• Judge Tom

    Judge Tom

    Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    Arizona first to require civics test to graduate


    The subject has been tossed around for years, but Arizona took action in January, 2015 by becoming the first state to pass the “American Civics Act.”* Studies have indicated the abysmal knowledge of  U.S. government and history possessed by our youth. On the other hand, …

    Cursive or keyboard writing?? Why not learn both?

    cursive alphabet

    Did you know that some school districts and states are dropping handwriting (cursive) from required learning in grade schools? Hard to believe but it’s happening. When the new set of standards for public schools were drafted (called Common Core), penmanship was left out of the …

  • Are “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts free speech or disruptive expression?

    AP Photo/Fort Bragg Advocate-News, Chris Calder

    By now, you’ve undoubtedly read or heard about the death of Eric Garner in New York City. He was allegedly selling cigarettes on the street when he was approached by the police on July 17,2014. One officer reached up and grabbed Garner by the neck. …

    The Supreme Court takes up Facebook posts as “true threats”

    Anthony Elonis (Facebook)

    “There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts. That’s it, I’ve had about enough I’m checking out and making …

    A double standard for the N-word

    racial harassment

    Have you ever talked with your friends or parents about the “N” word? Do you realize the trouble adults have gotten into by saying “Nigger” at work or in text messages or emails? We only hear about the high profile cases where the user is …

    Don’t mess with the Bible


    A New Mexico high school English teacher resigned in the face of an administrative ultimatum to crack down on her students. In the fall of 2014, Katrina Guarascio assigned her creative writing class to rewrite a legend or fairy tale to fit modern times. One …

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