Thursday, May 21, 2009

Animal Planet: The Monsters Among Us

This creature has confessed to one of most horrific crimes that any person could do: The murder of her own child:
A 23-year-old woman suffocated her son and then buried his body beneath the sand of a playground, police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said Thursday.

Police arrested Tiffany Toribio about 4 a.m., just hours after they said they wanted to speak to her about her missing 3-year-old son, Ty.

Family members had contacted authorities, saying her son matched the description of a boy found Friday at an Albuquerque playground.

Police Chief Ray Schultz said she confessed to killing the boy soon after being apprehended.

"She placed her hand over her son's mouth and nose and suffocated him. She had second thoughts about what she did. She performed CPR on her son, brought him back to life and then decided to go forward with that original act she had started to commit," Schultz said.

"What makes this story especially sad is, when asked the reason why she took Ty's life, Tiffany said that she did not want him to grow up with no one caring about him, the same way that she had grown up where nobody had cared about her."

An emotional Schultz added that Toribio has tried to kill herself since her arrest. She was being held in isolation at a detention facility and kept under observation, he said.

He added, "As you can see, this case has been very emotional for everybody in the department."

Toribio was charged with first-degree murder and an array of other charges, including abuse of a child under 12 that caused death.

The discovery of the body at Alvarado Park on Friday shocked the community, which dubbed the boy "Baby Justice" and "Baby Angel" as they rallied around his case.

Police released a composite image of the boy Tuesday, hoping to garner more leads in the case. They weren't able to release a photo of the boy because his body was so disfigured by the sand's heat.

Schultz said that after killing her son, Toribio dug a hole under gym equipment at the playground, moved the body and buried him in the shallow grave.

"Since that time, she's been walking the streets of the city of Albuquerque," he said.

The boy was wearing Arizona brand clothing, size 3T: nylon black running pants with red stripes, a red shirt with a monster truck on it and black, gray and lime green Skechers sneakers.

Toribio did not comment Thursday morning after her arrest as she was put in a police car.

Schultz said there had been no reports of child abuse filed against Toribio. But he said family members indicated that she did not express the typical love of a mother for her child.

"She did not show the normal relationship that you would see with a mother, son," he said.

This week, police had gone to residences where she had lived previously, but she wasn't there, Schultz said. Police had gone there after family members expressed concern because "they did not like the way Ty was being treated," the police chief said.
There should be a special level of hell reserved for people monsters such as this...


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Carnival Of Education: Week 224

Welcome to the midway of the 224nd edition of The Carnival of Education.

Unless clearly labeled otherwise, all entries this week were submitted by the writers themselves.

Folks interested in hosting a future edition of the C.O.E. should please let us know via this email address: owlshome [at] earthlink [dot] net.

Visit the C.O.E.'s early archives here, later archives there, and our latest entries here.

Special Note: Due to various scheduling conflicts related to full-time classroom teaching, we are presenting this week's midway "in the raw." That is to say, we'll be posting all submissions received via Blog Carnival's submission form without editing and with little or no commentary on our part.

Let the free exchange of thoughts and ideas begin!

Mark Montgomery presents Student-to-Faculty Ratios: A Bogus Statistic You Should Ignore posted at Great College Advice, saying, "In K-12 education, the debate is about class size. In higher ed, the goal is a low "student-to-faculty ratio." This latter statistic is a lousy proxy for educational quality."

ESN presents 15 Best Websites for Free Documentaries posted at Ace Online Schools.

michael mazenko presents To Many Charters in North Denver posted at A Teacher's View.

Larry Ferlazzo presents What Do You Do When You Have A Few Minutes Left In Class? Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... posted at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites Of The Day For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL.

Kelly Sonora presents Usability.Edu: 25 Incredibly Useful Usability Cheat Sheets & Checklists posted at Designer City, USA.

Jason Dyer presents When Video is Made Uncritically posted at The Number Warrior, saying, "What happens when we let students create low quality arguments with high technology?"

Scott McLeod presents It's not 'the tests.' It's us. posted at Dangerously Irrelevant.

Jeannie Anderson presents I Quess I'll Have to Repeated the Course posted at The Writer in Me - Teaching, Writing, Living.

Andrew Bernardin presents The Link Between Bullying and Psychosis posted at The Evolving Mind.

