Social Media as a Gateway for Youth Trafficking

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Due to concerning student activities related to social media, Southern Boone administrators partnered with Detective Andrew Evans, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Cyber Crimes Taskforce, and Nanette Ward, with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, to present a series of workshops focused on increasing awareness related to youth social media use and the potential for grooming by predators with the intent of human trafficking.

Andrew Evans

Detective

Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force

http://bcsdcybercrimes.com/

https://www.boonecountymo.org/sheriff/

 

Nanette Ward

Founding Board Member

Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition

http://www.stophumantraffickingmo.com/

 

Christopher Felmlee 

Superintendent of Schools

Southern Boone County R-I School District 

http://www.ashland.k12.mo.us/

 

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Dear Parents, Guardians and School Community Stakeholders,

Social media is extremely popular in our culture. It can be a great way to keep in touch with family and is very popular with youth. However, it can also be a way for people with questionable backgrounds to reach out to unsuspecting youth. Recently, the school district has had several incidents were students believed they were “friending” a peer but in actuality it was a child predator. 

A parent meeting on the social media as a gateway for human trafficking our youth is scheduled for (Date), at (Time) in the High School Auditorium. We are fortunate to have Detective Andrew Evans, with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Cyber Crimes Task Force, and Nanette Ward, volunteer with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, present important information regarding how we can protect our kids and their use of social media applications, what to look for and how to respond to concerning incidents. This will be a frank and open discussion on how seemingly innocent conversations with social media can become dangerous. I highly encourage parents to attend this informational meeting. Additional information will be provided to you regarding student meetings at the high school and middle school on the topic of social media and what students can do when conversations become concerning. These student meetings will occur in late April and early May.

Thank you for your support and time!

Respectfully,

Christopher Felmlee

Superintendent

Southern Boone County R-I School District 

Power Point

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Resources 

Human Trafficking: Modern-day Slavery in America

Teen’s Personal story of prostitution. A teen forced into prostitution in Oklahoma

Watch “Brianna’s Story (KGW News Channel 8)” on Vimeo:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Brianna%e2%80%99s+Story+(KGW+News+Channel+8&view=detail&mid=B271AA73E607540761FCB271AA73E607540761FC&FORM=VIRE

https://vimeo.com/51479269

She thought he was just a nice football star. She thought he was a great guy. But he was a predator. He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. At 18 years old, Brianna was almost sold into slavery in Seattle, Washington. This is her story.

“Do You Know Lacy?” on Vimeo:

Do You Know Lacy tells the story of a 13-year-old girl, Lacy, who was tricked on the night of her birthday. Lacy was trafficked for three years before finding escape.

Human Trafficking Survivor Tells Her Story
At 14, Holly Austin Smith (author, Walking Prey) was charmed by an older man. He convinced her to run away with him; what happened next would stick with her for the rest of her life. Duration: 3:20

 

The devastating film about a teenager groomed online before being raped and murdered that every parent should watch.  The five-minute film, Kayleigh’s Love Story, was made by Leicestershire Police to warn of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/devastating-film-teenager-groomed-online-12403509

 

“Recognizing the Signs of Human Trafficking in Schools” (TX School Safety Center)

https://txssc.txstate.edu/topics/school-violence/articles/recognizing-human-trafficking

Web Pages

https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide

http://mtvexit.org/blog/human-trafficking-goes-cyber-stay-online/

http://soldnomore.org/

http://cybersafetycop.com/Blog/Cyber-Safety-Cop/HumanTraffickingChildSexExploitationandtheInternet

http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/law/students/publications/clrj/pdfs/vanderschaaf.pdf

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/wp/2016/09/06/2016/09/06/the-sext-was-meant-to-impress-him-instead-it-nearly-destroyed-her/

