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Mitzi Quinn has been on the staff at BHS for almost 25 years, much of that time as a senior advisor. In the past, Quinn said there have been students who were atheist, agnostic and other non-Christian religions who “had no problems” with the prayer.
“They respected the majority of their classmates and didn’t say anything,” Quinn said. “We’ve never had this come up before. Never.” Throughout her time working with the student, Quinn said they never expressed their personal beliefs or that they had any problems with other students’ Christian faiths.
“And what’s even more sad is this is a student who really hasn’t contributed anything to graduation or to their classmates,” Quinn said.
Alright, Tumblr, here’s what I’m asking you to do. Email the Superintendent, remind him that School officials may not mandate or organize prayer at graduation, nor may they organize a religious baccalaureate ceremony, and pass this on however you can.
This young man needs our support.
Update (from his brother):
My brother has been cut off from all communication by my mother. He is not allowed to speak to me and I live 6 hours drive away from him. There’s nothing I can do.
They’ve re-written the article to include opinions from Christian students.
As the group crowded the front steps of the church, they discussed a plan that will still allow prayer to be heard at graduation. During the time of “silent reflection,” adults in the bleachers in the football stadium at Bastrop High will stand, followed by the students, who will turn to face the stadium as the group recites the Lord’s Prayer.
I am writing to you today in regards to Donald Trump.
Due to his actions and racist hate mongering speech, I am very concerned that NBC has a relationship with this man and has been silent during his recent antics. I am concerned that NBC embraces Trump and his despicable behavior.
While Mr. Trump continues his racist crusade against our President, myself and my extended family will not only avoid watching The Apprentice, but also all NBC programs and networks until he is no longer a part of NBC.
I will also be blogging, Facebooking, etc. to encourage everyone I know to take these actions as well.
I hope that NBC will see how serious everyday Americans are about this man continually demeaning our President and our country with his racist expoloits, and part ways with Mr. Trump.
I sent this email off this morning.
I also sent off email to the corporate sponsors of The Apprentice, a list of which you can find here.
I encourage all of you to do the same.
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An increasing number of conservative leaders and organizations have fiercely opposed anti-bullying programs developed by schools and education groups for the sole reason that such programs identify and attempt to combat the widespread bullying of LGBT youth.
A North Carolina girl who was president of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club was physically attacked by a fellow student, and the school failed to conduct a serious investigation; a gay Wisconsin teenager encountered death threats but received no support from his school or law enforcement; a gay Florida student’s teacher openly mocked and criticized his sexual orientation in class; and a California teacher “drew an ‘S’ on a student’s hand and repeatedly referred to the student, who was wearing a T-shirt that read ‘Gay is Good,’ as a sinner throughout class.”
Just as right-wing activists falsely predicted that hate crimes laws would lead to the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of people of faith and the criminalization of religion, now they say that anti-bullying programs will force religious students out of schools.
The Religious Right’s staunch opposition to comprehensive anti-bullying programs is symptomatic of the movement’s opposition to any recognition of the rights and dignity of LGBT people. The movement’s efforts to block anti-bullying programs by perpetuating groundless myths of indoctrination, special rights, and reparative therapy should be rejected by school officials and other policymakers.
Ignoring the clear signs of bullying directed towards gay and gay-perceived students does more than perpetuate the problem and lend undeserved credibility to Religious Right attacks on LGBT people and their allies. It undermines the creation of safe and welcoming schools, and puts the well-being and the very lives of American students at risk.
At New York’s Albany International Airport on March 12, 2009, transportation security officer Smith was called into the office of the No. 2 TSA boss there, the assistant federal safety director for law enforcement.
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A 6-year-old boy who had been bullied because he liked to wear pink was stabbed in the neck at his preschool in central Sweden, media reports said today.
The boy, identified only as Oskar, was picked on because he liked pink clothes, nail polish and ballet, Jönköpings-Posten newspaper said. He had complained to his parents that classmates taunted him, calling him “gay” and a “girl.”
The newspaper said Oskar was stabbed in an incident last week at the school. The knife used in the attack was blunt and the boy was not seriously hurt, but he had a noticeable injury on his neck, Jönköpings-Posten said, according to The Local, which carries Swedish news in English.
Staff at the school reportedly described the matter as a “small incident,” The Local said.
The 33-year-old Trenton woman accused of bullying 7-year-old Kathleen Edward lost custody of two of her children this week, according to Fox 2. The television station reports a Wayne County Probate Court judge has ruled Petkov’s eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son should live with their father until further notice.
Also, there’s this little gem:
Petkov soon found herself and her home the target of death threats, broken eggs and unwanted pizza deliveries. (Emphasis mine.)
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Jennifer Petkov, the 33-year-old woman who cyberbullied terminally ill seven-year-old Kathleen Edward and her dead mother, was arrested on today on charges of assault using a dangerous weapon and reckless driving after allegedly trying to use her car to run over a neighbor, reports myFOXDetroit.com.
Her husband, Scott Petkov, has already been placed on paid leave from his job as a forklift driver.
Serbian police have clashed with protesters trying to disrupt a Gay Pride parade in the capital, Belgrade. Police used tear gas against the rioters, who threw petrol bombs and stones at armed officers and tried to break through a security cordon. A garage attached to the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Party was briefly set on fire, and at least one shot was fired at the building. At least 50 people were injured, most reported to be police officers. A number of people were arrested. This was the first Gay Pride parade in Serbia since a march in 2001 was broken up in violent clashes provoked by far-right extremists.
Someone posted the Petkov family’s home address, phone number, a list of relatives and social network profiles.
Address: Jennifer & Scott Petkov
167 Detroit StTrenton, MI 48183-1210
Phone number (has been d/c’d): (734) 479-0776
Jennifer Petkovs work forum: http://www.dohenysupplies.com/index.php?Itemid=712&option=com_agora
Jennifer work phone #: 1-800-336-4369
Her Boss’s Information
Jack Doheny Office: 248-349-0904 Fax: 248-349-2774 Cell: 248-939-3218 E-mail: jackdoheny at seilppusynehod dot com
There’s a host of mischief already on its way.
Her family says 7-year-old Kathleen Edward is in the final stages of a degenerative brain disorder diagnosed as Huntington’s Disease - the same disease which killed her mother, Laura, when she was only 24.
Neighbors Jennifer and Scott Petkov, who have been feuding with the family, admitted to posting grim depictions of Laura and Kathleen on Facebook. One photo depicts Laura in the arms of the grim reaper, while the other features Kathleen’s face above a set of crossbones.
These are the kind of people who raise bullies.
[The family watched, she said, as the girls who had tormented Sladjana for months walked up to the casket — and laughed.]
[Mohat’s family and friends say he wasn’t gay, but people thought he was. “They called him fag, homo, queer,” says his mother, Jan.]
[“Meredith ended up coming out that she was a lesbian,” he says. “I think much of that sparked a lot of the bullying from a lot of the other girls in school, ‘cause she didn’t fit in.”]
[Eyring, 16, was an accomplished equestrian who had a learning disability. She was developmentally delayed and had a hearing problem, so she received tutoring during the school day. For that, her mother says, she was bullied constantly.]
[No official from Mentor public schools would comment for this story. The school also refused to provide details on its anti-bullying program.]
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Mother shows son how true believers should behave
Chris Colfer’s It Gets Better
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