Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ANTHONY BORGES

Anthony Borges, 15, a high school student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. He is a hero. 
He used his body to hold a classroom door shut, protecting 20 other students inside as the gunman fired through the door, hitting him five times. 
Let's spread HIS name, NOT the killer's name ....

FLORIDA POLITICIANS TAKING MONEY FROM THE NRA


Here is a partial list of Florida politicians who have accepted money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the amount they accepted.

1.  Representative Carlos Curbelo               $2,500
2.  Representative Ron DeSantis                 $1,000
3.  Representative Mario Diaz-Balart          $2,000
4.  Representative Neal Dunn                      $1,000
5.  Representative Matt Gaetz                      $1,000
6.  Representative Brian Mast                      $1,000
7.  Representative Tom Roonig                    $2,000
8.  Representative Dennis Ross                    $2,000
9.  Senator Mario Rubio                               $9,900
10. Representative John Rutherford             $1,000
11. Representative Daniel Webster               $1,000

12. Representative Ted Yoho                        $1,000

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES ON MARCH 24TH


Support the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School “March for Our Lives” on March 24th as the young people of that school fire their first salvo in trying to stop school shootings and other gun violence.

Mission Statement

Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives. 

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns.  March For Our Lives believes the time is now. 

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. 

School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing.  The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.  No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. 

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard. 

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.


MARCH FOR OUR LIVES!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, SEX CRIMES, COVERUPS


My last posting on school shootings dealt with a school’s reasoning that it is cheaper to hire a new professor than intervene with a potential shooter and risk a lawsuit. That sort of reasoning strikes at the heart of problem of mass school shootings. The anecdote in that posting appears to be under-the-table actions by a school administration whose main goal apparently is the protection of the school and its reputation—at all costs.

But it is not just shootings. Look at Penn State. There were no deaths at State College, but young boys’ lives have been scarred forever; they have been psychologically and physically damaged. And how did Penn State’s leadership respond? The school thought of the institution first and put protecting the university’s reputation ahead of the safety of children. The following is a direct quote from the findings of the Louis Freeh report investigating Penn State sexual abuse scandal:

 Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest.

It appears that Penn State responded with a wink and a nod, an incomprehensible willingness to turn a blind eye to child abuse. Both schools—Penn State and Virginia Tech—put the reputations of their respective institutions ahead of taking action. Neither school took the correct course of action when confronted with crimes—Virginia Tech at the double homicide in West Ambler Johnston Hall, and Penn State when confronted with eye witness accounts of child abuse.  “Protect the school and its reputation” appears to have been the mantra of these administrations bent on shielding their inactions from review and recriminations.


The Appalachian School of Law, Virginia Tech, and Penn State; in all three cases, the inaction of school officials struck at the heart of common sense and human decency. In all three instances, at all three schools, the words “mediocre” and “incompetent” leadership describe the actions of the schools’ administrations. (To be continued)

Friday, February 9, 2018

KILMARNOCK AUTHOR EXPO 2018


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He also supervised writing on “Daybreak” with Carol Costello. DeDakis is an award winning mystery writer.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SCHOOL SAFETY: CHEAPER TO HIRE A NEW PROFESSOR


Professor Helen de Haven, at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has identified a number of problems with school responses to faculty complaints about threatening students. Professor de Haven has done some excellent research and analysis on school shootings. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of College and University Law, a peer reviewed journal published by the Notre Dame University Law School.

One of her articles recounts a depressing story by Professor Carol Parker at the University of Tennessee and her colleagues:

 “A law professor was being stalked and threatened with death by a student who was failing his class. He and his colleague went to the administration. Sadly, he later reported, ‘they simply stuck their heads in the sand and said nothing was happening. For the administration, this do-nothing strategy was a win-win situation. If they took action, they might get sued. However, in the small chance that the student actually carried out his threat and killed the professor, we figured that they would hire a cheaper faculty member.’” (Smith, Thomas & Parker: Violence on campus practical recommendations for legal education)  Carol Parker’s article is accessible free on the social science research network (ssrn). “


(To be continued)