Internet Safety Information  

http://www.nsvrc.org/projects/internet-safety-online-resource-collection

http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Additional Resources 
Human Trafficking: Protecting our Youth
Labor Trafficking Fact Sheet (including child labor)
Child Victims of Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Statistics
Common Myths and Misconceptions about Human Trafficking in the U.S.
Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Parents and Guardians
Human Trafficking 101 for School Administrators and Staff
Human Trafficking of Children in the United States – A Fact Sheet for Schools
Human Trafficking of Children Indicator Tool
Human Trafficking in America’s Schools
Educators and Human Trafficking: In-Depth Review
Recognizing the Signs of Human Trafficking in Schools – A Guide for Texas Educators
Introduction to Human Trafficking: A Guide for Texas Education Professionals
Human Trafficking Indicators
Indicators of Human Trafficking
Recognize the Signs
Domestic Sex Trafficking: The Criminal Operations of the American Pimp – A Condensed Guide for Service Providers and Law Enforcement
Sex Trafficking at Truck Stops
Pimp Tactics 101
Domestic and Sexual Violence Intersections with Trafficking; Sex Trafficking Power and Control Wheel
The story of one. Trafficked Boys: Vandalized innocence hidden in plain sight
10 Tips – How to Protect Kids from Sex Trafficking Predators – by Holly Austin Smith
A Message to Teens: 10 Tip for Prevention Against Traffickers – by Holly Austin Smith
Five Things Sexually Exploited Youth Need to Thrive
16 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
Student Toolkit – Resources to Engage Your Campus to End Human Trafficking
https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/sites/default/files/Student%20Engagement%20Toolkit%20-%20NHTRC.pdf
“Trafficked” Mid-Missouri Sex trafficking survivor micro-documentary
Sex Trafficking, Christine McDonald
Lebanon, MO Minor Sex Trafficked (prosecuted case)
Mid-Missouri Minor Sex Trafficked (prosecuted case)
Mid-Missouri Minor Sex Trafficked
Foreign-born Minors Labor Trafficked in Newark, NJ Hair Braiding Salons
Wichita Teen Sex Trafficked at Truck Stops
Websites:
Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition
Polaris
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Shared Hope International
Admin. For Children & Families, Dept. Of Health & Human Services, Human Trafficking
Dept. Of Homeland Security Blue Campaign
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Global Incident map
International Labour Organization
UNICEF USA
United National Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
Online Enticement – A Look at a New Epidemic (Sextortion)
90 second PSA, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
http://youtu.be/a440H146l14 (30 second and 60 second PSAs also available)
Five Days, Five Voices – Human Trafficking in America Multimedia Resource
Five Voices: The Threat Is Always There
Five Days: A Story of Human Trafficking
https://vimeo.com/18864605
“Faces of Human Trafficking” Video Series, Office for Victims of Crime
Audie & Daisy (Netflix documentary)
Books:
Walking Prey – by Holly Austin Smith
Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children – by Linda Smith
The Slave Across the Street – by Theresa L. Flores
Girls Like Us – by Rachel Lloyd
The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited Through Eyes of Grace – by Christine McDonald (Also Cry Purple by same author)
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Beyond Victims and Villains – by Alexandra Lutnick

Draft 2018-2019 Southern Boone School District Calendar

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Approved 2017 2018 Southern Boone District Calendar-109jlbh

The Tuesday, February 6, meeting is canceled due to bad weather! 

There will be a public open meeting to discuss the calendar on February 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Middle School Annex.

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There are many considerations that occur when composing the district’s calendar.  The first and foremost is maintaining a focus on how we, as educators, insure “Excellence in Learning for All”. We also work to balance family needs and child care as well as community considerations. Of course, also in the mix of things, are requirements set by local, state and federal government.   When composing the calendar my goal is to ask parents, employees, and the community questions and to do a lot of listening. I cannot satisfy everyone; however, I can provide an opportunity for everyone to be heard. My end goal is to build a calendar that is fair and honors the traditions of our great school district and community.

The calendar is not set in stone. Up until the board approves the calendar, it can be changed due to public opinion and the needs of the district. Furthermore, the calendar can be amended at any time the majority of the board feels it is necessary.  In summary, your opinion matters.

I built into the calendar two half days at the end of each semester to allow the high school to offer finals. The feedback from high school students, parents and teachers is that this has been highly beneficial. I am not in a position to offer transportation for the through out the day. I am limited with drivers and therefore it has to be all or none in respect to when the students can be taken home; I cannot take part of the students home in the afternoon and then again at 3:00 pm.  The high school teachers have increased the rigor of their tests with several teachers requiring students to perform taught skills as a part of their final. Parents and students have commented on the positive benefit of taking eight finals over two days as opposed to taking eight finals on one day. Lastly, our seniors have reported back to us that finals administered over two days helped prepare them for college.

I realize the burden that the half days create for parents who do not have high school students. However, I have seen the benefit in student achievement and believe this is in the best interest of our kids for the long term.

