Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:45
The Arizona Department of Public Safety has a new tool, drones. For the last year the department has been mastering the use and technology around drones. DPS will be using drones to help clear traffic accidents more quickly. They will allow DPS to quickly take pictures of the accident that later can be stitched together similar to the way Google Maps works. These pictures can then be used to create measurements that help in their investigation. The aerial view also provides officers with a new perspective that gives them insight into the accident. Detective Brian Hon with DPS said,"So, the type of product that we're able to put out is far above and beyond what we're able to do in the past." DPS sees this as just the beginning for drones and hopes to make use of them in other departments in the future.    
Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:08
Do you have freedom of speech in school? Last Friday, during a "Party in the U.S.A" spirit day at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona students were asked to take down a "Make America Great Again" (commonly referred to as "MAGA") banner. Students also reported being asked to remove MAGA hats, though the school officials state they never made this request. The incidents upset some students and parents who latter held a protest of approximately 50 outside the school the following Monday. Perry High School sophomores who participated said they support students' right to Free Speech. However, do students have the same rights on campus that they do off of campus? The Supreme Court has had several landmark cases on the subject some of which do limit student speech on a school premise like Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier and Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraiser and others that enforce a students right to freedom of speech like Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School. To learn more about freedom of speech read, "Freedom of Speech, What is and What it isn't".
Thursday, 28 February 2019 10:10
Toni Harris is making history by becoming the first female football player in a non kicker position to sign a letter of intent to play at Central Methodist University in Missouri. Becca Longo, from Basha High School in Chandler Arizona, was the first woman to sign a letter of intent back in 2017 as a kicker with Adams State University in Colorado. Unlike Becca Longo though Toni Harris will be playing defensive back. Toni Harris hopes to one day play for the National Football League. With female players gaining momentum in sports she just might make it.   
Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:28
Did you know it is a crime to pretend to commit a crime? It may seem strange that not actually doing something is a crime but when you really stop to think about it, it makes sense. If you report to police that something happened that didn't they will not know that you are not telling the truth. The police will then investigate the crime as though it really happened. This takes valuable time and resources from the police department that could have been used to help someone who is in need. If you lie to the police it is called False Reporting. Recently a man in Chicago told the police that he was a victim of a crime. This man is now under arrest and is being tried for false reporting among other things. In Arizona if you file a false report you could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor or a class 6 felony for a second offense. What if you lie about a crime in school? Learn more about what can happen to you at school.
Friday, 08 February 2019 15:32
A new law is in effect for Glendale and all of those who travel through it. The City of Glendale has passed a distracted driving law. This new ordinance states that you can be, "pulled over for using your phone, even if you're at a stop light." There are two exceptions, you can use your phone to turn on your hands free device and in cases of emergency. You can read the entire city ordinance here, including all the exemptions. 
Friday, 01 February 2019 14:47
Do you spend too much time on your phone, the internet or your computer? Do you feel anxious when you are without your preferred device? Technology is everywhere and psychologists are now in the process of studying if people can actually become addicted to their devices or if our prolonged use is just a habit. Psychology Today states that an, "Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences." People who believe that technology can be an addiction, similar to gambling or even drug use, are concerned that it can cause depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation and lower life satisfaction. In fact there are now treatment centers to help people with their technology addiction. However, others believe that our use of technology is just habit formation defined as, "the process by which new behaviors become automatic." Those who believe it is a habit think of it as something people can easily control and see the term "addiction" as extreme moniker especially when comparing it to drug use. According to Christopher Ferguson,"Technology use causes dopamine release similar to other normal, fun activities: about 50 to 100 percent above normal levels. Cocaine, by contrast, increases dopamine 350 percent, and methamphetamine a whopping 1,200 percent." Is technology addiction the most recent scapegoat for societies problems? Whatever your personal stance be habit, addiction or somewhere in the middle the only thing that scientist agree on is that there isn't enough real statistical information yet to tell them either way.  
Friday, 11 January 2019 09:02
The Arizona We the People State Competition was held on Friday, January 11th at Mesa Community College. The We the People program simulates congressional hearings where students testify as constitutional experts in front of panels of esteemed judges; often legislatures, judges and lawyers. Nine high school teams competed in the competition from all across the state but ultimately, at the end of the day, Mountain View High School came away with first place. Mountain View will have the ability to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the We the People National finals. Hamilton High School, last years first place winner, took second place this year, third place went to Skyline High School and fourth to Gilbert Classical Academy. If you would like to get involved with the We the People Program talk to your teachers to see if you have a program at your school. Need more information about how to get a team started? Click here and fill out the contact us form.
Friday, 04 January 2019 16:25
With the New Year comes the infamous New Year's resolution a commitment that you make to yourself that you will do or not do a particular thing in the new year, usually with the thought that what you commit to will make you a happier or better person than you were the year before. While resolution are known for failure studies show they don't have to be if you make them manageable and realistic. Instead of planning to travel to the moon maybe look into making it to a science camp or staying awake in your science class. Whatever your goals make them small enough so that you can stick with them but large enough that they are still worthwhile to you. Next year you will get to brag to your friends that you successfully kept your resolution. (Learning to not brag and being a good winner can be next year's resolution) Good Luck!
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 22:34
'Tis the season to see, buy and sell fireworks but do you know the law? Find out what the laws are in your area by checking out the My Streets section of LawforKids! There you can easily see what is and isn't allowed in your neighborhood. From all of us at LawforKids have a safe, fun and....  HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:47
A new public health epidemic is sweeping the nation one puff at a time according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Vaping and e-cigarettes are on the rise since they entered the market in 2007, especially with youth. But who is the Surgeon General and why should we listen to him? The Surgeon General is our "Nations Doctor and provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury". According to the Surgeon General,"Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine – the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products". Nicotine is harmful. The Know the Risks website explains that nicotine "can cause nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control. Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning". One of the most common e-cigarettes for youth is a brand called JUUL which contains a salt based nicotine in its flavored pods. However, according to the Surgeon General's advisory, "approximately two thirds of JUUL users aged 15-24 do not know that JUUL always contains nicotine".If the health risks of nicotine aren't enough of a deterrent then remember JUUL and all other forms of nicotine are also illegal. For more information about the laws visit our Law section.
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