RHINELANDER - Problems with bullying concern parents, school staff, and children across the country. The Rhinelander High School Diversity Club aims to end bullying.
The club is fewer than 2 years old. It's growing in popularity and awareness. The club holds events throughout the year to bring awareness to bullying.
"If we can get guest speakers to come in its going to really help the kids understand what it's like to be bullied, and how to stop it, and by having different activities that need money to be funded it's going to be more exciting and more kids are going to want to participate," says Megan Marvin, a 12th grade Rhinelander High School student.
Diversity Club just got a $1,000 dollar grant from the Wisconsin Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse program. With the money the club plans to attend a bullying training at the mental health summit in Eagle River in May. Susan Hampton is a counselor at Rhinelander High School. She says bullying is less physical and more sophisticated these days.
"It's more text messaging sending pictures or posting on Facebook or spreading rumors about someone or calling people names those kinds of things," says Susan Hampton, a Rhinelander High School counselor.
This is the first year the club was awarded the grant money.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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