Up to 6 snow make up days have been built into the calendar. It is my intent to count these as days of attendance and not take off a day of instructional time as the district has done in the past with the first week of Spring Break. If we have over 6 snow days, the members of the board will amend the calendar as needed.

There are several points of interest with this year’s calendar I wish to note.

  • I would say easily 80% of the community feedback I received was highly positive with starting school the day after Labor Day. Twenty percent of the community experienced some type of hardship as a result of the late start of school. The proposed 2018-2019 calendar represents the best compromise I can offer between the traditional start date and the late start. The proposed start date honors families, students and teachers who have affiliations and obligations with the State Fair.
  • The district will continue to release early in the day on Wednesday’s at 2:30 for teacher collaboration.
  • Thanksgiving Break is from November 21 through November 25.
  • Winter Break is from December 21 through January 6 for students.
  • We will observe Martin Luther King Jr. and President’s Day on January 21 and February 18.
  • We will have a week of Spring Break, the same as Missouri University, from March 23 through March 31.
  • April is the month of State assessments in Elementary through High School. There are no breaks scheduled to insure we have time to get everyone’s required testing completed.
  • Senior Graduation is proposed to occur May 19.
  • Project Graduation will be on May 20, with no school for students.
  • The last day with students is proposed as May 23
  • The last day for teachers is proposed as May 23
  • This calendar proposes 166 days of school for students. The calendar surpasses DESE/State requirements.
  • If the District is closed for more than 6 days,due to inclement weather, the Board of Education will amend the calendar for additional instructional days.

Please reply to this posting. Your comments will not be publicly posted. What do you not like about this calendar?  Is there anything else that I should consider when building the calendar?

As a result of input from the community, typically, the calendar will be amended over the next several weeks with revisions. Please check back often.

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There will be a public open meeting to discuss the calendar on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Middle School Annex. I intend to have the calendar approved during the February 20, 2018, regular monthly board meeting at 6:30 in the Middle School Annex.

Thank you for your time and feedback.

Respectfully,

Chris Felmlee

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Hello!

This is more than a web page on the internet. This format allows us to “talk” or share conversation directly through an email like format. Please click on the title of each page you want to view. This will open the discussion with a place for you to leave a comment at the bottom of the page. You can also click on the link “Leave a Comment” and you can type response   I will do my best to answer you back in a timely matter. Depending on the content of the discussion I may post our discussion for public comment. Issues that deal with personal matters will not be made public as well as concerns dealing with students and personnel.

It is my intent to make this an area for the public to see what issues the members of the board and me are attending to, as well as the annual business of the central office. Over the course of the year, you will find financial information dealing with our annual audit and end of the year financial report, or the Annual Secretary of the Board Report (ASBR), and anything else I am doing to promote public awareness and make the business end of education as transparent as I possibly can. If there are specific items of concern that you would like to know more about, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate. I am excited about my role as Superintendent for Southern Boone. I do not know where time went, but this is the start of my tent year as a school Superintendent  Please see my biography for more information about me.

In closing, I am honored to be a part of this calling and profession.  It is a privilege to work with kids, parents, teachers, administrators, community institutions and businesses. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime or just say hi!

Respectfully,

Christopher Felmlee

 

About Chris Felmlee, Superintendent of the Southern Boone County R-I School District

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Welcome to my blog. I hope you find the visit useful. If there is something that you are looking for specifically or would like more information regarding the district or educational program in general, please post a comment and I will respond and/or make the addition to the blog.

The purpose of the blog is to keep the community informed about the school and what projects, reports, policies, and issues are being worked on. My administrative goal is to work as transparent as possible. This blog is another way to do so.

Below is a little history about myself.

I graduated from Parkway West High School in 1989. I have been an educator for 15 years and counting. After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest Missouri State in 1995, I began working as an aide for the Springfield School District at Weaver, Delaware, and Campbell Elementary Schools. I completed my student teaching at Delaware and worked summer school in a classroom with students who had Autism. This was an exciting experience which truly opened my eyes to the joys of working with children who need you the most.

I was offered my first full time teaching experience with the Gainesville School District, located in Ozark County. This was my first experience in a rural community. I fell in love with the area and Bull Shoals Lake. Since this experience, I have made a career working in rural schools. I taught second grade for two years and was honored with the opportunity to teach kindergarten. During my tenure with the Gainesville School District I was very involved with summer school programs, the Missouri Assessment Program, and teacher professional development.

