Student arrested after posting Snapchat threatening 'Round 2' of Florida shooting 'tomorrow'

A South Carolina student was arrested on Thursday after posting a Snapchat threatening a repeat of Wednesday’s deadly mass shooting, which took place at a Florida high school.

Spartanburg School District Three spokesperson Sherri Horton told WHNS that officials received an anonymous tip about the threat, which was made via Snapchat, from the parent of another student at Broome High School.

The alarming photo shows an unnamed ninth-grade boy wearing a partial face mask and holding what appears to be an assault rifle with the caption “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.”

Photo: Snapchat

The parent of the child who received the concerning snap alerted police and identified the student featured in the photo to responding deputies.

After authorities went to the suspect’s house, he told them that the post was “just intended as a joke and that he didn’t have any serious intentions,” according to Lt. Kevin Bobo.

Bobo said the boy’s parents allowed deputies to search the home, where they found both the mask and the weapon, which turned out to be a pellet gun.

The suspect, whose name will not be released due to his age, was charged with disturbing schools and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Greenville, South Carolina. 

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Student-Loan Crisis Worsens; Looming Defaults Strain Govt Bailout Program

As the student loan bubble continues to burst, record numbers of Americans enrolling in government subsidized student loan debt-forgiveness plans, known as income-driven repayment, are on track to send the US student-loan program into negative territory, according to a report by the Department of Education’s inspector general.

Debt-laden graduates search for the six-figure jobs they were promised

The plans, known as income-driven repayment, set monthly payments as a percentage of a borrower’s earnings and typically forgive balances after 10 or 25 years, depending on the borrower’s career field and debt amounts.

Overall, borrowers in income-driven repayment will repay less than what they originally borrowed, the report said, draining the program of billions of dollars in expected revenue. –WSJ

As we reported last month, nearly 40% of student loans taken out in 2004 may default by 2023 according to a report by the Brookings Institute – blowing past all previous projections.

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Of note, approximately 5% of undergraduates took out private student loans in 2004, which swelled to 14% of undergraduates by 2008 – 2,901,000 students according to ticas.org. Private student loans, as opposed to federal student loans, are unable to participate in income-driven government repayment programs

The federal student loan system had originally been projected to turn a profit of $25 billion on all loans made up to Sept. 30, 2015 – however that number has been revised down to $5 billion, according to the IG report. The income-driven repayment program alone will cost the government $11.5 billion in revenue. 

“The data show the total costs for all loans…approaching an overall positive subsidy,” which translates to a net cost to taxpayers, i.e. the program going into the red – according Patrick Howard, the department’s assistant inspector general for audit.

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The IG report was highly critical of the Department of Education for a glaring lack of transparency over the student loan program – which has grown to one of America’s largest consumer loan portfolios. A cumulative $1.4 trillion in federal student debt is owed by 43 million Americans – which is unable to be discharged in bankruptcy. As such, the debt forgiveness program is the only hope if the six-figure job borrowers were promised before taking out a six-figure loan didn’t materialize. 

Republicans in Congress have criticized the debt forgiveness plan created by the Obama administration, as they say the plans are being taken advantage of on a large scale. 

“What was designed as a temporary safety net has become the standard where students expect their debt to be forgiven after a certain amount of time,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), head of the committee overseeing education, told the Senate during a hearing last week. “We will not know the impact of so many borrowers being in this program for another decade, when the first set of borrowers begin to have their debt forgiven.”

The Department of Education has committed to providing more transparency going forward, stating in the report that it is “committed to the transparent communication of the Federal student loan program costs, including describing trends in repayment options that may impact future estimated costs.” 

As we reported last July, the US saw its largest one-month outlay on record at $429 billion, 33% higher than its July 2016 outlay –  because the Treasury revised up its estimates of the subsidy cost of student loans, and to a lesser extent housing, it guarantees.

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Here is the CBO explanation:

Outlays for the Department of Education rose by $31 billion (or 51 percent), because the department revised upward, by roughly $39 billion, the estimated net subsidy costs of loans and loan guarantees issued in prior years—a change much larger than last year’s $7 billion upward revision. If the effects of those revisions were excluded, outlays for the department for the first nine months of fiscal year 2017 would have fallen by $2 billion (or 3 percent).

Outlays for the Department of Housing and Urban Development rose by $29 billion, primarily because the department made upward revisions in June 2017, but downward revisions in April 2016, to the estimated net subsidy costs of loans and loan guarantees issued in prior years.

While the federal student loan debacle is going to fall on the shoulders of US taxpayers, it will be interesting to see how private lenders – such as Wells Fargo, adapt to 40% of their 2004 loans defaulting within the next five years. 

