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20 July 2006



elow are two little stories out of the headlines. Read each one and then think about them... what would you do? Then you can read the rest of the article and see the resolution. Now don't cheat.

Scenario #1
Imagine yourself living in beautiful Colorado. Suppose your 12 year old daughter comes home from school one day and announces that she is getting married, the following week. What do you do? Do you say: "oh cool, congrats"? or do you freak out?

Scenario #2
You're in school. You are 13 and your best friend is 14. One day, out of the blue, you get a message from the Principal to both come to his office. Both of you are scared to death. What did you do this time? When you get there the Principal offers you money if the both of you strip down and get completely naked. What do you do?

Scenario #1 Outcome
A 12-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage in Colorado, and younger girls and boys possibly can, too, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

While the three-judge panel stopped short of setting a specific minimum age for such marriages, it said they could be legal for girls at 12 and boys at 14 under English common law, which Colorado recognizes.

Colorado is one of 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, that recognize common-law marriage, which is based on English law dating back hundreds of years.

Scenario #2 Outcome
A former principal of Camden's Pyne Poynt Middle School pleaded guilty yesterday to offering money to two students to strip in front of him.

Daniel L. Edwards, 56, of Pennsauken, faces 364 days in county custody and five years of probation as part of the plea agreement when he is sentenced Oct. 6, acting Camden County Prosecutor James P. Lynch said.

Edwards, who retired from the school system in February 2005, also must pay $8,300 in fines and penalties, is barred from public employment for life, and must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law.

In pleading guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Edwards admitted that in February 2002 and January 2005, he offered two boys - ages 13 and 14 - money to take off their pants and underwear. Neither complied.

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