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Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:32:27 GMT
The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:48:02 GMT
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
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Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:32 GMT
It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
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ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) -
It was a necessary wake up call for middle school students in Elmore County Friday. The Alabama Department of Corrections, along with the juvenile court system painted a picture of what a teen's life would be like if they continued to make bad decisions.
"They are comfortable with me, they are comfortable with their high school environment," said Wetumpka Middle School guidance counselor Jessica Williams. "We had to shake them up a little and show them these people and this place is real."
When the students were asked who knew someone in a gang, the vast majority raised their hands. Unfortunately, gangs, drugs and bullying are no stranger to even middle school students.
It was a far too familiar scene for Blake Russell, who gave up a full baseball scholarship to go to prison. "The age they are now is the same age I was when I started make the decisions that ultimately effected the last 10-15 years of my life."
The student's eyes were glued to the inmate from Kilby Prison who came to speak to them. A convict who was shackled and serving time for murder explained the choices he made at 12 that put him behind bars for the last 18 years.
Russell says today's event is a gift, because no one spoke life to him at an early age. The biggest frustration, knowing many of the students who need to hear today's message, simply weren't listening. "I know the road they are going to take. The ones who are responding, I can see they need this. But the ones who really need it block it out. And it's really the sad part of it."
Juvenile Judge, Patrick Pinkson said he welcomed the call from a local guidance counselor to work proactively to divert teens on a problematic path.
"By the time they get to me, so often the problems have already occurred. It's a bit of a frustration for me, and we had this opportunity to be proactive and get out in front of problems, and bring in experts to help these children and we jumped at it."