Source Article from https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-03/student-loan-crisis-worsens-looming-defaults-strain-govt-bailout-program

Judge denies transgender student’s request to change in girls’ locker room

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An Illinois judge denied a transgender student’s request Thursday to change clothes with female students in the girls’ locker room at a public high school.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which represents Nova Maday, a biologically male student at Palatine’s Township High School District 211, had petitioned a trial court last year, arguing the student should be treated like other females and not be forced to change clothes behind a curtain.

But on Thursday, Judge Thomas Allen rejected the request, leaving the ACLU to consult with its client on how to move forward with the case.

“Clearly, we are disappointed in this decision. We continue to believe that the school is wrong to discriminate against our client. There is no exception under our nondiscrimination laws that allows a school to treat transgender students differently because of lack of understanding or discomfort about transgender people,” said John Knight, LGBTQ policy director at the ACLU.

“To me, this is a simple question – am I going to be treated just like any other girl in my school. All I want is to be accepted by my school for who I am – a girl – and be able to take gym and use the locker room to change clothes like the other girls in my class,” the student said after the judge’s decision.


Comment: The question is, should society accept that a boy is really a girl because he says so?

The ACLU had cited the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination, in its argument. But Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said that’s a “baseless” claim.

“That law specifically allows facilities like locker rooms to be reserved for girls, whose desire for privacy is both important and understandable, particularly in the post-Weinstein era,” said Ms. Fiedorek, referencing disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Dozens of women came forward last year, alleging Mr. Weinstein sexually assaulted them.

ADF, along with the Thomas More Society, represented a group of concerned parents and students who intervened in the ACLU’s lawsuit.

Schools should never be forced to give male students unrestricted access to areas where girls are changing clothes. Claiming a female gender identity doesn’t change that,” said Thomas Brejcha, chief counsel at the Thomas More Society.

ADF’s press release noted the transgender student continues to have access to the female locker room, but is required to change behind a curtain.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/375464-Judge-denies-transgender-students-request-to-change-in-girls-locker-room

Student ‘stabbed to death by Tinder date’ despite reporting fears to police

Molly McLaren, 23, sent a WhatsApp message to friends expressing fears for her safety after she broke up with Joshua Stimpson, 26, who she had met through the Tinder app.

The blood-soaked man was arrested in the parking lot at the Dockside retail outlet in Chatham, Kent, on June 29, 2017, jurors were told. McLaren was found dead in her nearby car, shortly after she sent a text to her friends which read: “[I] feel like I’m f****** looking over my shoulder all the time.”

Stimpson, who dated McLaren for seven months, admits manslaughter but denies murder, arguing diminished responsibility. The pair had broken up two weeks before McLaren was killed in a stabbing frenzy with a kitchen knife.

Philip Bennetts QC, prosecuting, said: “There is no dispute that he killed Molly McLaren. In certain circumstances the charge of murder can be reduced to manslaughter. In this case the defense will assert that it should be.

“[His] plea is on the basis that at the time of the killing Joshua Stimpson was suffering from diminished responsibility. The prosecution does not accept that he was.”

Maidstone Crown Court heard this week the pair’s relationship became strained and McLaren admitted she was having a “dilemma.” She described Stimpson to friends as “childish” and said in a message to him: “It’s just pathetic. I just feel really pressured with you at the moment if I’m honest.”

Bennetts told jurors McLaren was frequently attempting to “put things right” and told friends she was “walking on eggshells.”

On the morning of the murder she went to work out at Pure Gym at the Dockside outlet but Stimpson arrived shortly after and put his exercise mat near hers. A worried McLaren called her mother and texted her friends before her mother told her to come straight home.

Bennetts told the court Kodie Jarvis had witnessed the attack, and said: “She parked the car. She saw Stimpson drive up. He got out of his car. He walked quickly towards Molly McLaren, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car.

“He yanked the door open. Molly started screaming. A man tried to pull Stimpson off. Stimpson, covered in blood, paced up and down the length of her car and then stood next to her car.”

Footage of Stimpson paying for a Sabatier paring knife in an Asda store in Chatham on June 27 was shown to the court. They were also told that thirty minutes later he bought a Saxon pickax from a Homebase outlet.

The court heard Stimpson was threatening McLaren and she told friends she was “scared of what he might do to me.” She said: “He’s literally lost the plot. I was worried he was going to turn up at my house. He knows my parents are going away for two weeks.”

McLaren contacted police at North Kent police station on June 22 and spoke with PC Philpott. The officer called Stimpson and said: “We wouldn’t want Molly to come to the police station again about you, would we?” Stimpson’s chilling reply was, “wouldn’t we?” Bennetts said.

