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Petition to Sgt Darren Bedford, West Yorkshire Police, Leeds Council, Fabian Hamilton, The Principal Enforcement Officer, Tom Riordan, Rachel Reeves

Stop kids from throwing stones and eggs at Taxis

As a taxi licensed holder in Leeds and surrounding areas, I along with other taxi drivers in the region demand for safety of ourselves, the customers and our cars from these kids throwing stones and eggs. Driving has been a nightmare for us drivers as the kids are throwing stones and eggs constantly without thinking of the consequences. Theyare not bothered as they or their parents are not paying for the damages of our cars and our time off work due to injuries we may receive due to this. It is not like driving taxis is stress free or easy making money, we put our hours in and hard work to put bread and butter on the table for our families. We pay money towards renewing our badges and vehicles licensing as well as other numerous costs such as daily filling up at stations and sky-high insurances and to add to this we now have these horrible kids who do not think of what the driver has done to buy the car they want to damage for whatever reason. They are not bothered they know us drivers can't say anything to them or even the police, hence why they keep doing this. This whole situation is going out of hand and causing us drivers severe stress. When it's after school time, we keep looking to see if there are kids on the road and not thinking of what's on the road ahead. This can cause a serious accidents and who will be responsible? Why should we be so stressed and keep looking at were the kids are. Last week we had received message on the PDA saying avoid Dewsbury road if possible as kids are throwing stones, and I had two passengers in the back who were going towards Dewsbury Road. I was not thinking of the traffic lights, the pot holes on road or anything that can cause accident, all I was doing was looking at pavements while driving, is this legal? no it's not but what would you do when reading a message like this? And on bright day, the passengers are so happy and opening windows, and keeps mentioning summer is around the corner, yes it is and we can't wait for summer as West Yorkshire hardly gets a good summer, so when we do get a nice hot day we'd like to enjoy with windows been open and get breath of fresh air, but at what cost? Now that summer is around the corner, kids will have 6 weeks of fun time throwing stones and damaging multiple taxis, unless you the police and council tackle this issue seriously. it is not a joke, it is an issue that can cause a serious incident. Please sign this petition to cause awareness and awake the west Yorkshire police and the council to tackle this issue and help us driversfrom these nightmares and lets work together for a safer west Yorkshire region. #TaxiStopKids Ps! I would like you all to read what happened to one of our driver to help you see the issue here and hopefully it may help you to make your mind up on whether to sign or not... driver attacked by stone-throwing gang in Halifax%26&ns_fee=0#post_58b03cf3e4b07f8d679fe657

Faraz Khan
1,934 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Schumer

Protect Children in Schools from Gun Violence while Employing Veterans

I hope the succinct proposal below regarding a potential viable (bi-partisan) solution for gun violence in schools merits consideration by you and your colleagues. I am a veteran, a business leader, and most importantly a father of two young children. I am happy to help with developing this idea should you feel it is worth the investment in time. This proposal solves/mitigates risk for at least three issues:1. Gun violence in schools2. Veteran employment3. Civics education and local school funding Both Republicans and Democrats should be able to get behind it because:1. There is no infringement on second amendment rights2. We are not simply posting armed guards at schools3. It will address the issue of violence against children in schools with a relatively short implementation time Concept:1. The federal government (and budget) re-purposes $7.8B to pay for a teaching position in each public school in the country.  This is a mere 3% of the budgets of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education.2. This program is optional for local school districts to participate in.3. This helps schools pay for a full teaching headcount when their budgets are already strained.4. This teaching position can only be filled with a combat veteran.5. The teaching position focuses on Civics and History learning.6. The veteran in this position is certified every six months like federal agents in close quarters battle and is authorized to conceal carry a firearm. This is no different than air marshals on airplanes. Gun control, reducing bullets, metal detectors, lock-down solutions are all flawed and currently intractable solutions for the issue of gun violence in schools.  Metal detectors will not stop a gunman and employing security to control the checkpoint is a waste of public funds. I hope the above is enough to start a discussion about a truly viable, bi-partisan solution to the epidemic of gun violence in schools. We cannot tackle the entire topic of gun violence in the country without breaking it down into smaller milestones. Let's at least solve the problem as it pertains to children and schools. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Brady Bagwan  

Brady Bagwan
163 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Kate Brown, John Lively, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Nancy Nathanson, Pete DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader, Andy Olson, Peter Courtney, Tina Kotek, Laurie Monnes Anderson, Alissa Keny-Guyer, Jennifer Williamson, Margaret Doherty, Jackie Winters, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Ginny Burdick, Jeff Kruse, Alan Bates, Chip Shields, Mitch Greenlick, Richard Devlin, Diane Rosenbaum, Peter Buckley, Oregon, Jessica, Susan McLain, Janeen Sollman, Paul Evans, Diego Hernandez

Make a Law that Private Schools Should Recognize Bullying and Enforce a NoTolerance Policy

My husband and I just recently pulled our son out of a Private Waldorf School because he was being bullied. There were several instances where one child in particular had kneed our child in the groin. This particular child would also act out in class and make it where our child was unable to focus in class. One day, our son was being bullied so bad by this child, he was in after school care and was self-harming and not one adult that was present took note of this. When bringing this to the attention of the principal they looked at me specifically and told me they would figure out why it wasn't noticed. This day in particular we were not notified of this instance by anyone other than our son. The next day our son was jumped at school by the same child. He was grabbed from behind on his shoulders so hard that he fell to his knees. His bully punched and kicked him in the leg and stomach. Other children joined in. His teacher at the time was on the playground at recess. We were not notified of this instance until our son was picked up from school and mentioned it to his father. The principal did not find it necessary to notify us. When we requested a sit-down with the parents and the principal it was denied and the principal told us it would be better if just the children sat and talked with the principal. This particular child that was bullying my son never had any kind of reprimand even though their school policy stated that the child would have a 2 day suspension until they figured out what to do. This child, in the same week, struck another child so hard they could barely stand the rest of the day. That child's parents were not informed of this situation either until they saw their child that day. This school in particular does not have a counselor on staff nor a school nurse and claims that all their staff is trained in First Aid/CPR. Yet there are multiple children being bullied and getting head injuries. When they obtain these head injuries they are "checked" by staff to see if they have a concussion or not. Nowhere, in their training that they have shared with us does it say they are trained to administer these types of assessments.  In the State of Oregon we have several laws that relate to Bullying in School. There is the House Bill 1555 that relates to no toleration of any type of bullying and ORS 339.351 as well as ORS 339.356 that have strict guidelines as to what bullying is as well as what policies need to be enforced. However, this does not extend to Private Schools. If public schools must have a Counselor and Nurse on staff as well as an Anti-Bullying Program we want the children in Private Schools to have the same. Children in Private schools should have the same mandated rights as children in Public Schools as well as the same mandated accountability process or similar. Children should be taught to be kind and KNOW what Bullying is and the fact that it will not be tolerated. Please help us create a Bill and ORS that will extend these laws and policies to Private Schools.  Thank you for your time!     

jesse Azzopardi
134 supporters