A photo from a Wisconsin High School has divided their community, prompting students to share their experiences of racism and administrative neglect.
During the Baraboo High School junior prom, a photo was captured showing the male class of 2019 throwing up the Nazi salute. Leaving many questioning how this has been normalized in 2018, former students have anonymously provided incite. Baraboo High School administration has known about racial abuse among the student body and done nothing. A student laments:
“I also went to Baraboo High School, and have had some problems with the boys in the prom picture. The day after President Trump was elected, I heard one of them shouting “White Power!” in the hallway. I immediately went to a school official, but was told that nothing could be done because it was his First Amendment right and he wasn’t harming anyone. I was then told that I should look up videos of Black Lives Matter protestors being hostile towards police, and that I should get a tougher skin. I left the office still upset, but never pursued it further because of the initial response to my complaints.”
Not alone in her struggle, many students reached out to twitter user @jules_su, who started the thread.
At the influence of the hired photographer, a female prom attendee recalls the boys were encouraged to show their White pride. The photographer separated the boys from the girls, harassing the girls and inciting the boys.
“He was extremely rude and gross towards us. [And] then when the boys took their picture he told them to do that and was laughing about it. It was disgusting. And they sat there for about 5 minutes taking pictures and laughing.”
While most of the reports of abuse stem from racial tension, LGBT students have spoken up as well. A graduate recalled their experience:
The Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller refused to respond to calls or emails and instead opted for a statement. Released on Monday, she says school officials are investigating and the photo was not reflective of educational values. Parents have since addressed the school board with their concerns. In an interview with the Baraboo News Republic, Greg Sacra, the son of a WW II veteran was outraged.
“I grew up knowing that Nazism was wrong and I don’t see how they could get this far in their education and not know that. They don’t know that? They think it’s a joke? Maybe it takes an extra day devoted to history — an extra hour.”
Catching the attention of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland, it’s clear the world’s eyes are on Baraboo and the rest of America.
It is so hard to find words…
This is why every single day we work hard to educate. We need to explain what is the danger of hateful ideology rising. Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred. https://t.co/13AzZaMGJR
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) November 12, 2018
YNW Melly Faces Death Penalty for Murder of Two Friends
In February 2019, Florida rapper YNW Melly was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the 2018 deaths of his two close friends. Now, the State of Florida wants to pursue the death penalty against Melly for his crimes.
As one of the 30 states where capital punishment is legal, Jamell “YNW Melly” Demons could be facing the ultimate sentence. For the murders of Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., prosecutors who believe they can prove “beyond reasonable doubt” filed a motion April 16th seeking the death penalty. The documents state that Melly committed the “especially heinous” act for financial gain, that it was a premeditated crime, and allege that Melly is a gang member.
Once news of Melly’s arrest was made public Miramar police, who arrested Demons and Cortlen Henry in connection to the murders, revealed the two staged the vehicle. The early hours of October 26th, Melly fired upon his friends and Henry helped him arrange the vehicle to appear as if a drive-by shooting took place. The 19-year-old rapper and his accomplice then dropped the victims off at an emergency room, where they were pronounced dead.
Not On Our Watch! Howard Uni President Bans Campus Colonizers
As a response to student reports of unauthorized use of The Yard, Howard University President, Wayne A.I. Frederick has released a statement demanding pet owners respect the campus.
An email sent to Howard University staff and students notified them of the President’s decision to mark the private institution’s grounds off limits. Calling the quad a “treasured site”, Frederick affirmed the community’s desire to keep the area “pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents.” Acknowledging the history of residents’ visitation to the campus, Frederick referenced the community relationship before making a formal decision.
“At the beginning of my presidency we held regular meetings that included students, faculty and members of the Advisory Neighborhood Committees to cultivate a town and gown relationship. I recently reached out to our local ANC and Councilwoman to engage in a dialogue. We recognize that service animals are a necessary aspect of modern-day life and we will accommodate them as needed. We appreciate pet owners respecting out campus by not bringing pets onto the private areas.”
Last week, reports of residents from gentrified surrounding areas mistreating the northwest Washington D.C. school made waves on social media. Insensitive comments regarding who was privileged to access the campus sparked public outrage among those who wanted to protect Howard’s 152-year legacy.
Cardi B Rejects Plea Deal At Recent Court Appearance
Dressed in a way that could only be described as deliberately modest, Cardi B arrived to court in a white ensemble to reject a plea deal in relation to an August assault.
Regarding a strip club brawl that took place in 2018, the ‘Clout’ rapper received an offer to plead guilty where she would have only received a conditional discharge. However, Cardi seemed dissatisfied and rejected the plea. She has been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
In August 2018, Cardi was allegedly involved in a strip club altercation between two bartenders who were believed to be engaged in an affair with Offset. During the attack, Cardi was said to have thrown chairs and bottles at the victims. Video of the attack shows someone believed to be Cardi picking up an ice bucket and launching it at the girls in rage.
In December, Cardi narrowly avoided jail time by arriving to court just minutes before her hearing. She was threatened with legal action after missing her a court date due to a prior engagement, which was the ‘Twerk’ video shoot. Her decision to reject the offer means the charges levied against her remain and she could face up to one year in jail if convicted.
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