Stimpson cried in the courtroom before listening to evidence on how he would post derogatory comments and photographs about McLaren on Facebook.

The trial, expected to last two weeks, continues.

Source Article from https://www.rt.com/uk/416845-tinder-date-dead-molly/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

2015 Student Death Ruled Unjustified; Chicago Police Officer at Fault


CHICAGO — Chicago’s police oversight committee released a report sustaining allegations that an officer used excessive force in the 2015 fatal shooting of a NIU student.

The report, released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability Dec. 22, determined Chicago Police Department officer Robert Rialmo was unjustified in his use of force that led to the deaths of Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55. LeGrier was on break from NIU at the time of the shooting.

Rialmo arrived at the 4700 block of West Erie Street in Chicago in response to a domestic disturbance call Dec. 26, 2015. Upon arrival, Jones pointed officers to the second floor where LeGrier was. LeGrier came to the door with an aluminum baseball bat. Rialmo then opened fire and shot the 19-year-old, accidentally striking Jones.

The police oversight committee report questioned Rialmo’s recountings of the incident. Rialmo said LeGrier swung the bat at him, however no other witnesses, including fellow officers, supported his claim. Rialmo also said he was on the porch steps of the building, but shell casings were found closer to the curb of the road.

The report found Rialmo’s statements to be inconsistent, and the actions were not within policy.

“In sum, a reasonable officer in Officer Rialmo’s position would not have believed he was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm at any time that Officer Rialmo fired his weapon,” according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability report.

The report sustains allegations of unjustified use of force, firing into a home occupied by persons at risk of injury or death and working without proper taser certification.

Daniel McConkie, NIU College of Law professor, said similar incidents take time for groups like the Civilian Office of Police Accountability to review because they aim for accuracy while taking public interest into account.

“It’s not clear to me why it took so long,” McConkie said. “I can’t speculate. All I can say is it’s very important to get it right, but it’s within the public interest to get it out quickly. People lose confidence in public actions and investigations when they drag on for years for whatever the reason is.”

Andrea Kersten, Civilian Office of Police Accountability deputy chief administrator, made recommendations to fire Rialmo in a letter to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Dec. 22, according to a Jan. 4 Chicago Sun-Times article.

Johnson now has 90 days to decide to relay the recommendation to the Chicago Police Board.

McConkie believes the decision for Johnson will be a tough one as many factors come into play, including public trust and the allegations by Rialmo in a lawsuit against the city that the city provided poor training, according to a Dec. 29 Chicago Tribune article.

McConkie said the officer was, at the very least, improperly trained, which may play into the superintendent’s decision.

“Assuming [the Civilian Office of Police Accountability] is correct, it would probably be a good idea to fire the officer, if only to restore some public confidence in the system,” McConkie said. “I shouldn’t say if only, but one good reason is that it restores public confidence in the system. At a minimum, we have an officer that wasn’t adequately trained.”

The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, the union that represents Rialmo, said they “strongly denounce the ruling” and have requested Chicago’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson to investigate the Civilian Office of Police Accountability because there is “compelling evidence that members of [the Civilian Office of Police Accountability] are leaking information on confidential investigations to reporters,” according to a Fraternal Order of Police Thursday press release.

McConkie said public perception of police action has changed a lot over the past several years and accountability is becoming more and more important.

“We live in a day and age where lots of people rarely accept police action unquestionably,” McConkie said. “The work of a body like [the Civilian Office of Police Accountability] is important in building trust.”

Source: http://northernstar.info/news/student-death-ruled-unjustified-chicago-police-officer-at-fault/article_76447408-fa85-11e7-8001-f7b81c469195.html

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WATCH: Police Tell Student Activists Their ‘Free Speech’ is Scaring Other Students

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In yet another test of the U.S. Constitution’s protected freedom of speech, the Constitution Club at Southern Illinois University (SIU) inflated a giant beach ball and asked students to come by, grab a sharpie, and write whatever they felt like writing on the ball.

The students’ free speech rights exercise was quickly interrupted by campus police who informed the club members they had received complaints about the ball and the group would need to stop their activities.

According to Campus Reform, the reason SIU chose to attempt to stop the demonstration was that campus police said the students did not go through the proper channels to be able to hold the demonstration:

Executive Director of University Marketing and Communications Doug McIlhagga telling Campus Reform that the activists were in violation of the university’s policy “governing freedom of expression and demonstration activities.”

“The demonstrators didn’t follow the proper University procedure for a public forum by going through the Vice Chancellor of Administration’s Office for approval,” he elaborated. “We normally get the ‘Request For Use Of The Designated Public Forum’ form. However in this particular instance, we did not.”

