America today: Missouri school reportedly made girl apologize to her alleged rapist | #uspoli
School Reportedly Made Girl Write Apology To Her Alleged Attacker
A Missouri school is being sued for some of the most disturbing allegations in recent memory: according to the suit, officials not only disregarded a girl’s rape claim, but forced her to deliver an apology letter to her alleged attacker. Then, she says, the same student raped her again.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, the 7th grade special ed student at Republic Middle School in Springfield, MO reported her rape in the spring of 2009. The lawsuit alleges that school officials told her they didn’t believe her, and after “multiple intimidating interrogations,” she recanted. The lawsuit also notes that a school psychological report said the girl “would forego her own needs and wishes to satisfy the request of others around so that she can be accepted,” meaning she might have been especially susceptible to pressure to change her story. But the pressure allegedly didn’t end there. The girl says she was made to write an apology note to her attacker and hand-deliver it to him. She was also expelled for the remainder of the school year.
When she came back the following year, the school allegedly refused her mother’s request for extra monitoring and did not separate her from her alleged attacker. In February 2010, the lawsuit says he “was able to hunt [her] down, drag her to the back of the school library, and again forcibly rape her.” She and her mother reported this rape to the police, and a rape kit tested positive for her attacker’s semen — he plead guilty to charges in juvenile court. But instead of taking her seriously at long last, the school suspended her, this time for “Disrespectful Conduct” and “Public Display of Affection.” Her lawsuit requests damages for medical expenses, emotional distress, and attorneys’ fees, as well as “punitive damages to deter School Officials and others from similar conduct in the future.”
Seriously, can we start walling off the border? There are people who want to reproduce this sort of thing up here. No sense encouraging them.
America today: Rick Perry has another prayer meeting, thousands line up in the heat for school supplies | #uspoli
The biggest gathering in Houston yesterday should tell America all it needs to know about religious extremists and known hate-mongers.. I’m not talking about the estimated 30,000 individuals who visited Reliant Stadium yesterday for The Response, a event endorsed by
I’m talking about the 100,000 Texans who waited in line for free school supplies, immunizations, fresh produce, and school uniforms.
The Houston Chronicle reports:Some families camped out for hours to gain admittance into Houston’s first-ever, citywide back-to-school event at George R. Brown Convention Center, where free backpacks, school supplies, uniforms, haircut vouchers, immunizations and fresh produce were provided.
Others were turned away.
"It was getting beyond capacity," HISD spokesman Jason Spencer said. "If nothing else, it shows the need."
While our three-term governor was busy self-promoting to evangelical Christians in preparation to announce his bid for President, the actual people he governs were attempting to mitigate the damage he’s done to regular working Texas families just trying to get by. While Perry’s faithful lined up to break their fast with hot dogs and nachos, his constituents stood in the 90+ degree heat for bags of fruit and vegetables.
Sadly, there weren’t enough school supplies available to meet the tremendous need:Beatrice Jones, who has two children in the Spring school district, arrived about 10:15 a.m. with her daughter and niece, only to find the doors closed and a police officer announcing the event was over.
"They were supposed to have school supplies, but all we got was sweating and paid parking," Jones said.
School Superintendent Terry Grier posted a Twitter message Saturday morning that security personnel had estimated the crowd at 100,000. At about 10 a.m., officials made the call to close the doors.
Although planners didn’t know how many people would attend, they expected to serve at least 25,000 children, officials said.
Where are the gasping media reports of over 100,000 Texans waiting in the hot sun for school supplies and food? Where are the statistics about how Texas has some of the highest rates nationally of poverty and food insecurity in all of the breathless coverage of Rick Perry’s ‘Texas Miracle’? Where was the caravan of reporters from news outlets across America, interviewing the victims, rather than the worshipers, of the Perry administration? I suppose it’s nice that The Response had an almost four-fold increase in turnout for a day of prayer over the expected 8,000, but it’s horrifying that a charitable event for families of Texas schoolchildren should also see such a tremendous increase in turnout.
After all, needy families are about as common in Texas as failed missives to the Almighty are at Reliant Stadium.
Am I crazy and naive to wish that those 30,000 in attendance at Reliant had spent their time yesterday actually clothing the poor, feeding the hungry, or visiting the sick, rather than just praying for the free market to fix it for them?
Because while Rick Perry was ministering to the flock at the football stadium, it sure looks like a whole lot more of the "least of these brothers and sisters" were waiting in line for school supplies yesterday, not waiting in line to sway and pray.
Posted without comment. Well, almost without comment. It’s Texas, after all. Arizona’s been getting a lot of attention recently, so maybe Governor Perry wants to play catchup or something.