I can see now why homeschooling is on the rise. Folks are just too scared to send their children off to school these days.
The way things have been going of late you just don't know if they will be coming home.
The state of Oregon can now join a long list of states like Connecticut, Washington, Colorado, and Virginia to have experienced a mass shooting in one of their schools.
"TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — A lone gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher shortly after classes started at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon and was later found dead as police arrived, authorities said.
Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman but weren't ready to release the name, Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said.
They were in the process of notifying the family of the gunman and student who was killed.
Anderson said the teacher suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene."
We don't need to hear anymore. The story is all too familiar.
Now comes the finger pointing and all the reasons why this "troubled young man " acted the way that he did.
President Obama says that not getting responsible legislation passed about guns is one of his biggest "frustrations" of his presidency.
Well Mr. President, all I can tell you is this: Your presidency is not yet over.
Finally, some other thoughts.
Let me start by chasing the Big R.
Tonight my chase takes me to Florida. I swear that the Big R has another home down there.
"A Florida city commissioner apologized over the weekend for shouting the n-word at a woman in a grocery store parking lot, but said that he did it because he felt threatened by passengers in her car.
In a police report obtained by WTVJ, a woman asserted that Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis “began calling her and her passengers ’N*ggers’” in a Publix parking lot on Sunday. The driver told police that Galatis should not be allowed to “get away with it.”
Galatis admitted to WTVJ that he “may have” used the n-word, but it was while he was “protecting myself from the immediate threat.”
“I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say,” a statement from Galatis said. “I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.”
Galatis’ wife, Donna, defended her husband when WTVJ reporter Jamie Guirola caught up with her at the family’s home.
“What did they say to me?” Donna Galatis shot back when she asked about the slur. “White bitch, I’ll slice you up.” [Source]
"Ill slice you up"? Hmmm, sounds like a line from a Blaxploitaion flick from the seventies. Methink Mr. Galatis has been watching Shaft.
And this story confused me. Does he live in the grocery store? If he called them "Niggers" in the grocery store parking lot, how was he being "threatened" in front of his home?
Oh well, all is well that ends well. I am sure that Mr. Galatis will keep his job and the woman who he called the slur learned a very important lesson in life: Always give the well dressed white man the right of way when driving.
And then there is the following story out of Iowa.
"A black Iowa high school student is publicly accusing his teacher of wanting him to refer to him as “master.” Roosevelt High School senior Jabre White complained to the school, and now he wants to know exactly how Shawn McCurtain was disciplined, if he was disciplined at all.
White said McCurtain had told the class they were heading downstairs to take the final, at which point White said, “Yes, sir.” McCurtain then reportedly replied, “Say ‘yes, master.’” White was dumbfounded by the teacher’s remark, even if it was meant in jest, and dropped the f-bomb in response.
And what bothered White even more was that when he told the vice principal about the incident, he seemed more worked up about the f-bomb than the fact the teacher made an offensive statement like that.
But even though the school confirmed McCurtain made the comment, White and his mother are upset that he appears not to have been disciplined sufficiently." [Source]
Young man, you should not have dropped the "f-bomb". I understand your frustration with the situation and your shock at hearing this educator act this way, but always try to restrain yourself and take the high road when faced with ignorance. Especially in your situation.
The better course of action would have been to simply walk away and go straight to the Principal's office and repeat what you just heard.
I know it's easy for me to say typing on a key board from over a thousand miles away, but all I can give you is advice.
Hopefully this will be teachable moment for you, unfortunately, though, it's
too late for your teacher.