Ultimately, the group was allowed to continue with their free speech demonstration but not before having to make contact with campus police to explain their actions. The SIU police did not appear to want to interrupt what the group was doing but were under marching orders from their superiors.

“This is not considered like a public place,” one campus police officer told the students. “Right now, we’re going to have to put the ball away … it’s freaking a lot of people out … people are reporting that they’re scared of the beach ball, and what’s going on here.”

At issue is whether or not a university campus, a public facility, is, in fact, private property or public property. If it is public property, then the group should not be compelled to go through any channels of approval. Instead, the group is subjected to what some consider an arbitrary process, which attempts to secure the outside approval of a third party (in this case, the Director of University Marketing and Communications) to get the blessing for what the Constitution already allows.

It is not the first time a group on campus has been accosted by police for attempting to assert their free speech rights. As TFTP reported last January, several college students were arrested for passing out pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution and signing students up for membership in their conservative student organization. The incident occurred at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan, and involved members of Young Americans for Liberty who were arrested on Sept. 20, 2015, and charged with trespassing.

Brandon Withers and Michelle Gregoire were arrested and spent nearly 7 hours in jail for their unapproved distribution of the U.S. Constitution and for allegedly attempting to recruit others to their club. The “offenses” resulted in demands the students remove themselves from campus property. The students refused to leave and were arrested by campus police and charged with trespassing.

According to The Washington Times, Scottsdale, Arizona-based “Alliance Defending Freedom,” a nonprofit legal organization that “advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith,” filed a lawsuit on their behalf Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Senior ADF counsel Casey Mattox issued a statement wherein ADF claims their clients’ constitutional rights supersede any unlawful school rules denying them such freedoms.

Kellogg Community College had established several rules regarding the exercise of free speech and has established a free speech zone. Additionally, the distribution of materials, according to the college, must be approved first by the department known as Student Life. In other words, the exercise of students’ first amendment rights according to the U.S. Constitution is regulated by the public school’s Student Life department. And the school defines free speech as “solicitation,” another activity which must be pre-approved.

In the case of the “free speech ball” that caught the attention of campus police in Illinois, it raises the question of whether anyone actually saw it as a threat, or if they were just reporting it to see if the students involved had jumped through all of the proper hoops with the university in order to hold their demonstration.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/campus-police-free-speech-ball/

INSANITY: Teacher fired for “misgendering” a student sues school, calls policies “totalitarian”

 

A math teacher in the U.K. is out of a job because he told two students “well done girls,” which he described as a slip of the tongue. Using the language in question, he was praising them for their hard work.

The teacher, Joshua Sutcliffe, apologized to one of the teens, a transgender student who reportedly identifies as male, but wound up being suspended by the school while it conducted an investigation. Shortly thereafter, the Oxfordshire-based school determined Sutcliffe, 27, had “misgendered” the student and engaged in discrimination, resulting in his dismissal.

In response, Sutcliffe described the school’s equality policies as “totalitarian” in a letter to the headmaster in which he also said he was going to sue, Metro of the U.K. reported. The teacher also explained that he’s not on board with the transgenderism ideology that encourages gender self-selection because it is not in the best interests of children.

Sutcliffe also works as a pastor as a local Christian church and in that context, he maintains that his classroom activities were appropriate, the Daily Mail reported.

I had always tried to respect the pupil and keep a professional attitude as well as my integrity, but it seemed to me that the school was trying to force me to adhere to its liberal, [Leftist] agenda…

While the suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts sharply with my Christian beliefs, I recognize my responsibility as a teacher and Christian to treat each of my pupils with respect. I have balanced these factors by using the pupil’s chosen name, and although I did not intentionally refer to the pupil as a “girl,” I do not believe it is unreasonable to call someone a girl if they were born a girl.

 The school also reportedly shut down a bible club that Sutcliffe ran for 100-plus students.

The incident suggests that political correctness may be more rampant in the United Kingdom than it is in the U.S., if that’s even possible. On both sides to the Atlantic, the progressive movement for whatever reason has elevated transgender rights to the top or near the top of its political/cultural agenda, and gender identity/fluidity curriculum has even made its way into the public schools. (Related: Read more about gender issues at Rational.News.)

In April, NaturalNews founding editor Mike Adams wrote, “You can’t believe in biological transgenderism and science at the same time.” He argued that if you believe in science, then you must agree with “the genetic reality that gender expression in humans is binary.”

Sutcliffe has the backing of the Christian Legal Centre in the U.K., which insists that he never received any formal training about how to refer to that particular pupil.

