From a CNN iReport:
At the most recent Pep Rally for Waverly High School, located in Waverly NY…three white students were to perform a skit in black face, depicting Chris Brown and Rhianna most notibly. In this skit they would display acts of domestic violence as satire to an audience that included not only students but parents, faculty, and various members of the media and community leaders. None of them stopped the skit.
Kids these days. (Also, the faculty, and the parents, the classmates defending the skit...)
Michelle Dunaj, who is dying of leukemia, was Hawaii-bound for one of the last trips of her life. But the TSA in Seattle made it memorable for a different reason:
She called Alaska Airlines ahead of time to request a wheelchair and to ask how her medicines should be separated for the security line.
"I did everything they asked me to do, so I didn't think it would be an issue," she said.
But Dunaj says nothing went right at the security checkpoint. A machine couldn't get a reading on her saline bags, so a TSA agent forced one open, contaminating the fluid she needs to survive. She says agents also made her lift up her shirt and pull back the bandages holding feeding tubes in place. Dunaj needs those tubes because of organ failure. With other passengers staring, Dunaj says she asked for privacy and was turned down.
"They just said that it was fine; the location we were at was fine," she said.
TSA is responding to a request to look into the incident.
A feud between two East Sparta, OH, families has gone viral, thanks to home video that captures a father and son bullying 10-year-old Hope Holcomb, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The video, captured by Hope's grandmother, shows William Bailey and his 9-year-old son mocking Hope's distinctive limp. Bailey claims his limp is due to a work related accident -- still no explanation for Bailey The Younger's limp -- and that the Holcombs have been equally ruthless, teasing his son about his seizures and ADHD.
Nobody is buying the excuses, and no decision has been made on whether charges will be filed, so Mr. Bailey's public shaming will have to suffice for now.
Ryan Andresen has been a Boy Scout for 12 years. Even after coming out as gay at 16, he stayed with the Scouts.
The Boy Scouts of America says its decision reflects its "Youth Leadership" policy statement:
In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position.
Andresen is in shock, especially since he thought his Scoutmaster had his back:
He had been telling me all along that we'd get by the gay thing. It was by far the biggest goal of my life. It's totally devastating.
Andresen and his mom have started an online petition to convince the Boy Scouts to change their mind. But it would need to happen quickly -- he turns 18 in three days, which means his Eagle Scout eligibility is just about up.
Jarrett Seltzer lost everything he owned in a fire this past February. To add insult to injury, Verizon Fios kept Seltzer on their billing cycle, and served him with a $2,345 collections notice -- you know, while he's trying to rebuild his life.
Seltzer isn't asking for financial support, instead choosing to merely raise awareness of his aggravating ordeal. And Verizon isn't the only one getting put on blast -- Seltzer says Geico is up next.
So it's come to this -- remember the chair from Clint Eastwood's horrific RNC speech?
Bud Johnson, a dirty old man in Austin, TX, has strung up a chair in his front yard for lynching.
When a neighbor protested Johnson's anti-Obama display, he allegedly yelled: "I don't really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not… You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don't give a sh*t. If you don't like it, don't come down my street."
Meanwhile, several states away in Centreville, VA, a chair labeled "Nobama" has been spotted dangling from a tree.
Oh, wow -- a school district in El Paso, TX, is investigating after a fourth grader reported to mom that her teacher forced the class to draw graphic images of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
"We had to draw the boom cloud and the planes hitting and people jumping out of windows," mom Ivie Gremillion said her daughter told her. "That's something that kids should get in trouble for drawing. That's people being murdered, people committing suicide."
The drawings depict stick figures falling from the burning buildings with speech bubbles that read "help" and "I love you."
Even worse, Gremillion's husband is headed to Afghanistan in the next few months, and she says her daughter is convinced he's going to die because the teacher said that "the Afghans did this because they hate all of us and they want to kill all of us."
The school district has apologized to parents and promises to resolve the matter asap.