During my second year of teaching kindergarten I applied for a principal’s position with the Lutie School District. I accepted the position and began my administrative career in July 2000. During my tenure at Lutie I was immersed in the Accelerated School’s Program, influential with curriculum construction and revision, highly involved in overseeing the special education program, assessment coordinator, a leader in teacher professional development, I helped implement a new reading curriculum, Success for All, and everything associated with running an effective elementary program.
After five years of service as elementary principal I was offered the position of superintendent.

During my tenure as superintendent the school facilities experienced considerable improvement. We completed a new roof, new basketball floor, lighting and energy improvements throughout the district, and extensive landscaping and drainage construction to keep water away from the building. We also paved the building’s parking lot, completed an outside computerized marquee with the school’s logo, established a community walking trail and purchased two trailers for counseling offices and classrooms. All of this occurred while maintaining a balanced budget.

To the credit of the teachers and administration, the district’s academic program had a history of annual improvement. During my two years of service with Lutie as superintendent we completed our third cycle Missouri School Improvement Program Review. The district scored highly. The high score on its accreditation review was made even more joyous with the realization that seven years earlier the Lutie School District became one of the first schools to lose its accreditation. Our high school program consistently maintained state recognition for being a Top Ten School consistently from 2004 through 2008 (Way to go Mrs. Kennworthy and Mr. Misek!). Our Junior High Communication Arts, High School Communication Arts, and High School Mathematics classes received Most Improved School and Highest Performing School distinctions.

During my final year with the Lutie School District I was influential in the successful passage of a tax levy. The district was in its final years of having to run a debt service levy to pay back money borrowed for building construction. We were able to raise the operational levy to secure additional state funding for the district while also lowering the amount of the total school levy.

In July 2007 I began working for the Van-Far School District. During my tenure as Superintendent many improvements were made to the buildings and facilities. During the 2007-2008 school year, we completed a two million dollar bond construction project, made major renovations to bathrooms in the high school, installed fire alarm systems in the Junior High and Senior High School as well as the Elementary School. During the 2011-2012 school year we successfully passed a $1.4 million bond with very strong public support to install a new elementary roof, tuck-pointed both buildings and install new boilers at the high school. Beyond this construction we repaired the exterior canopies at the high school, updated the district’s computer systems and servers, installed new computer labs, and built new offices for the special education and counseling, a new greenhouse to support our FFA program and new locker rooms for the high school boys and girls.

We made significant improvements in the academic program. In April 2007, the high school successfully secured A+ designation. The elementary successfully implemented the Success for All Reading Program in 2008 and restructured its mathematics program in 2009. As a result of teacher, parent, and administrative determination to teach these programs to the best of our ability the elementary building progressed our of needs improvement on the No Child Left Behind indicators as a result of major student performance assessment data. As a result of this success, at the start of the 2010-2011 school year the Success for All reading program was implemented in the junior high.

Recently, I accepted the Superintendent’s position with the Southern Boone County. I am looking forward to another successful school year and transition. I am very excited about being part of the team.

Rapid improvement in academic programs and facility design is due largely to a committed teaching and administrative staff and the cooperation of the board of education and involvement of the community. There are no silver bullet programs toward reforming education; rather it requires the intentional focus of a committed team of professionals. I have been lucky to work with such people throughout my career.

In closing I owe much of my success to my parents, Tom and Kate, my brother, Joshua, my wife, Melissa and my four children Erica, Chris II, Amanda, and Garrett, countless teachers as well as the Springfield, Gainesville, Lutie, Van-Far and the Southern Boone County boards of education. I have been fortunate to work with highly skilled educators; Terry Clayton, Patricia Arnold, Garry and Cindy Pirch, Tom Nichols, Curtis Lloyd, Dr. Allan Crater, Diana Premer, Karla Eslinger, Ron McSorley, Jay Reese, Kaye Bartels, Linda Hays and many others who have made positive lasting impressions on me!

Everybody has at least one teacher who has had an effect on their lives. God in heaven, wherever you are, Mrs. Moor, my special education teacher from Parkway West High School, thank you for the countless hours you spent helping me, the potential you realized within me, and for helping me take the ACT test. My career would not be what it is without your profound influence! God Bless You!