In the clip below from ITV, watch Joshua Sutcliffe describe what happened in the November 2 incident and its aftermath and outline his personal convictions under somewhat hostile/condescending questioning and draw your own conclusions.

Sources include:

DailyCaller.com

Metro.co.uk

DailyMail.co.uk

ChristianConcern.com

 

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INSANITY: Teacher fired for "misgendering" a student sues school, calls policies "totalitarian"

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A math teacher in the U.K. is out of a job because he told two students “well done girls,” which he described as a slip of the tongue. Using the language in question, he was praising them for their hard work.

The teacher, Joshua Sutcliffe, apologized to one of the teens, a transgender student who reportedly identifies as male, but wound up being suspended by the school while it conducted an investigation. Shortly thereafter, the Oxfordshire-based school determined Sutcliffe, 27, had “misgendered” the student and engaged in discrimination, resulting in his dismissal.

In response, Sutcliffe described the school’s equality policies as “totalitarian” in a letter to the headmaster in which he also said he was going to sue, Metro of the U.K. reported. The teacher also explained that he’s not on board with the transgenderism ideology that encourages gender self-selection because it is not in the best interests of children.

Sutcliffe also works as a pastor as a local Christian church and in that context, he maintains that his classroom activities were appropriate, the Daily Mail reported.

I had always tried to respect the pupil and keep a professional attitude as well as my integrity, but it seemed to me that the school was trying to force me to adhere to its liberal, [Leftist] agenda…

While the suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts sharply with my Christian beliefs, I recognize my responsibility as a teacher and Christian to treat each of my pupils with respect. I have balanced these factors by using the pupil’s chosen name, and although I did not intentionally refer to the pupil as a “girl,” I do not believe it is unreasonable to call someone a girl if they were born a girl.

 The school also reportedly shut down a bible club that Sutcliffe ran for 100-plus students.

The incident suggests that political correctness may be more rampant in the United Kingdom than it is in the U.S., if that’s even possible. On both sides to the Atlantic, the progressive movement for whatever reason has elevated transgender rights to the top or near the top of its political/cultural agenda, and gender identity/fluidity curriculum has even made its way into the public schools. (Related: Read more about gender issues at Rational.News.)

In April, NaturalNews founding editor Mike Adams wrote, “You can’t believe in biological transgenderism and science at the same time.” He argued that if you believe in science, then you must agree with “the genetic reality that gender expression in humans is binary.”

Sutcliffe has the backing of the Christian Legal Centre in the U.K., which insists that he never received any formal training about how to refer to that particular pupil.

In the clip below from ITV, watch Joshua Sutcliffe describe what happened in the November 2 incident and its aftermath and outline his personal convictions under somewhat hostile/condescending questioning and draw your own conclusions.

Sources include:

DailyCaller.com

Metro.co.uk

DailyMail.co.uk

ChristianConcern.com

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Almost 5 million Americans default on their student loans

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Student loan defaults hit nearly five million in the third quarter, a doubling from four years ago, The Wall Street Journal reported, or about 13 percent of outstanding loans.

While the overall U.S. economy has enjoyed steady growth and notched its quickest pace in three years, according to Reuters, there has been a sharp decline in payments made towards federal student loans among those leaving schools in the past three years.

Data released by the Education Department shows that the number of students who have not made payment in the last year has grown by nearly 274,000 in the third quarter alone, the Journal said.

The statistics mark a reversal of half a decade’s worth of decline in new defaults, with 580,671 reported defaults among the five million people from 6,173 schools who began repaying their student loans in Oct. 2013, The Washington Post said.

The Journal said that by the end of the quarter defaulted student loans totaled $84 billion – which is around 13 percent of the reported $631 billion required to be paid back.

“Despite a booming stock market and unemployment falling, student loan borrowers are struggling,” said Rohit Chopra, a senior fellow at the Consumer Federation of America and a former student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, per CNBC News.

He pointed out that those who have defaulted on their student loans “are going to have a tougher time passing an employment verification check, saving for retirement or ever buying a home.”

Tom Knickerbocker, Executive Vice President at Ameritech Financial, said there is no reason for anyone to intentionally default on federal student loans.

“Instead, borrowers should do everything they can to avoid defaulting for the good of their financial future,” he said, per Markets Insider.

Some have argued that consumer protection is needed.

“Now is the time to be improving student loan policies and increasing oversight and accountability,” said Pauline Abernathy, executive vice president of the Institute for College Access and Success, according to CNBC.

“But the department is doing the opposite. The rollback of critical protections and enforcement will only lead to more student loan defaults, higher debt burdens, and wasted taxpayer dollars.”

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