleged Russian operatives had “been cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for at least five years. The dossier—really a collection of memos that included unconfirmed salacious gossip about Trump—was written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. According to news reports, the FBI has confirmed portions of the 35-page document, but information about a “clandestine meeting” between Kremlin representatives and a Trump lawyer in Prague has been discredited. The Post story sent ripples through Washington. Shortly after the story went online,...

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