Raymond Ko presents Raising students’ interest by lovely cartoons Raymond's College Life at Tsinghua University, Beijing China 清华大学的校园生活 posted at Raymond's College Life at Tsinghua University, Beijing China 清华大学的校园生活.

Pat presents How Do I Answer the Question? posted at Successful Teaching.

oldandrew presents The Battleground Bookshelf posted at the British-based Scenes From The Battleground.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Save For College Using These Tools and Strategies posted at The Digerati Life, saying, "Thanks!"

Mrs D. presents A Time for Teaching Reflection posted at Footsteps of Aristotle, saying, "Arguments continue over teacher ability and performance in Queensland - could reflection be one way to help?"

IB a Math Teacher presents Very Frustrating posted at 3σ → Left.

woodlassnyc presents New info on LIFs! Just kidding. posted at Under Assault: Teaching in NYC.

Juniza 'Tomy' Pratama presents Multimedia Series X : Easy Learning Cloth Sketching Using Inkscape 0.46 posted at

John Holland presents Lead from the Start: Creativity: Four Apples = ? posted at Circle Time "Lead From The Start", saying, "There are some rubrics that attempt to judge creativity but in general, much of our appreciation for creativity, like her sister beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Meaghan Montrose presents 5 Ways to Encourage Young Children to Read posted at Colleen Palat.

Travis A. Wittwer presents Is Seniority Best Practice? posted at Stories from School: Practice meets Policy, saying, "Timely"

Carol Richtsmeier presents Yearbook Panic, Brown Bags & Underwear posted at Bellringers.

Clix presents Book Recs posted at Epic Adventures Are Often Uncomfortable, saying, "What "YA" books have YOU loved, and why?"

Sarah Ebner, School Gate presents In defence of faith schools. Ruth Gledhill tells her own story...
posted at School Gate - Times Online - WBLG, saying, "faith schools are a huge - and controversial - topic in the UK...Others may be interested to see how people react to them!"

Sarah Robbins presents Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, Part 2 posted at Parenting Gifted Kids, saying, "This article offers an overview of some common challenges that gifted children can face in a regular classroom and some simple ways that educators can overcome those challenges. Further posts in this series will cover these individual strategies in greater detail."

SwitchedOnMom presents PIAs Need Not Apply posted at The "More" Child.

Mister Teacher presents Follow me on Tattle posted at Learn Me Good.

teachin' presents Cry me a river. posted at I'm a Dreamer, saying, "Training my kids to ask for help rather than demand it. It's a process."

historyiselementary presents Evaluating Websites...A Must for the Information Age posted at History Is Elementary.

Bob O'Hara presents “In lilac-time, in lilac-time” posted at Higher Education News from the Collegiate Way, saying, "Thoughts on how to make good use of the grounds of your school or college, especially during graduation season."

Patricia Turner presents 50 Best Blogs for Law Librarians posted at Online University Lowdown.

siobhan curious presents Marta, Melanie and Mary: a screenplay epilogue posted at Siobhan Curious, saying, "This is the final scene of a semester-long struggle with these three difficult and enigmatic girls."

Kim presents Nonfiction Monday: Nature's Paintbox posted at Wild About Nature.

Darren presents Rock Star Pay for Teachers? posted at Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher, saying, "Heck, I don't need rock star pay. I would accept babysitting wages."

Nancy Flanagan presents No Excuses Mambo posted at Teacher in a Strange Land, saying, "I'm not making excuses--but I really hate the phrase "no excuses" when applied to schooling in America."

Mike Holden presents Conference Shut out posted at DoE- Dave on Ed, saying, "Dave Saba blogs about the self-fulfilling prophecy: Many conferences lament the fact there aren't more entrepreneurs in education but always feature same ones."

Clix presents Hopes for next year (yes, already) posted at Epic Adventures Are Often Uncomfortable, saying, "I'm always tired at the end of the year, but it's encouraging to review lesson plans. I get to remember what worked, and think about how I can make improvements for next year."

Mathew Needleman presents L.A. Youth (Teen Newspaper) Needs Help posted at Open Court Blog.


Monday, May 04, 2009

The Prodigal Wonk Returns

After a very prolonged absence, we're coming back.

Stay tuned to this same Wonk Channel.