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11-year-old arrested after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
An 11-year-old student was arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and allegedly telling a teacher that “the flag is racist and the national anthem is offensive to black people,” according to reports.
The boy, a student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence for the Feb. 4 outburst, according to Bay News 9.
He was also issued a three-day suspension.
His mother, Dhakira Talbot, said officials took things too far by arresting her son, who she said is in gifted classes and has been bullied in the past.
School forced to shut down after inviting lesbian politician to speak for Black History Month
Students at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, North Carolina, won’t be attending classes today after extremist right wing groups threatened protests over the school’s planned Black History Month celebration.
The event would have focused on African-American women and one of the planned speakers was lesbian city councilor Vernetta Alston.
“As a pastor, I cannot place our Imaculata students into this contentious environment,” school administrator Christopher VanHaight wrote in a letter to parents.
Federal judge rules Christian student group has constitutional right to exclude LGBTQ people
New push for public school Bible studies classes is an excuse to spread Christian gospel
Arizona state government is secretly funding an anti-LGBTQ hate group
Spain questions Catholic Church over sex abuse cases
I was groped by a man called “Mary”: The world changes but not the Catholic Church
Girl, 5, abducted, raped and murdered in Mumbai
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH SEXUAL ABUSE DATABASE REVEALS HUNDREDS OF CONVICTED PREDATORS AMONG LEADERS
We hold everyone accountable except religion. We kiss their asses and then expect them to eat ours. All we do is enable and empower a hate that is built-in. I'm tired of waiting for respect. Fight the fuck back! 08-Feb-2019
Teen killers who allegedly shot musician to be charged as adults
A group of pistol-packing teens and a 12-year-old girl are facing murder charges after they allegedly robbed and shot to death a rising country music star in Nashville, police said.
The accused killers accosted 24-year-old Kyle Yorlets behind his home and opened fire when he refused to give them his car keys, they said.
The suspects were identified as Diamond Lewis, 15; Roniyah McKnight, 14; Decorrius Wright, 16; as well as the 12-year-old and a 13-year-old boy whose names were withheld because of their ages.
Prosecutors plan to charge them as adults, the Nashville Tennessean reported.
Police said the victim had been a random target.
“He’s an absolute, absolute innocent victim,” police spokesman Don Arron said. He added, “none of the five individuals [arrested] are a stranger to the system or this police department.”
3 charged with murdering Naperville man found in trash can
Chicago teacher accused of enlisting friend to beat 9-year-old student with belts at school
A Chicago public school teacher is accused of enlisting the help of a friend to beat one of her 9-year-old students with belts, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the student's mother Thursday.
Asia Gaines filed the suit against the Chicago Board of Education; her son's homeroom teacher, Kristen Haynes; and Haynes' childhood friend, Juanita Tyler.
The suit alleges that Haynes, 50, invited Tyler, 56, to George W. Tilton Elementary School "for the purpose of corporally punishing" Gaines' son, identified only as JC, on Sept. 20, 2018.
Suspect describes killing childhood friend and dumping her body in alleged confession tape: 'It took me half an hour to kill her'
A 7-year-old was tortured to death for not learning Bible verses
Three people have been charged in connection to the death of a 7-year-old in Wisconsin who was beaten and buried in the snow.
Ethan Hauschultz, 7, died last April after being severely beaten as part of a punishment for not learning Bible verses.
Instagram just banned longtime gay historian Tom Bianchi, & it’s part of a troubling anti-gay trend
Tom Bianchi is a longtime male erotic photographer and HIV activist whose photographs have helped document gay men’s sexual history on Fire Island and elsewhere. But as of this morning, you won’t be seeing his images on Instagram anymore because the photo-sharing platform recently banned him.
The shot that got Bianchi banned was called “Untitled, 457,” a picture from his collection entitled Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983. The shot simply showed a naked man sitting on a bedside with his back to the camera. It showed the top of the man’s buttocks but was otherwise non-obscene. At the point of its deletion, it allegedly had over 5,000 likes.
Bianchi’s banning isn’t necessarily surprising. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform has a habit of deleting supposedly risqué homoerotic content, including tasteful pictures of nude athletes, an image of Queer Eye food guy Antoni Porowski in his underwear and even a lovely image of a lesbian couple cuddling in bed with their child.
COURT RULES NONCONSENSUAL SEX WITHOUT VIOLENCE DOESN’T COUNT AS RAPE
A Spanish court has cleared two men who had nonconsensual sex with a woman of rape because their actions weren’t “violent” enough to warrant such a verdict.
The victim’s “vulnerable nature” and prior alcohol intake allowed the pair to have sex with her without resorting to violent acts, the ruling said, according to the BBC.
The court jailed the men for sexual abuse rather than sexual assault—Spain's legal equivalent to rape.
The perpetrators—an uncle and nephew—received sentences of four and a half years. Sexual assault crimes can result in prison terms of up to 15 years in Spain, the BBC stated.
'SHOOTING NOV 14': 12-YEAR-OLD STUDENT ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY WRITING THREAT IN SCHOOL BATHROOM
A middle school student was arrested after a threatening message was discovered written on the wall of one of the bathrooms.
