School shooter revealed gory fantasies to his therapists years before massacre – Gun control or killer control? . . .
Nearly four years before Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and educators at a high school in the US state of Florida, he confided in a therapist that he saw himself in a dream drenched in human blood.
A May 3, 2014, notation in a Broward County schools psychiatric file said Cruz “reported (a dream) last week of him killing people and covered in blood. He smiled and told the therapist that sometimes he says things for shock value.”
After Cruz’s disclosure to his therapist at the alternative Cross Creek School, administrators developed a “safety plan” to ensure the welfare of Cruz and others while he was on summer holidays. The plan included provisions for removing “all sharp objects from the home” and encouraging the boy to “verbalise what the problem is”.
Oprah Winfrey says the Parkland activists remind her of civil rights icons – Marching for the removal of their civil rights. Go figure . . .
Winfrey told Jones that it was the Parkland activists’ strength and confidence in taking their cause public that reminded her of those who fought against racial injustice in the 1950s and ’60s. The teenagers’ bravery, she said, resonated with her, given some of the sacrifices her family made during the civil rights era.
“My grandfather took in people from the Freedom Riders in Mississippi and risked his whole family and home. Because if people found out that he was keeping the Freedom Riders in his house? You know, he would have been gone,” she told Jones.
SCHOOLS BRACE FOR MASSIVE STUDENT WALKOUTS OVER GUN VIOLENCE – Left-leaning teachers rejoice! Your time is at hand . . .
The ACLU has been advising students that because they are required to go to school by law, administrators can discipline them for unexcused absences. But the ACLU also told students in an online training video that administrators can’t punish them more harshly because of the political nature of their demonstrations.
The superintendents association — which is supporting the April 20 walkout— has drafted a list of suggestions for school administrators, including holding a teach-in, a school-led walkout to a spot on campus, or a session on bullying.
“There are ways to engage and harness the students in civic engagement without compromising policies in place on attendance, participation and student safety,” said Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate director for policy and advocacy.
Here’s all the states where teachers already carry guns in the classroom – Thankfully not all teachers think their students should be disarmed . . .
In some Texas and Utah school districts, teachers have carried guns for more than a decade. But the majority of school districts that arm teachers have done so in the years since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 people dead, including 20 young children.
Texas was one of at least eight states where lawmakers passed legislation after Sandy Hook to clarify or relax existing law to make it easier for school districts to arm teachers. The others include Indiana, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming.
And now Florida. The idea of arming teachers in order to prevent or halt school shootings gained renewed scrutiny in the state after a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month. President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association both advocated the idea, sparking virulent opposition from teachers unions.
California bill would raise age for buying rifles, shotguns to 21 – The antis are lionizing (a.k.a., exploiting) teenagers at the same time as they’re taking away their civil rights . . .
Supporters of California’s AB 3 said young adults ages 18 to 20 are statistically more likely to commit homicides, arguing they represent 4 percent of the population but commit 17 percent of gun homicides, according to the 2015 FBI Supplementary Homicides Reports.
“Californians under age 21 can’t purchase alcohol, tobacco and other health hazardous items,” [Berkeley Senator Nancy] Skinner argued. “So why should they be able to buy guns?”
Parkland Student Sarah Chadwick Creates a Fearless Parody Mocking the Threatening NRA Ad; She absolutely eviscerates Dana Loesch. – I don’t think that word means what alternet.org wants it to mean . . .
This past week, NRA’s spokesmodel Dana Loesch put out a threatening video ad against pretty much anyone who wasn’t supportive of the National Rifle Association—and Trumpism. In response, Parkland student Sara Chadwick created a word-for-word parody of Loesh’s ad. Chadwick is one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 students and staff dead—gunned down and murdered by a student with an AR-15 automatic weapon of war.
All is not lost.