TDW reader Chelsey tipped us off to this doozy: Just after 1 a.m. Sunday in Surf City, NC, a U.S. Marine got into a dispute with a cab driver, Charles Hawkesworth; beat him to a pulp; and put him in the hospital with multiple fractures to his face.
The whole incident was caught on video (Not Safe For Work -- language, graphic violence), and the Marine has been identified as 30-year-old Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh.
But get this -- Kinosh won't be charged with a felony.
He checked himself into a psychiatric hospital following the attack, and Island Taxi owner Rex Bowen believes it is to avoid being served with warrants for misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, assault inflicting serious injury, and communicating threats. (Since Kinosh used only his fists, he can't be charged with felony-level offenses.)
Meanwhile, Hawkesworth is recuperating slowly and will require extensive surgery:
I have several facial fractures and it's from my sinuses to my eye socket to my cheek bones; it's a triangular area that has been broken off from the rest of my skull and they need to do reconstructive surgery and reattach that piece of my skull with 3 or 4 steel plates.
A Help Charles donation website has been established in anticipation of upcoming medical bills.
Who on earth would attach a helpless turtle to a high-flying bouquet of helium-filled balloons?
That's what cops in Oceanside, CA, are trying to figure out after resident Chanelle Wright noticed just such a spectacle last weekend:
He was just swinging his arms trying to get out of it. Somebody had taped him to the balloons.
The fire department eventually arrived with a ladder truck, but a big gust of wind blew the box turtle and his entourage to the ground just in time.
The turtle was cut free, and is resting comfortably at the local Humane Society while police investigate.
Oh, thank goodness -- someone talked about fight club.
Toddler Fight Club, that is.
Three Delaware women at Hands Of Our Future Daycare have been accused of encouraging their charges to fight each other after a cell phone caught the alleged abuse on video.
According to police, a child can be heard on the video yelling, "He's pinching me!" and one of the women responds, "No pinching, only punching."
"One of the kids involved ran over to one of the adults for protection, but she turned him around back into the fight," said Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump, who is leading a full investigation into the incident.
The bottom line is that the kids were whaling on each other and the adults were doing nothing to stop it. In fact, they were egging it on.
The U.K.'s High Court has ruled that Tony Nicklinson, the U.K. man with locked-in syndrome who says his life is "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified, and intolerable," does not have the right to die.
The court blatantly ignored Oregon's Death with Dignity Act in its ruling, saying that there was no precedent for assisted dying anywhere in the world:
It is not for the court to decide whether the law on assisted dying should be changed and, if so, what safeguards should be put in place. Under our system of government these are matters for Parliament to decide... not for the court on the facts of an individual case or cases.
Nicklinson, "devastated," likely will appeal to the Supreme Court:
I thought that if the court saw me as I am, utterly miserable with my life, powerless to do anything about it because of my disability then the judges would accept my reasoning that I do not want to carry on and should be able to have a dignified death. ...
Judges, like politicians, are happiest when they can avoid confronting the real issues and this judgment is not an exception to this rule… this means yet another period of physical discomfort, misery and mental anguish while we find out who controls my life -- me or the state.
The girl told police that her father, Dr. Melvin L. Morse, 58, would hold her face under a running faucet so the water would shoot up her nose.
The "waterboarding" happened at least four times in two years. The girl's mother, Pauline Morse, 40, did nothing to intervene and also has been charged, police said.
The girl told police she "could never understand what she did to be punished" and felt scared, according to court documents. She also said her father told her that "she could go five minutes without brain damage."
A review of Morse's book, which he promoted on The Larry King Show, Oprah, and 20/20, says that "In hundreds of interviews with children who had once been declared clinically dead, Dr. Morse found that children too young to have absorbed our adult views and ideas of death, share first-hand accounts of out-of-body travel, telepathic communication and encounters with dead friends and relatives."
The girl and her 5-year-old sister are in the care of Delaware child protective services.