A student at Cypress Lake Middle School in Fort Myers, Florida, was arrested on Tuesday after she confessed to making a written threat in school. Newsweek does not share the name of minors unless they’re being charged as an adult.
In an effort to determine the source of the written threat, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office sent officers to the middle school to speak with students, according to the press release. After students were addressed, a 12-year-old student confessed to having written the threat, according to a press release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
The student was charged with one felony count of a written threat to do bodily harm or mass shooting and booked at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC).
Former cop who abused troubled young men killed his ex-lover to hide evidence
Joseph Mlyniec was a volunteer firefighter, Rotary and Town Board member, and sheriff’s deputy in his small upstate New York hometown. Now he’s been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing his former lover and friend.
Mlyniec had a dirty secret. He would lure troubled young men back to his farmhouse where he would force them to have sex in exchange for food and money.
When his friend, Robert Irvine, got wind of what was going on, Mlyniec panicked. Fearing exposure, he shot Irvine four times in the driveway of his home and called police to confess to the crime.
Mlyniec pled guilty in court this week and Irvine’s friend and family finally got their chance to confront him.
Conversion Therapy Is Still Happening And It's Killing LGBTQ Teens
This year, two movies about conversion therapy (or the idea that homosexuality and queerness are curable diseases) have hit the big screen to critical acclaim. Boy Erased, based on the memoir of the same title by Garrard Conley, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily Danforth, tell the stories of two teenagers from religious communities whose families enroll them in programs that promise to rid them of their same-sex attraction.
As someone from a religious background, I was moved by how realistic both films were about the pain of growing up in a community that rejects a major facet of your identity. But what I truly found to be one of the most emotional moments of Boy Erased was, in the film's final moments, when modern day conversion therapy facts started to appear on-screen. The film says that 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy.
And it’s entirely true— conversion therapy is a reality. It’s still fully legally in 36 states, and strains of it run through too many religious communities to count. It's estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ teens will be subject to conversion therapy by a healthcare provider, and nearly 60,000 will be subject to "treatment" from a religious counselor before they turn 18.
Kentucky Baptist Convention severs ties with churches that support hiring gay employees
Wife Swap Killings: Son Charged with Killing Mom, Brother Before Shooting Himself in Head
Having recently recovered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, an Ohio bluegrass musician whose family appeared on an episode of the ABC show Wife Swap is now facing murder charges in the 2017 deaths of his mother and brother.
Jacob Timothy Stockdale, 26, turned himself in after learning grand jurors had indicted him on murder charges stemming from the fatal shootings of his brother, 21-year-old James William Stockdale, and his mother, Kathryn Barbara Stockdale, 54.
'LGBT' flyers — picturing Lady Liberty, Gun, Beer and Trump — sent to Nashville gay bars
The acronym “LGBT” typically stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. However, flyers sent to Tennessee gay bars last week with the acronym emblazoned on them were not interpreted by the local community to be supportive of gender and sexual minorities.
Gay bars in Nashville received pamphlets with the acronym and images of the Statue of Liberty (L), a gun (G), a beer bottle (B) and President Donald Trump (T). The gun pictured in the flyer, an assault rifle, is similar to the one used in the shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, advocates pointed out.
All 15 Texas Catholic dioceses to name accused priests
All 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release early next year the names of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of a minor, the Diocese of Dallas said in a statement Wednesday.
Texas bishops decided last month to release the lists of names by Jan. 31 as part of their effort "to protect children from sexual abuse" while promoting "healing and a restoration of trust" in the church, the statement said .
Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said the investigation constitutes a "major project" because it will include all 1,320 Catholic parishes in Texas.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of D.C. archbishop Wuerl, amid criticism of the cardinal’s handling of abuse claims
Retired priest, accused in more than 130 sex abuse cases, dies at 97
Thousands of people are seeking help after being forced into ‘ex-gay therapy’
In December 2014, a tractor-trailer traveling down Interstate 71 in Ohio struck and killed Leelah Alcorn.
Alcorn, who identified as transgender, had posted a suicide note on her Tumblr in which she described her isolation, desperation, and depression—feelings she blamed, in part, on the “conversion therapy” her conservative Christian parents forced her to undergo. Alcorn’s parents believed their “sick” child could be forcibly turned back into a boy and “cured” of her attraction to males.
Arizona Shelter Shut in Latest Case of Migrant Child Abuse
Staff members at a Phoenix-area shelter for unaccompanied migrant children physically abused three children, leading to the closure of the shelter, federal officials said. It was the latest in a series of incidents of alleged abuse involving staff members at shelters and children.
Southwest Key’s Hacienda del Sol shelter was shut down last Friday, but federal officials did not reveal the reason behind the closure until Tuesday.
The Texas-based federal contractor has fired the staffers involved in the Sept. 18 incident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
British paedophile who set up advice line for child molesters is sued for damages by five Filipinos who say he abused them in first legal case of its kind
Weeks-Old Baby Dies After Being Stolen by Abusive Dad, Who Took Him After Mom Fled Relationship