Originally, Florida State decided to suspend Winston, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, only for the first half Saturday following reports that he had stood on a table Tuesday and shouted a vulgar phrase at the student union, mimicking an Internet meme making the rounds on college campuses. Deadspin was the first to report the incident, citing several Tweets from witnesses.
This was merely the latest in a string of incidents involving Winston, who was accused of sexual assault last year. Winston, who led Florida State to the national title, was never charged with a crime, but the stain on his reputation greatly increased the scrutiny on his off-field behavior. Florida State, which is under investigation by the Federal government over whether it violated Title IX in its handling of the sexual assault allegations, also is investigating whether Winston violated the school’s code of conduct.
Heartbreaking photos show the first day back to school in Gaza. Many students did not return.
(Photo Credit: Shehab News Agency)
I think our main concern should be that there are 8-year-old girls whose faces show just how traumatic and exhaustive this conflict is.
Oh look everybody, my latest DonorsChoose project is less than $100 dollars away from being funded.
"Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to potentially allow part of a state wildlife area to be strip-mined for coal."
— Ruling could open up $2 million of coal to be dug out of a 651-acre section of the Brush Creek Wildlife Area owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. (via think-progress)
On an opinion piece for Journal Sentinel Online, Global Voices contributor Jamie Stark, wonders “What kind of parent would pay $10,000 for a stranger to bring a child 1,400 miles through gangland and hostile border crossings? A good parent, perhaps.”.
"We are outraged when an Indian police officer tells a rape victim she should marry her attacker but not when a California judge says a woman wasn’t really raped because she didn’t put up enough of a fight. We are outraged at 24,000 rapes in India but not 188,380 in America."
I really recommend reading the entire article. Trigger warning for discussion of rape and rape culture - it’s a tough article but very important.
(Thanks to byunbbi for submitting)
Yeah I do!
Editor-in-chief Gillian McGoldrick and faculty advisor Tara Huber were suspended from the Neshaminy High School’s newspaper, in an ongoing battle with administrators about the use of the word “redskin.”
The editors of the Pennsylvania high school’s Playwickian paper refuse to print the offensive term “redskin,” the name of the school mascot, going against the orders of principal Ron McGee.
McGoldrick received a one-month suspension from her duties at the paper, while Huber received a two-day suspension from work without pay from the superintendent of Neshaminy School District, according toStudent Press Law Center. Earlier this year, Huber received the Pennsylvania School Press Association’s Journalism Teacher of the Year.
The controversy, which ended with Huber and McGoldrick’s suspension, and $1,200 being removed from the student paper’s account, began last year when the editors decided to remove the word “redskin” from the paper. However, in June, a student submitted a letter to the editor that contained the word three times.
“The staff replaced all but the first letter with dashes, following The Associated Press style for slurs,” the Student Press Law Center wrote. ”In his prior review of the issue, Principal Ron McGee told the students to print the word in full or not print the paper at all.”
Huber left the room, the students decided not to print the word, and sent the paper to print, student editor Maddy Buffardi explained.
This high school battle brings up the issues of free speech, freedom of the press and of course the controversial term “redskin” — and the team names and mascots in conjunction with it.
Right On, Gillian and Tara!
"Well. Um, big question, um, but to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all.
Certainly the most popular great painter of all time.
The most beloved.
His command of color - the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty.
Pain is easy to portray - but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world…. no one had ever done it before.
Perhaps no one ever will again.
To my mind, that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence, was not only the world’s greatest artist - but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”
Doctor Who Series 5: Vincent and The Doctor
Well, I broke out the Northface. It’s officially fall.
Also can we talk about how I went to run to the grocery store at 730 and it was totally dark out?
I am seething in jealousy (and in 90 degree heat).
I am so glad someone finally made this
I would not mind it.
One day I will write a love poem
to the art of sleeping.
Good luck tomorrow, strange!!!!
Justice Department sides with 14-year-old girl raped while serving as 'bait' in middle school sting →
"A school board cannot avoid summary judgment as a matter of law when a school administrator willfully ignores a plan to use a 14-year-old special needs student as bait to catch a student with a known history of sexual and violent misconduct, and as a result, the student is sodomized," wrote attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice today.…
Medical evidence confirmed anal tearing and bruising. The girl withdrew from school and moved to another state.
The federal brief argues school officials minimized the incident, listing it in the boy’s extensive record as “inappropriate touching.” The federal attorneys note one assistant principal, despite seeing photos of the injuries, contended school officials could not know if the girl had consented.
"Vice-Principal Dunaway testified that (the girl) was responsible for herself once she entered the bathroom," wrote federal attorneys.
Following a five-day suspension, the boy was sent to an alternative school, but soon returned to Sparkman Middle, writes the Justice Department.
The brief contends ”…a jury could easily conclude that the school acted with deliberate indifference when, despite two sexual misconduct complaints against (the boy) days before he sodomized (the girl), it provided him unsupervised access to students and failed to protect (the girl).”
"In fact, Sparkman’s practice of recording unrevealing and misleading descriptions of past incidents, coupled with its failure to maintain any record of unsubstantiated complaints and documentation for proven infractions beyond the current academic year, amounts to intentionally closing its eyes to (the boy’s) dangerousness."
So this happened in my home town, and it’s horrible. What’s even more horrible is that it doesn’t look as though any criminal charges are being brought against the adults at Sparkman Middle School who knew what was going on and allowed it to happen. Like I straight up don’t care where you’re from, this needs to have about 500% more media attention than it’s currently receiving. This happened in 2010, and has been so neatly covered up by my home town’s school board that I’m sick just thinking about it.
Here is the contact information for the Madison County schools administration. A friend of mine suggested titling any emails you send to superintendent with “Sparkman Middle School Rape Case,” just to drill home that in no way was what happened to this girl “inappropriate touching,” as was actually put into the school’s incident report.