Saturday, January 28, 2006

Feisty Costa Rica diner: "Two youths stormed the Cebolla-Verde restaurant in Santa Ana Tuesday waving a 38-caliber revolver and threatening to rob the patrons, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. But they weren't ready for one of the guests to call their bluff. He opened fire on the two men causing them to drop their gun as they hastened to run away, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. Agents are still investigating the incident, they said.

UK: "Impossible" to re-hire teacher who defended herself: "It would be 'impossible' for a teacher jailed for firing an air pistol during a stand-off with 'yobs' to get her job back, an employment tribunal heard today. Linda Walker, 48, is claiming unfair dismissal from her 30,00 pounds-a-year post teaching children with behavioural problems. She was sacked after being jailed for affray and possessing a firearm after confronting youths who she said had plagued her family. But the headteacher of the school told an employment tribunal in Manchester today that it would not be possible for the school to re-employ her. Almut Bever-Warren is current head of New Park High in Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester -- a special school for pupils aged 11 to 16. She sacked Mrs Walker last July following a disciplinary hearing after she was jailed for three months at her trial at Manchester Crown Court. Ms Bever-Warren said working at the school was stressful and challenging because of the nature of the pupils. Teachers should be role models and 'remain calm' despite provocation from pupils and it was important to teach them how to function 'without taking the law into their own hands,' she added."

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